Jersey City P.D. Arrest Suspect in Summit Bank Robbery

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SUMMIT, NJ - A 37 year-old Jersey City man linked to three bank robberies -- including the Wells Fargo Bank in Summit on July 20 -- was arrested by the Jersey City Police and charged with robbery.

John Walsh, of Bright Street, allegedly was involved in three separate robberies, one in Jersey City July 15, and successive robberies in Summit and Maplewood on July 20.

According to the Jersey City Police, just after 12:30 p.m. on July 15 Walsh entered the Wells Fargo Bank on Central Avenue in Jersey City wearing sunglasses and a black tee shirt and approached the teller window and passed a note which read, "give me all your $50 and $100 bills and don't press the alarm."

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The teller handed the male $250 at which point the actor fled the bank with the money and the note. The Jersey City Major Case Squad was notified and responded to handle the investigation.

On July 20, Violent Crimes Commander Captain Michael Gajewski was notified by the F.B.I. that a male matching the description from the Wells Fargo robbery has just robbed a bank in Summit at 12:16 p.m., and one in Maplewood approximately an hour later. Further investigation by Major Case Detectives led to a positive identification of Walsh as the actor.

Captain Gajewski, Lieutenant Mark Conroy and Detectives from the Major Case Squad along with the F.B.I. responded to 98 Bright Street and placed Walsh under arrest. A search of Walsh's residence and vehicle led to the recovery of evidence further linking the actor to the three bank robberies.

In the Summit robbery attempt, a male is alleged to have passed the a bank teller a note claiming to have a weapon before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction.

No one was injured in the incident, and it is not known if the suspect actually left the bank with any money.

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