Ocean County law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man accused of committing an armed robbery at a residence in Manchester, New Jersey.
The theft incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. at a house located on Fifth Avenue in the Pine Lake area of Manchester Township, NJ. The suspect allegedly gained access to the home by using a door that was not locked.
Once the suspect was inside the home, he allegedly threatened the home residents by pointing a .22 caliber rifle at them. The suspect reportedly cocked the trigger on the firearm and told the victims that he would shoot and kill them unless they handed over a safe inside the residence.
The victims eventually provided the suspect with the hidden location of the safe. The suspect then allegedly stole the victims’ safe and then exited the house via the front door. The suspect then reportedly fled the neighborhood on foot. Witnesses said that they saw the suspect carrying the safe and running west on Fifth Avenue and in the direction of Beacon Street.
The homeowners dialed 911 notified Manchester police, which dispatched officers to the scene. By the time Manchester NJ cops arrived at the home, however, the suspect was long gone. Police officers canvassed the area in search of the robber, but they were unable to find him.
Since that time, Manchester detectives have investigated the armed robbery and tried to determine the suspect’s identity. However, the investigation has been made more difficult by the fact that the suspect reportedly wore a green banana to conceal his face during the theft.
The Manchester Township Police Department has now released a sketch of the suspect in the hopes that someone might recognize the man and provide investigators with information about his whereabouts.
Investigators have also released a detailed description of the suspect, who is described as a man standing 5-foot-7 and weighing approximately 135 pounds.
If police can eventually figure out the identity of the suspect and apprehend him, he would likely face very serious criminal charges for armed robbery and weapons offenses. This violent crime carries severe penalties because the New Jersey Criminal Code classifies a theft committed with a deadly weapon as a first degree felony. A conviction for first degree armed robbery can lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in state prison.
For additional information, view the NJ.com article, “Masked Gunman Steals Safe from Manchester Home, Police Say.”
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