NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ —A 22-year-old New Brunswick man allegedly used an app to help him rob two people, police said.
On two occasions Duron Bridgers arranged two meetings to buy gaming consoles and then allegedly used a gun to rob the victims, according to a press release from Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Public Safety Director Quovella Spruill.
Bridgers has been charged with two counts of first degree robbery and two counts of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, according to police.
The first robbery allegedly occurred on Tuesday, June 16, in the area of Mindy Drive, the second on Thursday, June 18, in the area of Ellen Street. Both are in Franklin Township.
On June 16, at approximately 4:35 p.m., Franklin Township Police responded to a 911 call reporting a robbery of an adult male and a juvenile by an unknown male at gunpoint.
Police say they had made arrangements to meet with the Bridgers to exchange a PlayStation 4 gaming console. The exchange was arranged through a web application. They said when they arrived at the exchange location, Bridgers allegedly pointed a yellowish-colored handgun and robbed the victims of the PlayStation 4.
On June 18, at approximately 9:08 p.m., police said two men were robbed at gunpoint near Ellen Street. The men had made arrangements to meet with the suspect to exchange a PlayStation 4 gaming computer. The exchange was arranged through the same web application as the June 16t robbery, police said.
Bridgers allegedly pointed a gun with a long extended magazine at the men and robbed them of $300 in cash and a gold necklace that he allegedly ripped off of one of the men's necks.
Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Franklin Township Police Department conducted a joint investigation into the two robberies.
Bridgers was taken into custody by detectives in the area of Hempstead Plaza on Route 27 in Franklin Township. Police said they found a tan colored handgun with an extended magazine and a PlayStation 4 game console in his vehicle.
Bridgers was at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Director Spruill request anyone with information relating to the robberies to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 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.