Robbery At Rutgers Plaza Results In Two Arrests, Including Township Man


Andre Quinn, left, and Bradley St. Clair were charged Feb. 1 in connection with a strong-arm robbery at Rutgers Plaza. Photo: Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Two men – one a township resident – were charged Feb. 1 in connection with the robbery of a woman outside of Office Depot, in Rutgers Plaza on Easton Avenue.

Police said that Andre Quinn, 22, of Somerset and Bradley St. Clair, 22, of Dunellen, were arrested on Irvington Avenue a short time after the robbery, which was reported to police a little before 9 p.m. on Feb. 1.

The victim, identified as Jane Doe, told police that as she was leaving the store, she noticed two men standing by her car, according to a press release on the incident from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

The woman said that as she approached her car, one of the men approached her and, as she tried to back away, sprayed her in the face with a liquid that stung her eyes and skin.

The men – described to police as being black, with one wearing a black leather jacket – then grabbed her purse and ran back to their car, a Nissan Sentra, according to the release.

The victim was able to note the car’s color and license plate number, the release said.

A short time later, according to the release. a township police officer noticed a car matching the description with two occupants driving on Franklin Boulevard. The officer followed the vehicle until backups arrived, pulling the car over on Irvington Ave.

Police approaching the car noticed that St. Clair was wearing a black leather jacket and the contents of the woman’s purse were strewn on the car’s floor, the release said. The victim’s purse was later found on the road, where it had been tossed, police said.

Both men were placed under arrest with no incident, according to the release.

St. Clair was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana in a pink plastic baggie stored in a pocket of his jacket, the release said.

Both men were charged with 2nd Degree Robbery and Possession of Marijuana (under 50 grams) a Disorderly Persons Offense, according to the release.

The two remain incarcerated at Somerset County Jail, Somerville, in lieu of $75,000 cash bail each.

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