Arrest of Accused Would-Be Robber Scared Off by ID Request

Friday, Mar 7, 2014  |  Updated 3:59 AM PDT
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Authorities have arrested a man suspected of being the would-be bank robber who walked away after a New Jersey bank teller asked for some identification.

A man wearing a hooded sweatshirt walked into the Santander Bank branch along Brewers Bridge Road in Jackson Township Wednesday afternoon and handed the teller a note asking for money.

Lt. Steven Laskiewicz told the Asbury Park Press the teller told the man to remove the hood and show some ID.

“It was reported that a male subject had entered the bank and passed a note to a teller asking for a sum of money. When the teller told the male, who was wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt, to remove the hood and also asked for identification, the male claimed he did not have any and then left the bank,” Laskiewicz told the paper.

Ryan Higgins of Jackson was arrested and held on $100,000 bail, charged with attempted robbery.

Laskiewicz told the paper the 40-year-old was arrested Thursday after police received multiple tips from people who saw a photo from bank surveillance cameras.

The same bank was robbed on Valentine's Day.

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