FREEHOLD – A local man is facing robbery charges for his role in multiple bank robberies, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
David Mitchell, 31, is charged with second degree Robbery in connection with a robbery of the Ocean First Bank in Spring Lake Heights on Monday afternoon. Mitchell was also charged with another second degree count of Robbery in connection with a robbery at the TD Bank in Point Pleasant Borough on Sunday April 29th.
The Spring Lake Heights Police Department responded to a panic alarm from the Ocean First Bank at 2401 State Highway 71, Spring Lake Heights, at approximately 3:55 p.m. Monday afternoon, April 30th. Mitchell was apprehended by Neptune City Police Officer Mark Mazzeo in Belmar a short time later. Officer Mazzeo was returning from a training session and driving through Belmar when he heard the call and responded.
Sergeant Michael Matunas from the Spring Lake Heights Police Department and Detective Adam Hess of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office handled the investigation.
At the time of his arrest on Monday, Mitchell was wanted for the Point Pleasant Borough bank robbery from the day before.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.