On Christmas morning, a cab driver with a Newark-based taxi service was robbed at knifepoint on Llewellyn Avenue in Bloomfield. The victim was not harmed, and immediately called Bloomfield Police to report the crime. Bloomfield Police Officers Suzanne Looges and Tyler Ferrentino met with the victim within minutes to take his statement. Once he provided a physical description of the perpetrator, Officers Looges and Ferrentino radioed all Bloomfield Police Units, and Officer Darwin Rubio noticed a man who fit this description at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Evergreen Avenue. Officer Rubio ordered the man to remain where he was until the victim could be transported by Bloomfield Police Officers to the site of the arrest. A show-up identification was performed, and the victim identified the suspect, Jay Murphy, as the perpetrator.
Murphy, a 28-year-old homeless man with roots in Bloomfield, had been picked up by the driver on Centre Street in Nutley, and ordered the driver to pull over on Llewellyn Avenue where he displayed his knife and demanded the driver’s money. After the positive identification was made, Murphy was handcuffed and placed under arrest, at which time the knife used to commit the robbery was recovered along with money from the robbery.
Murphy was charged with robbery, possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. At Bloomfield Police headquarters a criminal history search revealed an outstanding warrant from the Bloomfield Municipal Court. Murphy has been transferred to the Essex County Correctional Facility while awaiting trial.
“Bloomfield Police Officers work on Christmas, New Year’s Day, and all other holidays to ensure the safety of residents, and the quick identification and arrest of criminals. I would like to commend Officers Looges and Ferrentino for their timely response to the scene of the crime, and for ensuring the victim’s safety throughout the process, as well as Officer Rubio for successfully and professionally detaining the suspect until a positive show-up identification could be performed,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “I would like to thank the many Bloomfield Police officers who assisted in the collection of evidence, and the officers at Bloomfield Police headquarters for their professionalism throughout this process.”