SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police charged a North Brunswick man with allegedly holding up the Gulf service station on Route 130 April 22.
Lt. Jim Ryan said that Akean Benjamin, 24, of North Brunswick was arrested in Princeton on April 30 and charged with robbery, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and making terroristic threats.
Police were called to the gas station on Route 130 and Distribution Way on the afternoon of April 22 when the attendant reported that he had been robbed at gunpoint by a black male about 5-foot, 10-inches tall, and wearing dark clothes.
The man allegedly approached the attendant, showed a handgun and demanded money. He then fled down George’s Road with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
Video surveillance footage captured the incident, and Detective Monica Shearer distributed the images and video to other police departments, the press and public.
East Brunswick Detective Joe Bauer recognized the photo as Benjamin and the sneakers he was wearing, police said.
South Brunswick detectives executed search warrants on Benjamin’s home and vehicle and recovered a starter’s pistol and clothing that matched the suspect’s clothing seen in the video, police said.
Benjamin cooperated with police during the arrest, Lt. Ryan said.
Lt. Ryan said that the robbery was likely the result of a substance abuse problem Benjamin has.
“This arrest was the result of great police work,” Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka said.”It is highly unusual to have this type of brazen crime in our community. The collaborative effort between all the law enforcement involved resulted in stopping any more criminal activity by this suspect.”
He also thanked the East Brunswick and North Brunswick Police Departments along with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance on the case.
Municipal Court Judge Spiro Kalambakas set bail at $310,000 dollars. Benjamin was lodged in the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick in default of bail, police said.