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Newark Man Who Pretended to Have Gun Pulls Two Robberies, Police say

Victims reportedly chased suspect down

A city man who pretended to have a gun committed two robberies in quick succession Wednesday afternoon before being caught by police, the department said in a statement.

Edward Henries, 23, reportedly approached a 20-year-old man near 108 Market St. and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t hand over his cash and cell phone. Henries then ran from the scene towards Broad Street while his victim followed.

At 765 Broad St., the victim told police he saw Henries enter a taxi as he was being confronted by another man who was also one of Henries’s victims. Earlier, the second victim, who knew Henries in high school, was also threatened with a gun and robbed of $20.

Confronted by both his victims as well as family members, Henries reportedly ran from the cab and towards a subway station, where he was captured by Newark police.

Henries, who was unarmed, is being charged with robbery.   

"I applaud the officers for their quick and coordinated response to this incident that culminated in the arrest of a suspect in the early stages of what appeared to be the start of a one man crime wave,” Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio said. “I am pleased we were able to arrest this individual before he could claim any additional victims or potentially hurt or seriously injure someone."

A. Newarker February 09, 2013 at 09:15 PM
A rarity! Newark police at Broad & Market actually chasing and arresting a criminal. Of course they still;let the drug dealers there ply their trade with no fear of arrest.
emiliac February 10, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I am amazed and also applaude NPD Finesf for not shooting first and asking questions after as so often happens. After all the perp was alleged to have been armed. Last week in LA three officers were suspended for shooting an innocent man who RESEMBLED the cop killer being hunted. In the shootout two civilians, one a 71 year old woman, were wounded. Good for you, NPD for holding your guns.

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