A Morristown man was charged with robbing a woman at an ATM and then driving off in her car, authorities said on Friday.
Michael Conway, 37, had been released just moments before Wednesday’s alleged robbery from the Morris County Jail, where he had been held for allegedly violating a domestic violence restraining order, according to the Daily Record.
Conway was arrested, based on bank surveillance videos, when he returned to the jail on Thursday to collect some belongings, reported the paper, citing court records that said the defendant claimed he was hooked on drugs.
The alleged robbery occurred at 5:40 pm on Jan. 3, 2018, at the outdoor ATM of Wells Fargo Bank on Ridgedale Avenue in Morristown, said the Morris County Prosectutor’s Office. The bank is a short walk from the jail in Morris Township.
Conway encountered a woman at the ATM with her 10-year-old son, told her he had a gun, took $40 cash and sped off in the woman’s car, the Daily Record reported.
Authorities said the vehicle was recovered.
Conway was charged with carjacking and robbery, both first-degree crimes, and motor vehicle theft, a third degree crime. He’s back in the Morris County Jail.
Morristown police detectives investigated the case, with help from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.