SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A teenage girl reported being robbed as she was walking with several friends on Wednesday, Jan. 24, according to an update to the South Orange Police Department's Facebook page on Thursday. A juvenile from Maplewood was apprehended and arrested for this robbery at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, and a second suspect is still at large.
According to the South Orange Police update, the victim stated that she was with three other teenage girls who were all walking across the pedestrian bridge, which is located at the rear of the South Orange
Department of Public Works, towards Waterlands Park.
The girls reported that they were approached by two youths who were wearing masks covering parts of their faces, according to South Orange police. The victim reported that they grabbed her backpack and pulled her to the ground and that after a brief struggle, they were able to obtain her backpack before fleeing towards Waterlands Park.
South Orange police officers responded to the area and were able to apprehend one of the suspects inside Waterlands Park, according to the police update. Officers transported the juvenile boy to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.
A search for the second subject was conducted for about an hour, but police could not locate him, they reported.
Police report that the victim sustained minor injuries, which were treated by EMS personnel.
The Detective Bureau is actively investigating the incident.