By: Najla Alexander
A Middlesex County man has been arrested and criminally charged with a bank robbery, Middlesex County authorities reported.
According to officials, the bank robbery took place in Middletown late last month, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago reported Monday.
Miguel A. Angeles, 42, of Perth Amboy, is charged with first-degree Armed Robbery, officials said.
Officials say at 10:43 a.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, members of the Middletown Township Police Department were dispatched to the Valley Bank on Route 35 South between Twin Brooks Avenue and Woodland Drive on a report of an alarm activation.
Upon their arrival, law enforcement learned that a masked male had entered the bank and stolen close to $8,000 before fleeing the scene, authorities say.
A joint investigation by Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office members, the Middletown Township Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ultimately led to the arrest and charging of Angeles, according to officials.
He remains in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, in Monmouth County Superior Court officials said.
This case has been assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Cummings of the Major Crimes Bureau.
Information on Angeles’s legal representation was not immediately available. Convictions on charges of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of 10 to 20 years in state prison, subject to New Jersey’s No Early Release Act (NERA), which mandates that 85 percent of specific terms be served before the possibility of parole authorities say.
Anyone with information about this matter is being asked to contact MCPO Detective Nicolas Logothetis at 800-533-7443 or Middletown Township Police Department Detective Keith Hirschbein at 732-615-2100.