Maplewood Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened at a Wawa gas station Tuesday morning.
According to Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul, at approximately 6:13 a.m. Maplewood Police patrols were dispatched to 1511 Springfield Avenue (Wawa Convenience Store) on the report of an armed robbery of a gas station attendant.
According to Chief DeVaul, upon arrival, the attendant stated that he was approached by an unknown male described as a Black male, 16-20 years of age, between 5'10 – 6'00 in height, 160 – 170 lbs.
The suspect wore a dark-colored Adidas sweatshirt with three white stripes on both sleeves, fatigue-style cargo shorts, grey sneakers with a black mask and black sunglasses, armed with a small black handgun.
Chief DeVaul said the unknown male proceeded to demand money from the attendant and was handed approx. $40.00.
The suspect continued to demand more money from the attendant but was advised that he could not get any money out of the safe.
At that point, the assailant turned and ran out of the Wawa parking lot, heading southbound onto Jacoby Street, then possibly entered a small grey SUV which was observed driving off of Lee Court and then eastbound onto 44th Street and ultimately into Irvington Township.
"Fortunately, the gas station attendant reported no injuries and the Maplewood Police Department Detective Bureau is investigating the incident at this time," Chief DeVaul said.