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Police: Montclair Resident Arrested in Connection with Armed Robbery in Bloomfield

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BLOOMFIELD NJ- A Montclair resident is one of two suspects arrested by the Bloomfield Police Department in connection with Monday's armed robbery of a Shell gas station. The robbery led to a pursuit through multiple communities.

According to Bloomfeld police, the two suspects entered the station in a black Acura requesting two dollars in gas. The driver later identified as Clinton Scott of Montclair, then demanded money from the gas station attendant, while the passenger William Jones pointed a gun. The attendant handed over approximately $300.00 dollars in cash. The pair fled onto JFK Drive. Bloomfield police units spotted the vehicle, which led to the pursuit.

The suspect vehicle collided with another motorist in the City of Irvington. Both suspects were apprehended by Bloomfield Police with the assistance of Essex County Sheriff Department and Irvington Police Department. There were no serious injuries reported from the collision and no injuries reported to the officers or the suspects. The suspect vehicle was impounded for further investigation. Police have not located the gun at this time but are continuing with their search.

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Scott, 45, was charged with First Degree Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Eluding and Aggravated Assault. Jones, 46 of Newark, was charged with First Degree Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Both men are currently being detained at the Essex County Correctional Facility.

Police Director Samuel DeMaio praised the alert police work of Patrol Officer Louis Vitiello and all who assisted. "These arrests are a testament to intelligence based policing and placing patrols where crime analysis dictates." The Director also praised the collaborative efforts in making the arrests between the Bloomfield Police Department, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and the Irvington Police Department.

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