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Man Accused of Trying to Rob Bank in Lawrence Twp.

The suspect allegedly showed a teller a bank slip upon which was written the word “gun” and the figure “$100,” but no weapon was ever observed, according to police.

Following an unusual sequence of events, a Trenton man was arrested earlier this week for allegedly trying to rob a Lawrence Township bank.

Detective Sgt. Joseph Amodio said township police received a call at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 4) from staff at the PNC Bank branch in the 1500 block of Brunswick Pike (Business Route 1) reporting that there was a “suspicious male” in the bank.

The man – later identified by police as Patrick Smith, 38, of Ewing Street, Trenton – had visited the bank earlier in the day, about 9 a.m., police were told. During that visit, bank staff alleged, Smith approached a teller and showed her a bank slip upon which was written the word “gun” and the figure “$100,” according to Amodio.

The teller did not give Smith any money and Smith, taking the note with him, quietly left the bank, Amodio said. He said the bank staff did not notify police of the incident at the time, but instead reported it to PNC Bank security officials.

But when Smith returned to the bank later in the day, staff grew concerned and immediately called police, Amodio said.

While in the bank that second time, Smith did not approach the teller counter. He instead poured himself a cup of coffee and then left, Amodio said, noting that police detained Smith after he exited the bank.

No weapon was ever displayed during either of Smith’s visits to the bank, but based on the statements provided by bank staff and police investigation, Smith was arrested on a robbery charge, Amodio said.

He said the investigation is continuing by Detective James Smith and Officer Suzanne Girard, with the assistance of the local office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Anyone with information that might aid the investigation is asked to call township police at (609) 896-1111.

    

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Sanriobaby December 06, 2012 at 09:31 PM
What a scary thing to happen in the middle of the afternoon! They really should have contacted the police right away because this thief could have easily gone somewhere else and others might have been hurt had he had a gun. Clearly he was crazy for not only trying to rob the bank the first time, but coming back to get some free coffee at that! Still, glad no one there was injured and that this man is locked up where he belongs.
Iola Smith December 09, 2012 at 12:47 AM
This would be thief was a third year medical student at NYU medical school who became psychotic and ever since has been battling with a mental illness. He had not been able to get his medication because he had no money and his medicaid benefits had not yet been renewed.. He is not really a criminal. A real bank robber does not behave this way. He needs a mentor, someone he trust to help him put back the pieces together. I admit it was scary according to the report but anyone can see he is crazy. He is not homicidal. He is not aware that this is not the way to get recognition. He is lonely , full of remorse and regrets, lost of self image and need direction. Any good samaritan who wants to help him can visit him in the Mercer County jail or contact Ms. V Carter at Ammani House, MLK Blvd. Trenton NJ 08618 tel: 609-393 0893 . He can be rehabilitated .His behavior is a cry for help. He is still looking a father figure. He looked so lost. Please help. You can also contact me at iolasmith1@att.net or 954-535-1089 or 9544391895.
Iola Smith December 09, 2012 at 01:19 AM
This alleged robber was a third year medical student at NYU medical school who became psychotic and ever since has been battling with a mental illness. He had not been able to get his medication because he had no money and his medicaid benefits had not yet been renewed.. He is not really a criminal. I do not think he really wanted to rob the bank. A real bank robber does not behave this way. He needs a mentor, someone he trust to help him put back the pieces together. I admit it is scary behavior but anyone can see he was psychologically impaired. He is not homicidal. He is not aware that this is not the way to get recognition. He is lonely , full of remorse and regrets, lost self image and need direction. Any good samaritan who wants to help him can visit him in the Mercer County jail or contact Ms. V Carter at Ammani House, MLK Blvd. Trenton NJ 609 393 0893 or his mother in Florida 954 535 1089 or 954 439 1895. He can be rehabilitated . His behavior is a cry for help. He is still looking a father figure. Please help. You can also contact me at iolasmith1@att.net. He looked lost.

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