Paterson cops walk in on 12th Avenue armed robbery | Paterson Times

Paterson cops walk in on 12th Avenue armed robbery


A pair of detectives observed two men with their hands in the area on 12th Avenue early Saturday morning, according to public safety director Jerry Speziale.

Police observed a third man standing in front of them in the area of 200 12th Avenue at around 1 a.m. Detectives approached and saw the third man had pointed a large firearm at the two men with their hands in the air.

Detectives attempted to arrest the third man, Nicholas Williams, 25, of Paterson, but he tried to walk away. Williams hid behind a vehicle and discarded a weapon, police said.

Williams was forced to the ground and a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun was seized. Police said the two apparent robbery victims walked away from the scene as detectives dealt with the armed suspect.

Police searched for the two victims but could not located them in the area.

Williams was processed at police headquarters and is being held at the Passaic County Jail pending a court appearance.

Police said the weapon recovered will be submitted to the New Jersey State Police Ballistics Laboratory for analysis to determine if it was used in other crimes.

Detectives Rene Alicea and Joseph Aboyoun were responsible for the successful arrest. Speziale praised both detectives for their work.

  • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

    Whoever edited this article needs to go back to elementary school it's loaded with grammatical errors.

    • Paterson Resident

      I was thinking the same thing. I was thinking whomever the editor is must be drunk.

      • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

        Seeing as it's Paterson they're probably cracked up.

        • SamiAm


  • Liz O’Connor Fass

    Wow! Did anyone edit this article? Can they actually prosecute a robbery without the victims?

  • John

    Robbery will be dismissed. Weapons possession and of the sort will stand.

    • Liz O’Connor Fass

      Thank you John. That makes sense.

  • John

    This is what happens when u let so many low lives enter this country. You get a Paterson

  • John

    You just cant make this up. Only in Paterson where arm robbery victims run away faster then the suspect's

  • Jay Jay

    Probably being robbed for their drugs, that's why they left.

  • SamiAm

    No matter what there’s always going to be more robberies happening in Paterson the cops Ain’t do shit cops don’t even pick up this editor phone calls when he called to ask questions about what happened

  • SamiAm

    The mayor is a piece of shit the cops and Paterson are piece of shit they don’t do shit just fucking piece of shit