On April 7, a 27-year-old New Jersey man pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the illegal sale of firearms. He could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
An Ocean County man is facing serious charges in connection with an alleged holiday robbery at a gas station. Detectives claim to have identified the man through security footage.
An 18-year-old Newark man has been detained by police for his alleged role in a string of armed robberies throughout Essex County, according to reports. Police believe he is one of three men who robbed a Hillside Place resident as he was sitting in a parked car in his driveway around 8:25 p.m. on Dec. 28. One of the men was armed with a shotgun and ordered the victim to exit his car and get on the ground. The trio then reportedly stole the victim's wedding band and iPhone and ran away.
A man was taken into custody on the night of Dec. 20 in connection with the shooting death of a local business owner, according to media outlets. The business owner was killed on Sept. 16 in a variety store located on the 800 block of South Orange Avenue.
New Jersey penalties for robbery tend to be harsh, especially if the accused person is facing first-degree charges. The severity of the penalties increases when the threat of bodily injury or death was involved in the case.
A 23-year-old man and a 25-year-old man from Magnolia were taken into custody on Oct. 31 after allegedly robbing a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint. According to police, the driver had just finished making a delivery near Potter Street in Haddonfield when the alleged robbery occurred. During the incident, one of the men reportedly pulled a black handgun out and pointed it at the driver, and the two men then fled with an unreported amount of cash.
Two brothers, aged 28 and 23, as well as their mother, were placed in custody in relation to the events surrounding the alleged robbery of a Woodbury bank. Woodbury police say that they responded to a report of a robbery at the bank in the 400 block of Mantua Avenue at approximately 2:30 p.m. on the afternoon of July 5. A man had allegedly entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding cash and had claimed to have a firearm. The teller reportedly obliged the man's demand for money. However, police said that the suspect in the robbery had exited the bank by the time police arrived.
It took police nearly a year to conclude their investigation before charging two people for their alleged connection with burglaries that spanned two states.
A man has recently been sentenced, stemming from an incident that occurred near a Point Pleasant Beach motel on Jan. 19, 2012. The New Jersey man was accused of robbery, assault and other weapons charges resulting from an altercation in which the man supposedly used a metal trash can as a weapon. He pleaded guilty to multiple charges and has been sentenced to six years in prison.
If a person used a toy weapon in the commission of a robbery, that person can still be charged with a weapons crime in addition to armed robbery. Still, in such cases, there could be a range of factors that lead to a reduction or dismissal of criminal charges. In defense of a person accused of armed robbery, it is important to conduct an in-depth analysis of evidence such as surveillance video and witness statements.