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Police Release Suspect Descriptions in Motel Armed Robbery New Year's Morning


BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Chief of County Detectives Timothy Fitzgerald and Bridgewater Township Police Chief Manny Caravela announced they are continuing to investigate a robbery Jan. 1 at the Americas Best Value Inn on Route 22 -- and they have now released descriptions of the two suspects.

According to Soriano, at about 4:27 a.m. Thursday, police responded to a report of a robbery and shooting victim at the motel on Route 22 West. Officers found the 46-year-old female victim, an employee at the motel, suffering from multiple lacerations to her head and a graze gunshot wound to her leg.

The victim, Soriano said, reported that while she was working at the front desk, two black males entered separately from the front entrance doorway and both brandished firearms at her.

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Soriano said the suspects demanded money and the victim turned over an undisclosed amount. The suspects then led her at gunpoint to a back office and demanded additional money, then one suspect began to pistol whip her, causing the lacerations to her head. During the assault, Soriano said, one suspect fired his gun, striking her in her right calf.

After the assault, Soriano said, the suspects fled from the motel on foot.

Soriano said that detectives from the Bridgewater Township Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit, as well as the Somerset County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit responded to the scene.

The detectives, Soriano said, found that after the robbery, the suspects fled on foot south across Route 22 West near the Bridgewater Diner.

The victim, Soriano said, was transported to an area hospital to be treated for her injuries, and was later released.

The prosecutor's office has released the following descriptions of the suspects:

  • The first suspect is a light skinned black male, 5'9" to 5'11", with a slender build and wearing a black "snorkel" jacket, black beanie cap and dark pants.
  • The second suspect is a black male, 5'10" to 5'11", with a medium build and wearing a dark colored face mask, gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jacket with a white stripe, dark colored jeans, black shoes and gloves.

Both suspects were armed with handguns during the robbery.

Soriano, Fitzgerald and Caravela are asking that anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the robbery or witnessed the suspects as they fled on foot contact the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100, or the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 908-722-4111.

Those who would like to remain anonymous can contact the Somerset County Crime Stoppers' Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS, or go online to 888577tips.org. All crime stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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