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Robbery suspect seen on camera as dye pack explodes arrested

July 5, 2021 GMT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a New Jersey bank robbery suspect seen on surveillance video as a red dye pack exploded during his escape.

Newark public safety officials said a police detective spotted the 27-year-old man Monday on the street and arrested him. He faces robbery and weapons charges, authorities said.

Authorities allege that the male suspect walked into a Capital One branch around 10 a.m. on Saturday and passed a note to a teller saying he had a gun and demanding money. Officials said the teller gave him money including a dye pack.

Officials released surveillance video showing the suspect walking east outside the bank wearing the backpack, but as he starts to cross a street beyond the bank property the dye pack sends up a red cloud and he runs north out of camera view. Officials said $2,300 cash was taken along with the dye pack, which contained another $200.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the suspect had an attorney; a listed number for him couldn’t be found Monday.