Police are investigating a robbery at a lodge in Tom’s River, NJ in which they say a bartender and a female lodge member fought back against an armed suspect.
Investigators say it happened shortly before midnight at the Elks Lodge at 600 Washington Street. A man armed with a handgun entered the lodge bar area just as workers were preparing to close, according to police. The man allegedly demanded money and then got into a brief scuffle with a 70-year-old male bartender and a 66-year-old female member of the lodge.
During the struggle, police say the woman hit the gunman with a large bottle of alcohol. The suspect managed to break free after knocking over a stool and escaped with a little over $1,000, according to investigators. Police say the man fled on foot to the rear of the lodge towards Clifton Avenue. Police say neither the bartender or lodge member was injured during the fight.
The suspect is described as a heavily built white male, standing 6-foot-1, with dark curly hair. Police say he was wearing a dark ¾ blue parka, dark skull cap and a blue and white scarf on his head.
If you have any information on this incident, please call Detective Bureau Captain Bruce Burgess at 349-0150 ext. 1200.