Bank Robbery Suspect in Custody Charged in Second Lakewood Bank Robbery

suspect 1The suspect arrested earlier today moments after the Hudson City Bank robbery, was charged with a second Lakewood bank robbery which occurred last month Detective Sergeant Greg Staffordsmith said.

The following information was released moments ago by the Lakewood Police Department regarding today’s incident, and the other charge:

“On March 11th at approx 2:15 pm, Officers from the Lakewood Police Department responded to a “hold up” alarm at the Hudson City Savings Bank located at 167 E. Kennedy Blvd.

While en route, dispatchers confirmed that it was an actual event and broadcast the suspects description of a Tall white male, wearing glasses, a gray sweatshirt and a black New Jersey State Police baseball style hat.

It was quickly learned that the suspect, who made off with a little over $2,000, left his car keys at the scene. Believing that Vanarsdale was still in the area on foot, additional personnel including Detectives and Patrol Officers from the neighboring town of Jackson flooded the area.

After a brief search, Det. Michael Cavallo radioed in that he was getting out with a man who matched the suspects description in the area of County Line Road and Heathwood Avenue.

Upon identifying himself as a police officer the suspect, later identified as Donald Van Arsdale of Jackson, immediately discarded a large sum of money and some personal belongings prior to fleeing on foot.

Det. Cavallo pursued Van Arsdale on foot and with the assistance of Sgt.’s Christopher Spagnuolo and Kevin Doyle quickly apprehended approximately 2 blocks away. The Ocean County Sheriffs Department K9 units also assisted in the apprehension of Mr. Van Arsdale.

All of the money and evidence left behind was recovered and properly secured by Ocean County CIU.

Additional investigation by the FBI as well a Detectives from Lakewood, Jackson and Brick Police Departments resulted in Det. Joseph Gregg charging Donald Van Arsdale with first degree robbery, terroristic threats and resisting arrest by flight for today’s robbery of the Hudson City Savings Bank. Bail was set in the amount of $80,000 without a 10% option.

In addition, Van Arsdale was also charged with the first degree robbery of the TD Bank that occurred in Lakewood on February 22, 2014. Bail was set in the amount of $50,000 without a 10% option.

He is currently being houses at the Ocean County Jail.” [TLS]

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  1. “Sof Ganev L’klia”, everyone gets caught at the end. Chazal say it, it must be true. Sometimes we see it, other times we don’t, but we must know its true.

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