Wall Township police captured a man suspect of robbing a local gas station. The arrest was made after the suspect allegedly led police on a dangerous car chase.
According to authorities, the suspect drove his car to the Exxon gas station located along Route 34 in Wall Township, New Jersey. The suspect reportedly stopped his car, a 2002 Acura MDX, at the Exxon station around midnight, got out of the vehicle, and pointed a handgun at the gas station attendant.
After getting cash from the employee, the suspect allegedly drove off. The gas station worker subsequently dialed 911 and notified local law enforcement, which dispatched police officers to the scene and provided patrol cops with detailed descriptions of both the suspect and his motor vehicle.
Approximately three hours later, Wall NJ patrol officers spotted the suspect’s car on Atlantic Avenue. The officers attempted to stop the suspect, but he allegedly hit the gas pedal and tried to evade law enforcement. The chase was short, however, as the suspect lost control of his car and slammed into the side of a residence in the Shore Acres Mobile Home Park in Manasquan, New Jersey. According to officials, the suspect exited the crashed car and tried to make a run for it. He was quickly apprehended by Wall police officers and taken into custody.
After the car accident, law enforcement had to evacuate the Manasquan trailer park so that the gas meter could be repaired.
Meanwhile, the suspect was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where doctors treated him for his accident-related injuries. He was admitted to the hospital overnight and listed in stable condition.
Once the suspect is medically cleared to leave the Neptune hospital, he will be processed by authorities and taken to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold, NJ.
The suspect is a 56-year-old resident of Wall, New Jersey. He faces a number of criminal charges, including:
- Armed robbery
- Unlawful possession of a weapon
- Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose
- Terroristic threats
- Aggravated assault on a police officer
- Resisting arrest
The suspect was charged with the weapons offenses because police allegedly discovered a handgun in his car.
Severe Penalties for Armed Robbery in Monmouth County, NJ
If the suspect is convicted on the most serious charge of armed robbery, he would be subject to severe criminal penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 stipulates that anyone who uses a deadly weapon, such as a handgun or a knife, while committing a theft can be charged with a first degree felony. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges in New Jersey could result in a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
Moreover, violent crimes like armed robbery and aggravated assault fall under the No Early Release Act (NERA), which requires convicted offenders to serve at least 85 percent of their court-imposed sentences before becoming eligible for release on parole. The NERA covers violent crimes in which the offender causes death, serious bodily injury, or threatens the immediate use of a deadly weapon. In this case, given the nature of the suspect’s alleged criminal acts, he would likely be subject to the parole ineligibility provisions of the NERA if convicted at trial in Monmouth County Superior Court.
If you have been arrested and charged with a violent crime in New Jersey, you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side. William J. Connelly of the Maldjian Law Group LLC is a criminal defense attorney with years of experience defending clients against charges for robbery and aggravated assault in Monmouth County. Contact us anytime to schedule a free consultation about your case.