By: Yuritza Arroyo
A local man who engaged in a lengthy standoff with police after allegedly committing an armed robbery of a Neptune Township pharmacy surrendered peacefully late last night and remains in custody Monmouth County officials announced Thursday.
According to Monmouth County officials, Jeffrey V. Migliore, 34, of Ocean Township, is charged with first-degree Armed Robbery and three related weapons offenses.
Neptune Police say, shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, officers responded to a pharmacy on the 1200 block of Corlies Avenue for a report of a robbery.
Police say, at that location, it was learned that a man, later identified as Migliore, had entered the store, brandished a handgun, demanded cash from the store clerk, and made off with several hundreds of dollars.
According to officials, Migliore was then tracked to a home in Neptune Township, a short distance away, and he initially refused several orders to surrender to arriving police, after which neighboring homes and properties were evacuated for safety reasons.
Monmouth County, Jersey City and Neptune officials all responded to the scene, where they established a perimeter and engaged in lengthy negotiations with Migliore, who surrendered peacefully shortly after 10:30 p.m.
Officials say, a handgun was also recovered at the scene.
Migliore remains in custody pending a detention hearing and first appearance to take place in Monmouth County Superior Court.
“That this extraordinarily delicate and complicated situation was resolved with no injuries or loss of life to any civilians or members of law enforcement was no accident – it was the result of very carefully planned, coordinated, and well-executed actions of dozens upon dozens of members of local, county, and state agencies, all working closely together in close quarters and under tremendous pressure,” Acting Prosecutor Santiago said.
“This outcome is a testament to the quality of their efforts.”
“The manner in which the local, county, and state law-enforcement community worked together to resolve a tenuous situation peacefully speaks volumes in our ability to collaborate,” Neptune Township Police Chief Larry B. Fisher added.
“The professionalism of all agencies involved cannot be more appreciated.”