Two Home Invasion Suspects Arrested Following Chase in Paterson

According to authorities, two men were arrested last Thursday after allegedly committing a home invasion on 16th Avenue in Paterson. The two were arrested after leading police on a chase through backyards. According to Paterson Public Safety Director, Jerry Speziale, 30 year-old Vashawn Daniels of Paterson and 32 year-old Dashawn Fields of Hawthorne allegedly broke into the first floor of 150 16th Avenue around 7:20pm. Police were called and advised of a robbery in progress by a resident. A Loud banging noise was heard coming from the first floor and a woman was heard screaming, “I don’t have any money in this house!” Police Officers James Iandoli and Wojciech Kulbabinski arrived at the scene and were told that the duo ran out the back door.

Police began to chase the suspects, and during the chase Daniels was seen discarding a handgun into a blue garbage container. Once Police caught up with the suspects, Fields was allegedly found to have 17 blue baggies of suspected crack cocaine, and 99 capsules of crack cocaine. He also had a handheld taser. Daniels had a bundle of heroin stamped “Fire” in his waistband. The suspects were charged with multiple counts of robbery, assault, burglary and other charges. Click here to read more at

The state of New Jersey takes Robbery cases very seriously. 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 an attorney immediately. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and experienced at representing countless individuals charged with robbery in New Jersey in towns like Paterson, Clifton, and Wayne. 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. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.