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Livingston Police: Arrest Made in Tiger Mart Incident, Pedestrian Struck and More in June


LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston police reported the following incidents in the last week, including an arrest made in relation to a counterfeit bill incident that occurred in May, a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle while walking home from The Landmark, a man who needed medical assistance after becoming dizzy on the roof of a building, careless driving by a school bus operator, two drug-related arrests and more.

Following an incident in Livingston where a gas station attendant at the Short Hills Tiger Mart Exxon was dragged away by a vehicle after its driver attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill, the woman, identified as Yuwana Roberts, 26, of Irvington, was recently arrested in Newark.

According to Livingston police, the camera at the gas station had captured the woman’s license plate as she attempted to flee the scene. At the time, Roberts sped away with the attendant still hanging onto the vehicle after he leaned in to retrieve the $80 in change he gave her prior to realizing the $100 bill she handed him was fake. Newark police located and arrested Roberts after a warrant was placed for her arrest.

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Among the charges were robbery, aggravated assault and multiple others, according to Livingston police, who are currently involved in a joint investigation with Newark police regarding the Livingston incident and other incidents in their territory. Roberts was remanded to the Essex County Jail.

On Friday, June 15, a 2016 BMW 530-S was stolen from North Ridge Road sometime overnight and was recovered in Newark later that afternoon. According to police, the vehicle was unlocked with the key fob inside. This investigation is ongoing.

Following a motor vehicle stop at South Orange Avenue and Walnut Street at approximately 11 a.m. the next morning, two individuals were arrested and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription.

According to police, the officer stopped the vehicle after observing the driver throwing debris out of the window. Subsequent to investigation, both the operator and the passenger were found to be in possession of CDS and prescription drugs without a prescription. Arrested were Antonio Watson, 18, from Roanoke, VA, who was also charged with motor vehicle summonses, and Zaveuxn Waynick, 19, from Irvington.

On June 17 at approximately 6 p.m., a police officer was on patrol at the Livingston Mall when he observed a vehicle parked in a suspicious manner. Investigation revealed that both the operator and the passenger were in possession of CDS as well as stolen merchandise from multiple stores, police said.

Jasmine Nblems, 29, of Newark, was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of anti-shoplifting devices, possession of marijuana under 50 grams and a warrant that was active for her arrest. Teresa Henderson, 33, of Orange, was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of anti-shoplifting devices and hindering apprehension by giving false information to a police officer.

On Tuesday, June 19, at approximately 8:30 p.m., a 61-year-old male became dizzy and was going in and out of consciousness while working on the roof of AIG, located at 2 Peach Tree Hill Road, police said. The Livingston police and fire departments as well as the first aid squad responded to the scene, and the individual was brought down off the roof by the fire department’s aerial platform. According to police, he was transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center by the first aid squad for examination.

The next day, at approximately 3:30 p.m., a school bus was exiting the East Mt. Pleasant Avenue driveway at Mt. Pleasant Middle School when it crashed with a vehicle that was travelling west on East Mt. Pleasant Avenue. According to police, the investigation revealed that the bus made an improper left-hand turn that resulted in the bus driver being issued a summons for careless driving.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. that night, police said a pedestrian reported that he was struck by a car while walking home from the Landmark at a crosswalk on West Mt. Pleasant Avenue. He said he was driven home by two individuals, but did not recall anything else, police said.

Later on, two people responded to police headquarters stating that while travelling on Hillside Avenue with a green light, the driver entered the intersection at West Mt. Pleasant Avenue when a male ran in front of her vehicle. They reported that they immediately stopped and assisted the pedestrian, according to police, and said the pedestrian did not want police or medical attention.

The driver also said she drove the individual home. The pedestrian later called the police due to complaint of pain in his shoulder, and was taken to Saint Barnabas for evaluation.

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