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2 charged with robbery in Hackensack Applebee’s dine-and-dash

Photo Credit: Courtesy HACKENSACK PD
Photo Credit: Courtesy HACKENSACK PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Thanks to surveillance images posted online, Hackensack police have charged two men with robbery for double-dooring an Applebee’s restaurant and then clipping the manager in the parking lot with their Cadillac Escalade as they fled.

Keith Koeppel, 56, of Lodi was arrested at his home by city police and remained held on $250,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail after a viewer recognized the North Bergen native in a story posted about the Oct. 14 incident.

Michael Comas, 23, of Cliffside Park was picked up by at his girlfriend’s house in Stamford, where he was being held on a fugitive warrant pending extradition to New Jersey, Detective Capt. Thomas Salcedo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.

The car was seized, he said.

The manager, who refused medical attention after being hit by the pickup, told police that the pair spoke to one another in English and Hebrew after coming to the Hackensack Avenue restaurant just off westbound Route 4 around 8 o’clock that night. When they left without paying, he chased them into the lot.

SURVEILLANCE IMAGES: Courtesy HACKENSACK PD

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