BERNARDSVILLE, NJ – Two suspects from North Brunswick are charged with robbery and other offenses after police say they robbed four 17-year-olds who were trying to buy marijuana from the suspects at Kiwanis Park after making arrangements for the sale on social media.
Cristopher Gomez-Madrid, 19, Pardun Road, North Brunswick, and Marcus Bailey, 20, Stoneybrook Way, North Brunswick were each charged with two counts of 1st degree Robbery, one count of 2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, 3rd degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, 3rd degree Knowingly Possessing an Airgun without a Permit, Disorderly Persons Offense of Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams and Disorderly Persons Offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.in relation to the incident on Friday, Feb. 28th, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Robertson provided the following account:
Bernardsville Police responded to a 911 call at 4:30 p.m.reporting an armed robbery and shots fired in Kiwanis Park. Police were told that four 17-year-olds were robbed by two men. As the juveniles fled, one of the suspects fired a shot at them, hitting their car. None of the victims were injured during the incident.
Police were given a description of the suspects’ vehicle, which was subsequently stopped by Bernard’s Township Police as it traveled on Route 287 south. A search of the vehicle was conducted and the occupants, identified as Gomez-Madrid and Bailey were detained.
Detectives from the Bernardsville Police Department along with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit determined that the four juveniles had arrived at the park with the intent of purchasing marijuana from the suspects, The juveniles got into the suspects' car, at which time Gomez-Madrid displayed a knife and Bailey displayed a firearm while demanding money from the 17-year-olds.
Two juveniles handed over thirty dollars and ran back towards their vehicle along with the other two juveniles. As all the juveniles were running, Bailey fired one shot hitting their vehicle. The juveniles ran past their vehicle and Gomez-Madrid and Bailey entered the vehicle taking three cellular telephones along with a backpack. Gomez-Madrid and Bailey left the area in their vehicle.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspects’ vehicle and found a 9 mm firearm, an airsoft gun and marijuana. During a search prior to their arrest, a knife was located on Gomez-Madrid. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.
Robertson asks that anyone with information relating to this event contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Bernardsville Police Department at (908) 766-0037 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
These charges are merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.