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Police: Wayne Teen Charged With Robbery After Would-Be Victim Pulls Knife

Patrick Jezewski
Patrick Jezewski Photo Credit: Courtesy Wayne PD

WAYNE, N.J. -- A robber who threatened a man with a gun in a Wayne Shop-Rite parking lot early Friday had the tables turned on him when the would-be victim pulled out a knife, authorities said.

The target told police he was standing outside the Hamburg Turnpike supermarket, waiting for his girlfriend to get off work, when the would-be robber walked up and pulled back his shirt to reveal a gun, Capt. Laurence Martin said.

He said he pulled out a knife he carries for protection and threatened his assailant, who got into what was described as a silver Lexus SUV that went toward Pike Drive/Ratzer Road, Martin said.

Officers Pawel Jadczak, Michael Kochinski and Sgt. Jason Goller responded to the parking lot while Officers Elliot Lyons, Anne Shivas and Cpl. Al Sanagorski looked for the car.

Soon after, Shivas found 19-year-old Patrick Jezewski, wearing bloody clothing, in the 800 block of Ratzer Road, Martin said.

Jezewski fit the description given of the suspect, he said.

After refusing treatment by the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad, Jezewski was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery, the captain said.

He is being held on $200,000 bail in the Passaic County Jail.

An investigation was continuing, Martin said.

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