According to authorities, a man from Bergen County was robbed by a woman after she allegedly slipped him a substance which left him incapacitated for an entire day. Police allege that 32 year-old Katherine Berg of Paterson was communicating with the victim online. Berg arrived at the victim’s home in Fort Lee and gave him an unknown substance. Once the man was incapacitated, another suspect, 35 year-old Emin Goroveci of Succasunna arrived at the house with another man and allegedly stole items from the house along with his 2011 Honda Pilot.
The victim was found the next day at 11:00am by a family member who called the police. The Honda Pilot was stopped shortly thereafter. Goroveci was driving with Berg in the passenger seat. The two were arrested and charged with robbery, theft, and vehicle theft. The third suspect is yet to be apprehended. Click here to read more at www.nj.com.
The state of New Jersey handles robbery takes very seriously and consequences could be severe. Robbery in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1. Robbery is codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, which provides:
a. A person is guilty of robbery if, in the course of committing a theft, he:
- Inflicts bodily injury or uses force upon another; or
- Threatens another with or purposely puts him in fear of immediate bodily injury; or
- Commits or threatens immediately to commit any crime of the first or second degree.
Robbery is a crime of the second degree, except that it is a crime of the first degree if in the course of committing the theft the actor:
- Attempts to kill anyone; or
- Purposely inflicts or attempts to inflict serious bodily injury; or
- Is armed with, or uses, or threatens the immediate use of a deadly weapon.
A crime of the first degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of between 10 and 20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
A crime of the second degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Robbery (in either degree) is an enumerated crime under the No Early Release Act (NERA), meaning that 85% of the sentence imposed must be served before becoming eligible for parole.
If you or a loved one is charged with robbery, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. The charge of robbery comes with a lengthy jail sentence and having an aggressive lawyer on your side is invaluable. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and experienced at defending countless individuals charged with robbery throughout the state of New Jersey. She is committed to ensuring your rights are protected in court and you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.