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Holdup-Slaying in a N.Y. Credit Union

August 13, 2003|From Associated Press

WEBSTER, N.Y. — A man posing as an FBI agent tried to rob a credit union at a sprawling Xerox Corp. complex Tuesday, fatally shooting one customer and wounding another before fleeing, authorities said. Both victims were identified as Xerox employees.

A surveillance tape showed that the robber carried a sawed-off shotgun and handgun and wore a wig and a bulletproof vest with the initials FBI, Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering said.

The robber also had a law enforcement badge, Pickering said.

"It looks like the guy was trying to look like a law enforcement agent coming into the bank, and I'm sure that all played into the part of the robbery attempt," Pickering said. "It's very troubling."

The man entered the credit union around 9:30 a.m., demanded money and shot and killed a Xerox worker who was waiting to be served, Pickering said.

A second customer was hospitalized with a shoulder wound, he said.

Company officials identified the slain employee as Raymond Batzel, a machine operator, and the wounded one as Joseph Doud, a software development design engineer.

A spokesman at Strong Memorial Hospital said Doud was in satisfactory condition Tuesday night.

About four customers were in the credit union during the shooting. It was not immediately known if the robber made off with any money.

FBI spokesman Paul Moskal said he believed that no FBI employees were involved in the shooting.

The agency was one of several that responded.

The manufacturing center in upstate New York was locked down for hours as authorities hunted for the robber.

"There is a stepped-up state of security on campus," said Xerox spokesman Bill McKee. "Employees have been moved to what we call safe zones within the campus."

Police set up a number of roadblocks around the complex, said Debbie Licata, a records clerk for the Webster police. Police also were using dogs to search nearby woods.

The 1,000-acre Xerox campus is a center for engineering and manufacturing. It had 8,000 employees as recently as 2001.

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