(Neptune, NJ) – A 16-year-old township juvenile is in custody after an armed robbery at knifepoint occurred around 8:00 AM earlier this morning.
Neptune Twp. Police responded to the area of the 600 Block of Highland Ave. for a reported armed robbery of a taxi driver. Due to the location and nature of the incident, police immediately notified the Summerfield Elementary School on Green Grove Rd. which engaged a brief and precautionary lockdown of their school. The lockdown was lifted and police maintained a presence at the school until the normal school day commenced at 9:00 AM. At no time were students or staff members in any danger.
The incident remained under investigation at which point the accused was apprehended approximately one mile away at 9:30 AM.
The juvenile was charged with Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Use and Obstruction. He was lodged in the Middlesex County Youth Correctional Facility.
Anyone who has any additional information regarding this incident is urged to contact Neptune Township Police Detective Eric Chunn at (732) 988-8000 x418 or can leave anonymous tips through Monmouth County Crime Stoppers at (800) 671-4100 or you can text “Monmouth” and your tip to 274637.
Neptune City Police and Avon-by-the-Sea Police K9 Unit assisted with the investigation and arrest.