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Moonachie police charge Clifton man in bank employee assault

Photo Credit: Courtesy MOONACHIE PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Clifton man who police said fled after wresting away an ATM card from a female bank employee this afternoon was arrested at his job in Carlstadt barely 20 minutes later, Moonachie Police Chief Michael Maguire said.

Moonachie officers were called to the Valley National Bank branch on Moonachie Road just before 1 o’clock, the chief said.

Moments earlier, he said, 52-year-old Alan Biarsky tried to retrieve the bank card, which he apparently left in the ATM machine a short time earlier.

When a bank associate refused to hand over the card, Biarsky assaulted her, snatched the car and took off, the chief said.

Witnesses got his license plate number, though.

Moonachie Police Sgts. Rich Behrens and Sgt. Tom Schmidt and Detective James McNeice used bank records, information from the ATM card and witnesses’ statements to identify Biarsky as their suspect, Maguire said.

After discovering he worked in Carlstadt, they contacted police there, and together they made the arrest, he said.

Biarsky was released without bail pending a Municipal Court hearing on assault charges.


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