Paterson Man Arrested in Connection with Wyckoff Armed Robberies

Wyckoff police officers charged Steven Cardona, 22, with first-degree armed robbery, second-degree possession of a weapon, and fourth-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, saying that Mr. Cardona was connected to an armed robbery in the township.

The charges allege that Mr. Cardona met with two Wyckoff teenagers in a shopping center parking lot in order to purchase a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers worth several hundred dollars. Rather than a purchase, however, it is alleged that Mr. Cardona stole the sneakers from the teens at knifepoint. Police have said that Mr. Cardona has been connected to the robbery by “computer forensics” and that he is a suspect in several other robberies of the same type in other jurisdictions.

Wyckoff Municipal Court Judge Russel Teschon set Cardona’s bail at $100,000, though he is already being held on other charges in the Passaic County Jail.

If convicted of armed robbery, Cardona could face serious penalties including 10-20 years in state prison, up to $200,000 in fines, and a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of 85% of his period of incarceration. On the weapons charges, Cardona could face an additional 5-10 years of incarceration and $150,000 in fines if convicted.

Robbery and weapons possession are very serious criminal charges, with equally serious consequences if convicted. If you or a someone you know has been charged with these or other criminal offenses in New Jersey, don’t delay in hiring legal representation to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.

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