UPDATE – Police Make Arrest in Gunpoint Robberies:
Montclair Police along with East Orange Police located a subject matching the description given by the two victims. This suspect, Almid K. Edwards (19yoa from East Orange) turned over an iPhone 5, which was determined to be proceeds from the Lackawanna Plaza robbery. Mr. Edwards was placed under arrest by East Orange Police and charged with Receiving Stolen Property, for having this stolen iPhone in his possession in their jurisdiction. Through investigative efforts, the Montclair Police Department was able to positively identify Mr. Edwards as being the actor in these two robberies. On 08-18-2014 at 1445Hrs, Montclair Police Department took custody of Mr. Edwards, charging him with: 2 Counts Robbery, 2 Counts Weapon Possession, 2 Counts Weapon Possession For Unlawful Purpose, 1 Count Aggravated Assault. Mr. Edwards is being held on $75,000 bail.
A 22-year-old Newark man was robbed at gunpoint last night, around 10:30 p.m., at Lackawanna Plaza. The suspect, described as a black male in his 20s, 5’9, thin build, with short black hair, approached the victim with a black cloth covering the lower half of his face. The suspect was brandishing a silver colored handgun. The suspect demanded the victim’s money and cell phone. The victim turned over his iPhone 5 in a blue case. The suspect then fled eastbound on foot, according to Lt. David O’Dowd, Detective Bureau Commander.
Around 11:45 p.m., a 22-year-old male from West Orange reported being the victim of an armed robbery on Elm Street near Bloomfield Avenue. This victim stated that a suspect, matching the same description as the prior robbery, approached him on Elm Street. The suspect was again brandishing a silver handgun with a bandanna over his mouth. The victim advised the suspect that he did not have any money on his person, at which time the suspect punched him in the neck. The suspect then fled on foot, south on Elm Street.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Schaub at 973-509-4726.