The suspect allegedly committed the crime around 10:30 a.m. on November 9, 2016. According to authorities, the suspect set up a drug deal at the Ramada Inn on Route 46 in Rockaway Borough, NJ. When the two sellers arrived at the motel, the suspect reportedly brandished an imitation firearm and stole heroin and cash. The suspect allegedly threatened to use the imitation handgun, which appeared to be a real handgun, to shoot the victims.
Afterwards, the suspect reportedly got into a BMW in the parking lot and fled the scene. A woman was reportedly seen driving the vehicle.
Just a few minutes after the theft incident, Parsippany NJ cops saw the BMW driving past Parsippany police headquarters. Parsippany police officers then pulled over the car in the parking lot of a Days Inn hotel on Route 46. The suspect and the driver allegedly exited the vehicle and tried to flee on foot, but they were quickly captured by police.
While running from Parsippany cops, the male suspect allegedly tossed several items to the ground. Those items reportedly included an imitation firearm, a knife, a hypodermic needle, and heroin.
The male suspect is a 37-year-old resident of Morristown, New Jersey. He has been charged with multiple crimes, including armed robbery, heroin possession, possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of an imitation firearm, and resisting arrest.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $125,000 bail.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Man Used Fake Gun to Rob Duo of Money, Heroin, Cops Say.”