FANWOOD, NJ — A 62-year-old borough man was released from the hospital Friday after being pistol whipped during an armed robbery in front of his home Thursday night, police said.
The robbery happened on Second Street near Burns Way at 8:52 p.m., said Police Chief Richard Trigo, who gave the following account:
The man told officers that a white Jeep Grand Cherokee followed him home from the ATM at Wells Fargo Bank on East Second Street and Park Avenue in Scotch Plains. The victim described the driver as a black man, 25-30 years old, 5' 9" – 5' 10" with facial hair. He could not provide a detailed description of the man with the gun.
After he parked his car in his driveway and was walking to his house, the driver of the white SUV parked across the street then called out to him, asking for directions.
As the victim went over to the vehicle, the driver jumped out and grabbed him and the two began to scuffle. A second man exited the back of the SUV, held a gun to his head, then hit the victim in the back of the head with the gun. The robbers demanded his money. He turned over the cash, and then the male with the gun hit him in the face with the gun.
The victim suffered broken teeth, a cut to his lip that required stitches, and may have a concussion.
Fanwood EMS responded and transferred the man to Overlook Medical Center in Summit.
Anyone with additional information should contact Fanwood Police Lieutenant Eugene Chin 908-322-5000, ext. 506.