Updated: Police arrest Lake Ave. bank robbery suspects

Nov. 7, 2016: Update: Middlesex County Prosector’s Office provided an update on the Metuchen bank robbery Saturday:

Police arrested brothers Donell Cheek, 32, and Dashawn Cheek, 27, both of Carteret, with robbery, theft and making a false public alarm, according to a statement from the Prosector’s office. Bail was set at $250,000 for each of the men, who were apprehended in Piscataway as they allegedly attempted to flee from police, the statement said.

One of the men allegedly entered the TD Bank on Route 27 in Metuchen around noon on Nov. 4, 2016, dressed in black and wearing a mask and demanded cash, according to the statement.

The man allegedly fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, but was traced by police, who followed him and his brother and pulled them over on Barbour Place in Piscataway, the statement said.

An hour before the robbery, one of the brothers allegedly anonymously called in a in bomb threat to Metuchen High School to create a diversion, the statement said. About 800 children at the school were evacuated and remained outside for two hours while the school was searched. No bomb was found and no one was injured, the statement said.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Metuchen Detective Sgt. Robert Belluscio at 732-632-8541.

Nov., 5, 2016: Crazy Friday in the old borough today!

Metuchen police Sergeant Arthur Flaherty provided the below update earlier today and declined further comment. I’ll update if and as I hear more:

It has been determined by the Metuchen Police Department that today’s bomb threat at Metuchen High school was hoax and possibly a diversionary act for a bank robbery at a TD Bank on Lake Ave in town. Piscataway police with the assistance of the New Jersey State Police and The Metuchen Police have apprehended both suspects in Piscataway. The incidents are still being investigated by The Metuchen Police and the FBI.

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