Two Street Robberies Late Thursday Night Might be Connected
Friday, August 30, 2013 • 9:55am
PATERSON, NJ - Two robberies that occurred late Thursday night in the city, including one with a juvenile victim in front of his own home, might be connected, according to Paterson police.
At 10:30 p.m. on the east side of the city, a black male was walking near the intersection of East 39th Street and 19th Avenue when a white van with tinted windows drove up to him and three black males in their 20s emerged from the vehicle. One of the suspects pointed a handgun at the victim and ordered, "Don't move; empty your pockets."
The suspects stole the victim's wallet and his cell phone and drove off.
About a half-hour later, at around 11 p.m. in the west end of town, a 16-year-old Hispanic male was outside in front of his own home in the 100 block of Glover Avenue near the Woodland Park border when a white van drove up and "five or six" black males emerged from the van. One of them pointed a revolver at the teen and demanded he turn over his belongings.
The victim surrenderd his wallet, which had $20 in it, and cell phone before the suspects drove off in the van.
Police are investigating both incidents as connected, and believe that the suspects in both cases might be the same.
Anyone with further information can call (973) 321-1120.