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Warren County man charged with robbery, carjacking, possession of a weapon

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – A Warren County man has been charged with robbery, carjacking and possession of a weapon in connection to an incident that occurred in Phillipsburg last week, according to Warren County Prosecutor James Pfeiffer.

Dennie J. Vella, 44, of Phillipsburg was arrested on May 17 and charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree carjacking, and second-degree possession of a weapon, Pfeiffer said.

On May 11, Vella asked the woman for a ride to Wawa and as she was driving near South Main Street he pulled a gun from his waistband and demanded she give him the car, according to authorities. The woman allowed Vella to take the car. It is not clear if they knew each other, reports.

Vella was arrested Monday on the charges in the 100 block of Northampton Street in Easton, PA, according to

Vella is currently being held in Northampton County Prison pending extradition to New Jersey. His first appearance in New Jersey has not been scheduled at this time, Pfeiffer said.

The Phillipsburg Police Department, The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, The New Jersey State Police and the United State Marshall’s Service, NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force took part in the investigation and apprehension of Vella, Pfeiffer said.

First-degree crimes are punishable by up to twenty years New Jersey State Prison and the second-degree crimes are punishable by up to ten years New Jersey State Prison.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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