Cole Murch, 21, of Middletown was arrested by the Middletown Police Department yesterday afternoon after he brandished a knife while approaching a gas attendant demanding money at the Wawa store on Route 36 in the Leonardo section of the township, according to a statement by Middletown Township Police Chief R. Craig Weber.
Murch fled on foot after the incident. The Middletown PD received a call reporting the robbery at 3:39 p.m. Multiple units responded and Murch was apprehended in the area shortly thereafter. He was taken into custody by Detective First Class Daniel Sullivan and Detective Keith Hirschbein and charged with charged with First Degree Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes, Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons, and Resisting Arrest.
Murch is the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold. His bail is $285,000 with no ten percent option as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Ronald Reisner.