Police are searching for a man who robbed a Chinese food restaurant in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
The Bloomfield Police Department received a call about an armed robbery at The Chopstick House, which is located on Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, NJ.
According to witnesses at the scene, a man entered the restaurant shortly after midnight and placed a black handgun on top of the restaurant counter.
The man demanded cash from a restaurant employee, who handed over approximately $300.
After getting the cash, the suspect exited the restaurant and fled the scene in a gray or black SUV. Witnesses said that the vehicle was waiting for the suspect, who got into the passenger side.
The SUV reportedly drove south onto North 13th Street before leaving the area.
Police recently released a description of the suspect. Witnesses described the suspect as a dark-skinned Hispanic male. At the time of the theft, he was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. His face was covered by a white scarf.
If police are eventually able to identify the suspect, he would face significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, robbery committed with a weapon such as a gun or a knife is classified as a first degree felony. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges could potentially lead to a sentence of 10–20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
The Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect. Anyone who has information about the suspect or the robbery is asked to contact investigators at 973-680-4084.
For further information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Bloomfield Chinese Restaurant Robbed at Gunpoint, Police Say.”