ELIZABETH – A superior court judge sentenced a Plainfield man to nine years in New Jersey state prison for his role in a 2010 strong-arm robbery, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced today.
Anthony Pollard, 23, was convicted in August of strong-armed robbery, following a two week trial, according to Assistant Prosecutor Joshua F. McMahon, who prosecuted the case. Pollard was sentenced on Friday by Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue.
According to the investigation, which was led by Detective Leslie Hudson of the Plainfield Police Department, Pollard, a self-admitted member of the Rollin’ 30s Crips street gang, along with two other gang members, were “Papi Hunting,” which is 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 violently assaulted him in an attempt to take his money, said McMahon.
A good Samaritan, who witnessed the crime, notified the authorities and followed the defendants 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 pled guilty to robbery and is currently in state prison.
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