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Robbery suspect arrested about a block away from bank

Any type of robbery could be classified as a felony-level offense that could land a defendant in prison for years. Bank robbery, in particular, is a violent crime that could even trigger the involvement of federal law enforcement officials. But that didn't happen in a recent case, in which a man from New York was arrested for his alleged involvement in a bank robbery that took place in New Jersey recently. Local police apprehended the defendant in a somewhat peculiar way.

According to a report, after the robbery took place at the Hudson City Savings Bank in Lodi, the alleged suspect didn't flee the scene in the way most people would expect. Instead, the suspect reportedly walked just down the street from the bank and stopped in at a Dunkin' Donuts to get a coffee.

During the bank robbery, the suspect, a 38-year-old male from Oakland Gardens, was said to have taken approximately $4,000 in cash. His description was reportedly distributed to local police officers very quickly, and it was officers responding to the scene of the robbery who noticed a man with a description similar to the alleged suspect chatting with a stranger in the donut shop.

The reports indicate that the suspect in this bank robbery was actually also wanted in connection with another robbery that allegedly took place a few weeks earlier in Toms River, New Jersey. In that case, the suspect was said to have robbed a PNC bank. The amount of money that was reportedly stolen in that incident was not reported.

The male suspect was charged with this past incident after his arrest for this recent robbery. He was taken into custody without incident. In this matter, it is important that the details for both robberies are known. The accused could work to make some of the evidence inadmissible, which could result in reduced or dismissed charges.

Anytime a person is accused of a crime, they should invoke their right to a criminal defense. This ensures their rights are upheld and their best interests are met. Those unsure of their defense options should seek legal guidance about what steps to take.

Source: New York Daily News, "Queens bank robber 'wanted to get caught,' stopped for coffee a block from the crime scene: police," Joel Landau, Feb. 24, 2015

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