MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Union man has been arrested for the Nov. 9 face to face robbery in the Hilton neighborhood of Maplewood. John Richemond, 19, was arrested on Nov. 12 and has been charged with second-degree robbery and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose.

The robbery, which happened on Princeton St., was scheduled as a meet-up for a Mahwah resident to purchase an iPhone that had been listed on Craigslist. Instead, the perpetrator produced a handgun and took the $1900 cash the 55-year-old man was carrying. The man was left uninjured.

Richemond "was taken into custody by Union Police Department because they had a warrant for his arrest, also for a robbery,” said Detective Lieutenant Niheema Malloy of the Maplewood Police Department. Subsequent to his arrest he was transported to Union County Correctional Facility.

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Det. Lt. Malloy had this advice for people making purchases from an unknown seller: “We encourage people when they purchase things online to do so in a public location. If they feel comfortable they can do so at the police department lobby versus going to areas that are unfamiliar.”


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TAPinto note: All persons in the U.S. justice system have the presumption of innocence until they are proven guilty.