Police: Secaucus cop chases down teen who tried to rob cab driver with knife


A Secaucus police officer chased down a teen who tried to rob a cab driver at knifepoint early yesterday morning, authorities said.

Photo via Secaucusnj.gov.
Photo via Secaucusnj.gov.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The 17-year-old juvenile was charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and resisting arrest, according to Police Capt. Dennis Miller.

Yesterday around 7:27 a.m., a local taxi driver, picked up a “fare” in the area of Cedar Lane and Cedar Avenue. The “fare” was wearing all black and had his face covered with a t-shirt when he entered the taxi, police said.

While driving to the desired destination, the “fare,” later identified as a 17-year-old juvenile male, of Secaucus, demanded the driver give him all his money after he pulled out a folding knife, officials said.

After not immediately complying, the 17-year-old juvenile male exited the taxi and fled on foot, while still armed with the knife, toward the center of town, authorities said.

The taxi driver then immediately notified the Secaucus Police. In response to the report of the robbery, Detective Aniello Schaffer observed the 17-year-old juvenile male entering Buchmuller Park, officials said.

When the juvenile male observed Detective Scahffer, he immediately began to flee on foot, police said.

After a brief foot pursuit, the teen was taken into custody by Schaffer and Police Officer Robert Napoleon after he initially resisted the detective’s commands. At the time of his arrest, the 17-year old was found in possession of a folding knife, authorities said.

Police Chief Kevin Flaherty commended the quick response and coordinated effort of the Patrol and Detective Divisions of the Secaucus Police Department in responding to the crime.

The suspect was remanded to the Union County Youth Correctional Facility and is pending his appearance in Family Court.

Anyone with any additional information regarding this robbery, or similar crimes, is asked to contact the Secaucus Police Detective Division at (201)330-2052 or detectivedivision@secaucus.net.

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