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Hillsdale Police Officer Collars Suspect In Halloween Mask Deli Holdup

Patrick McLoughlin
Patrick McLoughlin Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy HILLSDALE PD

HILLSDALE, N.J. -- A Hillsdale police officer nabbed a Washingtown Township man moments after he robbed a 60-year-old deli clerk of $100 at gunpoint Sunday morning while wearing a Halloween mask, authorities said.

Officer Alex Kaplan took 21-year-old Patrick McLoughlin into custody after spotting him on Clinton Avenue, a short distance from Wilkes Delicatessen, after the 10:30 a.m. holdup, Detective Bill Dietrich said.

The clerk was unharmed after handing over the cash from the register of the Hillsdale Avenue store, he said.

McLoughlin pointed police toward the gun and mask, which he'd tossed while fleeing, a law enforcement source told Daily Voice. They also recovered the cash, the source said.

McLoughlin was being held on $25,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.

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