Paterson New Jersey police are investigating a recent bus robbery and attempting to identify and locate the suspect.
The theft incident occurred on June 1 on an Express Bus driving through Paterson, NJ. According to law enforcement, the suspect got on the bus at around 2:50 a.m., approached the driver, and threatened to use a knife unless the driver handed over cash and got off the vehicle.
The suspect s weapon was reportedly attached to brass knuckles on his hands.
After the driver gave the suspect $200 in cash and exited the bus, the suspect allegedly drove off and fled the scene. Paterson NJ cops later found the bus abandoned at an undisclosed location in the city.
Detectives with the Paterson Police Department are actively investigating the bus robbery and trying to figure out the identity of the suspect. Law enforcement released surveillance video footage of the robbery in the hopes that someone might recognize the suspect.
If police eventually capture the suspect, he would likely face criminal charges for armed robbery. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, a person who commits a theft while using a deadly weapon such as a knife or a handgun can be charged with first degree armed robbery and face a possible penalty of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
For additional information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Police Release Video of Bus-Jacking Robbery.”