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Bank Robber Caught By Fort Lee Police Pleads Guilty

Isaac Nesbit
Isaac Nesbit Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy FORT LEE PD

FORT LEE, N.J. -- A Harlem man admitted Monday that he robbed a Bank of New Jersey branch in Fort Lee in January.

Isaac Nesbit, 30, told a federal court judge in Newark that he handed a teller a hand-written note on Jan. 20 demanding money and threatening to shoot everyone in the bank if the teller did not comply.  

He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick said.

Fort Lee police captured Nesbit after they said he tried to elude them by running across 14 lanes of traffic on a George Washington Bridge approach.

An alert was issued and uniformed officers responded along with members of the Emergency Services Units, Fort Lee Police Sgt. Sean Peppard told Daily Voice at the time.

Moments later, Detective Brian Cullen spotted Nesbit walking on Center Avenue in the area of the GWB, 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 from Nesbit's back pocket and contacted the FBI.

They said they also found the robbery note and clothes that Nesbit had worn into the bank in a nearby dumpster. 

Port Authority police officers assisted.

The holdup came eight days after the same bank'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.

U.S. District Judge Esther Salas scheduled an Oct. 17 sentencing for Nesbit on the bank robbery plea.

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