TD Bank robber nabbed
Local man arrested by HPD minutes
after leaving the bank
by Gabe Donio, Gazette
HAMMONTON—Lt. Mark Fiorentino and
Officer Donald Kunen were able to pull over a
bank robber minutes after he stole thousands of
dollars from TD Bank on the White Horse Pike
(Route 30) at 4:40 p.m. on April 11, Hammonton
Police Captain Nick Salvatore said. Michael
Hetzel, 41, of Hammonton was arrested and
charged with robbery, theft and possession of a
weapon for an unlawful purpose, Salvatore said.
He was placed in Atlantic County Jail in lieu of
$100,000 bail set by Hammonton Municipal Judge
Frank Raso, Salvatore said.
Several thousand dollars was stolen, all of
which was recovered, Salvatore said.
Quick communication throughout the town was the
key to the swift capture and arrest of Hetzel,
Salvatore said. According to Salvatore, TD Bank
was not the first bank Hetzel entered on April
“Prior to the bank robbery call, at 4:07 p.m. on
April 11, we received a call from Sun Bank
asking us to send an officer right away about a
suspicious person. At 4:30, Susquehanna Bank
made a similar call. They called us and started
calling the other banks. Both banks felt this
person fit the profile of someone who wasn’t
right, and Susquehanna Bank called TD Bank at
4:40 p.m. Ironically the robber was robbing the
bank when the call came in from Susquehanna Bank
about the suspicious person to another woman
working in the bank. At the same time, a man
from the bank was calling us on 911 reporting
the bank robbery,” Salvatore said.
After Hetzel left the bank, another employee was
able to watch him because she was outside the
bank in her car on a break, Salvatore said.
“Another employee was on a break and saw the
commotion, and watched his exit, his change of
clothes and described the van he drove. He ran
to the back and headed to the Walmart parking
lot. She called into the bank and spoke to
another female employee of the bank, who gave
that information to the man on the phone with
us. If she hadn’t done that, and there wasn’t
that team effort, we would have had a much
tougher time apprehending him and retrieving the
money,” Salvatore said.
Hetzel was apprehended by Fiorentino and Kunen,
who stopped his vehicle at the intersection of
Route 206 and the Middle Road access road from
Route 206 behind the Rite Aid, Salvatore said.
He was driving an xfinity cable van, which was
not a stolen vehicle, Salvatore said.
According to Salvatore, Hetzel had a small
semi-automatic handgun on him when he was
apprehended by the officers.
Salvatore said the investigation was conducted
in conjunction with the local FBI office.