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South Orange Man Charged with Aggravated Assault on Teenager in Maplewood

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood police officers were dispatched to Valley St. near Hixon Pl. on the report of a man with a machete at about 7 p.m. on June 2, according to a release from the Maplewood Police Department.

A 15-year-old boy reported that he was approached by a man who was carrying a machete in a sleeve. The man approached the victim and said “Give me the money, where is the money," according to the report from police

The man reportedly then struck the teenager on the back with the sleeved machete and struck his bicycle with it as well. 

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The man, later identified as 61 year old Russell Mohammed of South Orange, was located on Valley St., taken into custody, and charged with Aggravated Assault and Weapons charges, stated police.

Through investigation, authorities "learned that Mr. Mohammed had money stolen from him in South Orange just prior to this incident and initially believed that the juvenile he approached was the actor in that theft," stated the release from Maplewood police.

The juvenile is not believed to have been involved in the theft from Mohammed, according to police. 

The juvenile victim was not injured during this incident, stated police.

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