Suspect sought in armed robbery of a 73-year-old woman

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NEWARK, NJ – Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara requests the public’s help in identifying a suspect in connection with an armed robbery that occurred on Friday, November 19, 2021.

Although the suspect was wearing feminine clothing with a feminine demeanor, police say the suspect is indeed a male.

At approximately 2:40 p.m., the suspect demanded the purse of a 73-year-old woman victim at gunpoint the area of Elm Street and Pulaski Street. After taking the victim’s purse, the suspect hid it under his red hooded sweatshirt, dragging the victim to the ground. The suspect then fled, running eastbound on Elm Street. The purse contained $400 in cash and the victim’s personal property.

While Police are actively searching for this suspect, we seek the public’s help in quickly identifying him as part of this investigation.

He is described as in his late teens to early twenties, approximately 5’7″ tall with a thin build, a light complexion and no facial hair. He was wearing a red hooded sweater with an orange hood on top, white sweatpants, a gold chain with round medallion, dark colored slippers and black socks.

Director O’Hara urges anyone with information about this suspect to call the Department’s 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.

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