According to police, the victim was accosted after parking her vehicle, a Nissan Pathfinder, on the second level of the North Fullerton parking deck. The victim was trying to remove her 8-year-old daughter from the vehicle when the suspect, who wore a ski mask over his face, allegedly grabbed her from behind.
The suspect reportedly had a silver handgun, which he pointed at the victim as he demanded that she give him her car keys. The victim later told police that she resisted the suspect, who then fled on foot into the south stairwell of the garage.
The suspect reportedly got away with the victim’s purse.
Montclair police officers were called to the scene a short time later. However, they were unable to locate the suspect.
Police have released a description of the suspect. He is described as a black male between the ages of 30 and 35. He is said to stand roughly 6-feet tall with a medium build. He reportedly wore a gray-hooded sweatshirt, a black-and-white wool hat, blue jeans, and white sneakers with black laces at the time of the theft.
If the suspect is eventually identified and caught, he could face serious criminal charges. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, armed robbery is classified as a first degree felony. This means that a conviction could result in a sentence of 10–20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Authorities have asked that anyone with information about the incident or the suspect please reach out to Montclair detectives at 973-509-4717.
For additional information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Montclair Police Searching for Man Who Robbed Mother, 8-Year-Old Daughter at Gunpoint.”