A trio of Saddle Brook teenagers who arranged a meeting on social media for what they thought was the illegal purchase of THC vape cartridges in Garfield were instead robbed at gunpoint, said city police who made an arrest.
The trio – an 18-year-old man, a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl – drove to Summit Avenue just north of Belmont Avenue for the purported sale shortly before 6 p.m. Jan. 11, Capt. Darren Sucorowski said.
Suddenly, a man wearing dark clothes and a ski mask got into the back seat, pulled a handgun from his bag and threatened to shoot the girl if they didn't hand over their cash, cellphones, and belongings, Sucorowski said.
He fled with the goods through a Summit Avenue backyard, they told police.
UPDATE: A man who committed suicide by running in front of a commuter train in Garfield on Saturday hours after law enforcement officials said he beat his roommate to death in their illegal basement apartment was identified Monday, along with the murder victim.
Lt. Mario Pozo and Sgt. Marc Amos led an investigation that produced a suspect – 18-year-old Chystopher Loeffler -- who was arrested at a Belmont Avenue residence last Tuesday on three counts of armed robbery.
Loeffler remained held this Tuesday in the Bergen County Jail pending further court action after a judge denied his release.
Police Chief Raymond Kovach urged residents who strike deal with strangers online to meet them at police headquarters.
ALSO SEE: An Elmwood Park pre-school was placed in lockdown and a teacher was arrested after staffers there said she threatened to “one day…come here and shoot it up,” authorities said.
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