Two men who were already in Bloomfield NJ police custody and facing criminal charges for robbery and aggravated assault have now been charged with additional counts of robbery.
The new charges stem from the discovery that the suspects allegedly committed other armed robberies in towns that neighbor Bloomfield, New Jersey.
The suspects include a 53-year-old Newark NJ man and a 44-year-old Elizabeth NJ man. They were arrested in connection with an armed robbery of a gas station attendant at the Enrite gas station located on Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, NJ. The suspects allegedly held up the worker at gunpoint and stole $400 in cash from him.
Bloomfield NJ police officers were able to track down and arrest the suspects after the victim caught their license plate number on the car they used to drive away from the scene of the armed robbery.
After being placed under arrest and processed, both suspects were ordered held at the Essex County Jail in Newark, NJ on separate $100K bail amounts.
While the suspects were being held at the Newark correctional facility, Montclair NJ authorities charged them with robbery in connection with a theft committed at a Montclair gas station on June 11, 2016. That violent incident reportedly involved the suspects grabbing a gas station worker by the throat, threatening him with a handgun, and stealing $1,000 from his pockets.
It is possible that the suspects will face additional criminal charges in the coming days and weeks. Several other law enforcement agencies, including police departments in Elizabeth, Roselle Park, and Union, are investigating the suspects for similar robberies.
For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “2 Men May Be Responsible for String of Armed Gas Station Robberies, Cops Say.”