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Man Arrested in Connection with Hazlet Bank Robbery


A 33-year-old man was apprehended Sunday morning (November 1, 2015), after previously having been charged with the armed robbery of a Hazlet bank, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at approximately 9:46 a.m., the Hazlet Township Police Department was contacted and responded to the Santander Bank located at 2985 State Highway 35, Hazlet, New Jersey, for a reported robbery.

The suspect - described as a white male possibly in his 30’s, approximately 5’9”, wearing dark blue or black sweatshirt and dark colored jeans - entered the bank and handed a note to a bank teller demanding money and indicating that he possessed a gun. The man then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of United States currency.

An investigation was immediately launched by the Hazlet Township Police Department, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.). As a result of the investigation, Stephen Fedorka 3rd, 33, of Laurence Harbor, was charged with one count of armed robbery on Wednesday.

On Sunday morning, Fedorka was apprehended in Hazlet by officers from the Hazlet Township Police Department. Monmouth County Superior Court Judge John T. Mullaney, Jr. set bail at $200,000 no ten percent.

Fedorka was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold in lieu of bail.

If convicted of Armed Robbery, Fedorka faces a maximum of twenty years in a New Jersey State Prison. Any custodial sentence imposed for the crime of Armed Robbery would be subject to the No Early Release Act (“N.E.R.A.”), meaning that the defendant would have to serve 85% of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole.

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