CAUGHT!!!!!! 21 year old Lodi Resident Apprehended


21 year old Lodi Resident Hamilton Sanchez APPREHENDED after Lodi Armed Robbery.

Hamilton Sanchez

Hamilton Sanchez

A Bergen County Police Department K9 unit caught a man who authorities believe was responsible for a weekend holdup spree following the armed robbery of a Lodi 7-Eleven.

“He’s our guy,” an investigator told CLIFFVIEW PILOT after BCPD Detective Daniel Antinori and Eiffel found the suspect hiding in a garbage bin behind a Boston Market barely 110 yards down Essex Street from the convenience store just after midnight.

Moments earlier, he wore a black ski mask and used what turned out to be a BB gun to take $100 in cash from the 7-Eleven, multiple sources said.

As of 2:30 a.m., he had only been charged with that stickup.

However, detectives from other jurisdictions went to Lodi to interview him in connection with five armed robberies in a little over 24 hours this weekend — twice in Hasbrouck Heights and once each in Garfield, Lodi and Elmwood Park.

A botched holdup and an actual robbery occurred 20 minutes and barely a mile apart Sunday night — first at a Lodi pizzeria and then back in Hasbrouck Heights, where he first struck the night before.

The robber first showed up at a Rite Aid in the 100 block of Boulevard in Hasbrouck Heights around 8:20 p.m. Saturday. After walking halfway down an aisle, he pulled a ski mask over his face and walked straight to the front of the store, Detective Sgt. Michael Colaneri Jr. told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that night.

Pointing a black handgun, he ordered the cashier in a Spanish accent to empty the register into his black Jansport backpack, Colaneri said.

He then bolted south on Boulevard, turned a corner and got into what police believe was a dark-colored, four-door Volkswagen sedan that then headed west.

Colaneri said the 6-foot-tall, 160-pound bandit was wearing a black sweatshirt, black pants, black gloves and grey and blue sneakers, as well as a yellow and black necklace.

He also had a distinguishing feature, the detective said: black gage earrings.

Later that night, police said, he hit a Sunoco station convenience store in Elmwood Park.

At 3:50 p.m. Sunday, police believe the same man pulled a gun on a CVS clerk at Midland and Van Winkle avenues in Garfield. He ordered her to put all the money from her register in his backpack “or he’ll shoot her,” they said.

He then fled with $660, they said.

They described the bandit as light-skinned, Hispanic and wearing nearly all black, including a wool hat, as well as a red scarf covering his face. They suspect he may have fled in a green Sebring convertible.

Four and a half hours later, police believe the same man tried to rob Pizza Zone at South Main Street and Lincoln Place in Lodi but left empty-handed. He was wearing a black mask and gloves, they said.

This time, however, witnesses reported seeing two women with him — both white, one with dark hair and other blonde.

Twenty minutes later, the Bergen bandit hit the Minit Mart in the 300 block of Hasbrouck Heights about a mile from the Lodi holdup.

He had the mask and backpack and what were described as silver or grey sneakers.


Information courtesy of Gerald DeMarco –