N.J. police kill suspect in two bank heists

The Star-Ledger

NEWARK, N.J. — An unidentified man who used threatening notes to rob two banks yesterday in Atlantic County for about $5,000 was shot and killed by police while fleeing from his second heist, authorities said.

The suspect, believed to be in his 20s, was spotted by Hamilton Township police yesterday afternoon driving an Acura sport vehicle minutes after the second holdup, about 2:30 p.m., said Atlantic County Prosecutor Jeffrey Blitz.

|The suspect had walked out of a Bank of America in Mays Landing with less than $3,000 after handing a teller a note that read: "This a bank robbery. Don't do anything stupid."

A Hamilton Township police officer, recognizing the Acura from a police radio dispatch about the robbery, pursued the vehicle onto the Black Horse Pike near the Hamilton Mall, where the suspect ran a red light and hit another car. The driver of that car was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect then ran into a new housing construction area, where he was confronted by Hamilton Township Officer Leo Rudolph, 28, and the shooting took place. No further details about the shooting were released. The prosecutor's office is investigating the circumstances, Blitz said.

Less than two hours before the Mays Landing robbery, the same suspect used a similar note - this one also saying he had a gun and demanding $15,000 - to hold up a Commerce Bank on the White Horse Pike in Absecon for less than $2,000, Blitz said.

After the shooting, police found a sum of cash and the Commerce Bank holdup note in the man's pants pockets. 

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