Newark NJ police are looking for a man accused of committing an armed robbery.
The theft went down around 3:00 a.m. The Newark Police Department got a report of a domestic violence incident at a local residence and immediately sent officers to the scene.
When police officers arrived at the house, located on 15th Avenue in Newark, they came across a number of people who said they had been threatened and robbed.
The victims talked to the officers and said that the suspect, a 25-year-old male who resides in Newark, robbed them at gunpoint. The suspect allegedly took cell phones from the victims and fired at least one gunshot before exiting the residence.
The suspect, believed to be the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims, allegedly got inside the home by entering through a window.
If and when police locate and apprehend the suspect, he will probably face several criminal charges, including armed robbery and aggravated assault.
A conviction for armed robbery could lead to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits a theft while using a deadly weapon like a handgun or knife can be charged with a first degree felony. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges could result in a sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Newark police have asked for the public’s assistance in finding the suspect. Anyone with information about the suspect should contact investigators through the Newark Police Crime Stoppers tip line at 877-NWK-TIPS or 877-NWK-GUNS.
For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Gunman Wanted in Domestic Violence Case, Newark Cops Say.”