4 Arrested On Robbery, Weapons Charges After Police Gun Battle In Elizabeth

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ELIZABETH – Police arrested four men on robbery and weapons charges Friday following an incident that prompted police officers to open fire.

According to the preliminary investigation, officers from the Elizabeth Police Department responded to a report of a robbery in progress on the 500 block of Vine Street around 9 p.m. on Sept. 24, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said.

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The responding officers encountered two suspects – one at the front of the building, one at the rear – who allegedly brandished weapons at the officers. At that point, the officers discharged their service weapons, striking each suspect.

Greed Long, 21, of Irvington and Karim Ali, 29, of Elizabeth were taken to University Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Each is currently being held on $400,000 bail. Two other men were arrested at the scene: Naim Paige, 18, of Newark and Antonio Clark, 24, of Irvington.

All four suspects are charged with robbery, weapon possession, kidnapping and aggravated assault, according to the prosecutor’s office. Paige is being held on $400,000 bail and Clark on $250,000.

This remains an active investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office Shooting Response Team and will be turned over to a grand jury in the near future, said Romankow.

Ali was released from prison in January 2009 after serving a sentence for unlawful weapons possession and resisting arrest.


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