Police Arrest Suspect In Linden Deli Robbery

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LINDEN – Police arrested a suspect who they believe used a garden hose nozzle to rob a Roselle Street deli Tuesday.

Dontay D. Payne, 21, of Linden has been charged with armed robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, resisting arrest, and obstruction, according to police.

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Officers responded to George’s Deli on the 300 block of Roselle Street at 12:22 p.m. on Aug. 24 after receiving a report of a robbery in progress. Two store employees told police that the suspect entered the deli with a mask on his face. When the clerk dialed 9-1-1, the suspect threatened him with what appeared to be a handgun wrapped in plastic.

According to police, the suspect took approximately $150 from the register and fled on bike. The suspect apparently discarded the plastic-wrapped “gun,” which turned out to be a garden hose nozzle, as well as the mask, police said.

Linden Police Sgt. Abdul Williams and Officer Scott Jones apprehended Payne after a brief chase. Payne was arrested after being identified by the store employees, police said. Bail was set at $130,000 cash.

Authorities were attempting to determine if Payne is a suspect in any other recent convenience store robberies, police said.


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