The authorities in Passaic County say a food delivery driver narrowly escaped being robbed by two individuals on Tuesday night as she was working outside a residence in the area.
The driver, according to Det. Lt. Robert Bracken of the Clifton Police Department was attempting to deliver to an incorrect address at around 9 o’clock at night.
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According to Bracken’s official statement, “when the victim neared the place of delivery, she became anxious since she could not discover the exact address.”
Simultaneously, a voice from a nearby driveway ordered the driver to exit her vehicle. The suspect then walked up to the victim’s car and tried to get in through the passenger side, Bracken said.
Similarly, “a (guy) emerged from the shadows and began tapping a knife on the driver’s side window of the victim’s vehicle,” Bracken said.
Bracken said the courier left the scene and proceeded to police headquarters to report the attempted robbery.
Bracken stated that when officers investigated the area, they caught two suspects near a bus stop on Broad Street.
Bracken claimed that after police took the suspects into custody, they discovered a loaded revolver on one of them and a knife that was likely used in the crime nearby.
For his role in a robbery, possession of weapons, and use of a minor in a criminal enterprise, Najim Wadud, 18, of East Orange, was arrested and charged with multiple felonies. According to Bracken, a 17-year-old Newark girl was arrested and charged with armed robbery.
“This was the most recent incident in a spate of food delivery robberies occurring around North Jersey,” Bracken added.
At the beginning of the month, police in the neighboring towns of Nutley and Belleville announced that they were looking for suspects in a string of armed robberies of food delivery drivers.
Police say that at 7:30 p.m. on December 7 a driver in Nutley was robbed by a man and a woman who threatened him with a gun and took his money, food, and vehicle.
At 8:30 p.m. on November 26 on Lake Street in Belleville, a food delivery worker was robbed by a man who forced a revolver into his belly, demanded cash, and then fled with the food and $60. According to the police, a second offender jumped out of a parked car and attacked the victim.