'Eminem' Bank Robber Strikes Again 10 Years Later

Michael Hasuga, of Bloomfield, accused of robbing Rutherford bank just weeks after getting out of jail. Robber reportedly struck in Teaneck, Fort Lee, Hasbrouck Heights, Lyndhurst, Rutherford and Clifton.

Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?

A Bloomfield man, formerly known as the "Eminem" bank robber, was arrested for robbing a bank just three weeks after getting out of jail for a spate of bank robberies 10 years ago.

Michael Hasuga, 54, is accused of robbing $710 from a Wells Fargo Bank in Rutherford on Oct. 9, a bank he had hit in 2003, when it was a First Union Bank, according to NorthJersey.com.

Hasuga, who made national headlines years ago as the elusive "Eminem" bank robber because of his baggy clothing and apparent resemblance to the rapper, had just served a nine-year sentence for a series of bank robberies.

Earlier this month, Hasuga was back at it again, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and clear surgical gloves when he allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo Bank, according to a criminal complain. He fled in his white Chevy Suburban and was arrested shortly after the robbery on Route 21 near Nutley.

Between October 2002 and February 2003, Hasuga reportedly hit almost a dozen banks in Teaneck, Fort Lee, Hasbrouck Heights, Lyndhurst, Rutherford and Clifton, making off with more than $30,000. His method was the same each time: He'd enter the bank, slip the teller a note demanding money and threatening to shoot anyone who didn't cooperate and then quickly exit. Hasuga reportedly never carried a weapon.

Hasuga was eventually nabbed by a Belleville detective at the town's Valley National Bank, MTV reported. At the time of his arrest, Hasuga was wearing a wool hat and reversible down jacket and later told police he didn't like being dubbed the "Eminem" robber because he preferred heavy metal over hip-hop.

Police had said Hasuga's costly drug addiction likely led him to rob banks as far away as Toms River.

If convicted this time around, he faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

John W. Burke October 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Just a suggestion for Mr. Hasuga, why don't you try to find a job, get out of bed in the morning, go to work, collect a paycheck and do whatever you want with your EARNINGS. A great concept which works for many. If you don't end up doing 20 years, give the job thing a shot! You might actually begin to feel good about yourself, and maybe even desire to change your lifestyle around, for the better. Good luck sir!


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