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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: November 23, 2011








Bank robbery foiled; gunman dies from gunshot wounds



††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Chief Thomas J. Bryan of the Edison Police Department announced that an armed robber apparently died from gunshot wounds today after an armored car company employee foiled the gunmanís attempt to rob a bank in the township.


A preliminary investigation has determined that the robber, whose identity has yet to be determined, was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick at 11:38 a.m. after he attempted to rob the PNC Bank at the Tano Mall on Amboy Avenue in Edison.


The incident began shortly before 10:08 a.m. when the gunman entered the bank. The armored car company employee, who was in the bank, opened fire and struck the gunman. Exactly what occurred in the bank before the shooting remains under investigation.


There were no customers in the bank and no one other than the gunman was injured. It was not immediately known how many bank employees were present.


After being wounded, the gunman ran from the bank into a neighboring supermarket and fled through a rear entrance, where he was confronted by three Edison police officers.


All three officers were in uniform, but two were off-duty and had been working at a nearby road project when they were alerted to the robbery.


As the officers approached the suspect, he held a gun to his head and fired a single shot. The officers did not fire their weapons and will not be identified at this time.


The results of an autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examinerís Office may determine which of the gunshots was fatal. The results were not immediately available.


Police remained at the scene and the investigation is continuing with assistance from the FBI.


Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Adrian Villegas of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-4428, or Detective Michael Michalski of the Edison Police Department at (732) 248- 7400.