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Franklin Township: Police Investigating Elizabeth Avenue Bank Robbery

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Franklin Bank Robbery Credits: Courtesy of Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
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SOMERSET, NJ - The Chase Bank on Elizabeth Avenue was robbed by an unknown assailant on Wednesday night at approximately 6 p.m., according to police. 

Employees at the bank reported to responding officers, that a black male approached a bank teller and handed them a note announcing the robbery while he motioned towards his waistband as if he had a concealed weapon, police said. 

According to police, the suspect fled from the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of currency. The suspect's description was broadcast to surrounding law enforcement agencies by the Somerset County Communications Center, police said. 

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According to police, the suspect is a dark skin black male, approximately 6'2", with a muscular build, and wearing a dark grey ski cap. 

"Detectives have released a surveillance picture of the suspect, obtained from video footage, in an attempt to identify him with the public’s assistance," Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said in a statement. "Detectives are urging the public to report but not approach the suspect if you know his identity and whereabouts." 

Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, Franklin Township Chief of Police Lawrence Roberts along with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit are involved in the investigation. Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Franklin Field Office are also assisting in the ongoing investigation.

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Roberts request anyone with information regarding the bank robbery is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533, FBI Franklin Field Office at (908) 231-2800, or via the STOPit app by downloading STOPit to your smartphone at Google Play or the Apple Store and enter the access code “SOMERSETNJ”, 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”. 

All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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