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Update: Honeoye Falls Lima schools out of lockdown, suspected bank robber in custody

Posted at: 12/07/2012 11:36 AM
Updated at: 12/07/2012 10:37 PM
By: Ray Levato

A bank was robbed and schools were in lockdown in Honeoye Falls as sheriff's deputies searched for the suspect.

One witness said they saw a man running across the bridge and money was flying out of a bag. The bank was the M&T branch on North Main Street in Honeoye Falls.  

The sheriff say 23-year-old Michael Vanaalst of East Street in Honeoye Falls. Sheriff's deputies say no gun was displayed in the holdup. Sheriff's deputies chased Vanaalst through people's backyards with canines. He was eventually apprehended at a house on East Street. Deputies ended up searching the house too.

The schools were locked down for about two hours during all this time.

Cole Young, student said, “We were waiting for the EMCC bus and the vice-principal came out and said you guys all have to up to your rooms, there's been a bank robbery and we are in lockdown.”

Stephanie Guck, Student said, “We were just kind of in a room.”
Berkeley Brean said, “Were you nervous? Tell me about that.”
Guck said, “Not really. everybody as kind of chilled about it and really didn't say too much.”

Young said, “It was kind of cool that it happened, but kind of bad for the people who like are victims.”

Vanaalst was charged with robbery and grand larceny and has been remanded to Monroe County Jail on no bail.