EDISON – Police have released the identities of the three suspects in Thursday’s attempted robbery of the T-Mobile store on Parsonage Road. Two suspects were arrested, and a third remains at large.
Police are still searching for Mack E. Mitchell, 18, of Bristol, Pa. and released these photos of the suspect.
Michael E. Mitchell, 28, of Bristol, Pa. is in custody and has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to unlawful possession of a firearm, and conspiracy to possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. His bail was set at $100,000, full.
Emendo E. Bowers, 24, of Somerset, was also apprehended and charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and resisting by flight. He was also charged in connection with a Dec. 8, 2011 robbery at the T-Mobile store at 691 Route 1 in Edison. His bail was set at $200,000, full.
At the time of Thursday’s attempted robbery, the store was under surveillance by members of the Edison Police Detective Bureau’s Special Operations Group who were investigating a string of cell phone store robberies believed to be connected.
According to police, two men entered the store with what were later determined to be imitation handguns. They demanded money, cell phones and other electronic devices from the two employees at the store.
A third suspect, who was driving a vehicle, left the scene and drove around the block onto Lafayette Street, where he was apprehended without incident by Edison Police Detective Steve Todd, who made a motor vehicle stop.
Detective Sergeant Frank Todd, who was positioned to the rear of the T-Mobile store, apprehended a second suspect as the duo fled out the rear doors of the store on foot.
The remaining suspect ran towards the Margate Apartment Complex and out of sight. Additional Edison Police Units, Woodbridge Police, Metuchen Police, South Brunswick Police and the NJ State Police Helicopter all aided in the search for this suspect, who remained at large Thursday evening.
Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan said, “I am extremely proud of the detectives that were involved in the apprehension of these suspects. The actions of these detectives resulted in getting two violent criminals off the streets.”
Authorities are asking anyone with information pertaining to this incident to contact the Edison Police Department at 1-732-248-7400.
The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.
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