Armed Robbery Attempt Investigated on Cook Avenue

A silver handgun was used in attempted robbery Thursday at Giro Express, Madison police said.

A man showing a silver handgun attempted to rob a money transfer store on Cook Avenue in Madison on Thursday, borough police said.

Authorities were looking for the man on Thursday afternoon, Madison Police Chief Darren Dachisen said.

The store, Giro Express, offers check-cashing and money order services.

Madison police and Morris County Sheriff's Office investigators, including the county K-9 unit, were at the scene.

Dachisen said the man—described as Hispanic and wearing a light-colored, possibly corduroy jacket—apparently was spotted at another location nearby, but no robbery attempt was made there.

Karen D'Addario February 21, 2013 at 07:37 PM
It would have been nice to give the surrounding merchants a warning or heads up!
Nicole Francoeur February 21, 2013 at 09:33 PM
I so agree. Glad I signed up for those Nexil alerts!
Lauren Rossi February 21, 2013 at 10:02 PM
We get them for random issues but not something as serious as this, that's disturbing to say the least.
tina February 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM
I didn't know we had a check cashing place in town. Kinda surprised
Gimmes1001 February 22, 2013 at 01:10 AM
You people are pretty funny. I have read before when us residents are annoyed about getting alerts now we complain when we don't get them. Maybe the policemen were too busy dealing with an armed person and keeping people safe .
Mikey D February 22, 2013 at 01:16 AM
I do hope that when they find this guy, they make him aware of our Mayor's feelings on guns!!! THAT will make him reconsider this kind of reckless behavior I'm sure!
Bob February 22, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Maybe if we were allowed to carry concealed weapons like 40 other states things like this wouldn't happen and a law abiding citizen with LEGAL weapons could have stopped the guy
george greco February 22, 2013 at 02:17 PM
I was in a nearby store and police did come in and told them loolked like cops had it covered and yes it would have been nice if the store had a gun.
danl February 22, 2013 at 04:05 PM
I am disturbed at the lack of Nixel Alerts. Armed robbery takes place at the Shell station 2 blocks from my home: No Nixel Alert. Attempted armed robbery takes place 2 blocks from my home, JUST behind Central Avenue School and RIGHT next to Madison Community House (Child Day Care & Activities): No Nixel Alert. Sinkhole on Garden State Parkway?: Worthy of Nixel Alert. Reminder on dog & cat licenses?: Worthy of Nixel Alert. Reminder on snow removal?: Definately worthy of Nixel Alert. There is a difference between not causing undue concern in the public, and keeping Madison homes secure and safe through prompt and cautioning information.
madddogg February 22, 2013 at 04:46 PM
If the police feel its worth us knowing i'm sure they would send it out, remember folks Nixle is a privelage, not right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Im sure that the same people complaining about lack of information are the same ones that complain when they get too many of them. GET A LIFE
Paul D. February 22, 2013 at 05:34 PM
What?! Stop the guy how? Shoot at him? Begin a gunfight on Cook Ave next to the Community House and a block from the elementary school? That's just reckless.
Jack Krug February 22, 2013 at 06:26 PM
What is happening to journalism? 'A man showing a silver handgun attempted to rob a money transfer store on Cook Avenue in Madison on Thursday, borough police said... the man—described as Hispanic and wearing a light-colored, possibly corduroy jacket—apparently was spotted at another location nearby, but no robbery attempt was made there.' Did he stick the gun in someone's face, wave it around, or just display it in his belt? What did any eyewitnesses think -- could it have been a toy gun? What did the guy look like? Tall, short, fat, skinny, old, young? But you got Hispanic right up front! Does the place have an alarm system? How soon was the police response? C'mon, people; it's the information age, let's have some information!!
Wendy February 22, 2013 at 07:06 PM
I believe that if the police thought the town was truly threatened by this incident that they would have Nixled, lock downed - whatever they needed to do to keep the town safe. Thank you Madison Police for NOT stopping your search and securing the town - to post an unnecessary Nixle alert
Andy February 22, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Justamadmom - I’ll go out on a limb and say that the person responsible for sending out the Nixle Alert is not the same person responding to or working the crime scene. Jack Krug – Please, haven’t you heard? Who, What, Where, When and Why have been replaced, no longer do i or u hasta use right grammar speling punctuation nothing… lol Madddog – come on now; guy, gun, local establishment… a little “heads up” couldn’t hurt. Privilege, really??? dani – (Jack see what I mean?) You may want to move, seems like two blocks in any direction from your place isn’t the place to be… george, Bob – Make sure your voices are heard and counted for… http://nj2as.com; https://www.usconcealedcarry.com
Andy February 22, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Paul D. – its crap like your response that grinds everything to a halt in Washington, DC; who said anything about a shoot out? If the guy walked in with the thought process that the store owner was allowed to protect himself by having a gun, he may have given it a second thought… if he walked in and there were a couple of other people in there too, now the guy would have to figure out “statistically” how many guns are in the place … my money says he doesn’t have the nerve to try and rob the place!
Andy February 22, 2013 at 09:36 PM
No one ever brings up the fact that the majority of all gun violence happens in the states with the most stringent gun laws… why, because rules and regulations are for honest people; Not criminals! If people haven’t noticed, the country, all the states, counties, and communities are having budgetary issues. So, they’re cutting police or not hiring replacement officers to fill the positions of their retiring brethren, to help lower the budget. This stretches the ranks with fewer bodies with more area to police. Which opens the increasing area up to increased criminals, gangs, etc.; the “Right to Bear Arms” doesn’t just give you the to fight back against an oppressive government but also, a marauding element of society … which if you can’t tell by the headlines of EVERY days news, is getting worse and worse. We don’t need more “Gun Control” what we need is “Trigger Control” and Gun Education… Gun Control is hitting what you’re aiming at, Gun Education is the proper schooling on how to choose, handle, shoot, clean and maintain a fire arm. Trigger Control is properly punishing people who shoot without regard, who endanger others.
Andy February 22, 2013 at 09:41 PM
J February 22, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Right after we stop people from shouting on the internet.
Andy February 23, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Excuse me, I wasn't shouting... I was getting passionate about what I was say and "talking with my hands" but you can't see them... :)
Pete Sesnick February 23, 2013 at 02:14 PM
@Paul D.: A law-abiding citizen, carrying a concealed, firearm would make an assessment of the situation. If the criminal could not be isolated, the citizen would not fire a shot. (She might not even draw her firearm.) There are an estimated 2 to 2.5 million instances each year in the United States in which a firearm is used to stop a crime. Obviously, in the overwhelming majority of these instances, no shots are fired. Contrary to popular, liberal belief, law-abiding citizens who legally carry concealed firearms pray that they'll never have to use them as a weapon.
Bob February 23, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Exactly my point!!!!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 23, 2013 at 06:10 PM
These liberals think that an armed citizen will squink his eyes and begin fire his weapon in an omni direction tactic. Give me a break. Idiots.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 23, 2013 at 06:11 PM
I wonder how it became an "attempt" and not a plain ol robbery? Maybe someone pulled a gun out and confronted the guy and he ran off?
cch February 23, 2013 at 06:57 PM
If nothing was taken during the act its a attempted robbery.


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