MONTCLAIR, NJ - Around 9:30 a.m. this morning, the Bank of America, located at 441 Bloomfield Avenue was robbed.
Law enforcement officials reported that the suspect entered the bank and gave a hand-written note to the bank teller stating that he was in possession of a gun, and would shoot the teller if they did not hand over money. The suspect then gave the teller a bag and the teller then emptied the drawer into a bag. The suspect then walked out of the bank, eastbound on Bloomfield Avenue.
Montclair Patrol units immediately responded to the area and halted all vehicular traffic eastbound at Elm Street and also boarded two NJ Transit busses. After interviewing passengers, the suspect was located holding a bag of cash. The FBI also responded to the scene to assist.
Lt. David O'Dowd of the Montclair Police Department stated that Eric Tyler, 22, of Elizabeth, was found in possession of a bag containing almost $10,000 in cash. The suspect, Tyler, was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery and Terroristic Threats. While no weapon was recovered in this incident, the matter remains under investigation.