A Paterson man collecting a debt behind a Wayne shopping center beat the debtor and robbed him of $100 – claiming he’d accrued late fees, police said.
The victim told police he met with Anthony Ferguson, 35, of Paterson behind the shopping center at Preakness and Valley Roads to satisfy an unspecified debt.
He said Ferguson told him “the amount owed had changed due to late fees,” then began punching him in the face and head, Detective Capt. Laurence Martin said.
Then he took the money and left, Martin said.
Detective Skylar Cauceglia worked the case, eventually obtaining an arrest warrant charging Ferguson with strong-armed robbery, aggravated assault and making threats.
Passaic County sheriff’s officers arrested Ferguson on Friday.
He was booked into the Passaic County Jail -- and released then by a judge on Sunday under New Jersey’s 2017 bail reform law.
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