FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A township resident faces multiple charges in the armed robbery of a WaWa store after the suspect was confronted by a gas station attendant, who tried to confine the suspect inside a booth where a cash register was located.
Dupre J. McCalla, 45, of Pear Tree Lane, Franklin Park is charged with 1st Degree Robbery, 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and 4th degree Hindering Apprehension in connection with the Aug. 4 incident. McCalla was subsequently lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing. New Jersey, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson,
Robertson provided the following account:
Franklin Township Police received a 911 call about an armed robbery at the WaWa at 1:49 p.m. The suspect had fled by the time police arrived. Witnesses told police a man had entered the gas attendant booth and attempted to take cash from the register.
An employee entered the booth and confronted the man. who then brandished a knife; the employee backed out of the booth and tried to close the door to hold the man inside but he was able to escape, dropping money and the knife.
The robbery suspect picked up the knife and a handful of money and fled the area. It was reported that $440.00 was stolen from the cash register in the gas attendant booth.
Police located an individual matching the description of the defendant in the same area in which he fled. The officers approached the man, later identified as McCalla and he provided them with a false name. McCalla was subsequently identified as the individual who robbed the Wawa and was taken into custody.
The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded and continued the investigation with the Franklin Township Police Department Detective Bureau.
Franklin Township Police officers recovered $105 from McCalla who sustained minor abrasions and wrist pain from attempting to hold the attendant booth door closed.
Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Franklin Township Chief of Police, Richard Grammar request anyone with information 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.
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