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Lt. David O'Dowd, Montclair Police Department

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 • 10:30pm

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The follwing Police Blotter has been issued by the Montclair Police Department:

Arrest:

On 08-11-2014, at 1815Hrs Officers observed a male on Mission Street, known to have active warrants.  This subject, Johnny Scott (21yoa from West Alpine NY), was approached by Officers and advised that he was under arrest for these warrants.  Mr. Scott attempted to re-enter his vehicle and was actively resisting Officers attempts to apply handcuffs.  Mr. Scott then verbally threatened Officers on scene.  Mr. Scott was arrested for two existing open warrants out of Montclair totaling $951.  He also had an outstanding warrant out of Newark for $5,000.  Mr. Scott was then charged with Resisting Arrest and Terroristic Threats for his actions at this scene, with a bail of $20,000. 

Robbery Arrest:

On 08-17-2014, at 2229Hrs, a male victim (22yoa from Newark) was robbed at gunpoint on Lackawanna Plaza.  The suspect, described as a black male in his 20’s, 5’9, thin build, with short black hair, approached the victim with a black cloth covering the lower half of his face.  This suspect was brandishing a silver colored handgun.  The suspect demanded the victim’s money and cellphone.  The victim turned over his iPhone 5 in a blue case.  The suspect then fled eastbound on foot.  At 2344Hrs, a second male (22yoa from West Orange) reported having been the victim of an armed robbery on Elm Street near Bloomfield Avenue.  This victim stated that a suspect, matching the same description as the prior robbery, approached him on Elm Street.  The suspect was again brandishing a silver handgun with a bandanna over his mouth.  The victim advised the suspect that he did not have any money on his person, at which time the suspect punched him in the neck.  The suspect then fled on foot, south bound on Elm Street. At approximately 0200Hrs, Montclair Police along with East Orange Police located a subject matching the description given by our two victims.  This suspect, Almid K. Edwards (19yoa from East Orange) turned over an iPhone 5, which was determined to be proceeds from the Lackawanna Plaza robbery.  Mr. Edwards was placed under arrest by East Orange Police and charged with Receiving Stolen Property, for having this stolen iPhone in his possession in their jurisdiction.  Through investigative efforts, the Montclair Police Department was able to positively identify Mr. Edwards as being the actor in these two robberies.  On 08-18-2014 at 1445Hrs, Montclair Police Department took custody of Mr. Edwards, charging him with: 2 Counts Robbery, 2 Counts Weapon Possession, 2 Counts Weapon Possession For Unlawful Purpose, 1 Count Aggravated Assault.  Mr. Edwards is being held on $75,000 bail. 

Fraud:

On 08-11-2014 at 1600Hrs, a North Fullerton resident received a telephone call from a male in Pennsylvania.  This male stated that the victim’s niece was just involved in a motor vehicle accident.  He further stated that the party that she struck was wanted for murder and had now kidnapped the niece.  The caller demanded $15,000 for the safe return of the niece.  The victim explained that they could only pay $300, which the caller accepted via Western Union.  After wiring this money, the victim was successful in contacting her niece, who explained that the same person had contacted her, claiming that her uncle had been kidnapped.  The niece however believed it to be a scam and did not provide payment to the suspect.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Singleton at 973-509-4722. 

On 08-15-2014, at 1215Hrs a Talbot Street resident reported that they were the victim of an attempted fraud.  The victim explained that they received a telephone call from a Hispanic male who stated that the victim’s mother had just been in a car accident.  The suspect stated that he is running from the law and now had the victim’s mother held hostage.  If the victim did not provide the suspect with $1,500 within 15 minutes, the suspect stated that he would “put a bullet in her head”.  Detectives were successful in locating the victim’s mother.  She was safe and unaware of this incident. The victim made no attempt to provide the suspect with this ransom money.  Anyone with information please contact Detective R. Singleton at 973-509-4722.

On 08-13-2014, a Montclair resident received an email regarding numerous resumes that she had recently sent out.  This email stated that a company had reviewed her resume and would be moving onto the second phase of the interview process, the “test of trust”.  The victim was sent a check for $1900 and instructed to deposit it in her personal bank account.  She was then instructed to withdraw only $1550 of that money and send it back to the company via MoneyGram.  When the victim contacted MoneyGram, she was advised that this was a scam.  The victim canceled this transaction.  Anyone with information please contact Detective R. Singleton at 973-509-4722.

Theft:

On 08-16-2014, an Eagle Rock Way resident reported that he was the victim of a theft from his vehicle.  The victim stated that between 0850Hrs on 8-16 and 1050Hrs, same date, someone had entered his unlocked Acura RDX and stolen a black Apple iPhone 4s.  Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08-16-2014, a Miller Street resident reported the theft of two bicycles from her backyard.  The bicycles were taken at approximately 1130Hrs on 08-16.  The bicycles are described as a Razor BMX orange/black and a Next Brand Mountain Bike silver, with a combo lock wrapped around the cross bar.  Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08-14-2014, a Graham Terrace resident reported that he was the victim of a theft from his vehicle.  The victim stated that between 1100Hrs on 8-9-14 and 1000Hrs, on 8-11-14, someone had entered his unlocked Toyota Rav4 and stolen a Garmin Nuvi GPS Unit.  Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08-14-2014, an Essex Avenue resident reported that she was the victim of a theft from a vehicle.  The victim stated that between 2330Hrs on 8-13-14 and 0740Hrs, on 8-14-14, someone had entered her unlocked Toyota Rav4 and stolen a blackberry cellphone and a black Lenovo Laptop.  This laptop was in a navy blue Kate Spade bag with a tan strap.  Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08-14-2014, a Claridge Court resident reported that she was the victim of a theft from a vehicle.  The victim stated that between 1900Hrs on 8-13-14 and 1545Hrs, on 8-14-14, someone had entered her unlocked Volkswagen Jetta and stolen a Tom-Tom GPS Unit, a Beatles CD Box-Set, and $20 in quarters.  Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08-14-2014, a Pierson Place resident reported that he was the victim of a theft from his vehicle.  The victim stated that between 2200Hrs on 8-13-14 and 0430Hrs on 08-14-2014, someone had entered his unlocked Ford Ranger and stolen a wallet containing no cash.  Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

Burglary:

On 08-12-2014, a Fairview place resident reported that on 08-08-2014, they were the victim of a diversion style burglary.  The victim explained that at 1400Hrs, a white male, brown hair, 30-35yoa, 5’10” with a medium build, wearing beige work clothes and carrying a portable radio, rang her doorbell.  The male stated that they were “working on a water problem in the area”.  The victim allowed him in the house, where he ran various faucets, leading the victim outside to the garden hose faucet.  The victim stood with this subject in the back yard for approximately 30 minutes, watching the garden hose faucet run.  The victim then heard a voice over the portable radio stating, “We’re good to go”.  At which point this suspect exited her yard.  The victim returned inside the residence to find it ransacked.  Stolen in this incident was approximately $1000 in cash.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725. 

Miscellaneous:

On 08-15-2014, at 1251Hrs MPD and MFD were dispatched to 20 Edgemont Road, Edgemont School, on a report of a fire.  Three bundles of hay, located near the playground, had begun smoldering in the sun.  The custodian had begun extinguishing the small fire with a garden hose.  MFD took over the scene and extinguished the burning hay.  No other damage reported. 

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