MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Police Department has issued a statement about the robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank at 187 Maplewood Ave. on Wednesday.
At about 12:30 p.m., Maplewood Police Dispatch received a call of a male running from the Wells Fargo Bank on Maplewood Ave., and being chased "by a second male," according to the statement from Maplewood police. The first man observed running from the bank had attempted to rob the bank, and the second man was a bank employee, stated Maplewood police.
Upon responding to the area and to the bank, police found out that a man had passed a note to a teller demanding money. No threats were made and no weapons were observed or implied, according to Maplewood police.
Police were able to obtain and enter the license plate of the vehicle the man entered before fleeing the scene, and through investigation the man was identified as John Walsh of Jersey City, who is the owner of the vehicle.
Walsh was taken into custody about an hour later, and was charged with robbery and criminal attempt to commit robbery.
According to authorities, the Wells Fargo location in Summit (1 Maple St.) was the site of another robbery attempt at about 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday. It is not known if the two incidents are related or connected. The suspect in the Summit robbery was also described as wearing a yellow shirt and gray sweater.