Police in Denville NJ are looking a man accused of committing an armed robbery a local gas station.
According to law enforcement, the theft incident took place at the Sunoco station located at 161 Route 46 East in Denville, New Jersey. The suspect allegedly entered the gas station, walked up to a gas station employee, and told the worker to hand over money.
The suspect allegedly flashed a handgun while committing the robbery.
After the gas station employee gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect ran out of the station and fled the area on foot. He was last seen by witnesses going south on Legion Place.
Denville NJ police was immediately notified and dispatched officers to the scene to conduct an investigation. Police officers searched the area for the suspect, but they did not locate him.
The Denville Police Department is actively investigating the theft incident. Police recently released a description of the suspect, as well as a composite sketch based on witness accounts. The suspect is said to be a white male standing 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighing between 150 and 170 pounds. On the day of the robbery, the suspect reportedly wore a black hooded jacket, black knee-length shorts, and a black baseball hat.
If police can eventually identify and locate the suspect, he would be subject to serious penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, anyone who commits a robbery offense while using a deadly weapon, like a handgun or knife, can be charged with a first degree criminal offense. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Denville NJ police have asked for the public’s assistance in identifying and finding the suspect. Anyone with information about the suspect or the robbery should call Denville investigators at 973-627-4900.
For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Police Searching for Suspect in Denville Gas Station Robbery.”