Incident Summary:

9/29/1972: Suspected members of the Black Liberation Army were accused of robbing the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in the Bronx, New York, United States. $3,700 was stolen.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
The Bronx

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company
Specific Description Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, the Bronx New York
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $3,700.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
.45 caliber pistols
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The robbery took place at 10:30 AM. Avon White and John Rivers both pled guilty to the robbery and testified against Joanne Chesimard and Fred Hilton, both suspected members of the Black Liberation Army. After one mistrial, Chesimard and Hilton were acquitted of the crime because the jurors found that White and Rivers lacked credibility.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Liberation Army (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
James M. Markham, "2 Attempt to Rob a Bank With 11 F.B.I. Men Inside," New York Times, September 30, 1972.
Frank J. Prial, "Mrs. Chesimard Is Ousted Again As 2d Trial for Robbery Begins," New York Times, December 21, 1973.
Marcia Chambers, "Mrs. Chesimard Wins Acquittal," New York Times, December 29, 1973.