A man from Clifton, New Jersey is currently facing charges for robbery, theft, and weapons possession-related offenses in connection with a recent incident at an Elmwood Park gas station.
According to Captain Michael Foligno of the Elmwood Park Police Department, 35-year-old Clifton resident Nidal Nasser is accused of robbing the Lukoil gas station located on Route 46 East in Elmwood Park at approximately 1 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18th.
Per reports, Nasser entered the establishment with a pellet gun, which he used to threaten an employee for money, before fleeing the scene in a vehicle. Fortunately, an attendant at the station was able to retrieve the license plate on the car and relay it to law enforcement, who arrested Nasser shortly thereafter. Officers soon found the clothing allegedly worn during the commission of the crime as well as the gun and the stolen cash, which amounted to $160.
Nasser is currently being held on $50,000 bail for charges of robbery in the first degree, theft in the third-degree, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Although the amount of money stolen was relatively small in terms of value, the fact that Nasser was allegedly armed during the commission of the crime classifies the robbery charge against him as a first-degree offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1. This will have serious implications if he is ultimately convicted of the robbery charge because an offense of the first degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment ranging from 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison, according to the state’s criminal code.
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