Lodi NJ Police Searching for Man Who Allegedly Tried to Rob Capital One Bank
The suspect was reportedly wearing a tan trench coat when he entered the Capital One Bank branch on Essex Street in Lodi, New Jersey. According to witnesses, the suspect approached a bank employee and opened his trench coat to reveal a black handgun with a brown handle.
The suspect allegedly flashed the handgun and then instructed the bank teller to give him all of the $50 and $100 bills from the cash drawer. However, the teller did not hand over the cash; instead, the teller gave the suspect a package of currency straps.
After failing to get the cash, the suspect ran out of the bank and fled the area on foot. Bank employees then notified police.
Lodi police interviewed witnesses at the scene and obtained a description of the suspect. According to witnesses, the suspect is a white or Hispanic male between the ages of 50 and 60 and standing roughly 6-feet tall. Additionally, the suspect is said to have a grey beard.
Witnesses also told police that the suspect was wearing dark sunglasses and a black wool hat, in addition to the long trench coat.
If authorities are able to identify and capture the suspect, he could be subject to significant penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 classifies robbery as a first degree criminal offense when the offender uses a deadly weapon like a firearm or a knife. A conviction for first degree armed robbery is potentially punishable by a sentence of 10–20 years in NJ State Prison.
The Lodi Police Department has asked the public for assistance with the investigation. Anyone with information about the suspect or alleged robbery should get in touch with detectives at 973-473-7600.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Police: Bank Robber Demands Money, Escapes with Only Cash Wrappers in Lodi.”