VICTORY GARDENS, NJ (Morris County) – Three men have been charged in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred on October 21 in Victory Gardens, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr., New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, and Rockaway Borough Police Chief Conrad Pepperman.
Carlos Rodriguez, 22, of Victory Gardens, Victor Hernandez, 19, and Marlon Martinez, 23, both of Rockaway Borough have each been charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery. Rodriguez was also charged of third-degree terroristic threats.
It is alleged that on the evening of October 21, Rodriguez, Hernandez, and Martinez entered a residence located in Victory Gardens through a closed, but unlocked, front door. The residence was occupied by the leaseholder and two guests. It is alleged that Hernandez and Martinez were both armed with weapons, specifically a baseball bat and a knife, Knapp said.
Upon entering the residence, it is alleged that Rodriguez opened a closet and removed a safe. It is further alleged that Rodriguez then instructed Hernandez and Martinez to demand the safe key from the leaseholder/victim or to kill all three occupants of the residence. It is alleged that the victim turned over the key, as well as a gold necklace he was wearing, at which point the three Defendants fled the scene, Knapp said.
On October 23, Rodriguez was taken into custody in Dover and Hernandez and Martinez were taken into custody in Rockaway Borough, Knapp said.
Multiple law enforcement agencies have been actively involved in this investigation, including the New Jersey State Police, the Rockaway Borough Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.
If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.