SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Law enforcement authorities have announced the arrest of a Scotch Plains man in two bank robberies Sunday in Green Brook and Bridgewater.
Although a Union County SWAT team had raided his home, Andrew D. Miller, age 20, of Scotch Plains was ultimately apprehended by Scotch Plains police as he hid inside a Subway restaurant bathroom on Route 22 Sunday, according to authorities. Miller had used written notes to coerce bank tellers at a TD Banks, which are open Sundays, in Bridgewater and Green Brook to hand over cash.
On Sunday, Dec. 20, at approximately 1:24 p.m., Bridgewater Township Police responded to a 911 call reporting a robbery at the TD Bank located on Union Avenue. Responding officers met with bank employees who reported that an unknown male suspect approached a bank teller and handed the teller a note announcing the robbery, according to the prosecutor's office. The suspect fled from the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the prosecutor.
Then, at approximately 2:19 p.m., Green Brook police responded to an alarm at the TD Bank located on Washington Avenue. Responding officers met with bank employees who stated that a male suspect matching the description of the suspect from the Bridgewater robbery handed a bank teller a note demanding money and verbally instructed the teller on the denominations that he wanted. The suspect fled from the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the prosecutor's office.
At approximately 2:45 p.m., Scotch Plains police said they spotted a man matching the suspect’s description at TD Bank on Park Avenue in Scotch Plains. Upon responding officers approaching the bank, the subject fled on foot going north across Route 22 and was eventually tracked by Scotch Plains PD K9 unit to Donato Circle, where Miller lived.
Officers giving chase believed the suspect to be hiding in the residence. The area around the complex was secured and the Union County SWAT team was notified. The SWAT team was able to gain entry to the residence and verify that the suspect was not there, according to Scotch Plains Police.
At the same time, a separate report indicating an individual matching the description was reported again fleeing on foot from the complex west through the creek in the county park, according to Scotch Plains Police Chief Brian Mahoney. Scotch Plains police received assistance in containing the area and searching for the suspect from surrounding jurisdictions. In addition, K9 units were called for mutual aid from Union County Sheriff’s Department, along with Warren PD and Hillsborough PD to aid in the search for the suspect in the wooded areas.
At about 5:40 p.m. Miller was found attempting to conceal himself at the Subway restaurant at 1943 Route 22 West, where he was taken into custody without further incident, according to police.
A Green Brook Police detective located the suspect’s vehicle parked on Mountain Avenue in Scotch Plains. The vehicle was secured and impounded. Detectives confirmed that the vehicle was stolen out of Springfield.
Miller has been charged with two counts of robbery, second degree, as well as resisting arrest. Bail was set by Judge Julie M. Marino, P.J.Cr. at $75,000 cash or bond.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated against defendant Miller by Union County law enforcement authorities.
Soriano commended law enforcement officers that participated in the investigation and apprehension of Miller, particularly the Scotch Plains officers for observing and subsequently locating defendant Miller, as well as Green Brook detectives, who were able to locate the stolen vehicle utilized by defendant Miller during the commission of the bank robberies.
Prosecutor Soriano also commended the members of the Somerset County Communications Center who engaged in dispatch services during the course of the investigation of both robberies, saying that their ability to effectively and efficiently coordinate communications throughout the investigation was integral to the apprehension of defendant Miller.
Prosecutor Soriano, Chief Fitzgerald, Chief Caravel and Chief Kurz requested tht anyone with information regarding this incident contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100, the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 908-722-4111, the Green Brook Township Police Department at 732-968-1188 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. Anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential.