Cyclist Mugged in Montclair

Friday, Aug 26, 2005 9:58am  |  COMMENTS (30)

This has got to be one of the strangest crime stories we’ve read in a while, and we’ve read a few. In today’s Ledger, a report that a bicyclist riding in Montclair’s South End Tuesday night shortly before 10 was forced off his bike at gunpoint and made to lie on the ground. The attackers took $75 from the Montclair cyclist, but he was able to remember part of the license plate, which led to their arrest. Both suspects, Ahmad Soloman and Damian Foreman, are from Bloomfield.


  1. POSTED BY Miss Martta  |  August 26, 2005 @ 10:01 am

    Has the crime rate been rising in Montclair or has the press just been better at reporting it? Reading way too many of these types of stories lately.

  2. POSTED BY MyManMisterC  |  August 26, 2005 @ 10:02 am

    were these the guys who have been holding others at gunpoint?

  3. POSTED BY Johnny Drama  |  August 26, 2005 @ 10:04 am

    Montclair South ain’t what it used to be!

  4. POSTED BY State Street Pete  |  August 26, 2005 @ 10:34 am

    Damn good question Martta, me too.
    The size of the “Police Blotter” section of Bloomfield Life has increased significantly over the last few weeks, especially the listings of armed robberies.

  5. POSTED BY Left Of Center, like Suzanne Vega  |  August 26, 2005 @ 10:40 am

    keep them Bloomies outta the ‘Clair!

  6. POSTED BY Erin  |  August 26, 2005 @ 10:43 am

    Just curious– who carries $75 with them when going for a bike ride?

  7. POSTED BY Surrounded  |  August 26, 2005 @ 10:44 am

    Can we come over if we shop for colanders and jeans?

  8. POSTED BY Miss Martta  |  August 26, 2005 @ 10:49 am

    Is there a direct correlation between the rising crime rate and rising “ratables” on Church Street? Just askin’. Perhaps there’s a psychological component in that maybe some people feel “displaced” within their own town.
    Or, maybe they’re just bad.

  9. POSTED BY Tom  |  August 26, 2005 @ 10:58 am

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that crimes like these are probably happening all the time (as in on a regular basis, not every moment), and that our friends at the local newspapers are going to be better at reporting on the police blotter, not just sticking it into some 8pt font somewhere – because of sites like this =)

  10. POSTED BY Left Of Center, like Suzanne Vega  |  August 26, 2005 @ 11:16 am

    ha, that’s what we want you to think, Tom.
    look…i got your wallet!

  11. POSTED BY mimi  |  August 26, 2005 @ 11:27 am

    Some people actually use a bicycle for transportation.

  12. POSTED BY lasermike026  |  August 26, 2005 @ 12:11 pm

    I read the police blotters and new paper articles. It still doesn’t help me know what is truly going on.
    One place were we can get information on crime statistics is the Uniform Crime Report. You can get a copy for NJ here. . Section 7 has the crimes broken down by town.

  13. POSTED BY Bill  |  August 26, 2005 @ 12:49 pm

    Is this why the raccoons are leaving?

  14. POSTED BY Dog Mom  |  August 26, 2005 @ 12:52 pm

    I live in West Orange and know one of the dispatchers. She said that I wouldn’t believe what goes on in West Orange and the surrounding towns (i.e., Montclair).
    It’s so funny. A friend of mine thinks that this area is worse than others in terms of crime. I don’t know. I think it’s everywhere. We just see it more. I guess the question is, would you rather know about it or not? I tend to side with the former.
    A new member of the ‘cooler posted that they wanted an urban-suburban feel, and therefore chose Montclair. I love the area for that reason, but I think we need to take the good with the bad. Then again, I led night parent workshops in the South Bronx for three years, so I suppose my perspective is a bit skewed.
    Kudos to the cyclist who managed to remember part of the license plate and then positively ID the guys later. Don’t know that I would be that clear-headed in such a situation.

  15. POSTED BY Miss Martta  |  August 26, 2005 @ 1:00 pm

    Dog Mom: I agree, I think crime is rising everywhere, not just in Baristaville, IMHO. I read the Verona papers’ police blogs and it fills up the page nicely. Most of the crime in Verona appears to be breaking and entering, car/property vandalism, robberies and such. Don’t notice a lot of violent crimes or crimes committed with guns…yet. Lord help us.
    I think the police, in general, do a decent job of apprehending criminals. Howver, I think the courts do a LOUSY job with the sentences. I don’t think they are harsh enough, especially as they pertain to teenagers. So what if it’s a first offense? Someone in his or her teens is old enough to know the difference between what’s right and what’s wrong. Period. Do the crime, do the time.

  16. POSTED BY lc  |  August 26, 2005 @ 1:08 pm

    Stricter sentencing and you’ll still be getting robbed. Probably worse than getting hit for 75 bucks.
    Have you seen the size of a Department of Correctins budget recently?
    And will pay to build a new jail to house all these teenages facing 5 to ten for a property crime?
    Bad idea.

  17. POSTED BY steve  |  August 26, 2005 @ 1:09 pm

    Stricter sentencing and you’ll still be getting robbed. Probably worse than getting hit for 75 bucks.
    Have you seen the size of a Department of Corrections budget recently?
    And will pay to build a new jail to house all these teenages facing 5 to ten for a property crime?
    Bad idea.

  18. POSTED BY Miss Martta  |  August 26, 2005 @ 1:19 pm

    Steve/LC (split personality?):
    So, what do you propose we do? Continue to slap them on the wrist and send them back out on the street? That will help me sleep better at night.
    The current system ain’t working.

  19. POSTED BY Todd  |  August 26, 2005 @ 1:23 pm

    “keep them Bloomies outta the ‘Clair!”
    Left of Center, I’m not sure if you meant that tongue in cheek, but I’ll bet that if the Bloomies really did stay away from Montclair you would see a very significant decline in movie, restuarant and retail revenue. That, in turn, would likely mean another increase in the already sky high taxes ‘clairians pay. Ouch!

  20. POSTED BY Jim  |  August 26, 2005 @ 1:54 pm

    I’m hopefull the crime wave is directly proportional to temperature … I don’t seem to recall this level of criminal activity in January and February … on the other hand, something has to be done about it, who wants to live in a town where you expect high crime in the summer months?

  21. POSTED BY lasermike026  |  August 26, 2005 @ 2:13 pm

    town : crime index tot : violent crime : est.pop
    bloomfield : 2128 : 192 : 47165
    glen ridge : 282 : 21 : 7166
    montclair : 1173 : 144 : 38584
    verona : 194 : 12 : 13402
    west caldwell : 110 : 6 : 11148
    essex : 39067 : 6779 : 796313

  22. POSTED BY cstarling  |  August 26, 2005 @ 2:46 pm

    if you reduce policing to a reactive rather than pro active service you will see a rise in crime-
    a pro active patrol would ruffle the feathers of a liberal community–that wants protection but doesn’t want it in any way to infringe upon them-
    -so police are left to take reports and respond after the fact–write small infraction tickets to generate revenue-respond and report accidents, do school crossings-perform traffic duties-anything that would avoid controversy due to high cost of municiple liability–
    by the way those numbers lasermike aren’t altogether accurate–go to any police “blotter” and there will always be a couple of reports that never make their way onto the blotter—

  23. POSTED BY cstarling  |  August 26, 2005 @ 3:07 pm

    my comments should not in anyway diminish the fact that many calls that the local police do respond to are hazardous and dangerous-
    -i did not mean to demean the fine officers that we have in our mist-
    -just stating that they are not allowed to do MORE, based on the confinements that they must work within created for them by munipalities and the citizens that they truely do want to protect.

  24. POSTED BY Dog (& Cat) Mom  |  August 26, 2005 @ 6:04 pm

    I wonder what would happen if parents would be held legally accountable as well, providing the offenders are juveniles.
    Granted, the offenders in this situation were legal adults, but many offenders are juveniles and considering that most of these offenses occur under the guise of night, the logical question (for me, at least) is, why is a 14 year old kid out of his/her house in the wee hours of the morning?
    Seems that there’s a good deal of negligence in there that is not addressed.

  25. POSTED BY cstarling  |  August 26, 2005 @ 8:20 pm

    and an overburdened and ineffective agency known as the Division of Youth and Family Services are the watch dogs-bow wow

  26. POSTED BY cathar  |  August 26, 2005 @ 8:52 pm

    Continuing on the crime beat, the ladyfriend-girlfriend-more than that works in Montclair (in a decidedly “liberal” sort of job by my standards) and parks in the Willow Street lot. Well, today, her boss’s car was stolen from said lot, sometime before 6PM. I assume the thugs used a slam-puller, since nobody hotwires cars anymore.
    Dare I add former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo’s remark, to the effect that a conservative is someone who was mugged the other night.

  27. POSTED BY Dog (& Cat) Mom  |  August 26, 2005 @ 9:22 pm

    Cathar- v. funny re: Mayor of Phila. comment.
    However, my car was stolen outside my house three years ago and I remain steadfast in my liberalism.

  28. POSTED BY Miss Martta  |  August 26, 2005 @ 9:51 pm

    That’s the lot I used to park in when I lived in Montclair but I had an old car that no one would want. In fact, I never really aspired to buy a nicer car BECAUSE of having to park in that lot.

  29. POSTED BY cstarling  |  August 26, 2005 @ 11:20 pm

    taking a car while no one is in it is one thing-
    taking it at gun point is another–I know several very liberal judges who weren’t so after their lives were threatened and then mr/ms thin blue line were their best friend.
    I wonder how liberal the family who were victimized by the heroin dazed DeMeo clan (sentenced today)were feeling toward these three who stole their loved one away.
    How lucky that cycist wasn’t shot thru the back of his head–what did it matter that he had 75 dollars in his pocket?
    i’m wondering how liberal Natalie Holloway’s mother is feeling right about now—
    i never called for street justice but allow some proactive police patrol.
    irises-cars-jewlery can be replaced – the chld that is carjacked in the back of your vehicle cannot—

  30. POSTED BY cathar  |  August 27, 2005 @ 8:06 am

    Dog (& Cat Mom): Ah, but you weren’t mugged, now were you? So you keep on keeping on steadfast in your liberalism, girl. I, in turn, will support the addition of more (well trained) police to local forces and the appointment of judges more in the vein of Isaac Parker or Justice Jeffreys of 17th century England than Bruce “Cut ‘Em Loose” Wright or Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
    It takes all kinds, I suppose.

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