CVP EXCLUSIVE: “That guy’s a bank robber,” Rutherford Detective Lt. Sean Farrell told Sgt. Thomas Lewis when they spotted a man in a long-sleeved black jacket and hat walking toward the Chase branch on Park Avenue this afternoon. Turned out he was.
After parking next to the bank, Farrell went in to check.
“We’re closed. We’re closed. We’re closed,” the anxious manager told him.
“I’m a cop,” the plainclothed lieutenant responded.
“That guy just robbed us!” the manager shouted.
Other officers joined in as Farrell and Lewis chased the suspect three blocks into East Rutherford, where Rutherford Officer Stephen Batchelor tackled him in a Van Winkle Place backyard.
In a black packpack nearby was “a large amount of cash and a loaded handgun,” Police Chief John R. Russo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
Moments earlier, the robber “passed a note ot the teller requesting the cash and stating that he had a gun,” the chief said, adding “We got the note, too.”
The FBI responded.