Paterson Man Arrested in Connection with Botched Armed Robbery

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald announce that based upon an investigation by the Paterson Police Department, in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Phillip E. Beach, 19, from Paterson, was arrested Saturday in connection with a shooting that took place on Jan. 25th in the area of Carroll Street in Paterson.

Police charged Beach with Attempted Murder, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun and Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose. In addition, police charged Beach with Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Second Degree; Resisting Arrest, Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of a large capacity magazine.

According to authorities, on January 25th, at approximately 5:20 a.m. members of the Paterson Police Department responded to Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson on a report that a 45-year-old male Paterson resident was seeking treatment for a non-fatal gunshot wound.

A potential crime scene was located in the area of Carroll Street Paterson. Based on the investigation it was determined that the victim was robbed at gunpoint in the area of Carroll Street and was shot while attempting to flee. Authorities subsequently charged Beach.

The State intends to file a motion for pretrial detention in this matter that will be heard by a Superior Court Judge.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Ceasefire Unit at 973-321-1342.