August 22, 2013 at 2:31 PM
Updated at 4:19 p.m.
SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Police Department is investigating two separate, strong-arm robberies that occurred during the late evening hours on Aug. 21.
The first incident took place at approximately 10:15 p.m. The female victim was walking east on Morris Avenue near Edison Drive when she was confronted by four suspects who surrounded her. The suspects ordered her to turn over her money and mobile phone. After taking her mobile phone and $50 in cash, the suspects fled in a four-door white or grey sedan. The suspects were described as two black females and two black males. The victim, a 19 year-old Summit resident, was not injured during the encounter.
The second incident too place approximately 30 minutes later in the area of Beekman Road and Passaic Avenue. The victim, a 51-year-old Summit man, was walking home from the New Providence train station when he was confronted by a lone suspect, who pushed him and demanded that he turn over his mobile phone. The victim resisted and a struggle ensued. A second suspect exited a parked vehicle and came to the first suspect's aid.
The two suspects were able to overpower the victim, striking and kicking him before bringing him to the ground. After taking the victim's mobile phone, watch and gym bag, the suspects fled in a white sedan. The victim, who suffered minor injuries during the confrontation, declined medical attention at the scene. The first suspect was described as a black male, 6' 2" tall, thin build, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect was described as a black make wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt.
Summit Police Chief Robert Weck stressed collaboration and diligence as the department investigates the incidents. "Our Detective Bureau is aggressively working on the investigation part of the case, and our Patrol Bureau will continue to have a police presence throughout the city as they do each and every day," Weck said. "Summit residents can remain assured that their police department will continue to make the city a safe and secure place to live, work and visit our local businesses. We are all in this together and -- as I’ve mentioned in the past -- 'if you see something, say something.' Please report any suspicious activity to the department immediately."
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to contact the Summit Police Department at (908) 273-0051.