Search for bank robber causes massive delays on West Side Highway

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Police shut down parts of the West Side Highway Wednesday afternoon to search for a bank robber, causing massive traffic delays.

The robbery happened at about 3 p.m., at a TD Bank at West 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue in Chelsea.

Police say the suspect entered the bank, passed a note and left with over $1,000, then escaped in a yellow cab.

Inside the bag he took from the bank was a tracking device, and police were able to track the cab to the Upper West Side.

They stopped the vehicle at West 94th Street and Riverside Drive and took the suspect into custody.

It's not clear how much he stole from the bank, or whether anyone else is being sought in the robbery.

Only one lane was open on the northbound West Side Highway during the search, leading to major backups heading into the evening rush hour.

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