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Armed Suspect Threatens to Shoot Maplewood Woman if She Didn't Release her Phone, Passcode


Police in Maplewood are looking for a suspect wanted for an armed robbery on Sunday. 

Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul said at approximately 9:15 pm, police responded to the area of Tiffany Place on a report of an armed robbery.

Upon arrival, Chief DeVaul said officers contacted a 22-year-old female Maplewood resident who reported that she was the victim of an armed robbery.

According to Chief DeVaul, the victim reported while sitting in her car on the phone facing east on Tiffany Place, a dark model SUV approached her from behind.

Chief DeVaul said the car pulled up next to her and a rear seat passenger exited the vehicle and approached her window.

The suspect then pointed a firearm at her and demanded her to hand over all her valuables or she would be shot.

Chief DeVaul said the victim replied that she only had a cell phone, which she handed over to the suspect.

The assailant then demanded the victim to provide the passcode for the phone, or she would be shot.

According to Chief DeVaul, once the passcode was confirmed, the suspect re-entered the vehicle, which proceeded to turn left on Franklin Terrace and was out of sight of the victim.

The victim reported that at least three other people occupied the vehicle

Maplewood Police advised surrounding municipalities of the robbery when Irvington Police reported that there was an attempted carjacking in their jurisdiction with a vehicle matching the same description.

Chief DeVaul said contact was made with the victim's cellular phone provider (T-Mobile) with negative findings for an updated location.

The victim.was not physically harmed and the suspects remain at large.