EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - This past Friday the East Brunswick Police Department patrol units responded to the Speedway Gas Station, 232 Route 18 North on the corner of Albert Street at 12:07 a.m. to a report of a strong armed robbery, officials said.

A Strong arm robbery, also commonly known as strong armed robbery, is a violent crime in which one individual robs another by force or intimidation. Convictions can result in severe custodial sentences, according to police.

Upon arrival, police said that patrol units spoke to one of the gas station attendants who stated that the suspect came up from behind him as he exited the booth.

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The suspect alledgedly punched the attendant in the face, knocked him to the ground, and demanded the victim’s money, police said.

The suspect then removed an undetermined amount of money from the attendant’s pockets and fled south on Route 18 on foot on the northbound side of the highway, say police in a report issued Monday.

The suspect appeared to be in his late teens and was described as a black male, approximately 5’6”, clean shaven, with a thin build, police said.

The suspect was described by police as wearing black sweatpants with a distinguishable white design on them (surveillance pictures attached to show the sweatpants), a black windbreaker or sweatshirt with a hood, light blue sneakers, a black backpack, and a partial ski mask that covered his mouth and nose.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Detective Crispin Farrace of the East Brunswick Police Department’s Investigative Division at 732-390-6990.