(UNION CITY, NJ) — At approximately 11 AM on November 5th, Union City Police Department responded to a robbery at Valley National Bank at 4405 Bergenline Avenue. Bank staff reported that a male approached a teller with a note demanding cash. No weapon was shown, but the male reported to have exited the bank with approximately $10,000 in cash.
The Union City Police Department Patrol Division and Detective Bureau immediately responded to the scene and, through coordinated efforts, were able to obtain still photographs of the suspect and camera footage of the license plate and vehicle involved in the robbery. Additionally, an intelligence database coordinated through the Hoboken Police Department provided the identity of the suspect within an hour of the robbery.
Detectives were ultimately able to ascertain that three individuals were involved in the robbery and arrests were made shortly thereafter. William Tedeschi, 48 years old of Jersey City presented the note to the teller while his accomplices, Farouk Lazizi, 34 years old of Jersey City and Juan Rojas-Hernandez, 19 years old of Jersey City assisted in the robbery. All three are charged with 2nd degree robbery and conspiracy and are currently being held at the Hudson County Correctional Facility.
“The coordination and joint effort from the Detective Bureau and the Patrol Division resulted in a quick investigation and the arrest of these individuals,” said Chief Nichelle Luster. “I applaud the efforts of our police officers who worked tirelessly to see that the suspects were identified and taken into custody.”
“The efforts put forth by the Union City Police Department to ensure that the suspects were quickly apprehended should be commended,” said Mayor Brian P. Stack “This case is an example of our officers using all our technological advances combined with good, old fashioned police work to identify and arrest the suspects which is why we encourage our residents that when they see something, they should call the police and say something.”
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