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Apologetic armed robber tips Lyndhurst bartender $20

Photo Credit: Courtesy Lyndhurst PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An armed robber tipped a bartender $20 from $138 he’d just taken from her at gunpoint at an empty Lyndhurst tavern, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.

Donald Tuohy walked into The Locker Room on Stuyvesant Avenue around 6:15 Saturday night, Capt. John J. Valente said.

After using the bathroom, he asked the 26-year-old barmaid for a tap beer, Lyndhurst Police Chief Jim O’Connor told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

She said they had only bottles, so he ordered a Budweiser, he said.

As she was getting it, O’Connor said, Tuohy pulled a handgun from his left jacket pocket — then began apologizing for robbing her.

“He said, ‘I’m desperate. I don’t want to hurt anyone’,” O’Connor said.

Tuohy then took a twenty from the fistful of cash she’d just handed him and left it on the bar for her, the chief added.

Later that night, Detective Ronald Guirland and Detective Sgt. John Kerner reviewed surveillance video from the tavern and nearby businesses and canvassed the neighborhood. They quickly identified the car he was driving, which police said had distinctive damage.

It was around 6:15 tonight — exactly four days later — when they arrested Tuohy at his home, Valente said.

Tuohy, 49, was being held on $250,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy Lyndhurst PD

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