Police in West Orange reported the arrest of the second of two suspects wanted for a brazen armed robbery at a convenience store in September.
According to a statement released by West Orange Police, on the 27th of the month, two males entered the Quick Shop convenience store (453 Mount Pleasant Avenue) wearing masks.
Police said one of the individuals held the store clerk at gunpoint using a handgun while the other removed money from the cash register.
Both males fled through the rear of the store, according to police.
West Orange Police Detectives canvassing of the area revealed witnesses and video surveillance of the actors as well as a gray Nissan Altima fleeing the area.
According to West Orange Police, an investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division found the vehicle operator to be Mr. Shyhiem Clark, 24, of Newark.
Police learned that Clark had five (5) prior arrests for Burglary, Robbery, and Theft, including a conviction in 2016 for an Armed Robbery with a handgun.
Police say the investigation revealed the second suspect in the Armed Robbery to be Mr. Tyrese Thompson, 22, of Elizabeth.
Authorities confirmed that Thompson had six prior arrests for Theft and CDS.
Both individuals were also suspected in a similar Armed Robbery in Livingston on October 4, 2021.
West Orange Police alleged that multi-jurisdictional search warrants of Clark’s residence in Newark and Thompson’s residence in Elizabeth discovered the clothing worn by the actors during the Armed Robbery.
A Communications Data Warrant was obtained to show the exact locations of the actors’ cell phones revealed Clark and Thompson to be in West Orange in the area of the Quick Shop on the date/time of the robbery, according to police.
Police charged Clark was charged October 8th and Thompson was charged on November 15th with Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Criminal Restraint, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Handgun), and Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose (Firearm).
Both suspects were also charged by the Livingston Police Department for Armed Robbery in their jurisdiction and are incarcerated at the Essex County Correctional Facility.