Police were called to the bank just prior to 4 p.m. on a report of a suspected hold up and arrived to find Anthony Farrington, 35, holding alleged robber Brian Campbell, who he had tied up with a telephone cord after knocking him down. Campbell, 30, of Broadway in Bayonne, allegedly entered the bank at 19th Street and Broadway wearing a baseball cap and a bandanna around his mouth and handed the teller a note saying demanding money.
“Farrington told us later that he had seen Campbell and thought he was sick,” Rogers said. “It wasn’t until he overheard Campbell [allegedly] ask for the money and put his hand behind his back simulating that he had a handgun that Farrington realized what was going on. He grabbed a candy dish and hit Campbell in the head and then grabbed a wire and tied him up until our officers arrived. He did a heck of a job.”
Campbell, after being brought to Bayonne Medical Center for treatment due to his injuries, was been charged with first degree armed robbery, Rogers said.
“Farrington single handedly thwarted [an alleged] bank robbery and for that I’m extremely grateful,” said Police Chief Ralph Scianni.