Lakewood, NJ – Police have charged a man with a gunpoint robbery of a yungerman after he was found with an item allegedly taken from the victim’s wallet.
Antonio Jones, 44, of 3rd Street in the township, was arrested Wednesday after jumping off his bicycle and fleeing on foot when Patrolman Erik Menck stopped to question him. According to Detective Capt. Paul Daly, Jones was in the area of 3rd Street and Monmouth Avenue. Daly said Jones fit the description of the suspect they were looking for in connection to the robbery that was reported around 9:05 p.m.
Jones confronted a yungerman at 9th Street and Lexington Avenue around 9 p.m. Wednesday by pointing a gun at his victim saying, “Give me all your money,” Daly said.
After the man handed him about $40 in cash, Jones reportedly asked his victim, “Is that all you have?” before getting away with the cash and a wallet containing credit cards and an Israeli shekel that would later be found on Jones and identified by the victim as an item he has carried in his wallet for years, Daly said.
According to Daly, Jones had allegedly placed a bicycle behind a building in the area of the robbery that he planned to use to flee the scene, and was spotted by Menck riding the bike when he attempted to question him before the arrest.
A similar robbery was reported around 10:34 p.m. Monday at 1st Street and Forrest Avenue when a man who was dropping off a package was confronted by another man with a handgun demanding money, Daly said.
The suspect in the Monday robbery got away with the cash and a wallet from the victim before fleeing, Daly said. That suspect is described as a male in his late 30s to early 40s wearing a denim jacket with a dark hoodie under it, standing about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a stocky build, poor, dark complexion and facial hair. Anyone with information is asked to call Lakewood police at 732-363-0200.
Police did not release a photo of Jones, but provided a sketch of the suspect in the second robbery.