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Leonia Detectives Bust Trio In Drug Deal Turned Robbery

Edward Chapman, Kyle Stambaugh, Suzana Astafaj
Edward Chapman, Kyle Stambaugh, Suzana Astafaj Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy LEONIA PD

LEONIA, N.J. – A Leonia couple who staged a drug deal to rob an Edgewater man were arrested – along with the injured buyer, authorities said.

Edward Chapman, 19, told police who were called to Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen that he’d gone to a parking lot off Schor Avenue around 11:30 p.m. last Tuesday to meet a woman but was jumped by a man wearing a ski mask, Capt. Scott Tamagny said.

The mask came off, said Chapman, who identified his assailant as Kyle Stambaugh, 28, the captain said.

Stambaugh was known to police: He barricaded himself in his apartment in April, then brawled with police -- sending a sergeant to the hospital with a deep leg cut and an officer there with a shoulder injury -- after they said he pointed a gun at another man on the street. One of the officers still hasn't been able to return to work.

SEE: Brawl With Barricaded Gunman Gives Leonia Police Sergeant Deep Cut

Detective Sgt. Christopher Garris and Officers Joseph Spagnola and Anthony Mikatarian found Stambaugh last Wednesday and charged him with aggravated assault in the incident from the night before. A judge released Stambaugh less than 24 hours later, under New Jersey’s 2017 bail reform law.

Garris continued investigating and learned that Stambaugh’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Suzana Astafaj, contacted Chapman, asking to buy pot, so the couple could rob Chapman, Tamagny said.

Chapman was arrested on Thursday on drug possession charges and released pending a hearing.

Stambaugh was rearrested on Monday – along with Astafaj, who Tamagny said was carrying Chapman's marijuana. Both were charged with robbery and drug possession and taken to the county lockup.

Astafaj and Stambaugh both remained there Tuesday, records show.

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