2 cops hurt pursuing bank robbery suspects

- It began with an armed bank robbery in Bay Shore, Long Island, and ended after a cross-county pursuit some 20 miles away with two police officers injured and plenty of frayed nerves.

The two men are accused of robbing a Capital One Bank in the South Shore Mall at gunpoint at 9 a.m. and then taking off with a bag of cash as police officers scrambled to catch them.

Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Tim Sini said the suspects ultimately crashed into a police cruiser and then tried to flee on foot. One suspect was caught trying to cross the 135. The other suspect ran into the Eagle Rock apartment complex where frightened residents were put on lockdown.

Police soon caught the second suspect but continued searching just in case anyone else was involved.

Two police officers suffered minor knee injuries in the chase. One from Nassau County was involved in the collision with the suspects. The second officer, from Suffolk County, was involved in the pursuit.

Police recovered the bag of money.

The suspects' car has Massachusetts license plates, although police won't say where they are from or whether they may be linked to any other robberies in the area.

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