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A forty-six year old Trenton man was arrested and charged with robbing a Ewing gas station last week. According to the reports that have been released, the Defendant pulled into the Romeco Service Center in Ewing around 9:30 pm and requested $10 in gas from the attendant. When the attendant turned to fulfill the request, the Defendant allegedly pulled a knife and demanded that the attendant turn over the money. Once the attendant turned over an unknown sum of money, the Defendant fled the scene.
Unbeknownst to the Defendant, the entire incident was captured by video surveillance, including the license plate of the vehicle that he was driving. As a result, the Defendant was quickly able to be apprehended. When he was, a search of his vehicle was conduct and located inside the was the knife that was allegedly used to commit the robbery. In addition, a quantity of marijuana was located inside the vehicle as well. The Defendant was formally charged with the following offenses:
- Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in the third degree;
- Robbery in the first degree;
- Possession of Marijuana under 50 Grams, a disorderly persons offense.
The Defendant was taken to the Mercer County Jail and is most likely currently awaiting a Detention Hearing. During the detention hearing the State will be seeking to convince the Judge that the Defendant must be remanded in the Mercer County Jail, without bail, pending trial. The robbery charge is the most serious charge levied against the Defendant. If convicted of this offense alone, the Defendant will be facing up to twenty (20) years in a State Prison and a fine up to $200,000. In addition, the offense of robbery falls under the No Early Release Act (NERA). NERA in essence requires that a Defendant serve at least 85% of their sentence before they can become eligible for parole. If you would like more information on the offense of robbery, including how to defend a robbery charge in New Jersey, please click the link.
Robbery Charges in Ewing, New Jersey
Robbery is one of the most serious charges in New Jersey. If you have been charged with armed robbery, carjacking, burglary, aggravated assault, stalking or terroristic threats, in Ewing, the attorneys at Proetta & Oliver can help. Our Ewing, New Jersey defense lawyers are ready and willing to help assist in anyway that we can. If you would like to come into our office for a free initial consultation then please contact us at (609) 789-0779.