New Jersey Crime Spree

Armed Clerk Ends New Jersey Crime Spree

by Dabney Bailey, Guns.com  |  published on November 26, 2012

A trio allegedly responsible for 11 armed robberies over the past two weeks in Paterson, New Jersey, had their luck cut short when one victim, a store clerk armed with a handgun, decided to fight back Tuesday evening.

According to the Paterson Times, the string of robberies came to a close when two of the suspects, 23-year-old Jermaine Eason and 23-year-old Rayvon Wilson, both armed and wearing masks, entered Paterson’s El Jaya Deli & Grocery around 8 p.m. The owner of the store, who was behind the cash register, said one of the suspects kept an eye on two employees in the back of the store while the other was up front pointing a handgun at him.

He told the newspaper that he was frozen with fear as the suspect up front shouted, “Don’t look at me. Don’t look at my face. I will kill you. You’re going to be dead.”

The robbers then ransacked the store making off with $6,500 and several cartons of cigarettes, but as they made their way out the door an employee, the owner’s cousin, grabbed a gun, which he kept hidden behind the register, under a shelf of socks, and proceeded to chase the suspects.

On the sidewalk near the store he opened fire, the owner recounted. “I think I got one of them,” his cousin told him as he reentered the bodega.

Police later pulled over the suspects’ getaway car where they found Eason with a gunshot wound in his lower back. While Eason was taken to the hospital for treatment and was said to be in critical but stable condition, Wilson and the driver, 22-year-old Clara Amala, were promptly arrested.

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