MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A 26-year-old man was walking home at about 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4 when, according to Maplewood police, he was approached by four black men with an estimated age range of 18 to 20 years, one of whom was armed with a handgun.

The victim, who is a Maplewood resident, was walking on Midland Blvd. from Orchard Rd. at the time of the robbery, according to a statement from Maplewood police.

The handgun was described as "possibly clear," and as being held at his side, according to a statement from police. The other suspects took the man's cell phone and his backpack, which "contained a laptop and other personal items," according to police.

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Following the robbery, the suspects ran down Midland Blvd. onto Orchard Rd. and possibly into the backyards, according to police. Maplewood officers responded to the area and searched for the suspects, while several of the suspects were chased on foot towards Irvington, stated Maplewood police.

After an extensive search, one of the men was located by officers and was taken into custody. The man was identified as Raymond Jackson, age 20, from Newark. Subsequent to the investigation, Jackson was charged with Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. Jackson was later transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility. 

The victim did not sustain any injuries during the robbery. During the search for the suspects, some of the victim’s property was recovered in Irvington. 

Maplewood police thanked the Irvington police Department for their assistance with the search. 

The Maplewood Police Detective Bureau is continuing the investigation in an attempt to identify additional suspects.

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