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Suspect Arrested for Facebook Marketplace Exchange Robbery in Clifton


Police said on May 28, at approximately 6 p.m., a 30-year-old male from NYC met two individuals in the area of Sanford Street and Clifton Boulevard to purchase cellular phones that were being advertised via Facebook Marketplace.

When he arrived in possession of cash, which encompassed the payment for the phones, as well as his child's daycare, and his rent, one of the "sellers" threatened him with a handgun - demanding that he hand over all of the cash in possession (a few thousand dollars).

According to police to police, the victim complied, and the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle. 

The subsequent investigation by Clifton detectives led to the identification of a Passaic resident as one of the perpetrators, specifically Yormani Cruz, 20. 

Police said Cruz has been apprehended and is charged with Armed Robbery and weapons possession related offenses. 

Clifton Police said whenever feasible, we would like to remind anyone who is partaking in an internet transaction of any kind to arrange for a meeting place that is in a busy and public area.

"This will not eliminate the threat completely but will significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of theft or robbery."