Man Accused of Robberies in Paterson, South Hackensack, and Elmwood Park
The 31-year-old suspect allegedly entered the Food Basics supermarket on Getty Avenue in Paterson NJ and demanded money from the cashier. According to police, the suspect claimed to have a gun when he instructed the cashier to hand over cash from the register.
When the suspect was charged with the Paterson supermarket robbery, he was already in custody for a string of hold-ups in Bergen County, NJ.
The Elmwood Park Police Department and the South Hackensack Police Department conducted a joint investigation into the series of thefts. The first alleged robbery occurred on New Year’s Eve at the Chase Bank in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Police said that the suspect entered the bank and handed a note to the teller; the note reportedly indicated that the suspect was armed and would shoot the teller unless the teller handed over money.
The suspect also allegedly committed three robberies in South Hackensack, NJ.
After being placed under arrest and charged for the series of robberies in Bergen County, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. The suspect was still in custody at the facility when Paterson NJ detectives used video surveillance footage to link him to the Paterson supermarket robbery.
The suspect now faces an additional count of first degree robbery in connection with the Paterson robbery. If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the first degree armed robbery charges, he faces a sentence of 10–20 years in NJ State Prison.
The suspect remains at the Bergen County Jail on a combined bail of $850,000.
For additional information, view the NJ.com article entitled “Man Accused in String of Bergen County Robberies Charged in Paterson Hold-Up.”