Pequannock New Jersey police recently arrested a man accused of robbing a convenience store and threatening an employee.
The theft reportedly occurred around 12:30 a.m. According to authorities, the 30-year-old suspect entered the Grab & Go convenience store located at 341 Route 23 South in Pequannock Township, NJ.
Once the suspect was inside the store, he reportedly walked up to a store employee and demanded that she hand over cash. The suspect was holding a metal object in his hand when he allegedly told the worker that he would stab her unless she gave him the money.
When the victim attempted to activate the store’s alarm, the suspect allegedly shoved her to the floor. The suspect then reportedly grabbed $150 in cash from the register and ran out of the store.
Pequannock police were called to the scene to investigate. Police officers from Pequannock and Butler then worked together to investigate and talk to the witness. Investigators also obtained surveillance footage from the store. Eventually, police identified and apprehended the suspect.
The suspect, who is from Butler NJ, has been charged with a number of crimes, including armed robbery, theft of movable property, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
If the suspect is convicted on the most serious charge of armed robbery, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits a theft while armed with a weapon like a knife or a handgun can be charged with a first degree felony. A conviction for first degree armed robbery could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. He was being held at the jail on a $250,000 bail amount.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Robber Who Threatened to Stab Woman Arrested, Police Say.”