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Hillside Resident Arrested for Robbing Gas Station


A Hillside Township resident has been arrested for robbing and assaulting a gas station attendant on August 2.

Police said Mr. Quadiir Canty, 38, is charged with a first-degree robbery, fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and a third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose offense. 

The robbery took place in the evening at the Express Fuel on Route 22 west in Hillside.  

Police said the gas station attendant was inside of the booth when Canty opened the door and struck him on the head with a crowbar.  

Canty then removed money from the attendant’s pants pocket and fled.

The attendant was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.    

A detailed investigation by the Criminal Investigative Division resulted in Canty being identified as the suspect.

Police said a warrant was approved and issued for Canty in connection with the case.

He was subsequently apprehended on August 29, at approximately 10:45 p.m. in Hillside.  

Police processed Canty then transported him to the Union County Jail pending a first appearance in Union County Superior Court. 

Hillside Police Chief Vincent Ricciardi said, "Our officers and detectives continue to send a message to those who victimize others that the Hillside Police Department will not tolerate criminal acts within our borders, particularly those that are violent in nature.  

We will use all resources at our disposal to apprehend and bring these criminals to justice."

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.