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Gunman Approaches Victim at his Maplewood House, Fires Shot During Armed Robbery Attempt


Police in Maplewood are on the search for an armed robbery suspect who they believe fired a shot at the victim during an armed robbery attempt.

According to Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy Devaul, on Friday at approximately 3:30 p.m., Maplewood Officers responded to 230 Tuscan Road on a report of an armed robbery and hearing a possible gunshot.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim, a 48-year-old male who was entering into his residence when he was approached by an unknown male brandishing a rifle.

Chief DeVaul said the suspect pointed the rifle at the victim and demanded his money, which resulted in an immediate physics struggle over the gun.

Chief DeVaul said during the struggle, the weapon discharged, but the victim was not struck by gunfire.

According to Chief DeVaul, the victim was able to wrestle himself away from the actor where he ran towards Burnett Avenue and flagged down officers.

Police say the suspect ran from the scene towards Boyden Avenue and possibly entered an awaiting vehicle.

Chief DeVaul said the victim was transported to Newark Beth Israel hospital for superficial scrapes suffered from the physical struggle with the actor. He was treated and released the same day.

No proceeds were taken from the victim, Chief DeVaul said.

Detectives are actively investigating the incident.

Anyone with information or video who live in this area are asked to call Detectives at 973-761-7927.