PATERSON, N.J. -- An off-duty New Jersey State Police trooper helped Paterson police nab two teens moments after they robbed a woman at gunpoint -- their third holdup of the day, authorities said.
Trooper Holland Mack summoned patrol units to 18th Avenue and East 24th Street shortly before 3 p.m. Monday as he followed the pair -- one 16, the other 17 -- after the robbery at 22nd Avenue and East 30th Street, Police Director Jerry Speziale said.
Officers Selba Perez, Angel Gonzalez, Eddie Pichardo and Andres Brea responded and took both into custody without incident, the director said.
One was carrying a gun, he said.
Mack -- based at the Troop "B" Netcong Station -- did more than solve that particular crime, Speziale said: City Detective Charlie Garcia of the Juvenile Division tied the pair to two similar robberies reported during the day on Monday.
In one, a woman said a juvenile put a gun to her head while an accomplice took her cellphone in the area of 7th Avenue and East 26th Street.
The pair then rifled through her pockets, she said.
The woman was shaken up but refused medical attention, Speziale said.
In the third holdup, a 15-year old boy told police he'd been robbed at gunpoint of his cellphone in the area of 8th Avenue and East 16th Street. The boy had a bloody nose but refused medical attention, the director said.
Juvenile complaints were signed against both boys charging them with robbery, aggravated assault, weapons possession and conspiracy.
Both were being held at the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center, where they were remanded pending a hearing.
Anyone with additional information related to the robberies is asked to contact the Paterson Police Juvenile Division: (973) 321-1126 .
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