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Scotch Plains Subway Worker Who ID'd Bank Robbery Suspect Shares Experience

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The Subway on Route 22 is adjacent to Andrew Miller's home on Donatio Circle where police were searching. Credits: Google Maps
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Bank robbery suspect Andrew Miller
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – After hearing about two bank robberies in the area on Sunday, a Subway employee in Scotch Plains found himself in quite a pickle.

“I had seen the police cars on the way to work and looked up on the Internet to see what had happened,” the Subway worker named Jack (last name withheld) said.

Realizing there was a wanted man in the area on the loose, Jack noticed a customer who entered and went straight to the bathroom. At the time, according to the lone worker, there were no other customers or employees in the store.

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“I was by myself and the guy happened to walk in and he was a little dirty,” the employee said. “Then he went into the bathroom and came out and asked for plastic bags.”

After handing the potential customer four bags, the employee said the man returned to the bathroom for some length of time.

“I read a description of the person they were looking for and had a big hunch that this was the guy. I called the police and told them you need to get over here right away,” the employee said. “He started walking out of the bathroom and had the plastic bags on his feet and on his head. That’s when about 10 officers stormed in with guns drawn.”

Andrew Miller, 21, was charged with two counts of robbery as well as resisting arrest. Police searched his home on Donato Circle behind the Subway restaurant before receiving the phone call.

According to the police, Miller earlier in the day had demanded money from bank tellers with a written note. His bail has been set at $75,000.

Jack, who has worked at Subway for about a year, says he remains prepared for anything to happen at work.

“I told my boss when she came by later in the day and she was so surprised by what happened," he said. "I just keep my ears and eyes open trying to be aware.”

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