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Armed Robbery of Two CHS Students, Police Say

The students were on their way home from a basketball game.

Two Columbia High School students walking home from a basketball game on Parker Avenue Monday night were robbed of a cell phone by two juveniles wielding a handgun, said Capt. John Perna of the Maplewood Police Department.

The students were walking home from the high school at around 8 p.m. when they were approached by two males in their late teens near the intersection of Richmond Avenue, said Perna. One of the teens, who was reported to be carrying a handgun, asked one of the two students for her cell phone, Perna said.

After the student turned over her phone, the two teens left and fled eastbound on Parker Ave.

The police department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the Maplewood Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-761-7905..

Brad Schenker February 27, 2013 at 07:05 AM
Same spot as car jacking last summer? And where a car shot some guns?
CJV February 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Extremely disturbing story. I would appreciate hearing from Chief Cimino directly on this incident. He seemed to be play down the uptick in crime in recent statements. We deserve some straight talk from him as to his strategies going forward. He's been given ample resources by the taxpayers- I believe we have over 50 officers and a new $25 million police station equipped with all the latest technologies, all for a small town of 25,000 population.
Lauren Bright Pacheco February 27, 2013 at 01:08 PM
As for the gun toting "two juveniles", was a description released? What did these guys look like? How tall were they? What were they wearing?
teamster1161 February 27, 2013 at 07:45 PM
lets get a citizen group together so we can walk the streets between certain hours so our kids can stay safe, summer is coming and ours kids need us
TAN February 27, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Let's say we have 250 police officer, so there is 1 : 100 ratio One thing I like to suggest to re educate the students themselves how to deter /or avoid. To my opinion, this students are SMART by giving the cell phone up. The cell phone can be replaced but NOT the life SAM od Maplewood
LyingLiarsTellingLies March 01, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Publicly instructing students to freely give up their belongings is short sighted. You are basically telling everyone criminal in Irvington East Orange, Newark and Irvington to come here, act tough and demand stuff from our kids. Let's just rename the town SittingDucklewood.
Steven Serebrenik March 02, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Lauren, 100% correct! Wouln't that be the first thing that should be reported? Thanks Lauren!
James Lawson March 04, 2013 at 08:37 PM
We currently have a group like that in the Seth Boyden area. We work closely with the police dept and our numbers are growing. It seems to be very effective and it is also a great way to bring the neighborhoods together and shows solidarity and unity. It also makes the surrounding areas think twice before they come into Maplewood thinking they can do whatever they want. We strongly suggest other sections of Maplewood do the same thing. As I said the police dept is extreamely supportive and will help you get started.
Kathleen Heron March 05, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Why does everyone think the perps are from towns other than Maplewood?
PPP March 05, 2013 at 09:53 AM
I think that's a great idea. I don't have kids but I would still be interested in joining a group to help in the effort.
James Lawson March 05, 2013 at 04:47 PM
PPP You don't have to have children to put together or join such a group as we like to say the more the merrier. If you need more info just log onto the police web site and on the left there will be the Anticrime unit. Just get in touch with any of them or get in touch with Officer Reeves and he can direct you.
Lauren Bright Pacheco March 05, 2013 at 05:40 PM
I didn't say I did. In fact, I know NOTHING about the perps other than their gender because they aren't described in the above article or mentioned on our town's blotter: http://www.maplewoodpd.org/Blotter.php Why aren't descriptions and sketches being released? Again, how tall were they? What were they wearing? What did they look like? Did they have any notable characteristics? Facial hair? Markings? Accents? Anything?

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