Two men accused of impersonating Passaic County Sheriff’s Officers in an armed robbery in August 2015 face fresh federal charges, authorities said.
Clemente R. Carlos, 29, of Newark, and Jason Thompson, 33, of Paterson have been charged with conspiracy to commit a Hobbs Act robbery which could get them a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Federal authorities also charged Thompson of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He could face a max of 10 years in prison on the charge.
Dressed in Passaic County Sheriff’s uniforms Carlos and Thompson accosted a female and her infant as they exited their home on 20th Avenue on Aug. 12, 2015 at 7 a.m. Authorities said the two men led the victims back inside the apartment.
Thompson pulled a firearm from a sidearm holster and pointed it at the woman’s sleeping brother inside the apartment. He then used a zip-tie to restrain the man’s hands behind his back and commanded him to kneel on the floor, authorities said.
Carlos and Thompson searched the home, broke open a dress, but did not find the $1 million they were after and left the apartment. A third suspect was waiting with a van that was equipped with police lights to assist Carlos and Thompson to flee the area.
The men were caught on camera entering the home clad in sheriff’s uniform. Both were charged with home invasion, kidnapping, weapons offenses, robbery, and endangering the welfare of a minor by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office in December 2015.
Authorities seized a Rossi revolver stolen out of Durham, North Carolina during a search of Thompson’s apartment.