A 17-year-old Newark teen has been charged with four armed robberies that took place in Bayonne over the course of the past two-and-a-half weeks, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
A juvenile, 17, of Newark was arrested near the intersection of 22nd Street and Avenue A on Friday at 8:18 p.m. after a report of a robbery, according to Police Lt. Janine Foy.
The juvenile allegedly told a 16-year-old Bayonne resident that he had a gun and demanded the victim’s cell phone. However, the victim was only willing to hand over 50 cents and a bus ticket, authorities said, before the actor fled the scene.
The 17-year-old was charged with strong armed robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, police said.
In addition to the 50 cents and a bus ticket, the actor was found to be in possession of five cell phones, which after further investigation, linked him to three previous robberies in the city, officials said.
He was also charged with committing two robberies on Thursday, October 15. At approximately 6:02 p.m., the juvenile robbed three, 14-year-old Bayonne residents of their cell phones by stating he had a gun, although he never brandished one, authorities said. The incident happened near 10th Street and Avenue A.
Then, at around 10:12 p.m. on the same day, he robbed an 18-year-old victim of his cell phone by stating he had a knife, Foy explained, adding that the robbery took place in the vicinity of 8th Street and Avenue C.
Between the two incidents, he was hit with four more charges of armed robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, police said.
Finally, the last incident in question occurred on September 30 around 6:15 p.m., where the 17-year-old pulled a gun on a 14-year-old Bayonne resident near Juliette Street and Avenue A asked for his cell phone and money, officials said.
After receiving the cell phone and $16, the actor forced the victim to walk to an ATM machine located near 4th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard to withdraw an additional $500, authorities said.
For this incident, the juvenile was charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.