Using a description of the suspect and the vehicle he fled in, police found the man shortly after the robbery Tuesday

Middletown police have charged a suspect in the robbery of a Middletown bank that happened Tuesday morning.

At about 9:13 a.m., Middletown police were notified of a bank robbery that just occurred at Fulton Bank, 468 W. Main St.

Witnesses described the suspect and the car in which he fled, and gave police the car's Delaware license plate number.

Shortly after the robbery, officers found the suspect's vehicle in the 500 block of Merrimac Avenue off of U.S. Route 301 in Middletown.

The suspect, later identified as Nathaniel Lester, 49, was found a short distance away from the stolen vehicle and was taken into custody.

The investigation determined that during the robbery, Lester displayed what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money, police said.

He obtained about $2,980 which was recovered during the investigation.

Lester was charged with first-degree robbery, possession of firearm during the commission of a felony, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and aggravated menacing, police said.

The beige Chrysler Cirrus used during the bank robbery was previously reported stolen to Middletown police during an unrelated incident. For that case, Lester was charged with receiving stolen property valued at over $1,500.

In an unrelated forged check investigation, Lester was charged with theft over $1,500 and second-degree forgery.

Lester was also wanted for failing to appear in the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas.

He was committed to the Department of Correction in lieu of posting a $122,000 cash bail and $1,000 secured bail while awaiting another court appearance.

Police are asking any witnesses to the bank robbery to call Detective Julia Fabbroni at (302) 376-9959 or email