LINDEN – City police arrested a 19-year-old Linden man last week who allegedly robbed and assaulted a 91-year-old man in his Ingalls Avenue home.
Edwin Juan Rosado Jr. is charged with robbery, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Detectives believed early in the investigation that the victim, a retired priest who lives alone, was known to the suspect and probably targeted. The case unraveled when the victim called police at 10:46 p.m. on March 12 after hearing his car alarm activated. When officers responded, the victim told them that his car key and only alarm button had been taken from him during the robbery.
Officers then scoured the area and found Rosado walking on the block, but a search of him failed to find the alarm button. Officers did notice that Rosado fit the physical description of the robbery suspect and also had three fingers on his right hand bandaged.
The information was passed onto detectives, who later interviewed Rosado. During the interview, officers were able to obtain sufficient probable cause to get an arrest warrant for Rosado and charge him with the crime. Detectives later found the car alarm button discarded in the area where Rosado had been stopped.
The retired priest is recuperating from his injuries at home, according to police.
The charges against Rosado are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.