According to law enforcement, the 23-year-old suspect was assisted by a 25-year-old man when he committed the violent robbery at the Merriam-Gateway Condos on Sparta Avenue in Newton, New Jersey. The theft and assault allegedly happened on December 27, 2014.
The 20-year-old victim was visiting friends in the area when the suspects allegedly walked up to him and punched him in the face. The suspects then allegedly stole his wallet, his cell phone, and his car keys before fleeing the scene.
According to officials, the victim suffered a broken jaw as a result of the attack. The victim was taken by helicopter to Morristown Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and got medical treatment for his injuries.
Newton investigators obtained video surveillance footage and spoke with eyewitnesses at the scene. Police then located the suspects and placed them under arrest.
The suspects have been charged with several criminal offenses, including second degree robbery, third degree aggravated assault, and second degree conspiracy.
The 25-year-old suspect already pleaded guilty to the second degree robbery charges in September. As a result of his plea agreement, prosecutors plan to recommend a sentence of 3 years in New Jersey State Prison. The suspect will appear in Sussex County Superior Court later this month for formal sentencing.
Meanwhile, if the 23-year-old suspect is convicted on the most serious charge of robbery, he could be sentenced to as many as 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Man Pleads Not Guilty to Robbing, Breaking Man’s Jaw, Report Says.”