Montclair Crime: Woman Robbed By Teens With Box Cutters

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 2:10pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

montclair crimeA 37-year-old woman, from Hillside, NJ, was robbed by two teens wielding box cutters on Walnut Street near Greenwood Ave. on Tuesday evening.

Police responded to the area on report of a robbery in progress at 6:13 p.m., and spoke with the victim, who stated that as she was getting in her vehicle that was parked in the lot of 85 Walnut St, when she was approached by two individuals who brandished box cutters and demanded money and her cell phone.

The victim said she was having a conversation for a few minutes with another woman who was parked next to her in the lot while the suspects were standing in an empty parking spot that was two spaces to the left of their vehicles. The woman who was speaking to the victim got in her car and left he lot. The victim then opened her vehicle and sat down in the driver seat, but had not closed her door yet. At this time, she stated that the two suspects were at her open driver’s door. Suspect 1, while holding a silver box cutter style knife, yelled, “Give me your phone” and “Give me your money” while suspect 2 had one hand on the top portion of her chest forcing her back into the seat. Suspect 2 in his other hand had a silver box cutter type knife that was up at the victim’s neck. She handed over her iPhone 4 cell phone to suspect 1 and her green long shoulder bag. Suspect 1 then patted down the pockets of her jacket and reached over to the loose change in the center console of the vehicle and grabbed a handful of coins.

Both suspects then fled out of the parking lot onto Walnut Street. The suspects were then seen running south on Greenwood Avenue. It is believed that the suspects entered a waiting vehicle on Greenwood Avenue and fled the scene prior to police arrival. There were no injuries suffered by the victim.

The victim described the two suspects as black males, thin with medium complexions, around 5’4 to 5’6 feet tall and weighing around 150 pounds and approx. 15-16 years of age. Suspect 1 was wearing a black knitted skull cap and black ski mask. He had on a black jacket that was described as tight fitting leather, motorcycle type jacket and red sweat pants. Suspect 2 was wearing a black knitted skull cap and black ski mask. He had on a similar black jacket that was described as tight fitting leather, motorcycle type jackets and dark sweat pants that were either black, dark blue, or gray colored.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. J. Schaub 973-509-4717 or the Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4733 for DSgt. M. Degrazio at 973-509-6980.


On 3/04/2014, at 6:13 pm Officers responded to Pathmark Supermarket on report of a shoplifter who was caught by security staff within the store. Upon arrival of officers, security staff presented one Anthony Colvin, a 48 year old Montclair man. Mr. Colvin was observed by security entering the store carrying a blue canvas bag which he proceeded to conceal 15 bottles of Dove soap in. Value of the merchandise stolen was $124. Security staff detained Mr. Colvin and contacted the police. Mr. Colvin was arrested and charged with shoplifting.

On 3/05/2014, Officers arrested Timothy Hewitt, a 20 year old Newark man, on an outstanding warrant from May of 2012 when Hewett was charge with marijuana possession.


On 03/03/2014, at approx 4pm, officers responded to a Pine Street residence on report of a suspicious incident. Upon arrival officers spoke to the caller, a 26 year old Montclair man, who stated that he fell asleep in his room on March 2nd at approx 8pm. At approx. 12:30 am March 3rd, he was awakened by both of his dogs barking and growling. He got up to check on them and found that his apartment door was ajar and both of his dogs were out in the hallway still barking and growling toward the stairs. He also heard footsteps rapidly descending the stairs but did not see anyone. He checked his apartment and found nothing missing. It is believed that someone attempted entry into his unlocked apartment door. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact DSgt. W. Young at 973-509-4719.


On 02/28/2014, at approx. 1859 hrs. Officers responded to the rear parking lot of 131 Grove Street on report of a car fire. Upon arrival of the reporting officer, MFD Truck 1 and Engine 1 were on scene and working the fire. There was a 1993 Jeep Cherokee parked and unoccupied with flames coming from the engine compartment. The owner and his son were out of the vehicle. When interviewed, the owner, a 55 year old Montclair man, stated he and his 19 year old son arrived at the stores and he went in. Just moments later, his son advised him that the vehicle was on fire. The fire is believed to be a result of a mechanical issue. The fire was extinguished and no additional damages occurred to any surrounding vehicles or property.

Police blotter provided by DSgt. W. Young, Montclair Police Department


  1. POSTED BY latebloomer  |  March 06, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    Good God, that is terrifying.

  2. POSTED BY stayhyphy  |  March 06, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

    Hopefully this woman is able to take solace in the fact that a) she was not physically harmed b) the perps will likely lead miserable unsuccessful lives far less fulfilling than their her own.

    Who does this to someone?

  3. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  March 06, 2014 @ 8:07 pm

    So sorry for the woman, and my man who found his front door open- thanks to the dogs for frightening away the perps.

    Reading this, know what Montclair needs? A mobile command center. Had that been parked nearby, I bet NONE of these crimes would have happened.

    I bet.

  4. POSTED BY johnqp  |  March 06, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

    Just googled “85 walnut street montclair nj”.

    So beyond ironic that the street view shot shows a police cruiser front and center.

  5. POSTED BY stayhyphy  |  March 07, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    I don’t think this justifies a mobile command center prof. Again, the vic here should just take comfort in the fact that these losers will with near certainty lead crappy miserable lives. They were willing to trade every and any ounce of dignity, self respect and respect and consideration for others for a F’g phone and a purse. Pure scum.

  6. POSTED BY townie  |  March 07, 2014 @ 9:19 am

    Greenwood Ave is too often mentioned in the Police blotter. The end from Willard Place toward Walnut is desolate, with too few eyes to deter these acts. The township should investigate possibilities for better lighting and installing a few cameras.

  7. POSTED BY deadeye  |  March 07, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    Super. Here’s a tip. When you have a couple of loiterers just hanging out in a commuter lot that obviously don’t belong there, trouble is brewing. Be aware of your surroundings. Given the glaring public safety issues, not to mention what we pay to park in these lots, the town should absolutely provide some sort of video surveillance.

  8. POSTED BY hrhppg  |  March 07, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    I am not trying to blame the victim in any way. That said, one of the first self defense things I learned – after be aware of your surroundings – is that women are targeted when we get in our cars because we tend to linger for a moment. I was told get in and lock the door asap. No fiddling with purses or phones. Keys should be in hand when going to the car so no fishing for them while standing there with your back to the world.

    Please be safe out there everyone.

  9. POSTED BY walleroo  |  March 07, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

    As much as I hate to admit it, deadeye is spot on. And hrhppg, too, though I don’t hate to admit that.

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