Newark Pair Charged In Connection With Springfield Bank Robbery

police-tape-200x67SPRINGFIELD — A Newark man and woman arrested late last week and charged in connection with a bank robbery in Parsippany-Troy Hills have been additionally charged with being responsible for a recent bank robbery in Springfield, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

Quiama S. Harris, 29, and Avery Spotswood, 33, are being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility following a joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, Springfield Police Department, and the Newark office of the FBI. Spotswood is charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree conspiracy, and a third-degree charge of making terroristic threats; Harris is charged with two counts of second-degree conspiracy.

At approximately 1:36 p.m. on Dec. 23, a man later identified as Spotswood entered the Santander Bank at 239 Littleton Road in Parsippany-Troy Hills and allegedly handed a teller a note demanding money and indicating that he was in possession of an explosive device, according to the investigation. The teller complied with the demand, and Spotswood allegedly fled the area on foot with an undisclosed quantity of cash.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Detective Joseph Puso subsequently issued a notification to all law enforcement agencies in New Jersey describing the robbery, including the contents of the note and still images of the male suspect. In response, investigators learned of a similar incident that had occurred on Dec. 18 at the Investors Bank in Springfield.

The subsequent investigation determined that Spotswood and Harris allegedly worked collaboratively to plan and carry out both robberies. They were arrested without incident, with bail for Spotswood and Harris set at $200,000 and $100,000, respectively.

Authorities are asking anyone with information relating to either bank robbery to contact the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department at 973-263-4300 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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