Two 16-Year-Old Youths Victims in Separate Labor Day Robberies
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 • 10:35am
PATERSON, NJ - Police are investigating two separate incidents in which 16-year-old city youths were robbery victims on Labor Day.
One of the victims was meeting with an individual he met on Facebook to complete a transaction for a pair of sneakers. According to Lt. Bert Ribeiro, the two had agreed online to a price of $160 for the sneakers, and the victim arranged to meet the suspect at the Chicken Supreme restaurant on Ryerson Avenue.
When the two met shortly after 11 p.m., the suspect, a 5-11 black male, asked the victim to walk with him to the car parked near Ryerson and James streets to retrieve the sneakers, but he pulled a gun out and pointed it at the youth. The suspect stole the $160 from the victim and then fled.
Earlier on Monday, a 16-year-old city resident was the victim of a strong-arm robbery in the 100 block of Chadwick Street, where a Hispanic male punched him in the face and then stole his cell phone. The victim's injuries were not serious.