Washington Township Man Allegedly Committed Armed Robbery at Hillsdale NJ Deli
Police in Hillsdale New Jersey are investigating an armed robbery allegedly committed by a Washington Township NJ man at a local deli.
According to Bergen County law enforcement, the robbery occurred at Wilkes Delicatessen in Hillsdale, NJ.
The robbery was reportedly committed at gunpoint, with the suspect allegedly brandishing a handgun and demanding that the victim hand over money from the store cash register. After the suspect allegedly got the money, approximately $100 in cash, from the 60-year-old female clerk, he fled the scene on foot.
The suspect reportedly covered his face during the theft by wearing a Halloween mask. However, Hillsdale NJ police worked with cops from Westwood, Washington Township, and Emerson and were soon able to identify the suspect. A key to the investigation was that police were able to get a detailed description from the deli clerk. Hillsdale cops arrested the suspect on the same night of the robbery.
While placing the suspect under arrest, Hillsdale police officers reportedly found the stolen money, the handgun allegedly used to commit the robbery, and a Halloween mask.
The suspect is a 21-year-old man from Washington Township, NJ. He faces criminal charges for armed robbery and weapons offenses. If the suspect is convicted on the armed robbery charges, he could be sentenced to significant prison time. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 classifies a theft committed with a deadly weapon like a gun or a knife as a first degree felony.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He is currently being held at the jail on a $25,000 bail amount.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Masked 21-Year-Old Robs Deli at Gunpoint, Police Say.”