Second Attempted Robbery at Main Street ATM

Man with knife attempts at Bank of America a day after a someone tried to rob a woman at same ATM.

Two men allegedly tried to rob a 55-year-old West Orange man at a Main Street bank ATM on Feb. 2 before fleeing without any money, West Orange police reported.

The attempted robbery occurred one day after a man tried to rob at woman with a note at the same ATM. 

In the Feb. 2 incident, the West Orange man started to withdraw money from the Bank of America, 59 Main St., around 9:45 p.m. when a man he didn't know walked out of the bank, police said.

As he continued to use the ATM, the West Orange man told police a second unknown man with a knife approached him from behind yelling, "Give me $100."

The man told police he turned around and told the robber, "I don't have $100."

Police said the robber then walked over to a second man who had walked out of the bank earlier.

The West Orange man then started yelling for police and both men fled onto Northfield Avenue away from Main Street, according to the report.

Police said the man didn't report the incident immediately because nothing was taken. 

The West Orange man described the robber as a white man in his 20s, tall and thin and dressed in all black with a ski mask, according to the report.

badbul February 22, 2013 at 03:28 AM
If NJ made it easier to carry a firearm, this knife welding idiot would have three holes in his chest and be buried 6' under by now.
Tom February 22, 2013 at 03:53 AM
It is disappointing and embarrassing to hear of such crimes in my Town. I ask my fellow residents to be vigilant in reporting to Police suspicious people and activities. Please Be preemptive and call police and report all quality of life issues... Remember to try and have a description of the clothing and features of people. The information can be very helpful to Police. Be safe
Tom G. February 22, 2013 at 01:06 PM
"Police said the man didn't report the incident immediately because nothing was taken." How ridiculous. Somebody approaches you with a knife and you don't report it because they didn't take anything. This just makes it more likely the guy will get away and threatent someone else.
Alan Sanders February 22, 2013 at 01:10 PM
If you are a licensed gun owner and shoot a person at an ATM and claim that there was an attempted robbery, and the person is not carrying a weapon or wearing a mask - could those 3 holes in the chest backfire (pun intended)?
Gunny February 22, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Hire more police? Or get ready to be inundated with carrying / purchase permits.
Steven Serebrenik February 22, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Alan, What's your solution? An armed guard by the ATM?
Paul P February 22, 2013 at 03:45 PM
This is the second time, and right across the street from the police station. They better hurry up and install those cameras, or pretty soon the cops won't even be safe.
Bob Brown February 22, 2013 at 04:30 PM
@ badbul -- Seriously? Without going into my opinions about firearms legality, I seriously have to question how it is that any rational person would prefer "3 holes in the chest", which would have left a man dead, criminal or not, to an outcome in which no one was killed. It is exactly this type of vigilante type thinking that fuels the arguments of those that oppose legal firearm ownership. You're literally suggesting that shooting be the first option in a crisis situation. In light of the fact that, in the absence of that option, no one was injured, it can be concluded that the "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality is not always the best course of action.
Sylvia February 22, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Last night house on the corner of Oakridge Rd. and Michell Ave. was robed in the middle of the night while people were slepping! I'm getting really tired of this nonsens and scumbags that think, it is ok to come to your home and take what they want. Go and get freaking jobs freaks!!!!
badbul February 22, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Ask me for my address, come to my home with a mask pulled down over your face and a knife in your hand. Enter threw the front door (I'll leave it unlocked for you). See if I ask you any questions PERIOD. Bottom line. If I'm withdrawing my hard earned money out of an ATM and some punk wearing a mask and holding me at knife point wants to threaten my life, I wouldn't think twice about drawing my sidearm and placing three shots in his chest. Just because this punk walked away when he was told from the victim that he didn't have a $100, doesn't mean the next punk that tries to rob someone isn't going to stab the victim and hit a vital organ.
badbul February 22, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Sure it would, but in the situation above, the victim would be vindicated.
Gunny February 22, 2013 at 07:53 PM
I think badbul is wrong. Close range? Shouldn't take 3. Live by the sword?
Gunny February 22, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Sylvia, I'd get a BIG dog. And did you hear what our vp did say a few nights ago?
badbul February 22, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Gunny, Any more then three rounds could be considered excessive force and just might make you being the one judged by a jury. So wether it's 1, 2 or 3 well placed rounds that do the job, it wouldn't really (legally) matter.
Bob Brown February 22, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Now you're talking about a different situation completely. Entering your home is different than demanding $100 at an ATM. Home invasion is a different level of violation, one that violates that sanctity of your home and every member of your family. It also merits a higher level of immediate resistance. On a different note, I've been in this situation and I can tell you from experience that even shooting someone invading your home is a guaranteed walk, For example, shooting them at the front door before they enter or if they fall backward out of the house is a problem. You might catch a manslaughter case. If it's deemed overkill, such as "3 in the chest" when 1 was enough to end the threat; that's a strong case for manslaughter against you. If you drop 3 from a 3-shot burst weapon like a Beretta 9mm......well, are you licensed for burst fire semi-automatics? The point is, unlike TV shows where everything wraps up neatly inside of an hour, plan on lengthy litigation and probable criminal charges.
badbul February 22, 2013 at 11:50 PM
I'm not talking about a "different situation". I'm talking about two of the same situations where my life is being threatened and I'm in a real immediate danger. I don't care if your in my home or I'm at an ATM in broad daylight. If you threaten my life, and I believe that threat is real, I'm going to take yours PERIOD. Three rounds isn't excessive in a self-defense situation where you need to protect yourself from a person wielding a knife. Emptying a magazine maybe a whole other story. Look at the lady in GA that shot at her home intruder 6 times with a .38 revolver striking him 5 times in the torso and face, he kept coming and didn't die. So sometimes one round isn't enough, and the other two rounds would be considered insurance. Story: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/10/us/home-invasion-gun-rights NJ needs to lighten up on there firearm laws. There is no need to have someone invade your home, beat and rob you while you are helpless and then when everything is all said and done, a police officer come a take a report.
wohopeful February 23, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Gunny, let's not forget that Mayor Parisi fired police personnel last year at the expense of safety for the citizens of West Orange.
JF February 24, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Badbul, You are correct remember what state you presently live in. These are the same people that may argue for a time out booth for criminals next to every ATM. Common sense makes no sense to them. As far as the bullets go,with Obozo in office you may be limited to three bullets use them carefully!!
badbul February 24, 2013 at 03:52 PM
JF, the sad fact is the round limit just may be ether 7 or 10. If that's going to be the issue, I sure hope they don't put a limit on magazines that one could own or ammunition in ones possession.
Alvin Williams May 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Let's get Jodi Arias to use that ATM and have some jerk attempt to rob her. LOL!


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