ROXBURY, N.J. – A Ledgewood man unsuccessfully attempted to rob a local hotel last week and chose an unusual weapon to do it – a wrench – according to police.

The man, Michael Jensen, 26, used the wrench on Nov. 26 to threaten a front desk employee at the Extended Stay America on International Drive South in Mount Olive, police said. Brandishing the tool, Jensen demanded the clerk give him money, an order that got him nowhere, police reported.

“The victim did not turn over any money and the male fled the scene prior to police arrival,” said Mount Olive Police, who were joined at the scene by police from Roxbury and Netcong as well as representatives of the Morris County Sheriff’s Department’s canine and crime identification divisions.

Sign Up for E-News

“While at the scene, Mount Olive Officer James Carney was informed by Netcong Police Officer Keith Flaherty that he had contact with an individual fitting the description of our subject the previous night,” Mount Olive Police said. “Officer Flaherty advised the individual was staying at a local motel in Roxbury.”

Police, including Roxbury Police Officer Stanley Pych, found and arrested Jensen, charging him with criminal attempt and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, police said.

They said Jensen was placed in the Morris County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.