Police: Jersey City man arrested for March armed robbery at Bayonne gas station


A Jersey City man was arrested for an armed robbery at an ExxonMobil gas station in Bayonne last month, police said.

The Exxon gas station at 224 Avenue E in Bayonne. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Terrence E. Williams, 45, of Jersey City, has been charged with robbery, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

Williams was taken into custody at approximately 11:15 a.m. yesterday from the area of Route 440 and Clendenny Avenue in Jersey City as the result from a lengthy investigation into an armed robbery at the ExxonMobil gas station convenience store located at 224 Avenue E.

On March 12th at about 4:14 a.m., officers responded to that location on a report of a robbery. Upon arrival, they were met by the 61-year-old man who worked at the convenience store was a victim of the crime.

According to the employee, minutes before he called the police, an unknown man entered the store armed with a black handgun and demanded that he give him all the money in the cash register.

After the victim complied, the robber, later identified as Williams, exited the store with approximately $300 from the register and fled west on East 21st Street.

A description of Williams was broadcast to all police units and a search for him ensued, ending with police unable to locate him.

An investigation by the Bayonne Police Detective Bureau immediately commenced detectives were able to utilize cutting edge technology, along with the help of the Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey State Police, and the New York State Intelligence Center to identify Williams and the vehicle he was operating the night of the robbery.

Yesterday, while continuing their investigation in the area of Tottenham Court in Jersey City, detectives observed Williams enter the suspect vehicle and begin to drive.

A motor vehicle stop was then conducted in the area of Route 440 and Clendenny Avenue which led to the recovery of a Byra HD air pistol determined to be the handgun used during the robbery.

As a result, Williams was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters to continue the investigation into the robbery.

The investigation ended with Williams being positively identified as the robber and numerous additional pieces of evidence linking him to the robbery were also recovered, authorites said.

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