FORT LEE, N.J. – Fort Lee police captured a Harlem man moments after they said he robbed a local bank and then tried to elude them by running across 14 lanes of a George Washington Bridge approach full of traffic Friday.
Isaac Nesbit, 29, passed a threatening note to a teller at West Street Branch of The Bank of New Jersey just before noon and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
An alert was issued and uniformed officers responded along with members of the Emergency Services Units, Sgt. Sean Peppard said.
Moments later, Detective Brian Cullen spotted Nesbit walking on Center Avenue in the area of the George Washington Bridge, Peppard said.
Nesbit took off when he and Traffic Officer Michael Bialoblocki approached, running across the highway, the sergeant said.
Seeing the action, Police Officer Dillon Turner grabbed him at the eastbound bus stop to the bridge.
Police recovered the stolen money and contacted the FBI, Peppard said.
Port Authority police officers assisted, he said.
Nesbit was being held without bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with robbery, making terroristic threats and obstruction.
Friday's robbery was of the West Street Branch, eight days after the BONJ's Palisade Avenue branch was robbed of $50,000 by a man who authorities said jumped the counter with a large knife. Fort Lee police and the FBI arrested a suspect the following day.