Police: Two Charged In Township Armed Robbery

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Louis Gonzalez.
Photos: Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Two men – one of whom sustained a head injury – were arrested May 1 in connection with an armed robbery on Myrtle Street.

Louis Gonzalez, 18, of North Brunswick and Ajaan Genz, 20, of Linden, were arrested by Township detectives at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick where Gonzalez was receiving treatment for his head wound.

Police were alerted by the hospital’s emergency room staff after an alert went out to area hospitals to be on the lookout for a man with a head injury, according to a release on the incident from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

The victim, an unidentified 26-year-old-man, told police that he was on Myrtle Street ostensibly to meet a person with whom he had been negotiating the sale of a cell phone. The victim told police that two men, one of whom turned out to be Gonzalez, approached his car and, when he lowered his driver’s side window, the second man brandished a knife.

The victim told police that Gonzalez, who was carrying a hammer, reached in his car and hit him while attempting to rob him.

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Ajaan Genz.

The victim was able to get out of his car through the passenger door, but the assault continued, police said. The victim then grabbed Gonzalez’s hammer and hit him with it, ending the assault, police said.

The victim said he saw three men fleeing the area, but was able to give police descriptions of the two men who approached his car.

The investigation revealed that Genz acted as the lookout while Gonzalez and the third man attempted to rob the victim, police said.

Gonzalez and Genz were each charged with 1st Degree Armed robbery, 3rd Degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes and 3rd Degree Aggravated Assault.

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