NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — The arrests of three juveniles from Plainfield, ages 14, 15 and 16, for a robbery that occurred in North Plainfield, were announced Wednesday by Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and North Plainfield Chief of Police William G. Parenti.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Thursday, July 23, at approximately 7:43 a.m., North Plainfield Police were contacted by a victim of an assault and robbery. The investigation revealed that at approximately 5:30 a.m., the male victim reported being assaulted and robbed of his cellular telephone, wallet and money by five males in the area of Grove Street near the Plainfield city line.

The victim sustained minor injuries and temporarily lost consciousness during the assault, and was treated by North Plainfield Emergency Medical Services at the North Plainfield Police Department. The victim provided a description that was broadcast to North Plainfield Officers. A North Plainfield Officer on patrol related to additional officers that he observed a group of males in the area of Grove Street near the Plainfield city line matching the description provided by the victim.

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Prosecutor Robertson stated that a North Plainfield Police detective responded to the aforementioned location, and along with the North Plainfield Patrol Officer, observed the group of males cross over from Grove Street and engage in a physical altercation with another male victim in the area of Central Avenue and West Front Street.

As the officers approached the suspects and activated their emergency police lights, they fled the scene on foot. North Plainfield Police, along with Plainfield Police, subsequently located and detained the three juveniles who were involved in the assault and robbery in Liberty Village.

The juveniles were each charged with second degree Robbery on a Juvenile Delinquency complaint, and lodged at the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center pending a family court appearance.

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Parenti request anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the North Plainfield Police Department at (908) 769-2937 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.