Newark New Jersey police arrested a man who allegedly robbed a TD Bank branch located on Mulberry Street.
The 61-year-old suspect, who resides in Newark NJ, allegedly entered the Newark TD Bank and ordered bank tellers to hand over money and checks. According to witnesses at the bank, the suspect strongly suggested that he was armed with a handgun during the theft.
After bank workers placed an undisclosed amount of cash and checks into a white bag supplied by the suspect, the suspect ran out of the bank and fled the scene. Although Newark police officers arrived at the bank a short time later, the suspect had already gotten into a taxi and taken it to Central Avenue and South 8th Street. From that point, the suspect reportedly got out of the cab and fled the area on foot.
The alleged bank robbery occurred in late May. Since that time, Newark police has been investigating the theft and looking for the suspect. A number of agencies and departments worked together on the investigation, including police from Newark and Hillside, as well as the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI.
The suspect was eventually tracked down and apprehended after members of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force received a tip about his location. Someone contacted authorities and reported that the suspect was near South 8th Street in Newark, NJ. Police rushed to the scene and arrested the suspect.
The suspect has been charged with several crimes, including armed robbery and weapons offenses.
If the suspect is convicted on the armed robbery charges, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits a robbery while possessing a deadly weapon, such as a firearm or handgun, can be charged with a first degree criminal offense. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges could result in a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
For more information about this case, access NJ.com article entitled “Newark Man, 61, Charged with Robbing Downtown Bank.”