Montclair New Jersey police apprehended two individuals who allegedly committed an armed robbery at a gas station.
The armed robbery went down on June 11, 2016. According to authorities, the suspects physically assaulted and then stole cash from a gas station attendant at a Delta Gas Station on Harrison Avenue in Montclair, NJ.
The suspects reportedly walked up to the victim, grabbed him, and then pointed a handgun at his face while threatening to shoot him.
At some point, the suspects allegedly began to punch, kick, and hit the victim. When the victim fell to the ground, the suspects allegedly removed $1,000 in cash from his pocket and then ran away.
The good news is that the gas station attendant was not seriously injured as a result of the violent assault.
The Montclair Police Department and the Bloomfield Police Department conducted a joint investigation into the theft incident and eventually identified the suspects as the likely culprits.
Montclair police officers recently found the suspects and placed them under arrest. The suspects include a 53-year-old Newark man and a 41-year-old Elizabeth NJ man. Both suspects face multiple criminal charges, including armed robbery and aggravated assault.
If the suspects are ultimately convicted of armed robbery, they would be in store for severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, a person who commits a theft while using a deadly weapon like a handgun or knife can be charged with a first degree crime. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “2 Arrested in Violent Montclair Gas Station Robbery.”