On Monday night, three people, including a man and his mother, were arrested after police say they attempted to break into a residence in Jersey City while armed.
Earl Austin, 31, and Malissa Austin, 53, were arrested shortly after departing an empty home on New Heckman Drive; in contrast to the Barker family of the 1920s and 1930s, whose heists have been depicted in numerous films.
A spokeswoman for the city of Jersey City, Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, said that at around 10 o’clock Monday night, two armed individuals entered the residence. According to the criminal complaint, Earl Austin threatened the victim’s daughter with a firearm and demanded money before he and his accomplice ran away.
The criminal complaint states that shortly after the incident, police officers followed the fleeing BMW to Armstrong Avenue, where they made the arrests of the Austins and Leona Maynard, age 31.
According to the criminal complaint, police found two loaded handguns at the scene; one was found on Earl Austin, and the other was found on Maynard.
In the complaint, the police named Malissa Austin as the getaway driver.
Earl Austin was arrested and charged with multiple counts of armed robbery, conspiracy, burglary, endangering the welfare of a child, and firearms violations.
Maynard, also from Jersey City, was charged with several firearms violations, tampering with evidence, and conspiring with Malissa Austin, who was charged with conspiracy.
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