Linden Teen Arrested For Robbery

(Photo courtesy of Linden Police)

LINDEN – Police arrested an 18-year-old Linden man who allegedly robbed another Linden resident at knifepoint last month, according to authorities.

Matthew Sanchez, 18, is charged with robbery, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

On Jan. 22, at 2:42 p.m., a 19-year-old Linden man was walking on Bower Street, when a red Volkswagen pulled up along sided him near the street’s intersection with Essex Avenue. A passenger got out of the car and approached the victim, telling him to “run your pockets” and threatening him with a folding knife. The victim turned over $37 cash and the suspect got back in the car, which drove off.

According to police, the victim told officers that he thought he recognized his robber from high school. After a two-week investigation by Det. Ken Mikolajczyk, Sanchez was arrested on Feb. 8. He was transferred to the Union County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The charges against Sanchez are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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