Accused robber said he was sorry, cops say

Photo courtesy Lyndhurst PD Donald Tuohy
Photo courtesy Lyndhurst PD
Donald Tuohy


At least he showed remorse. Police have charged a Lyndhurst man for allegedly robbing a local bar at gunpoint. The man apologized for his actions before racing away, police said.

Police said they responded to a 9-1-1 call on Saturday, April 20, at 6:18 p.m. on a report of a robbery that had just happened at the Locker Room Bar on Stuyvesant Ave.

Officers arriving there were told by the 26-year-old female bartender that a man had just committed an armed robbery of the bar, taking more than $100.

There were no patrons in the bar at the time, police said.

Police said the bartender told them that the man walked up to the bar, brandished a handgun and demanded cash from the register. The bartender told police that the man, after taking the money, apologized for his deed and left on foot.

Police said the bartender wasn’t hurt and no shots were fired. Police said Det. Ronald Guirland and Det. Sgt. John Kerner, who investigated the crime, managed to identify the suspect after canvassing the neighborhood and reviewing surveillance footage from security cameras both inside the bar and from neighboring businesses.

Tuohy was arrested Wednesday, April 24, at 6:15 p.m. at his Lyndhurst home and charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and aggravated assault.

Neither the handgun nor the cash were recovered, police said.

Tuohy was ordered held at Bergen County Jail, Hackensack, in lieu of $250,000 bail, with no 10% cash option permitted.

Here are other incidents logged by Lyndhurst Police during the past week:

April 20

A resident of the 600 block of Eighth St. reported the theft of a lawn mower from their garage. The resident told police the garage was locked but the lock may have been faulty. The incident was logged at 7:37 p.m.

At 11:20 a.m., police responded to the 200 block of Lake Ave. where a resident told them that someone had tampered with the ignition of their 2006 Chrysler sedan and that the cylinder lock on the driver door had been damaged.

Someone apparently entered a shed in the rear yard of a resident’s home in the 300 block of Page Ave., the resident told police at 9:30 a.m. The resident said he found the door to the unlocked shed open that morning. The resident wasn’t sure if anything was missing.

Police responded to the 100 block of Valley Brook Ave. near Lyndhurst Ave. at 7:14 a.m. on a report of a theft a 2000 Chrysler minivan. Police said the car was taken sometime between April 15 and 19.

April 19

At 10:36 p.m., police responded to a parking lot at 9 Polito Ave. on a report of someone driving erratically around the lot. After locating the vehicle, police ended up arresting the driver, Andrew Rivers, 19, of Lyndhurst, on charges of possession of suspected marijuana and possession of drugs inside a motor vehicle. Rivers was released on a summons.

Police were called to the 100 block of Fern Ave., at 9:40 p.m., on a report of damage to a motor vehicle. Police said the owner reported seeing a man trying to pry back the roof of their 1998 BMW convertible. Then, the owner told police, that man and two others jumped into a dark-colored 4-door sedan and drove away. Police said the three men were described as Latino, between 20 and 25.

– Ron Leir

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