Essex County authorities said they apprehended a suspect wanted for robberies at Chase Banks in Newark in Belleville Thursday.
Officials said at approximately 3:09 p.m., police received reports of a bank robbery at the Chase Bank on Franklin Street.
According to police, a male suspect entered the bank and passed a note threatening to be armed with a weapon.
Police say the suspect fled after receiving cash from the bank teller. A short time later, the suspect entered a Chase Bank on Broad Street and attempted a robbery of the establishment but fled the scene without any proceeds.
Detectives from both police departments arrested Mr. Gustavo Dejesus Torres, 29, of Newark and charged him with 1st-degree robbery. Police believe Torres acted alone during the robberies.
These charges against Mr. Torres are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.