Footprints in snow lead to suspect

18 12 2008

footprints in the snow

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CLIFTON — Police say they tracked a teenager they suspect of robbing another youth by following his footprints in the snow Tuesday night.

About 9:30 p.m., a 17-year-old Clifton teenager was walking alone on Van Houten Avenue when he was approached by someone wearing a mask and pointing a gun, said Detective Capt. Robert Rowan of the Clifton Police Department. The thief told him to turn away and stole the victim’s cellphone. He fled on foot toward Passaic on Van Houten Avenue.

When Clifton police responded, they found a distinct set of footprints heading toward Passaic, Rowan said. They tracked the prints a few blocks to a house on Albion Street.

Police spoke to the homeowners, who told officers that a nephew was in the basement with a group of friends. Officers searched the teens and found the pellet gun and cellphone in a 16-year-old’s sweatshirt pocket.

The Passaic boy was charged with robbery in the first degree, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of an imitation firearm in the commission of a crime. Police arrested another teenager in the group on an outstanding $1,500 warrant on disorderly conduct charges in Passaic, Rowan said.

On Wednesday, the 16-year-old was held in the Passaic County Juvenile Detention Center in Haledon.




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