On September 5, 2010, police officers responded to 205 W. Clay Avenue (West End Club) on a report of a robbery. Upon arrival Patrolman Hernandez met with the victim (a 15 year old Elizabeth resident) who stated that he had just been “robbed” by five (5) males while walking home eastbound on W. Clay Avenue at Roosevelt Street from a party at a friend’s home on the 100 block of Faitoute Avenue.
The victim stated that a group of teens who were previously at the party but unknown to him by name came up from behind while he was walking in the eastbound lane of W. Clay Ave at Roosevelt St. According to the victim, the males surrounded him and began to throw punches in his direction and attempted to grab his arms. The actors then took (4) dollar bills from the victim who then ran yelling for help into 205 W. Clay Ave (West End Club) for safety and contacted the police department.
Actors were described as five (5) males in their teens.
While gathering further information from the victim, a passerby stated that he just observed four of the actors running westbound on W. Clay Ave and turn onto Faitoute traveling northbound. Patrolman Hernandez updated headquarters of the information and requested back- up units to check the area. Patrolman Polakoski and Patrolman Adamski arrived on scene in search of actors. Kenilworth police also assisted in the search.
Shortly thereafter, Patrolman Polakoski located four possible teenage males that fit the description of the actors involved on Faitoute Ave at Seaton Ave.
The victim was then able to positively identify the (4) males as the actors.
All four males who were from Roselle Park were placed under arrest. The 5th male remained at large.
All were charged with robbery, 2C:15-1(a)
The 5th actor, a juvenile male from Roselle Park, responded to police headquarters with his mother the following day. The juvenile turned himself in to Detective Dominick Frino.
All juveniles were released to the custody of their guardians.
Richard Caravalho of Newark, the only adult, was committed to Union County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail with a Superior Court date of September 13, 2010.