Bayonne bar, patrons robbed at gunpoint by men wearing ski masks, police say


Two men wearing ski masks and armed with handguns held up a local Bayonne bar late Monday night, robbing the bar of hundreds of dollars while stealing personal belongings from a number of individuals in the bar, police said.

By Corey McDonald/Hudson County View

Bayonne police officers arrived at Massa’s Tavern, located on Avenue A near Veteran’s Park, just after 11 p.m., where they met four victims who had been robbed, according to Police Lt. Eric Amato.

The victims told authorities that two men wearing ski masks and bearing handguns entered the tavern, locked the front door and demanded the bartender give them all of the money.

After securing cash from the bar, the robbers then took three of the victims – two men and a woman – into the basement, where two victims reported being struck in the head with a gun, police said.

Meanwhile, a fourth victim walking her dog attempted to enter the bar but noticed it was locked.

When she began knocking, she was confronted by one of the actors who dragged her into the tavern, pointed a firearm at her and robbed her of her pocketbook, officials said.

The robbers then fled, while the victims called the police. A search of the area led to the recovery of $25 worth of quarters, and a wallet of one victim, but the actors remain at large.

The incident remains under investigation, police said.


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