The criminal incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. on November 9, 2016. According to law enforcement, the suspect arranged a drug deal at the Ramada Inn located on Route 46 in Rockaway Borough, New Jersey. When the sellers showed up at the motel, the suspect reportedly held them up at gunpoint and stole a large quantity of heroin, in addition to cash. During the theft incident, the suspect allegedly pointed the gun at the two victims and threatened to shoot them.
The suspect allegedly used an imitation firearm. The imitation gun reportedly appeared to be a real revolver.
Afterwards, the suspect reportedly ran out of the motel room and got into a blue BMW that was waiting in the parking lot. The vehicle was seen heading east on Route 46. According to officials, a woman was driving the car.
Just a few minutes later, Parsippany police officers spotted the BMW as it drove past Parsippany police headquarters. Parsippany NJ cops subsequently pulled over the vehicle in a Days Inn hotel parking lot also located along Route 46. At that point, both vehicle occupants allegedly attempted to make a run for it.
Police quickly apprehended both suspects. During the brief chase on foot, the male suspect allegedly discarded several items, including a knife, a replica handgun, a hypodermic needle, and an undisclosed quantity of heroin.
The 37-year-old male suspect is from Morristown, New Jersey. He faces numerous criminal charges, including armed robbery, possession of heroin, possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of an imitation firearm, and resisting arrest.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility on a $125K bail amount.
The female suspect is a 31-year-old woman who is also from Morristown, NJ. She has not yet been charged in connection with the incident.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man Used Fake Gun to Rob Duo of Money, Heroin, Cops Say.”