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Two Attempted to Rob Man With Pellet Gun, Police Say

Two Montclair men and two juveniles were arrested in the attempted robbery.

Two Montclair men and two juveniles were charged in an attempted robbery involving a weapon that later turned out to be a pellet gun, according to Montclair Police. 

On Jan. 23 at around 8 p.m., a man driving in a Nissan picked up two individuals at the intersection of Grove Street and Glenridge Avenue who asked for a ride to the south end of Montclair. 

As the driver began to pull away with the two individuals in the car, the passenger sitting in the front seat pulled out what appeared to be a black handgun and told the driver to go to the nearby TD Bank and withdraw $400. 

The driver told police the passenger with the gun said he would “blow his head off.”

When the driver and two passengers got to the bank at Lackawanna Station and began walking toward the ATM, the victim was able to run away. He immediately called the police.

After police spoke with the victim, a car was stopped as it was speeding with four men inside near Elm Street and Hawthorne Avenue. 

Investigation found a Smith & Wessson pellet gun inside the car. 

Montclair residents Travis Hubbard, 22, and Marquis Staton, 21, were both arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. The two men were taken to the Essex County Jail and were held on $100,000 bail. 

The two juveniles were charged accordingly. 

The investigation is still ongoing, according to Montclair Police. 

Rolex21 January 31, 2013 at 01:43 PM
That's exactly why it continues to happen. Only in crooked New Jersey.
Townie January 31, 2013 at 02:46 PM
@Jim Please elaborate on how Montclair's Police and Municipal Court is somehow more lenient when it comes to juvenile offenders than the Police and Courts of our neighboring towns. @Joann Please elaborate on how "crookedness" comes into play in this specific instance. I associate your usage of the term "crooked" to mean the some official is gaining personally. Thanks
mtc4life January 31, 2013 at 02:51 PM
The municipal court of Montclair does not handle the case of these Juvenile offenders, this is sent to the Essex County Juvenile Family Court in Newark.
emiliac February 01, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Slow down people! We do not know that the two juveniles weren't coersed into participating in this crime and the fact remains that the judgement of a minor differs significantly from the judgement of an adult. Furthermore, young offenders can be rehabilitated! Kudos to Montclair's finest for acting quickly and professionally. In too many cases when a weapon is involved in a crime the outcome for the perpetrators is fatal. Good work, MPD!
Revolution February 04, 2013 at 06:11 PM
The victim is at fault if he gave two strangers a ride home

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