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South Orange Police Blotter - Robbery at Knifepoint on Sunday Night Reported

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Robbery - A male and a female victim stated that on Sunday, November 6, at approximately 1:10 a.m., they were walking on Irvington Ave. in the area of Cottage St. when they were approached by two black males from behind. One of the actors exhibited a small knife and demanded their property. The actors took both victim's cell phones and wallets and fled the scene on foot. The actor in possession of the knife was described as having corn roll braids and a white sweater the other actor was described as wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

False information/arrest - Hassan Foster, a 46 year old Newark resident, was arrested on Sunday, November 6, at approximately 12:35 p.m. after the subject was found going door to door in the Tuxedo Park section of town while illegally soliciting. During the subsequent field investigation it was discovered that the subject had been providing false information as to his name to the on-scene officers. The subject was arrested at the scene, transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.

Attempted theft of vehicle - A Stanley Rd. resident stated that sometime during the evening or overnight hours of November 3 an unknown actor entered his vehicle (2007 Dodge pick-up) and attempted to steal same by breaking the steering column. The actor(s) also removed a Dewalt drill.

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Theft of vehicle - An Academy St. resident stated that sometime between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on November 4 an unknown actor(s) had removed his vehicle from his driveway.

DWI arrest - Fredy Benitez, a 31 year old Maryland resident was arrested on November 5 at approximately 2:20 a.m. after officers responded to a call on Wilden Pl. of a vehicle having struck a gas lamp. During the on-scene investigation it was discovered that the subject was in fact intoxicated and operating his vehicle while under the influence. The subject was arrested at the scene without incident, transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.

Criminal mischief - A Holland Rd. resident stated that sometime during the evening or overnight hours of November 4 an unknown actor(s) had spray painted curse words in multi colors on two vehicles on his property.

Theft of bicycle - A Hartford Rd. resident stated that sometime between midnight on October 29 and 4 p.m. on November 5 an unknown actor(s) had entered his garage by pushing in a rear window and once inside removed a grey men's road bike valued at $400.

Theft arrest - Rahman Salaam, a 43 year old East Orange resident was arrested on November 7, at approximately 6:55 a.m. after officers responded to a report of a theft that had just occurred from the 7-Eleven located on Valley St. The subject was apprehended by officers a short distance away after attempting to flee the scene with the stolen merchandise on his person.

Theft from vehicle - An Irving Ave. resident stated that sometime between 7 p.m. on November 5 and 1:15 p.m. on the following day an unknown actor(s) had entered her vehicle (2014 Dodge) and removed an envelope from her glove box that contained a large sum of cash. There were no signs of a forced entry into the vehicle and the vehicle was parked in the driveway at the time of the incident.

CDS arrest - Nasir Wright, a 22 year old East Orange resident, was arrested on November 8 at approximately 12:25 a.m. after the subject was stopped on South Orange Ave. for committing a motor vehicle violation. During the ensuing stop the officer discovered that the subject was in possession of CDS (marijuana). The subject was arrested at the scene without incident, transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.

CDS arrest - Dominic Lai, a 20 year old Staten Island, NY resident was arrested on November 6, at approximately 11 p.m. after he was stopped on South Orange Ave. for committing a motor vehicle offense. During the subsequent stop by the officer it was discovered that the subject had been in possession of CDS (marijuana). The subject was arrested at the scene without incident, transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.  

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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