An 18-year-old woman and a 17-year old man have been accused of trying to steal a Newark resident’s money and cell phone. According to police, the woman also stole another man’s wallet during an act of prostitution.
Dover NJ police officers responded to a report of a robbery at the Walgreens on Route 46. A 26-year-old Newark man told the officers that he met a woman through Meetme.com, an online social network, and that he came to Dover NJ to meet her.
After meeting the woman, Elizabeth Samanns, the man was allegedly lured to a house on Searing Street. According to the alleged victim, he became suspicious after entering the home and finding that there was no power. When he looked around the place, he discovered a man hiding in one of the rooms. He then fled the home, only to be chased down the street by the man.
Police officers drove the alleged victim to the area where the incident took place. At the scene, officers found Ms. Samanns and a 17-year-old man from Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Remarkably, while officers were speaking with Ms. Samanns, another man, 24-year-old James Palko, came over to the officers and accused Ms. Samanns of stealing his wallet. Mr. Palko claimed that he and Ms. Samanns had gotten together to engage in a sexual act for money.
Ms. Samanns has been charged with burglary, robbery, theft, luring, and prostitution, in addition to other related offenses.
In New Jersey, burglary is governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2. Prosecutors typically charge burglary as a third degree criminal offense. In this case, if Ms. Samanns is convicted of third degree burglary, she could face up to five (5) years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested, Ms. Samanns was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility, where she was held on $100,000 bail. Meanwhile, the male suspect was taken to the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center.
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For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “18-Year-Old Prostitute, 17-Year-Old Boy Worked Together in Robbery Attempt, Dover Cops Say.“