PARSIPPANY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police said Wednesday they have arrested a man who they believe has been terrorizing women with a gun at New Jersey shopping areas and robbing their jewelry.
The man, who has yet to be charged, was captured by police in the passenger’s seat of a gold Toyota Corolla, CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported. He was taken away moments after police said he robbed a women of her jewelry at gunpoint at the Roxbury Mall.
“We were comfortable arresting the passenger in the vehicle, and we brought him back to the police station,” Roxbury Township Police Chief James Simonetti said. “After the investigation I am comfortable that he will be charged.”
The scene was chaotic on Route 10 in Parsippany as the suspect was taken into custody. Police believe the man is responsible for other jewelry hold-ups in Morris County, including one at a shopping area in Wharton.
“He may be a suspect in either two attempted or actual armed robberies this week, and last week as well,” Denville Township Police Chief Christopher Wagner said.
The woman who was robbed told police that when the armed man confronted her at the Roxbury Mall, he demanded that she hand over her wedding ring.
A gold Toyota Corolla was wanted in connection with the other incidents, and was pulled over, police said.
“Without any concern for his safety, our officer put himself in harm’s way in order to stop that guy from committing another violent offense,” Wagner said.
Women were thankful and relieved.
“That’s great,” Karen Mariano of Randolph said. “You just want to go to the store and do some grocery shopping, but you see so much of this.”
Police said the victim in the Roxbury holdup identified the suspect. Authorities also confirmed that a woman was driving the gold Toyota Corolla. She has not been charged.
Breathe easy, North Jersey women. Hopefully now you can shop in peace. Offer your thoughts and comments below…