Man arrested following bank robbery on Pittsburgh's North Side

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A man who police say was carrying containers of gasoline and shrapnel has been arrested in connection with a North Side bank robbery.

Nathaniel Washington, 36, of Perry North entered First Niagara Bank in the 4000 block of Perrysville Avenue around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday and demanded money from a teller, Major Crimes Lt. Kevin Kraus said.

Mr. Washington left on foot with $3,559, according to court documents. He was apprehended a short time later by Zone 1 officers, Lt. Kraus said.

Police recovered a knife, two homemade incendiary devices and all of the money. The incendiary devices were made of baby food jars filled with gasoline, shrapnel and other substances, Lt. Kraus said.

Mr. Washington has been charged with a felony count each of arson (possession of explosive or incendiary material) and causing or risking catastrophe; two felony counts of robbery; and two misdemeanor counts for incendiary devices.

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