SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - An armed robbery in Maplewood and an attempted armed robbery in South Orange occurred over the weekend, according to the South Orange and Maplewood Police Departments.
In Maplewood, at about 3:45 a.m. early in the morning on Sept., 11, an armed robbery occurred at the 7-Eleven on Irvington Ave. According to Maplewood police, a man entered the store, "displayed a handgun and demanded money." The man then fled the store heading northbound in a silver or gray vehicle, stated Maplewood police. No one was injured during the robbery, according to Maplewood police.
On Fri., Sept. 9, South Orange police reported that there was an attempted armed robbery at the Rite Aid. According to South Orange police, an employee at the pharmacy in Rite Aid stated that at about 9:40 p.m., "an actor described as a black male in his twenties with dreadlocks, wearing a black hoodie and black sweatpants, walked up to the counter and demanded Oxycontin."
South Orange Police stated that the suspect handed the employee a note which demanded drugs, and when doing so, he "lifted his shirt to reveal what appeared to be a handgun."
The man was unable to obtain the prescription drug, and fled the store on foot. Officers responded to the scene, searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. The incident is currently under investigation.