Two Seton Hall Students Latest Victims of Robbery in South Orange
Sunday, November 3, 2013 • 5:36pm
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Three men robbed two Seton Hall students at gunpoint on Valley Street early Sunday morning, according to a Pirate Alert issued by the University.
The students were walking near the Ora Manor apartment complex, owned by the University, around 1:22 a.m. when a minivan pulled into the parking lot and three black men exited. The victims handed over jewelry, money and cellphones. The three got back into the vehicle with a fourth man and the four fled on South Orange Avenue toward Union.
In a similar incident on Halloween, a Maplewood resident reported that he was robbed at gunpoint while walking on West Montrose Avenue around 11 p.m. He told police that he was approached by three black males, who pointed a handgun at him and demanded his wallet and cell phone. The suspects then ran to a parked vehicle and fled toward Orange.
Earlier that evening, a juvenile told police his cell phone snatched from his hand while he walking on Warren Court about 8:15 p.m. The victim was approached by a female and two males, who grabbed the cell phone and ran down the street. The victim said one individual was wearing a hockey mask.
South Orange police made several arrests:
- Valerie Adams, 52, of Newark, was arrested on Friday when officers responded to calls of someone attempting to break into a FedEx drop box on the corner of Academy Street and Irvington Avenue. During an on-scene investigation, she was found to have an outstanding warrant. She was arrested without incident.
- Malcolm Shabazz, 54, of Newark, was arrested Thursday after illegally entering a building that was closed for construction on South Orange Avenue. He led police on a foot chase for several blocks before being taken into custody around 4:15 p.m.
- Cleveland Womble, 51, of Irvington, was arrested Tuesday when police determined he was the man who was reportedly stalking a female. He was apprehended at his home.
- A juvenile South Orange resident was arrested Oct. 25 when a police investigation determined he had stole a cell phone from the middle school gymnasium earlier in the week.
In other police news:
- An employee of the Delta gas station on Irvington Avenue told police that he was assaulted Oct. 26 while working. He stated that he asked a customer to pick up a piece of trash that she had thrown on the ground. The suspect, described as a black female in her mid 20s, got out of her vehicle and punched the victim in the face several times before fleeing.
- A South Orange resident told police that someone damaged the locks to both the driver’s and passenger’s side doors of his vehicle sometime between Oct. 24 and Oct. 31. The car was parked in the lot across from Rite Aid. They did not gain entry and nothing was stolen.
- A Cape May resident told police that someone stole his 2002 Dodge Caravan sometime between 5 p.m. and midnight Oct. 28. The vehicle was parked on South Orange Avenue, adjacent to Fairview Avenue.
- A Radel Terrace resident told police that someone ransacked his vehicle, which was parked and unlocked in his driveway, during the overnight hours between Oct. 25 and Oct 26.
- A contractor working on a house on Warren Court reported that someone entered the dwelling and removed a number of tools sometime between Oct. 24 and Oct. 25. He also said that when he arrived at work on Friday, he found the front door unlocked.
- A Turrell Avenue resident told police that someone had broken into her vehicle and stolen $40 in cash from the ashtray in the early morning on Oct. 25.. There were no signs of forced entry.
- An Irvington Avenue resident told police that he observed a number of people he didn’t know attempting to push his parked vehicle out of his driveway on Oct 26. After being unable to move the car, the suspects fled in a Jeep Cherokee.
The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.