Bank robber Nicola Battista takes police on a chase, Vaughan

Members working out of the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit have charged a Toronto man in  connection with a bank robbery following a pursuit and his arrest by officers working out of the #4 District Headquarters.

On Thursday, February 17, 2010, shortly before 4 p.m., officers were called to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) located at 12943 Highway 27 in the Township of King for a report of a bank robbery. A male suspect had entered the bank disguised in a balaclava and demanded the teller fill a large bag with cash. The teller complied and the suspect fled from the area in a vehicle.

Bank employees reported the incident to police immediately and relayed a description of the suspect vehicle, which was last seen northbound on Highway 27.

An officer on patrol in the area of Highway 400 and Cityview Boulevard observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and attempted to stop it to investigate. The driver fled from police southbound on Highway 400 and a short pursuit followed. The suspect lost control of his vehicle on the eastbound on-ramp to Highway 401 and was safely apprehended by the pursuing officer.

The suspect was transported to hospital for minor injuries and the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit continued the investigation. A quantity of cash was recovered from the vehicle.


Nicola BATTISTA, 46, of Toronto

Disguise with Intent
Dangerous Driving
Flight From Police

Mr. Battista has been held in custody and will appear sometime today before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket.

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