EAST HANOVER, NJ - A July 2014 armed robbery at the East Hanover Babies-R-Us has been brought to a conclusion today with the sentencing of Jamal C. Nurse of East Orange, NJ, as announced by Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.
The defendant had previously been found guilty after a jury trial of two counts of first degree Robbery, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:15-1a(2), one count of second degree Burglary, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:18-2a(1)b(2), one count of second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-4a, one count of second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-5b, and two counts of disorderly persons False Imprisonment, in violation of 2C:13-3.
On July 19, 2014, the defendant executed an armed robbery at Babies-R-Us, located at 98 Route 10 in East Hanover, New Jersey. The defendant, dressed in black and wearing a facemask, approached two employees as they walked to their cars after closing up the store for the evening. He pointed a black handgun at the victims and ordered them to re-open the store and bring him into the safe room. Once in the safe room, the defendant continued to point the handgun at the victims as they opened the safe and loaded approximately $5,000 into a black duffel bag that he had brought with him, before fleeing the scene.
The defendant was identified following a nearly four month investigation led by Sergeant Frank Franco from the East Hanover Police Department, involving the review of area surveillance video and text message and cell phone records.
Assistant Prosecutor Tara Vyas and Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Napurano represented the State in these proceedings. The defendant was given a 12 year sentence by the Honorable Paul W. Armstrong, J.S.C.