ELIZABETH — A Plainfield man was convicted yesterday afternoon of second-degree robbery, following a two-week trial in Superior Court, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced today.
Anthony Pollard, 23, faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 15, said Assistant Prosecutor Joshua McMahon, who prosecuted the case.
Pollard, a self-admitted member of the Rollin’ 30s Crips street gang, and two other gang members were “Papi Hunting,” a street term used to describe the targeting of Latino residents during strong-armed robberies.
On April 2, 2010, the three targeted a Plainfield resident in the area of Sandford Avenue around 9:30 p.m. as the victim was walking home from a store, said McMahon. The trio surrounded the victim, knocked him to the ground and beat him in an attempt to take his money, said McMahon.
A good Samaritan witnessed the crime, called authorities and followed Pollard and the two others until police arrived. One culprit managed to flee the scene and remains at large. Pollard and Shanae Holliday, 23, were caught a few blocks away and arrested. Holliday previously pleaded guilty to robbery and is currently in state prison.
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