Law enforcement recently apprehended a Newton NJ man who allegedly attempted to rob a bank in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.
The suspect is a 44-year-old resident of Newton, New Jersey. He reportedly fled to Alabama after committing the theft offense and was captured by Alabama State Police.
According to authorities, the suspect tried to rob the Chase Bank located on Franklin Lakes Road on April 20, 2016. Witnesses said he ran inside the bank, looked around for a moment, and then ran out of the building. It is believed that the suspect might have aborted the theft attempt after realizing that bank tellers were protected by security glass.
When the suspect entered the bank, workers knew he was probably about to commit a robbery because he wore a mask that covered his face.
Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted with the subsequent investigation into the robbery attempt, including the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, the Franklin Lakes Police Department, and the Wyckoff Police Department.
Police soon tracked down the suspect in Alabama. He is currently awaiting extradition to New Jersey. In the meantime, he is being held at an Alabama jail.
As soon as the suspect arrives in New Jersey, he will probably be transferred to the Bergen County Jail, which is located in Hackensack NJ.
If the suspect is convicted of attempted bank robbery, he would face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, attempted robbery is typically classified as a second degree criminal offense, with a conviction carrying a potential sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For further information about this case, see the NorthJersey.com article, “Newton Man Arrested in Attempted Bank Robbery in Franklin Lakes, Police Say.”