MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A woman was the victim of an armed robbery in Maplewood on Friday afternoon, according to a statement from Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul. The suspects, who were arrested on Friday, are believed to have also committed similar incidents the same day in South Orange and Irvington, stated police.
According to Maplewood police, a woman was walking alone in the area of 51 Orchard Rd. at about 2 p.m. when a male exited a silver vehicle and grabbed from behind and "placed a weapon to her abdomen and stole her purse," stated DeVaul.
A nearby witness was able to provide a description of the suspects to police, and Maplewood police sent an information BOLO (be on the look-out) alert to neighboring agencies, which "lead to the capture of two juvenile suspects in the described vehicle in the Township of Irvington," stated DeVaul.
The suspects are both 16-year-old boys, and have been charged with Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery by the Maplewood Police Department, as well as having additional charges from other municipalities according to DeVaul.
The suspects will be placed in the custody of the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center, stated DeVaul.
No injuries to the victim were reported according to Maplewood police.