Armed Robbery on Harrison Avenue

Man reportedly robbed of $500 at gunpoint.


A 57-year-old man was recently robbed of $500 at gunpoint, according to police. 

This marks the second armed robbery in town in the past two weeks.  

The man was walking on Harrison Avenue near Chestnut Street at around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, when a black teenager with a handgun came up behind him. 

The man stated to police that he grabbed at the handgun and struggled with the teenager. However, the teenager eventually pushed the gun into the man’s stomach, causing him to fall to the ground. 

The teenage boy reportedly took the man's wallet, which contained $500 in cash. The wallet was later found in the rear of a residence on Harrison Avenue.  

The teenager was described in police reports as a young black male between the ages of 17 and 19, and about 5 feet 7 inches.

A spokesperson for the West Orange Police Department said that the detective bureau has no further updates regarding the armed robbery at this time.  

Another armed robbery was at 972 Pleasant Valley Way on July 11. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the West Orange Police Department Detective Bureau at (973) 325-4020.

Jersey Teapot-Party July 25, 2012 at 01:49 PM
They wont catch this guy, but they will probably catch a few pot smokers and traffic violators, and say they cleaned up the streets. Just like the shooting last year, they did all that investigation and all they got was an employee at the liquor store who was growing some pot, while thieves and murder's remain at large in cold case files.
Tom G. July 25, 2012 at 03:17 PM
There were 2 armed robberies in this same area last year - one was on Cherry St. and one was on Mississippi Ave. in the commuter lot. I believe they caught the guy in the Cherry St. robbery. This was in broad daylight at 9:30am and Harrison is a fairly busy street so maybe somebody saw something. On another note, every time I read about a robbery anywhere, the victim is always carrying a large sum of cash in their wallet. I can never understand this. We live in an age of plastic and ATMs so there are very few reasons to be walking around with $500 in cash in your pocket. I never carry more than $100 and usually it's more like $50.
Gary Englert July 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM
And this could just be another case of some schlep coming up with a tale to explain to the wife where his paycheck went, as the real explanation (bar & strip club tab) would be met with disfavor. This is a rather precise explanation of what investigation into a similar "crime" (on Main Street) resulted in a few years ago. While this may not be the case here, the fact that the victim tried to wrestle with a perpetrator armed with a handgun leaves me wondering...as most people (not very specifically trained to so) would never do such a thing.
Jim July 25, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Mr. Englert, Just curious, do you live in West Orange?
Gary Englert July 25, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Of course...why do you ask?
yaya July 26, 2012 at 02:32 AM
The above comments are all bizarre and innapropriate.Strip club, bar tab? Is this high school creative writing or comment to serious crime in our community? And its always the same people with the peculiar comments, attacking each other, and using the Patch as their forum. What a waste of time for the majority of concerned citizens.
Gary Englert July 26, 2012 at 02:39 AM
yaya: Sorry to upset your delicate sensibilities but, people do claim to be crime victims when they have not been and the story I related actually happened in West Orange. Usually, something in the story just doesn't add up and, in this instance, the claim to have wrestled with an armed assailant is probably it.
Jim July 26, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Just curious. Some people on another board where berating you about being out of town now.
yaya July 26, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Gary, Delicate sensibilities? Another "bizarre" take on someone you don"t even know. Wow! You "seem" to know it all about West Orange! And have everyone figured out! Enough said. I won't stoop to your level.
Brett Kaiser July 26, 2012 at 03:14 AM
>> yaya 18 minutes ago Gary, Delicate sensibilities? Another "bizarre" take on someone you don"t even know. Wow! You "seem" to know it all about West Orange! And have everyone figured out! Enough said. I won't stoop to your level. Go Ahead...Post your real name then and stoop his level.... surprised that you don't know who Gary is...he is always out supporting the town, it's people and their activities.... Tom G>> Are you blaming the victim here, if that's truly the case? Being cautious is a good idea, but they, nor YOU should EVER have to worry about sheet like this
Gary Englert July 26, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Brett: yaya clearly doesn't understand that for people to be taken seriously about "serious problems" in our community, they really need to have enough courage of conviction to put a name, face and reputation behind their opinions.
Tom G. July 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM
@Brett - No, I was not "blaming the victim". I was simply stating an observation that it is odd this day in age for a person to be walking down the street with large sums of cash in their pocket. Perhaps this person was targeted for that reason? There are certain precautions we should all take. Just as I would not leave my GPS in my car window, I would not be walking down the street with 500 bucks in my pocket either.
Gary Englert July 26, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Portnateau: I find "some people" hiding behind screen names and jealously guarding their privacy, while simultaenously feeling entitled to know and discuss every detail of other people's lives, to be the height of hypocrisy, don't you?
Steven Serebrenik July 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Pardon my confusion after reading these comments. Someone was robbed of $ 500 at GUNPOINT! If his story was fabricated to cover up something, then I would think the police would be able to dermine this rather quickly. Some people DO fight back. Some people have CASH that they carry...maybe going to purchase something. Meanwhile, we may have a DANGEROUS CRIMINAL out there. Ever think of that?
Gary Englert July 29, 2012 at 02:15 PM
@ Steven Serebrenk: One of the things that routinely happens on these message board is a crime being reported followed by a slew of people (usually anonymous) start fanning nonsensical flames that crime is out of control and the sky is falling. My comment was, first and foremost, designed to forestall that...and the tale I told is a true story that happened right here in West Orange...and people filing false police reports is a lot more common than an armed robbery. While this incident may have happened exactly as it was reported, please excuse my skepticism; I've taught hand to hand combat and, unless you really know what you're doing, try to take a weapon away from an armed assailant is a good way to wind up seriously injured or dead. I wouldn't suggest most people try to (unless given absolutely no alternative) and most people have the good sense not to try.
David Peart August 01, 2012 at 07:14 PM
@Steve. No, someone is alleged to have been robbed at gunpoint. The police do not immediately make a determination as to whether or not the story has been fabricated, that's what investigations are for. I'm sure that the responding officer and assigned detective have their impressions, but no it is not always immediately apparent. They're not assigning a task force to this complaint, so the investigative effort will be one appropriate to the seriousness of the crime, nothing more, nothing less. IMHO, the story as it stands would raise suspicions absent any evidence to suggest otherwise. We may indeed have a criminal out there, how dangerous they may be is a matter of opinion, as this alleged peewee gunman was resisted violently and never fired on his resisting victim, but was able to retain not only the wallet containing $500, but his firearm as well. Why hand over the wallet if you're going to fight anyway? There's never any rhyme or reason to these things, but it does make you think.
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