ALERT UNION COUNTY: Police Search for Man Wanted for Alleged Attempted Robbery in Springfield

Police in Springfield are looking for a suspect who is wanted for an attempted robbery near a bank on Thursday.

According to a preliminary statement released by Springfield Police, officers responded to the Bank of America located at 175 Morris Avenue after they received a report of an attempted robbery.

Police say the victim, who had just finished using the ATM, noticed someone was following closely behind him as he walked toward the parking lot.

After the victim entered his car, the suspect allegedly approached the vehicle and demanded the victim hand over the money he withdrew from the ATM. The victim did not comply, and instead drove away without further incident police said.

Police say although they believe this was an attempted robbery, the suspect did not show a weapon nor did he utter direct threats to the victim.

Authorities described the suspect as a black male in his 20’s, with a thin build, a neat beard, and long dreadlocks pulled into a bun, wearing sagging sweatpants and a tank top.

According to police other patrons say they observed the suspect walking around the bank and entering the ATM area several times prior to the robbery attempt.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Springfield Police Department at 973-376-0400