ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Two men were arrested Thursday and charged for an armed robbery of a pair of Atlantic Highlands residents who tried to illegally purchase marijuana from the men earlier in the day, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Najzhir Islam, 19, of Rhode Island Street in Jackson, and Juwan Williams, 18, of Cherry Street in Tinton Falls, are each charged with one count of first degree Armed Robbery and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Both men are being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $250,000 bail with no 10 percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen. The men were also ordered to have no contact with their victims, and they may not return to the scene of the crime should they gain release on bail.
Islam and Williams arrived at an Ocean Boulevard home under the pretense of making an illegal transaction for a quantity of marijuana at the Atlantic Highlands home, but with the intention of the armed robbery. The pair was met inside the home by two occupants who had called them for the illegal drugs, but as the transaction occurred one of the defendants brandished a gun while the other defendant used pepper spray to rob the victims of $265, before fleeing the scene. The victim reported the robbery to Atlantic Highlands Police and a short time later Sea Bright Police located the vehicle on Ocean Avenue and stopped the vehicle within the municipal boundaries of Rumson where the two men were taken into custody by Atlantic Highlands Police.
Anyone with any additional information is asked to call Detective Kevin Condon, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, at 1-800-533-7443, or Detective Sgt. Thomas Stone, of the Atlantic Highlands Police Department, at 732-291-1212.
If convicted of Armed Robbery, each man faces up to 20 years in a New Jersey state prison, subject to the provisions of the "No Early Release Act" (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.
If convicted of Possession of Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, the men each face a sentence of five to ten years in state prison, subject to a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of the greater of either half of the sentence imposed or 42 months.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Decker, Director of the Office’s Major Crimes Bureau.