A teenager from Wayne NJ sustained serious injuries during an armed robbery on a street in Clifton, New Jersey.
According to officials, the theft incident stemmed from a cell phone sale that went horribly wrong. The victim reportedly arranged to sell his cell phone to someone he recently met on the Internet.
The victim and the suspect were set to meet near the intersection of Lake Avenue and Van Winkle Avenue in Clifton, NJ. When the victim showed up to the arranged meeting place, the suspect reportedly got into the victim s car and then held him up at gunpoint.
During a physical struggle, the suspect s gun reportedly went off. At least one bullet struck the victim in his leg.
The Clifton Police Department received a report of gunshots being fired and immediately dispatched cops to the scene. The victim, an 18-year-old resident of Wayne NJ, was subsequently rushed to St. Joseph s Hospital, where doctors treated him for his gunshot wounds. Thankfully, the victim s injuries were not considered life-threatening and he was later released from the medical facility.
Clifton police investigated the robbery and eventually apprehended the suspect at a residence in Passaic, New Jersey. When detectives found the suspect, he was allegedly carrying a 9 mm Taurus handgun.
The suspect is an 18-year-old who lives in Passaic, NJ.
Clifton NJ police said that the crime was probably a premeditated robbery. As a result, the suspect has been charged with robbery. Additionally, the suspect has been charged with aggravated assault, illegal possession of a handgun, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and illegal possession of hollow point ammunition.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was moved to the Passaic County Jail. He was being held at the jail on a $500,000 bail amount.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Cellphone Sale between Teens Who Met Online Ends in Shooting.”