EDISON – Police arrested a 27-year-old New Brunswick man and charged him with robbing an Edison bank on Tuesday.
Matthew J. Critelli is being held on $100,000 cash bail at Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center in New Brunswick, authorities said.
Critelli allegedly entered the HSBC Bank on Parsonage Road at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesday and handed the teller a note, threatening that he had a gun and demanding money. The teller turned over an undisclosed amount of cash, and the robber fled without ever showing a weapon according to authorities.
The Edison Police Department began a joint investigation of the robbery with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Around 3:30 p.m., police were notified that a man in Robert Wood Johnson Hospital claimed to be a carjacking victim.
Ptl. Michael Gurovich interviewed Critelli and noticed inconsistencies in his story and alerted the Detective Bureau, according to Edison Police Lt. Joseph Shannon. Police charged Critelli with the robbery after determining that he matched the description of the robber and was in the area at the time it occurred, authorities said.
Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan praised the collaborative effort between the Patrol Bureau and Detective Bureau, which resulted in the quick identification and apprehension of Critelli for the HSBC bank robbery.
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