A 20-year-old man from Jersey City is charged with several crimes after an alleged robbery involving two teenage boys. In addition to robbery, the 20-year-old is accused of resisting arrest and employing a juvenile to commit a crime.
According to the criminal complaint, officers who were conducting surveillance saw four individuals on a street at about 1 a.m. The complaint states that one individual acted as a lookout while the others approached a porch where a man was sitting.
Police claim the 49-year-old man on the porch was punched by the three individuals who approached him. They are accused of pulling at the man’s pockets, and allegedly his wallet was stolen in the process.
Officers arrived on the scene and arrested two juveniles, both 17, and a 20-year-old man. All three individuals are now facing charges. A fourth person at the scene ran away before the police could apprehend him.
According to police, the 20-year-old was taken into custody after he threw away the victim’s wallet. The young man was reportedly hiding behind a vehicle before he was arrested.
The two 17-year-olds went through juvenile processing at the police department before being remanded to a youth house in Secaucus. They face the possibility of a juvenile record that could follow them into adulthood. However, there may be criminal defense options for protecting their future.
Our juvenile crimes overview has more on protecting young people from the long-term consequences of criminal charges.
Source: NJ.com, “Jersey City man charged with using juveniles to commit robbery,” Michaelangelo Conte, June 17, 2014