Park Ridge NJ law enforcement is on the lookout for a man accused of committing a violent armed robbery at a gas station.
According to authorities, the gas station robbery went down after it got dark outside. The suspect allegedly walked up to an attendant at the Delta Gas Station on Kinderkamack Road in Park Ridge, New Jersey. The suspect reportedly confronted the gas station worker and pushed him to the ground hard. When the victim got up, the suspect allegedly held a handgun to his head and demanded that he give him money.
After the suspect got an unspecified amount of cash, he reportedly ran away from the gas station and got into a white BMW that was waiting nearby. The New Jersey license plate on the getaway car was covered with black tape, so the victim and other witnesses were unable to get the vehicle license plate number. Witnesses told police that they saw the suspect’s car headed west on Park Avenue and leaving Park Ridge, New Jersey.
Thankfully, the victim in the theft incident was not seriously injured. He went to Hackensack University Medical Center so that doctors could treat him for minor injuries sustained in the attack.
During the robbery, the suspect wore a black ski mask and black clothing. The suspect’s identity remains a mystery because his face was obscured while he committed the theft.
The Park Ridge Police Department is currently investigating the violent robbery. If investigators can eventually figure out the identity of the suspect, he would likely be charged with armed robbery and multiple weapons offenses.
A conviction on the armed robbery charges would result in significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits a theft while using a deadly weapon like a handgun or a knife can be charged with a first degree criminal offense. A first degree felony conviction could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Gas Station Robbed at Gunpoint in Park Ridge, Police Say.”