The robbery attempt reportedly occurred on Passaic Street in Lodi, New Jersey. The victim was standing outside with his friends. The group was in the yard of a house located on the street.
While the victim and his friends were hanging out, two men reportedly walked up to the victim and hit him in the head with an object.
It is believed that the violent attack was part of a plan by the suspects to rob the victim and steal his wallet.
When the would-be robbers were unable to get the victim’s wallet, they ran away.
The victim sustained an injury to his head and was bleeding when police arrived at the scene.
Police apprehended and arrested one of the men, a 32-year-old from Union City, New Jersey. Police officers found the suspect at a house located near the site of the alleged assault.
Police continue to for the second suspect, who remains at large.
The suspect captured by police was charged with robbery and aggravated assault.
If the suspect is eventually convicted of robbery, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits a robbery with a deadly weapon like a handgun or knife can be charged with a first degree crime. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was moved to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He was being held at the correctional facility in lieu of a $100,000 bail amount.
Authorities have asked for the public’s assistance finding the second robbery suspect. Anyone with information about the robbery should call Lodi New Jersey investigators at 973-473-7600.
To learn more about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Robbers Struck Man in the Head in Attempt to Steal His Wallet, Lodi Police Say.”