On Sunday night, local police in Woodland Park put out a reverse 9-11 call warning to all residents that two armed suspects were at large and could be in the area of Garden Avenue. According to police, the suspects were wanted for an alleged armed robbery out of Denville, when they were chased down Route 80. Police said that they abandoned their vehicle on Rockland Avenue in Woodland Park and then continued running on foot in the Garden section of town (between Grimes Park and Squirrelwood Road). With the assistance of Totowa Police Department, Fairfield Police Department, and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department (K9 Unit), the suspects were apprehended near Maple Avenue. Click here to read more at www.tapinto.net.
The charge of armed robbery is serious in New Jersey and the penalties can be severe. 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 armed robbery, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and experienced at defending countless individuals charged with armed robbery in towns like Wayne, Clifton, and Paterson. She is committed to ensuring your rights are protected in court. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.