Robber with oxygen tank found dead in MD

July 16, 2010 2:45:45 PM PDT
The search is over for an elderly man wanted in connection to a robbery in Midtown. Police say the man used a cane and an oxygen tank during the attempted robbery.

Investigators now say the suspect is dead.

Sol Tezcan described just how close the bullets came when they started flying at the Sarar Men's Clothing Store on Madison Avenue.

It all started when a man in his 60's walked in last Friday evening. You can't see it from the surveillance picture, but the store manager told us the armed robber was walking with a cane and wearing oxygen through his nose.

Suddenly, Sol said the man pulled out a gun and demanded money. He fired three shots before getting away. No one was injured, and no money was taken.

Police say the suspect drove away on East 47th Street in a black Cadillac with Alabama plates.

Turns out, last Sunday morning in Clear Spring, Maryland, state police ended up chasing the same car after the 63-year-old career criminal, Arthur Williams, allegedly robbed one motel and tried to rob another.

The chase reached speeds nearing 120 miles an hour, according to state police. They say Williams lost control of his car and was killed.

Talking to Sol, it's not surprising it all came to this. He says Williams could have killed him and others last week.

The damage from the bullets lingers at the store. The firepower was so strong one of them blew through 9 different suits.

Records show Williams spent more than 30 years behind bars the past, including two long prison terms for armed robberies in Manhattan.