ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County Prosecutors announced the arrest of a suspect this afternoon in connection with last month's robbery at a Bank of America on Morris Avenue in Springfield. Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Springfield Police Chief John Cook jointly announced the arrest today.

David R. Vaughan, 69, of Newark is charged by prosecutors with first-degree armed robbery, third-degree theft, and fourth-degree possession of an imitation firearm.

According to prosecutors, on Monday, March 23, a man wearing a white face mask entered a Bank of America branch located on the 100 block of Morris Avenue and approached a teller with a black handgun produced from a backpack, demanding money before fleeing the scene in a Toyota Corolla. 

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Following the robbery, members of the Springfield Police Department arrived shortly afterwards, called to the scene by an activated alarm.

Following the initial incident, the Springfield police were aided in their investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office

Springfield police identified Vaughan as a suspect, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Sheets, who is prosecuting the case. In the course of their search, investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for Vaughan’s apartment, which is located on Keer Avenue in Newark, according to prosecutors.

The execution of the search warrant uncovered evidence tying Vaughan to the robbery, including distinctive clothing and a replica handgun matching the weapon used.

Springfield Police Chief John Cook gave credit to law enforcement officers who handed the case, as well as the county officials and members of the prosecutors office who assisted in the investigation.

“I am not surprised by the tireless diligence that Detective Sergeant James Mirabile and the members of the Detective Bureau put into this investigation, but I am more than proud of the professionalism and manner in which they handled, identified, and ultimately arrested a serious threat to all of our communities,” Cook said. “This was an outstanding example of great police work, and excellent collaboration between the Springfield Police and the Union County Prosecutor's Office.”

“It is a testament to the strength of the relationship between the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the Springfield Police Department that, even during these trying times, our offices were able to collaborate to bring this investigation to a successful end,” Ruotolo added.

Following his arrest, Vaughan was lodged in the Union County Jail pending a first appearance and detention hearing scheduled to take place in Union County Superior Court, according to the release from the county prosecutor.

Convictions on criminal charges of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of 10 to 20 years in state prison. These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.