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South Orange Police Blotter - Strong Arm Robbery and Assault Reported on Wed. Night

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South Orange Police Blotter as of November 25

Strong Arm Robbery - An 18 year old victim stated that he was walking on Irvington Ave. at 9:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, when he was assaulted and ultimately robbed of his phone by a group of approximately five actors described as being black males along with two black females. The victim stated that he was punched and fell to the ground where is was then kicked until the actors obtained his iPhone and then fled the scene in a light colored mini van. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident. 

Assault - Two victims, a male and a female, stated that they were walking on Irvington Ave. in the area of Cottage St. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at approximately 9:45 p.m. when they were physically assaulted by two actors that were described as a thin black male and and a thin black female. The victims stated that the actors were accompanied by two other actors also described to be a thin male and female. After the incident the actors fled the scene in a white or light colored mini van. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident. 

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Theft of Cell Phone - A juvenile stated that while she was in the 7-Eleven located on Valley St. she had placed her iPhone on the counter and when she returned to it she discovered it had been stolen.

Burglary to Vehicle - A West Montrose resident stated that sometime during the overnight hours of Nov. 17, an unknown actor(s) had entered her unlocked vehicle (2014 Volvo) and rummaged through the interior. The vehicle was parked in the driveway at the time of the incident.

Theft from Vehicle - A Fairview Ave. resident stated that at approximately 8:10 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 23, two actors described as being heavy set black males wearing all black clothing entered his unlocked vehicle (2013 VW) and removed a computer tablet before fleeing on foot. A witness to the incident stated that the actors may have been utilizing a white sedan type vehicle to flee the area in. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident. 

CDS Arrest - James Ritchie, a 22 year old West Orange resident, Amanda Buster, a 19 year old Nutley resident, and Isabel Montoya, a 19 year old Nutley resident were arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at approximately 12:30 a.m. for CDS offenses. Officers stopped a vehicle for multiple motor vehicle violations at the intersection of Irvington Avenue and Ward Place and it was determined during the on scene investigation that marijuana along with CDS paraphernalia was inside the vehicle. Officers arrested the three subjects for the CDS offenses and transported them to headquarters where they were processed accordingly.  

Adult Arrest - Hakeem Love, a 37 year old South Orange resident, was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at approximately 6:30 a.m. for assault. The victim, a Colonia resident, reported that he was assaulted while inside the Dunkin Donuts and the subject then fled the scene. Based on the detailed description of the subject given by the victim, officers were able to locate the subject in the SOPAC parking lot. After a positive identification by the victim, officers arrested the subject without further incident and transported him to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.

Adult Arrest - William Brown, a 60 year old former Brooklyn resident, was arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at approximately 4:45 a.m. for an outstanding arrest warrant out of Summit. Officers responded to a call for a suspicious person in the lobby of 147 Vose Avenue and further investigation at the scene revealed the active warrant. Officers arrested subject without further incident and transported him to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.  

Adult Arrest - Ibn Bussey, a 34 year old Hillside resident, was arrested on Monday, Nov. 21, at approximately 3:05 p.m. for an outstanding arrest warrant out of Newark. Officers stopped the subject for a motor vehicle violation near the intersection of South Orange Ave. and Mayhew Drive, where further investigation during the motor vehicle stop revealed the outstanding warrant. Officers arrested subject without further incident and transported him to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.

Warrant Arrest - George Brown, a 36 year old Orange resident, was arrested on Nov. 17 at approximately 11:45 p.m. when an officer on routine patrol observed the subject walking on Centre St. and was aware that the subject had committed several prior thefts from vehicles. The officer also had prior knowledge that this jurisdiction had an active warrant for his arrest for a like incident. The subject was taken into custody on the scene of the encounter, transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly. 

Theft from Vehicle - A Kenneth Ter. resident stated that sometime between 5 p.m. on Nov. 19 and noon the following day an unknown actor(s) had entered her unlocked vehicle (2016 VW) and removed two tote bags and a collapsible shovel.

Theft/Arrest - Rajaun bagley, a 46 year old Irvington resident, was arrested on Nov. 19,  by officers after he had been observed fleeing the Stop & Shop located on Valley St. in possession of merchandise that had not been purchased. The subject was taken into custody a few blocks away from the theft, transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly. 

Obstruction Arrest - Dante Bennett, a 22 year old Linden resident, was arrested on Friday, Nov. 18, at approximately 8:25 p.m. after officers responded to Bow Tie Cinemas on a report of an actor attempting to utter a fraudulent bill. While the officers were attempting to make an inquiry as to the incident the subject refused to comply on several occasions and as such was taken into custody, 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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