PLAINFIELD – A 34-year-old Plainfield man was arrested for allegedly robbing and assaulting a man in North Plainfield on Monday afternoon, Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti announced
Carlos E. Mendez-Solis is charged with robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was taken to the Somerset County Jail.
According to Soriano, Plainfield police contacted the North Plainfield Police department at approximately 2:20 p.m. on Aug. 8 to inform them that they had the victim and suspect of a robbery that had occurred minutes earlier in North Plainfield
The victim told police that he got involved in a verbal argument with Mendez-Solis outside the Mi Mundo Latin Bar in North Plainfield. During the argument, Mendez-Solis allegedly grabbed the victim’s Blackberry cell phone from a leather case attached to the victim’s belt. When the victim attempted to get his phone back, Mendez-Solis allegedly cut the victim with a 2” Leatherman utility knife. The victim suffered superficial lacerations to his stomach and back.
After the alleged confrontation, Mendez-Solis fled the area on foot running south on Somerset Street. The victim, along with three friends who witnessed the events, pursued Mendez-Solis into the Plainfield. Plainfield police found Mendez-Solis at the Crown Fried Chicken Restaurant located on West Front Street. The officer entered the restaurant and took custody of the suspect. A Leatherman knife that was recovered by the Plainfield officer outside the restaurant was turned over to the North Plainfield police.
The victim refused medical attention.
Authorities request that anyone with information regarding this incident contact either the North Plainfield Police Department at 1-908-769-2937, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Squad at 1-908-231-7100 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All calls are confidential.
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