Paterson man Robbed a City Beauty Salon, was Locked Inside by Employees Until Police Arrival

According to authorities, a 27 year-old Paterson man was arrested after allegedly robbing a city beauty salon. Police say, that on April 15, 2021, suspect Reshawn Evans was likely high on drugs when he entered the salon and attempted to steal money from the cash register. Employees escaped the salon and locked the suspect inside to prevent him from leaving. He was trapped inside kicking on the glass door. When police arrived and searched him, they recovered $280 from his pocket that he allegedly stole from the register. The entire salon was “ransacked” and he allegedly broke the front door valued at $1,000, the cash register worth $350 and the coffee maker valued at $50. Officers on scene observed Evans’ demeanor to be consistent with someone who was under the influence of drugs. He was charged with robbery and criminal mischief. Click here to read more at

The state of New Jersey handles robbery cases very seriously and 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:

  1. Inflicts bodily injury or uses force upon another; or
  2. Threatens another with or purposely puts him in fear of immediate bodily injury; or
  3. 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:

  1. Attempts to kill anyone; or
  2. Purposely inflicts or attempts to inflict serious bodily injury; or
  3. 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. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and experienced at defending countless individuals charged with robbery in towns like Wayne, Clifton, and Paterson. She is committed to ensuring your rights are protected and that you receive 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.