CLIFTON, N.J. -- Clifton detectives were trying to determine whether a string of reported street robberies and attempted holdups that began late last week and continued into the weekend were related.
A quick-moving detective and patrol officer arrested a suspect in one of the holdups, Detective Lt. Robert Bracken said Monday.
A 54-year-old city man told police several robbers set upon him just before 1 a.m. Sunday near the corner of Highland and Parker avenues.
Soon after, Detective Alex Zamora and Officer Nicholas Hriczov spotted a suspect on a bicycle, Bracken said. He tried to speed off was but was stopped on Parker Avenue, the lieutenant said.
Identified as 19-year-old Kenen Torres of Passaic, he was charged with robbery and underage drinking.
Around 1:45 a.m. Saturday, a 38-year-old Passaic man told police he was sleeping in a park near Parker Avenue when several Hispanic men began to punch and kick him. They eventually fled empty-handed, Bracken said.
The victim was treated at St. Mary's Hospital in Wayne, he said.
In an earlier report, a 20-year-old city man told police that four Hispanic robbers "wearing some type of facial coverings" approached him just after midnight Thursday near Albion Park, Bracken said.
One had a knife, the purported victim said, adding that the quartet took off with some identified belongings.
Later that day, a 14-year-old city girl told police she was walking in a Sycamore Road apartment complex when a white man grabbed her from behind and tried to rob her, Bracken said.
She said she resisted and he ran off.
Neither purported victim in the Thursday reports was injured, Bracken said.
Anyone with information that could help either investigation is asked to call Clifton police: (973) 470-5908 .
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