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Police Release Sketch of Howell Armed Robbery Suspect

By kcora on
Howell Township

The Howell Township Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect of an armed robbery that occurred at The Check Cashing Station.

​According to authorities, police responded to 5995 Route 9 in Howell at approximately 11:37 a.m. on May 1st after a 9-1-1 call reporting a robbery.

Officials said the suspect entered the business and engaged in a brief conversation with the employee - who was working alone - and ultimately lured him out of the locked office area under false pretenses. The suspect then brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the employee allow him into the locked office area, which he did.

According to authorities, the suspect then forced the employee into the bathroom and proceeded to steal a significant sum of cash and subsequently fled the area.

The suspect is described as follows:

-A white male wearing sunglasses and a multi-colored bandanna around his neck

-Likely in his 40s-50s

-Approximately 5’06”

-Medium build

-Short gray hair

-Scruffy beard

-Wearing a hooded sweatshirt/jacket

​Police said the suspect fled in a white 2004-2007 Ford Econoline van north on Route 9. The Howell Police Department previously released a photo of a white Ford F250 pickup truck as a possible suspect vehicle. Although this vehicle was not the suspect vehicle, the operator of the vehicle is being sought as a potential witness.

​According to officials, no shots were fired, no assault took place and no one was injured in the robbery.

The matter is under investigation by the Howell Police Department Investigations Division.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Anthony Romano #605 at (732)938-4575 ext. 2879 or via e-mail at aromano@howellpolice.org. Anonymous tips can also be provided via our anonymous tip line, www.p3tips.com.