Police recently arrested four men accused of committing a violent robbery at a Lower Township residence.
According to Cape May County prosecutors, the criminal incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. The suspects allegedly targeted a house located on the 200 block of Arbor Road in the Villas, an unincorporated community within Lower Township, NJ. One of the suspects reportedly knocked on the front door of the residence in order to prompt the residents to open the door. Once the door was cracked open a little bit, all four suspects allegedly forced it wide open and entered the home.
The suspects allegedly pushed a female resident to the ground, despite the fact that she was holding an infant child in her arms. Additionally, one of the suspects reportedly used a guitar to violently strike a male resident across the head. (He later required medical treatment at a local hospital for cuts and bruises suffered during the attack.)
After stealing an unspecified amount of cash from the victims, the suspects ran out of the home and fled the area.
The Lower Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the break-in and soon identified the four suspects. All four suspects hail from Cape May County, including a 25-year-old Villas NJ man, a 26-year-old Villas man, a 26-year-old Middle Township man, and a 28-year-old Middle Township NJ man. The suspects have been charged with multiple criminal offenses, including:
· Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
· Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
One of the suspects in the Lower Township home invasion has been charged with additional crimes, including simple assault, theft of movable property, criminal mischief, and child endangerment.
If any of the suspects is convicted on the most serious charges of robbery, they would be subject to severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, a person can be charged with robbery when they commit a theft while inflicting bodily injury or using force upon another person. In most instances, robbery is classified as a second degree felony that carries a potential penalty of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison. However, when the offender inflicts serious bodily injury or is armed with a deadly weapon, the charges can be elevated to a first degree felony that carries a possible penalty of 10-20 years in state prison.
After being captured by Lower Township police, the suspects in this case were processed and then remanded to the Cape May County Correctional Institute in Cape May Court House, NJ. Each suspect was being held on an identical $150K bail amount, which would need to be posted in order for any of the suspects to secure their release prior to resolution of the criminal charges.
If you have been arrested for robbery, aggravated assault, or any other crime in South Jersey, you should talk to a qualified criminal defense attorney immediately. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.