FREEHOLD – A Middlesex County man has been arrested and criminally charged in connection with a bank robbery that took place in Middletown late last month, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Monday.

Miguel A. Angeles, 42, of Perth Amboy is charged with first-degree Armed Robbery.

At 10:43 a.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, members of the Middletown Township Police Department were dispatched to the Valley Bank on Route 35 South between Twin Brooks Avenue and Woodland Drive on a report of an alarm activation.  Upon their arrival, law enforcement learned that a masked male had entered the bank and stolen close to $8,000 before fleeing the scene.

A joint investigation by members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Middletown Township Police Department, and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ultimately led to the arrest and charging of Angeles. He remains in custody pending a detention hearing currently scheduled to take place on Wednesday, January 11 in Monmouth County Superior Court.

This case has been assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Cummings of the Major Crimes Bureau. Information on Angeles’s legal representation was not immediately available. Convictions on charges of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of 10 to 20 years in state prison, subject to New Jersey’s No Early Release Act (NERA), which mandates that 85 percent of certain terms be served prior to the possibility of parole.

Anyone with information about this matter is being asked to contact MCPO Detective Nicolas Logothetis at 800-533-7443 or Middletown Township Police Department Detective Keith Hirschbein at 732-615-2100. 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.