Newark NJ police are investigating the alleged armed robbery of a student traveling on a New Jersey Transit bus.
According to authorities, the victim was riding on a bus that was headed west on 16th Avenue in Newark, NJ. At some point during the bus ride, the suspect reportedly held a silver handgun to the victim’s head and instructed him to hand over his cell phone.
The victim, who was sitting directly in front of the suspect, gave the suspect his phone.
At some point during the theft incident, a second suspect reportedly rifled through the victim’s pockets and took his wallet. The victim later informed police officers that his wallet had $12 in cash, a credit card, and multiple identification cards.
After allegedly committing the robbery, both suspects exited the bus and fled the area on foot.
The victim, a 19-year-old student from Kean University, was able to avoid any serious injuries during the theft.
The Newark Police Department is conducting an investigation into the robbery. Investigators have yet to identify the suspects.
If the suspects are identified and captured, they would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits a robbery with a deadly weapon such a handgun or knife can be charged with a first degree crime. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges result in a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Kean U. Student Robbed at Gunpoint on NJ Transit Bus, Police Reports Say.”