ELIZABETH – A 30-year-old Plainfield man faces a potential life sentence after being found guilty of first degree robbery yesterday, according to Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.
Tieheem Young was convicted following a five-day trial and three hours of jury deliberation, said Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Olesnycky, who prosecuted the case.
According to the investigation, Young assaulted the victim, a 28-year-old man, outside an apartment building on West 7th Street in Plainfield and forced him into a vestibule. He then assaulted the man by striking him in the head with the handle of a handgun, said Olesnycky. Young then pointed the gun at the victim; while a second – still unknown individual – took the man’s wallet, cell phone and watch. The suspects quickly fled the scene.
Members of the Plainfield Police Division arrested Young the following day, after the victim identified his assailant to officers.
Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 2, and Young remains in the Union County Jail.
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