Mahwah November 11, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 9 Alert officers capture bank robbery suspect by Frank J. McMahon Quick action by two alert Mahwah police detectives and other township police officers resulted in the capture and arrest of a suspect in the attempted robbery of the Bank of America branch on Route 17 at its intersection with Ridge Road. The police department was alerted to the attempted robbery when it was reported Nov. 3 at approximately 11:41 a.m. via a 911 call from a teller at the bank. The teller advised the 911 dispatcher that an individual had just attempted to rob the bank by passing a note to another teller, who returned the note to the suspect without passing any money to him. She then notified her coworkers who activated the bank’s alarm. The suspect, who appeared to be unarmed, fled the bank with the note. Bank employees described the suspect to police as a black male in his early 30s and advised that he had already left the bank and reportedly fled the area. However, Detective Lieutenant Martin Clancy and Detective Kevin Hebert, had just observed an individual who fit the suspect’s description. The individual was on foot in the vicinity of the bank heading in the direction of Ridge Road when the officers heard the radio broadcast about the attempted robbery. Being in the immediate area, they responded to the bank, as did the Mahwah Police K-9 team and several uniformed police officers. A perimeter of the vicinity in which the suspect was last observed was set up, and a search was conducted. According to Mahwah Police Captain Stephen Jaffe, a man who fit the suspect’s description was observed within a few minutes after the attempted robbery. That individual was exiting a nearby office building parking lot where he had parked his motor vehicle. The robbery note was found in his car. The suspect, a 33-year-old Westwood man, is employed by a business in the Palisades Center Mall and has a New York driver’s license. He was taken into custody by detectives Hebert and Guido Bussinelli and K-9 officer Robert Rapp. He was subsequently positively identified by an employee of the bank as the individual who passed the note. Assisting in the arrest were Sergeant Jeffrey Dino, K-9 Officer Rapp’s K-9 Domey, and Police Officer Robert Loveman. During the investigation, the Mahwah schools located along Ridge Road were placed in a lockdown that was lifted a short time later when it was concluded that the suspect acted alone in the robbery attempt and was in police custody. The suspect, who is currently on probation for several bank robberies that were committed in Georgia, was charged with second degree robbery. Bergen County Superior Court Judge Robert Polifroni set bail at $250,000. 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