Mount Olive NJ police recently arrested a Roxbury man who allegedly robbed a hotel employee while threatening him with a wrench.
The theft offense occurred around 5:00 a.m. last Saturday at the Extended Stay America hotel located in Mount Olive, New Jersey. According to authorities, the suspect entered the Mount Olive hotel and approached a hotel worker at the front desk.
The suspect allegedly brandished a wrench and threatened to use it on the victim unless he handed over cash.
When the victim refused to give the suspect any money, the suspect reportedly exited the building and fled the area on foot.
Meanwhile, the hotel employee dialed 911 and alerted the Mount Olive Police Department. By the time that Mount Olive NJ cops arrived at the scene, however, the suspect was long gone.
Mount Olive police released a description of the suspect. A short time later, Netcong NJ cops contacted Mount Olive law enforcement and said that they may have seen the suspect at a Roxbury motel.
Mount Olive cops went to the Roxbury NJ motel and spoke with the suspect. Police later placed the suspect under arrest.
The suspect is a 26-year-old man who lives in the Ledgewood part of Roxbury, NJ. He has been charged with multiple crimes, including robbery and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of armed robbery, he would face significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who uses a gun, knife, or other weapon to commit a theft can be charged with a first degree crime. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a $100,000 bail amount.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Wrench-Wielding Man Tried to Rob Hotel Worker, Cops Say.”