NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Detectives are continuing to investigate an armed robbery that occurred at a North Plainfield restaurant last Friday evening, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and North Plainfield Borough Chief of Police William Parenti announced on Wednesday.
Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on May 27 at approximately 11 p.m., the North Plainfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting an armed robbery at the Hunan Royal Chinese Restaurant located at 88 Watchung Ave.
Responding officers made contact with a male employee who reported that he had just returned from a delivery and observed a tall black male wearing a black hoodie holding a knife at the rear door. The victim stated that he also observed another black male run out of the same door as he pointed a handgun at the victim as he remained in his delivery vehicle. Both suspects fled on foot towards a dark-colored SUV or van.
Robertson stated that another witness reported seeing two thin black males in their early 20s exiting a dark colored SUV or van and park on Brook Avenue. One male was wearing a grey hoodie and the other male was wearing a dark blue hoodie with a white stripe running down the arm. The witness observed them walking West towards Watchung Avenue.
Approximately four minutes later, the same witness observed both males running back to the dark colored vehicle operated by a white individual. The vehicle was last seen driving East on Brook Avenue.
A second employee reported that while at the cash register, a black male with a gun approached her from behind and forced her to open the register. The suspect then removed an unknown amount of currency from the register. Both individuals then fled using the rear door exit.
Robertson stated that detectives from the North Plainfield Police Department responded to conduct the investigation.
Robertson, Fodor, and Parenti request anyone with information regarding this incident or anyone knowing the identity of the male suspects to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the North Plainfield Township Police Department (908) 769-2937 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
Detectives urge the public not to approach the suspects as they may be armed with a firearm.