Police arrested two Essex County NJ men who allegedly robbed a man at knifepoint in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
According to officials, a 24-year-old West Orange man and a 25-year-old Bloomfield man held up the victim while he walked near the intersection of Hazelwood Road and Orchard Street in Bloomfield, NJ.
The Bloomfield Police Department received a report of the robbery and immediately dispatched officers to the area. When police arrived at the scene and started to investigate, they encountered the two suspects.
The victim is a 27-year-old resident of Bloomfield, New Jersey. He told police that the suspects approached him while he was walking in the area. The suspects allegedly threatened him with a knife and stole $200.
The victim later identified the two suspects as the men who robbed him.
Both suspects have been charged with robbery and theft.
If the suspects are convicted on the robbery charges, they face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits a theft while using a deadly weapon such as a handgun or knife can be charged with a first degree felony. A conviction for first degree armed robbery could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspects were taken to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, New Jersey. One of the suspects is being held at the jail on a $100,000 bail amount; the other suspect is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
For further information about this case, check out NJ.com article entitled “2 Men Arrested in Bloomfield Knifepoint Robbery, Cops Say.”