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BREAKING: Bank Robberies Reported in Newark, Belleville

Essex County

Authorities in Essex County and Federal officials are on the search for a suspect wanted for bank robberies in Newark and Belleville this afternoon. 

In the first incident, police said that at approximately 2:45 p.m., they received reports of a Bank Robbery in progress. 

Upon arrival, police learned that a 5'5" tall Hispanic male entered the Chase Bank at 744 Broad, then passed a note to the teller and demanded cash. 

Police said they do not believe that the suspect took any money before fleeing the bank. 

The assailant wore a black face mask, blue jeans and black boots. 

County officials think this same suspect is responsible for a bank robbery that took place at the Chase Bank located at 181 Franklin Street today. 

In this incident, police said the suspect implied that he had a weapon and took cash before fleeing the bank. 

There were no injuries reported.