Police Search for Suspect in Armed Robbery of Diner in Englewood, New Jersey
Englewood New Jersey police are investigating an armed robbery that may have been an “inside job” committed by an employee of a local diner.
The robbery occurred around 12:45 a.m. at the Jackson Hole diner on Grand Avenue in Englewood, New Jersey.
One of the diner’s owners closed the business for the night and walked out of the establishment. As he exited building, the suspect approached him.
The suspect was wearing all-black clothing at the time of the robbery. The victim told police that the suspect is a Latino male in his 20s and standing 5-feet-7-inches tall.
According to officials, the suspect flashed a handgun when he moved toward the victim. The suspect allegedly instructed the victim to hand over cash.
Once the suspect gave him money, the suspect reportedly ran away and fled on foot.
Englewood police are actively investigating the armed robbery. Investigators are operating under the assumption that the robbery could have been an “inside job.” According to law enforcement, the suspect had knowledge of when the diner closed for the night and the procedures used to close.
If the suspect is ultimately apprehended by police, he could face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits a theft while brandishing a deadly weapon such as a handgun or knife can be charged with a first degree criminal offense. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges could lead to a lengthy sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
Englewood NJ police have asked members of the public to help with the investigation. Anyone who has information about the suspect or the robbery should call the Englewood Police Department CrimeStoppers tip line at 844-466-6789.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Diner Robbery May Have Been ‘Inside Jon,’ Police Say.”