Two charged with shooting armored car guard, taking $140,000, may be linked to similar robberies
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WEST RIDGE, N.J. (AP) — Two men have been charged with shooting guard at an armored car in an upscale section of West Ridge, New Jersey, on Wednesday and taking $140,000 before driving away.
The armored car robbery occurred about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of a local business.
Police say they followed a tan Nissan Pathfinder and saw two men in it running from the scene. A police officer who had driven by a nearby gas station said that a man driving the Nissan had jumped from it and ran toward him. The officer pursued and caught the man, identified as 23-year-old Jonathan Brown of Ocean City, Maryland, near a residential neighborhood.
Police said that they found a.380 semiautomatic handgun matching the one used in the shooting at the man’s home nearby. Police also found $140,000 in a duffel bag, believed to belong to the man who jumped from the armored car.
West Ridge Police Chief William Reuter said the two men are connected to similar robberies in other locales, and Brown is known in the community as a potential suspect.
Investigators believe there may be other potential suspects and are now investigating whether Brown acted alone, or at the direction of someone else.
The suspect was arrested without incident, and now police expect to issue a arrest warrant.
Anyone with information on the armored car robbery should contact the West Ridge Police Department at (732) 889-6564.
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