NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Authorities report that a 61-year-old woman was taking a late morning walk on Mountain Avenue near Netherwood Avenue in North Plainfield when she felt her purse being ripped away, causing a pain in her shoulder. She looked up and saw a young man running away with her purse toward Route 22 through neighborhood yards.

The victim, whom Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano declined to identify, was not so rattled that she couldn’t provide a good description or how her assailant, his clothing and where he ran off to for responding police officers.  

“The quick response of the North Plainfield Police Department and the observations of the courageous victim resulted in the arrest of defendant Jordan,” said Soriano.

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North Plainfield police immediately set up a perimeter and began to search for the attacker. Within 10 minutes, police saw a person matching the woman’s description along the area near Richard Way and Route 22. 

The man was detained, and identified as 24-year-old Plainfield resident Kashif R. Jordan and taken to the North Plainfield Police Department.

The prosecutor's office desribed the woman’s shoulder injury as “minor.”

Investigators from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Squad and North Plainfield detectives partnered on the investigation, interviewing Jordan and charging him with Robbery in the Second Degree. The two departments are working together to determine if Jordan has been involved in any other recent street or residential crimes in the area.

Somerset County Superior Court Judge Robert Reed set bail at $50,000, and Jordan was transported to the Somerset County Jail when he was unable to pay it.