CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Three Cedar Grove teens were physically assaulted and robbed on Saturday at approximately 11:15 p.m.
The female victims, ages 15 and 16, were walking on East Bradford Avenue near St. Catherine of Siena School when they were accosted by three black males who had run up behind them. One of suspects demanded the victims give him their phones and wallets, at which time the suspects proceeded to knock all three victims to the ground, stealing Michael Kors purses from two of the girls.
Following the assault, the suspects were observed running east on East Bradford towards Yorkshire Drive. A resident of East Bradford Avenue heard the girls screaming, observed the assault in progress, and contacted police.
Upon arrival, officers located the victims and determined that two of them had sustained scrapes and abrasions in the assault. Parents of the victims were contacted and the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad evaluated their injuries and provided first aid. None of the victims were hospitalized.
Responding officers, with the assistance of the Verona and Little Falls Police Departments, conducted an area search for the suspects with negative results. All three suspects were described as being 17 to 20 years of age. At the present time it is unknown if the suspects were in possession of a vehicle. The detective bureau also responded to the scene and is currently conducting a follow-up investigation. Any person that may have observed suspicious activity in the area around the time of the assault is asked to contact detectives at 973-239-4100.
The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs. The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1. All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.
All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.