MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Two men wearing partial masks kicked a woman out of her vehicle and robbed her early this morning in Maplewood’s fourth robbery in seven days, said police.
One of the men, William Alvarado-Jones, 19, of Newark was caught and charged with robbery, eluding police, and other crimes, police said. However, they said Alvarado-Jones’ accomplice remains at large.
According to Maplewood police, the ordeal began shortly before 1 a.m. when they went to the area of Franklin Avenue and Rutgers Street, after receiving a report of a woman screaming.
“They encountered a woman who told them she was sitting in her vehicle in the driveway of a home on Rutgers Street while using her cell phone when her vehicle was approached by two black males wearing partial masks,” police said. “One of the males opened the door to her vehicle, demanded she get out and then took her phone and a bag that was in the vehicle.”
The victim, who was not injured, said the men came and left in two vehicles, a light colored sedan and a dark SUV, said police. They noted that, shortly before they received the call, officers saw a vehicle matching the description of the sedan driving erratically on Boyden Avenue.
“Officers were able to check the plate of the sedan and discovered that the vehicle, a 2015 Toyota Corolla, was reported to be a carjacked vehicle out of Newark,” said police. The pursuing officers tried to stop the car, but were unable, they said.
However, a few minutes later members of the Union Police Department spotted the sedan and pursued it from Stuyvesant Avenue onto Chancellor Avenue, said police. The vehicle crashed in the area of Chancellor Avenue and Elizabeth Avenue in Newark, they said. Alvarado-Jones was found to be the driver, and was arrested while attempting to flee from the vehicle. Alvardo-Jones was placed in the Essex County jail after being charged.
Today's incident was the fourth robbery in Maplewood this week, details on the previous three robberies can be found here