Police in Paterson New Jersey are looking for two men accused of robbing a local convenience store.
According to law enforcement, the suspects walked into the Quicks Convenience Store located on Railway Avenue in Paterson, NJ. Once inside the building, the suspects moved past a long line of customers and approached a store clerk. The suspects then allegedly demanded that the worker hand over an unspecified amount of money from the register.
One of the suspects was allegedly armed with a handgun during the theft incident. According to the store clerk, the suspect aimed the weapon at him while ordering him to hand over the cash.
After getting the cash, the suspects left the convenience store and got into a beige four-door vehicle. The car was last seen driving on East Railway Avenue. Witnesses told police that a third person was inside the vehicle.
Paterson police recently released surveillance camera images taken from store security cameras. The photographs reportedly show the suspects inside the store during the robbery.
If police officers are eventually able to identify and apprehend the suspects, it is likely that criminal charges for robbery would follow. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits an armed robbery with 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.
Paterson NJ police have asked for the public’s help with the investigation. Members of the public with information about the robbery or the suspects are asked to contact the Paterson Police Department’s Major Crimes Division at 973-321-1120 or 973-523-TIPS.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Cops Seek Robbers in Gunpoint Holdup at Busy Paterson Store.”