Montclair New Jersey police are trying to find two suspects who allegedly committed a violent armed robbery at a gas station.
The robbery was committed a short time before 6:30 p.m. Montclair NJ authorities indicated that two men entered the Delta gas station on Harrison Avenue in Montclair, New Jersey and confronted an attendant in a booth.
The two suspects initially asked the worker if he had any cigarettes they could borrow. Moments later, one of the suspects allegedly attacked the employee, grabbing him by the throat and shoving him further inside the gas station booth.
The second suspect then allegedly removed a handgun from his pocket and held it against the victim’s neck. Both suspects reportedly ordered that the victim hand over money.
The scary robbery attempt ended with the suspects allegedly getting $1,000 in cash from the victim and then fleeing the area on foot.
The victim contacted the Montclair Police Department, which dispatched police officers to the scene.
Montclair police are currently investigating the armed robbery and hoping to identify the two suspects.
The first suspect is said to be a large Hispanic man standing 5-feet-9-inches tall. He wore a black baseball cap and dark sweatpants during the gas station robbery. The second suspect is said to be a tall black man who was wearing a black baseball cap, a dark t-shirt, and black sweatpants.
If Montclair NJ investigators can eventually figure out who committed the theft, the culprits would likely be charged with several crimes, including armed robbery, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who uses a handgun, a knife or any other deadly weapon during the commission of a theft can be charged with a first degree criminal offense. A conviction for first degree armed robbery could result in a sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Robbers Grabbed Montclair Gas Attendant’s Throat, Placed Gun on His Neck, Cops Say.”