Dutchess County man charged in connection with Rhinebeck Bank robbery in Goshen

Goshen. Suspect arrested nearly five hours later on March 19 in Rockland County after trying to flee from police by running down a ravine and in a stream.

| 24 Mar 2021 | 01:27

State Police in Rockland County arrested Leonard Dolson, 45, of Beekman, Friday evening, March 19, in connection with a bank robbery in the Village of Goshen.

According to reports from the Goshen Police Department and the State Police, Dolson’s day began early in the afternoon in the City of Newburgh where state police said he had carjacked a Honda Civic. A car fitting that description can be seen later in the day on a video taken by security cameras outside Rhinebeck Bank on Main Street in the village of Goshen.

According to the Village of Goshen, a man later identified as Dolson entered the Rhinebeck Bank at 4:50 p.m., displayed a note demanding money and stole a quantity of cash.

Village Police said the suspect was operating a black Honda Civic 4 door sedan bearing NY plates JRL6082 and was last seen driving westbound on Minisink Trail toward Fletcher Street.

No one was injured in the robbery.

Friday evening, state troopers located the vehicle on the New York State Thruway.

Police said the driver ignored a trooper who had initiated traffic stop. The Honda Civic eventually cut across the median, continuing south, exiting at exit 14 (Route 59 in Nanuet/Spring Valley) onto Willow Grove Road.

The vehicle continued west on Willow Grove and then stopped in the middle of the highway.

Police said Beekman got out of the vehicle and ran down an embankment into a ravine. A trooper, along with two Stony Point Police officers, caught the suspect running through a stream. It was about 9: 42 p.m.

He was then taken to Nyack Hospital. He was then handed over to the Village of Goshen police.

After the money was secured, it was turned over to the Village of Goshen Police Department.

Beekman was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and first- degree reckless endangerment, both felonies, and driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and fleeing police in a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors.

Two officers were injured during the capture, but were released later from Nyack Hospital.