Two people have been arrested and charged with committing an armed robbery in Newark earlier this year.
The incident happened Feb. 2 on Hamlet Way in The Waverly, the student-housing complex that surrounds Suburban Plaza, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.
The two victims originally told police they went to the apartment complex to meet a friend, who came up to their vehicle and spoke to them briefly. A few minutes later, two men came up to the vehicle, pointed a handgun at them and stole undisclosed items.
“Detectives quickly determined that the incident did not occur exactly how it was reported and believed that the ‘friend’ may have set-up a robbery of the two victims,” Rubin said.
Benez Woodard, 20, of Newport News, Va., turned himself in Wednesday and was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy and theft. He was released on $7,000 unsecured bail.
A 17-year-old Newark boy was also arrested and is facing the same charges as Woodard, along with aggravated menacing. He was jailed at a youth detention center after failing to post $45,000 secured bail.