A Budd Lake NJ man was thwarted in his alleged attempt to rob a Shell gas station in Hanover Township, NJ on New Year’s Eve.
According to Hanover police, 34-year-old Thomas J. Wendland tried to rob the Shell gas station on Route 10. Wendland allegedly showed up at the station with a knife, only to be chased off by a gas station attendant wielding a baseball bat.
When a patrolman arrived at the scene, he saw the two men scuffling near the station’s gas pumps.
Wendland suffered head injuries and a broken left clavicle in the fight. He later needed two staples for the injuries to his head.
After being arrested, Wendland was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and criminal restraint.
In New Jersey, robbery is governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1. According to the statute, a person can be charged with armed robbery if he uses a deadly weapon during the commission of the robbery. In this case, Wendland’s use of a knife during the attempted robbery could result in him being charged with first degree armed robbery. If Wendland is convicted of first degree armed robbery, he may be sentenced to as many as 20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Robber Shows Up with Knife, Leaves with Head Injuries, Hanover Cops Say.”