Two men and a boy have been arrested for allegedly committing 13 armed robberies in the Riverside section, according to police.
Police said city residents Jahrie Samudio, 36; Jimmie Jones, 35, and a 16-year-old boy committed the robberies between April and July 2017. Two of them would enter a business brandishing handguns and demand money from employees and customers on site. Both would then flee the area in a waiting getaway car.
Their strategy broke down on July 8th, 2017 when the trio targeted a Spanish restaurant at 459 River Street. Officers from both the Paterson Police Department and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office responded to report of an armed robbery.
Jones and the boy were fleeing the location. Police gave chase and caught both of them on the corner of River and Putnam Streets. Three guns were seized from them. Both were taken to the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives interviewed both. A third suspect – Samudio – was identified. Police could not locate Samudio until Aug. 3, 2017.
Detectives Rafael Fermin and Kelvin Matos were working an off-duty assignment on Chamberlain and Redwood Avenues. Both saw Samudio sitting in the passenger seat of a passing vehicle. Fermin and Matos relayed the information and vehicle’s direction that led to Samudio’s arrest.
A Robbery Task Force within the Major Crimes Unit to solve the armed robbery cases.
Detectives Eriberto DelValle, Matos, Fermin, sergeant Robert Orozco, and officer Evelyn Gonzalez were involved in making the arrests. There was also sergeant Americo Escobar, detectives Robert Torres, Daniel Tareky and deputy Rabindranath Ramrattansingh from the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.