A Paterson NJ man allegedly committed an armed robbery at a Clifton NJ convenience store.
The theft went down around 2:30 a.m. According to Clifton New Jersey detectives, the suspect entered the On the Go convenience store located on Lexington Avenue in Clifton and walked toward a cashier.
The suspect reportedly brandished a handgun during the robbery and ordered the store employee to hand over money from the register.
After getting an undisclosed amount of cash from the store clerk, the suspect exited the store and fled the scene on foot.
Thankfully, nobody inside the store during the robbery sustained any injuries.
Witnesses of the theft incident later talked to Clifton NJ police officers and said that the suspect wore dark clothing and covered his face with a mask.
The Clifton Police Department and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit worked together to canvass the surrounding area in search of the suspect, but they were not able to locate him in the hours immediately following the robbery.
Eventually, however, police were able to identify the 27-year-old suspect as the robber. A Clifton plainclothes detective saw the suspect walking near the intersection of Highland Avenue and Parker Avenue. A chase ensued, but the suspect was quickly apprehended.
The suspect, who lives in Paterson, has been charged with armed robbery, illegal possession of a handgun, and resisting arrest.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of armed robbery, he would face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who uses a deadly weapon such as a handgun or a knife during a theft can be charged with a second degree felony and potentially sentenced to 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Suspect in Clifton Armed Robbery Arrested.”