Police in Denville New Jersey are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a local gas station in broad daylight.
According to authorities, the theft incident occurred at the Sunoco station located at 161 Route 46 East in Denville, NJ. The suspect reportedly walked into the gas station, approached a gas station employee, and demanded that the worker hand over cash.
The suspect allegedly brandished a handgun during the robbery.
After the employee gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect took off and fled the scene on foot. He reportedly headed south on Legion Place.
Local law enforcement was immediately called to the scene to investigate. Police canvassed the area in search of the suspect; however, they were unable to find him.
The Denville Police Department is actively investigating the armed robbery. Police recently released a sketch and a description of the suspect. The suspect is reportedly a white male who stands 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs between 150 pounds and 170 pounds. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a black hooded jacket, black knee-length shorts, and a black baseball cap.
If police are eventually able to identify and apprehend the suspect, he would face significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits a robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, such as a handgun or knife, can be charged with a first degree felony. A conviction for first degree armed robbery could result in a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
Denville police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspect. Anyone who has information about the suspect or the armed robbery should contact investigators at 973-627-4900.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Police Searching for Suspect in Denville Gas Station Robbery.”