FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Two people were arrested in relation to a robbery that occurred earlier this month in Franklin Township, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.
On Thursday, Nov. 9, at around 1:24 p.m., police received a 9-1-1 call reporting that two males in a SUV were having an altercation with another male in the area of Claremont Road. The caller reported that one of the males appeared to be in possession of a handgun, McDonald said.
Police located the alleged SUV and the two suspects in the area, detaining them for further investigation, McDonald said.
An investigation was conducted which revealed that the driver of the SUV, a 17-year-old male of Middlesex County, who was one of the individuals detained, drove up to a male on Claremont Road, brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s money and cellular telephone, McDonald said.
The passenger of the SUV, who was identified as Oscar Juarez-Perfecto, 18, of Franklin township, also jumped out of the SUV and brandished a handgun, McDonald said.
A vape pen was taken from the victim, but no injuries were sustained resulting from the robbery, McDonald said.
Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Franklin Township Police Department were able to recover the two handguns that were used during the robbery, McDonald said.
Oscar Juarez-Perfecto, and the juvenile were both arrested and charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Juarez-Perfecto was lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing and the juvenile was lodged in the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center pending a family court appearance.