4 Armed Men Rob NJ Strip Club, Pistol-Whip Manager

The men fled before police arrived

By Jonathan Dienst
|  Friday, Apr 6, 2012  |  Updated 6:20 AM EDT
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Chopper 4 was over the scene as police surrounded the Taboo strip club in Linden, N.J Thursday after reports of a possible robbery inside.

Chopper 4 was over the scene as police surrounded the Taboo strip club in Linden, N.J Thursday after reports of a possible robbery inside.

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Four men entered a New Jersey strip club midday Thursday and pistol-whipped the manager before robbing the business of cash and jewelry, police said.

The armed men walked into the Taboo Men's Club in Linden shortly after noon and attacked the manager, forcing him into another room to open a safe, according to Detective Lt. James Sarnicki.

They took several thousand dollars in cash, as well as jewelry. About eight to 10 employees and customers were also in the club at the time, and they were herded into a bathroom.

Meanwhile, heavily armed officers arrived at the club and surrounded it. The officers entered the club and evacuated the building before searching for the robbers.

But the suspects had apparently fled. Police are now looking for four men in two cars.

The 52-year-old manager was the only person seriously hurt during the robbery and standoff. He is expected to be OK.

The investigation is ongoing.

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