A Newark New Jersey man recently pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges for robbing a Paterson home in August 2015.
According to authorities, the suspect and another man committed the robbery at an apartment on 20th Avenue in Paterson, New Jersey.
The suspects reportedly gained access to the home by posing as sheriff’s officers with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office. The victims later told police that the suspects were wearing t-shirts with the word “sheriff” on the back. Additionally, the suspects worse five-pointed star badges.
During the robbery, both suspects allegedly flashed handguns and threatened to shoot the victims.
Investigators were able to identify the 29-year-old Newark man as one of the robbers, but he was not captured until December 2015. Passaic County Sheriff’s officers arrested him in Paterson, New Jersey.
The suspect ultimately reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. In exchange for the suspect pleading guilty to conspiring to commit robbery, the U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed to drop additional charges against the suspect.
The suspect will return to U.S. District Court in Newark NJ in April 2017 for a formal sentencing hearing. He will face severe penalties that include a 20-year prison sentence.
For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “N.J. Man Admits Posing as Cop During Home Invasion Robbery.”