Newark New Jersey police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a local bank in broad daylight.
The bank robbery occurred during the afternoon at the Crown Bank on Ferry Street in Newark, New Jersey. The suspect reportedly entered the building, walked up to a teller, and handed a threatening note to the bank worker. The note reportedly demanded that the bank worker hand over money or risk being hurt.
After the bank employee gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect exited the bank and fled the scene on foot. Witnesses reported seeing the suspect walking east on Ferry Street.
A bank employee dialed 911 and alerted the Newark Police Department to the bank robbery. Newark NJ cops quickly arrived at the scene, but the suspect had already left the area.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Newark Police Department are investigating the bank robbery and looking for the suspect. Police have not yet identified the suspect.
If police can eventually apprehend the suspect, he would likely face criminal charges for robbery. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits a theft while putting another person in fear of immediate bodily injury can potentially be charged with second degree robbery. A conviction for second degree robbery could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Police Seeking Suspect after Newark Bank Robbery.”