Police recently apprehended a man accused of robbing a bank in Lumberton, New Jersey.
The suspect is a 20-year-old resident of Lumberton, NJ. He allegedly held up the PNC Bank located on Eayrestown Road in Lumberton. According to authorities, the suspect entered the bank during the afternoon, approached a bank teller, and told the employee that he had a handgun. Although the robber never showed a weapon, he reportedly threatened to shoot the bank teller unless he handed over a large amount of cash. After getting money, the suspect reportedly exited the bank and fled the area on foot.
The bank robber attempted to conceal his identity by wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap, which made it harder for detectives who investigated the theft incident. Nevertheless, detectives with both the Lumberton Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office were eventually able to identify the suspect as the possible culprit. Police then went to his home in Lumberton and placed him under arrest without incident.
After being arrested and processed at Lumberton police headquarters, the bank robbery suspect was remanded to the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly, NJ. He was being held at the correctional facility in advance of a detention hearing. Depending on the outcome of that hearing, the suspect could either be released on his own recognizance or be ordered held without bail. That’s because new bail guidelines in New Jersey provide prosecutors and judges with wide latitude to keep violent offenders behind bars until their criminal cases are resolved.
The Lumberton bank robbery suspect could potentially be stuck between a rock and a hard place when deciding how to proceed with his case: either accept a plea offer from Burlington County prosecutors or fight the charges and remain in jail until the trial.
The recent bail reform in NJ is yet another reason why it is so important for anyone accused of a crime to have a skilled, knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on their side throughout the legal process.
If you have been arrested and charged with armed robbery, theft, or any other type of crime in New Jersey, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Contact the Law Firm of Stephen R. Piper today to schedule a consultation about your case.