Three men have been arrested and charged with Robbery, Unlawful possession of a weapon, and Conspiracy for an armed robbery that took place two weeks ago at the Shell Gas Station on Watchung Avenue in Bloomfield.
On the evening of January 10, three men robbed a gas station attendant at gunpoint. After this incident occurred, a broadcast to surrounding towns was transmitted giving the information of the suspects’ vehicle. In the early morning of January 11, Newark Police Criminal Intelligence Unit notified Bloomfield Detectives that they made an arrest on a motor vehicle stop with handguns in the vehicle. The persons arrested fit the description of the armed robbery suspects from the Shell Gas Station Robbery in Bloomfield and were identified as 19-year-old Quashawn Johnson, 27-year-old Jamal Williams and 29-year-old Saheem Martin, all of Newark. The Newark Police Criminal Intelligence Unit notified Bloomfield Police detectives that these suspects were found with a similar handgun used in the gas station robbery.
Johnson, Williams and Martin were brought to the Essex County Correctional Facility, where Bloomfield Detectives identified them and filed charges of Robbery, Unlawful possession of a weapon, and Conspiracy.
“I would like to thank our responding officers for immediately filing a complete report of the armed robbery moments after it was reported, which enabled us to communicate quickly with our partnering law enforcement officers. This efficient work directly led to the identification of the suspects and their vehicle, which was stolen,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “The Newark Police Department is always a great partner in preventing, and solving crime, and we appreciate their assistance in this matter. Our officers in the Bloomfield Detective Bureau filed affidavits and search warrants which gathered strong evidence linking our three suspects to the January 10 robbery.”