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Victim Attacked and Escapes From Armed Robber in BJ's Parking lot in Stafford Township

Credits: Kaitlyn Sharkey
Credits: Kaitlyn Sharkey

STAFFORD, NJ - Stafford Township police have reported that a robbery attempt in the BJ's parking lot took place on Monday evening.  They have arrested Gustavo Javier Franco Carballo.  He is 24 years old and lives in Beach Haven.

There was an intense, two day investigation for this reported Attempted Robbery at BJ’S Wholesale Club.  BJ’s is located on Martin Truex Jr. Boulevard, Manahawkin, N.J.  The incident occurred on Monday, June 20th, 2016 at 8:16 PM. 

Carballo had parked his 2007 PT Cruiser next to the victim’s vehicle.

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While the victim was in BJ’s or after she had unloaded her groceries into her vehicle and was returning her shopping cart to the cart stall, Carballo entered into the rear of her vehicle.

Carballo waited for her to return to the car.  When she entered her vehicle’s front seat, Carballo choked and used a Taser on the victim.  The victim fought him off and was able to escape from her vehicle.  She alerted several witnesses and a 911 call was made.  Carballo then fled the area. 

After reviewing surveillance tapes from surrounding businesses, Detective Stephen Fessler was able to identify Carballo and his vehicle, and he was located in Beach Haven. 

Carballo is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail on $150,000 bail. He is charged with Armed Robbery and Burglary, but additional charges are anticipated. 

Additionally, Carballo is an undocumented immigrant and notification has been made to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. 

The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by Detective Stephen Fessler of the Stafford Township Police Department assisted by other members of the Stafford Township Detective Bureau. 

Assistance was also provided by the New Jersey State Police, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI Unit, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. 

The Stafford Police are asking If anyone has additional information regarding this incident, please call them at (609) 597-8581. 

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