The Howell Township Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred at “The Check Cashing Station” located at 5995 Route 9 in Howell at approximately 11:37a.m. on May 1, 2018.
Howell Police Communications received a 9-1-1 call from the victim/store employee reporting the robbery. The suspect entered the business and engaged in a brief conversation with the employee luring him out of the locked office area under false pretenses. The employee was working by himself. The suspect then brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the employee allow him into the locked office area, which he did. The suspect then forced the employee into the bathroom and proceeded to steal a significant sum of cash. The suspect fled the area within minutes at which time the employee called 9-1-1.
The suspect is described as follows:
-A white male wearing sunglasses and a multi-colored bandanna around his neck
-Likely in his 40s-50s
-Short gray hair
-Wearing a hooded sweatshirt/jacket
The suspect fled in a white 2004-2007 Ford Econoline van north on Route 9. The Howell Police Department previously released a photo of a white Ford F250 pickup truck as a possible suspect vehicle. Although this vehicle was not the suspect vehicle, the operator of the vehicle is being sought as a potential witness.
No shots were fired, no assault took place and no one was injured in the robbery. The matter is under investigation by the Howell Police Department Investigations Division. Attached is a composite sketch of the suspect created by the New Jersey State Police Forensic Photography & Composite Artist Unit.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Anthony Romano #605 at (732)938-4575 ext. 2879 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Anonymous tips can also be provided via our anonymous tip line, www.p3tips.com.