Monday, July 15, 2013
Cops: “We’re not afraid to shoot because we’re from Trenton,” robbers told Bucks victims
Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Four New Jersey men who allegedly went on a one-night, two-state armed robbery spree last week are facing more than two dozen criminal charges in Morrisville, where two of the robberies occurred.
The men are also being investigated in connection with other unsolved gunpoint robberies, and at least one pistol whipping in the riverside borough last month, according to sources familiar with the incidents.
Joshua Holmes, 19, of Trenton, Terrell Reynolds, 20, and Damian Angus, 19, both of Ewing, and Raekwon Fulmore, 18, of Sicklerville, N.J., are charged with multiple counts of robbery, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, theft, and receiving stolen property, and related charges in two complaints filed in Morrisville’s District Court on June 27 and Tuesday, according to court documents.
Holmes, Angus and Fulmore are incarcerated in Mercer County, N.J., on similar charges in connection with two armed robberies that occurred the same night as the Morrisville robberies, according to Morrisville and Trenton police. Reynolds remains at large.
Fulmore, who turned 18 six days after the robbery spree, will be charged as an adult in Pennsylvania, according to court documents.
The four men allegedly robbed seven people in Morrisville, then crossed the Delaware River and continued their gunpoint robbery spree in Trenton.
The first robbery occurred on Park Avenue at the Delaware River Dike shortly after 10:30 p.m., when police say Angus, Reynolds and Fulmore approached five men walking on the path. One of the men — police alleged it was Angus — put a handgun against the head of one of the five victims.
“We have guns; if you move we will shoot you,” Angus said, according to court documents. “We’re not afraid to shoot because we’re from Trenton.”
Reynolds put a gun to the head of the first man’s brother, while he and Angus rifled through the five men’s pockets taking wallets and cell phones, according to police. The third man — police allege it was Fulmore — stood nearby as a lookout, according to court documents. Holmes, the alleged getaway driver, was waiting in his mom’s 1996 red Saturn.
Eight minutes later, Morrisville police Officer William Smith responded to Giant Plaza in the 800 block of West Trenton Avenue for another robbery at gunpoint. This one involved four people who allegedly robbed four others who were walking through the shopping center parking lot.
Police allege that Angus pointed a handgun at the four while Fulmore and Holmes rifled through their pockets, stealing smart phones, a bank card, several sets of keys, wallets and an undetermined amount of cash before fleeing.
A Bucks County dispatcher notified Trenton police about the two robberies in Morrisville. About two hours later, Trenton Detective Scott Peterson contacted Morrisville after patrol officers there stopped three men in connection with a gunpoint robbery and a carjacking. The suspects matched the descriptions of the suspects in the Morrisville robberies, police said.
Trenton police allege that Holmes, Angus and Fulmore approached a car around 11:30 p.m., pointed a handgun at the driver and demanded property. When the person didn’t give them anything, he was pistol whipped.
About an hour later, Trenton police say Angus and Holmes approached a man sitting on his front porch on Adeline Street and held a gun on the man while Holmes rifled through his pockets, stealing a cell phone and $217.
Shortly after the second Trenton robbery, police stopped the three men, who were driving in a blue Nissan Maxima that matched the description of a car that was reported stolen at gunpoint on nearby Division Street. Angus, Holmes and Fulmore were taken into police custody and charged with robbery and weapons-related offenses in New Jersey. They haven’t been charged in the carjacking, which remains under investigation, police said.
After speaking with the Trenton detective, Morrisville’s Smith drove the Giant Plaza robbery victims to Trenton, where they identified the three men as the ones who had robbed them, according to the affidavit.
On June 25, Morrisville police Officer Wayne Apice met with a Trenton detective and interviewed Fulmore, who admitted that he and his cousin, Holmes, met up with Angus and Reynolds, who were friends of Holmes.
Fulmore said the four drove to Morrisville in Holmes’s mom’s Saturn with plans to rob someone at gunpoint, according to court documents. After robbing the five men near Williamson Park, Fulmore said they drove to the Giant Plaza area, where they allegedly committed a second gunpoint robbery.
Before the men can be arraigned in Pennsylvania, they have to be released on bail by New Jersey and extradited to this state. If they’re not released on bail in New Jersey, the men will be formally arraigned after New Jersey closes its case against them, officials said.
Jo Ciavaglia: 215-949-4181; email: jciavaglia@phillyBurbs.com; Twitter: @jociavaglia