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South Orange Men Charged in Maplewood Robbery

The men arrested are charged with beating and robbing a South Orange man in Maplewood.

Four South Orange men have been charged for the July 3 beating and robbing of another South Orange resident on Woodland Road in Maplewood.

Marcus Jones, 19, Armand Spears, 20, Patrice Golden, 19, and Lateef Ahre, 20, were arrested Friday, July 6, and charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

A 21-year-old South Orange man was walking home from a party in Maplewood at around 1:30 a.m., July 3, when Jones, Spears, Golden and Ahre allegedly pulled up to him in a car. According to police, the four knocked the man unconscious and stole his backpack, wallet, headphones and cell phone.

The injured man called 9-1-1 after he woke up. He told police he knew his attackers and was able to identify them. He was then taken to the hospital by the South Orange Rescue Squad, where he stayed under observation for a few hours with minor head injuries. Detective Lt. Michael Marucci said they used the injured man’s information to make all four arrests.

The man’s wallet, headphones and backpack were recovered, but not his cell phone.             

Bail for Jones, Spears and Golden was set at $50,000. Bail for Ahre was set at $65,000. Each suspect has a criminal history, according to police. They have been arraigned and are awaiting trial. Jones and Ahre are still in county lockup. Golden and Spears have been released on bail. Spears was formerly a baseball star as a senior at Columbia High School in 2010.

Contrary to previous reports, the victim of the assault was from South Orange, not Maplewood.

TheRealest August 07, 2012 at 03:06 PM
It's sad that you're all sitting at your computers arguing about a case that has nothing to do with any of you. Is this what stay at home parents look forward to?
AIG August 07, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Unfortunately this case will impact several people on this blog. It's never just the victim and perpetrators that are affected. It is their family and friends as well as the community. I truly hope that you never have to experience this heartache.
Kimberly James August 09, 2012 at 04:56 AM
"Yes, my heart would be broken. It would be broken because of what a terrible job I must have done raising him, and how my flesh and blood would be going to jail, and also for the victim." Let me say this heynow21, the nutcase who shot up the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, his parents were devastated because that's not the way they raised him. He said himself, the racism that he learned was mostly while he was in the army. Do I blame this guys family? No. They did the best they could even though they did not agree with his ideology. Even though you were putting yourself in the situation; what a way in taking a swipe at the parents of the accusers. What these four young men did was criminal and they will have to pay a price for their actions. However, who are you to judge a person and condemn them for the rest of their lives?
Kimberly James August 09, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I have and I stand on what I say. Why bring this up in the first place? And I again, who are you to judge and condemn a person for the rest of their lives? "I wrote that I would be heartbroken and I would feel like a failure as a parent. I really would. If my son brutally beat and robbed a young man in a 4 on 1 confrontation, that's exactly how I'd feel to know I raised such a thieving coward." Your words. Again, why bring this up? And I DO see what your trying to imply. Perhaps, 'passive aggressive' in your statement? You need to choose YOUR words correctly especially when your say things like, "they don't belong here. Not in MAPSO, not anywhere where decent people live." And what does that solve? I am in NO WAY defending the 4 accusers. That's why we have a judicial sysyem that will decide their fate; not you.
Bart March 12, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Brutally beat and one punch are two completely different things every action has a reaction and I feel like more fingers should be pointed at the boy who originally acted irresponsibly. How dangerous could it have been if the fire cracker didn't land where the boy thought it would. This would have been a completely different story. I was also told that the young man was intoxicated.

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