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Man Wielding Claw Hammer Robbed Saddle River Road Bank

The Chase Bank on Saddle River Road was robbed around 6 p.m. Thursday.

A man with a claw hammer robbed the Chase Bank on Saddle River Road just before 6 p.m. Thursday, according to an FBI statement.

The man, described as a 5-foot-7-inch black male with a thin-to-medium build and a thin goatee, entered the bank wielding a claw hammer, grabbed a bank employee and demanded another employee fill an envelope with cash, according to the statement.

Upon receiving the envelope containing an undisclosed amount of cash, the man, who was wearing a tan hat, burgundy sweater and khaki pants, fled in an unknown direction, the FBI statement said.

Police and investigators from the county worked the scene for prints and spoke to witnesses Thursday night. Only employees were in the bank at the time of the robbery, Fair Lawn Police Sgt. James Krizek said.

Anyone with information about this or any other bank robbery is urged to contact the FBI at 973-792-3000.   

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Me October 23, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Wow, everyone would role over and play possum.
FLResident October 23, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Ok so how would you like a hammer to your head? That's deadly enough with a blow to the temple. Really not worth getting hurt over
Speck Tater October 24, 2012 at 06:21 PM
@publius I witnessed this happening as I was crossing the tracks just before the train and saw the 2 responding cars behind me...they later passed me on FL Ave/Prospect on their way to the scene. I certainly don't need a report to tell me what I saw with my own 2 eyes. I'm well aware of the roadways and access points in FL...my point is that to go Rt. 208 makes for a far longer response time. The most disturbing fact is that there was no mutual aid from GRPD...where were they? 1 block from their town...UNREAL!!!
Me October 24, 2012 at 06:26 PM
It's not like you're yelling "HERE I COME!" Run and tackle him. Throw something at him; a stapler, pens, whatever. Distract him while someone calls the police. It's not a gun with a flying projectile. He has to hold it to use it. If he throws it at you, you move. Then that's it. He's got nothing else. He would know this and then he would probably run.
NRA MEMBER October 24, 2012 at 09:26 PM
And if thats not all he has? Oh yeah, you just put everyone there at risk. Good thinking tough guy.

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