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Sketch Released In Robbery Of North Bergen Apartment Building Owner

North Bergen Robbery Suspect

A suspect in the robbery of an apartment building owner in North Bergen, N.J. (Credit: North Bergen Police)

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police on Tuesday released a sketch of a suspect in the robbery of an apartment building owner in North Bergen, N.J. last month.

The victim has owned an apartment building on Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen with her husband for nearly two decades. The incident happened in the front office of the building on the morning of Tuesday, April 29 — a short time after the victim collected rent payments.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, was in her office when, she said, two men wearing ski masks burst in waving handguns and demanding cash.

“Two guys, one chunkier and one skinnier, a little taller, with guns pointing at my face and my head and they told me ‘we’re not gonna hurt you just tell us where the safe is,'” the victim told Brown. “They pointed the gun again at my head and they said ‘show us where the safe is.’ Then I said ‘I swear I don’t have a safe, I don’t own a safe. I have some money in my purse that I was gonna go deposit.'”

The victim told Brown she believes a man who came in asking about an apartment was a decoy to see if she was alone and to distract her from the surveillance monitor.

“They took the laces from my sneakers and they tied my feet and my hands like that,” the victim said. “They gagged me, they put something in my mouth.”

The victim gave the men the $3,500 in rent she had just collected. They also took her cell phone and surveillance equipment.

A tenant eventually found the owner bound and gagged and cut her loose.

The suspect in the sketch was described as being between 30 and 35 years old with light skin and dark hair. He stood 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall.

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