EDISON –Police arrested a 19-year-old South Plainfield man who allegedly robbed a Route 1 gas station at gunpoint early this morning, authorities said.
Eswarjiva Seni was charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon while committing a felony. He is currently being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center in lieu of $100,000 bail.
“I am extremely proud of the Detectives who made this apprehension,” said Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan. “Through their quick response and keen observations, an armed robber is off the streets.”
On Thursday, April 18, at 3:06 a.m., an armed robbery occurred at the Sunoco Gas Station located at 737 Route 1 in Edison. The robber took $200 from the attendant, then fled the area in a white 2004 Hyundai Sonata.
Three detectives from the Special Operations Group were in close proximity to the robbery on an unrelated surveillance. Detectives Matthew Lechelt, Michael Carullo, and Nicholas Puccio responded to the area and located the suspect vehicle travelling on Preston Street. The detectives followed the vehicle onto Route 1N to Route 287 N then conducted a motor vehicle stop of the vehicle. During the course of the stop, detectives observed clothing consistent with the clothing description for the suspect as well as an imitation firearm on the rear seat of the vehicle.
The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters without incident, police said.
The charges against Seni are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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