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.