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On February 4, 2022 at 12:34 P.M., the Secaucus Police Department responded to the BP Gas Station, 1320 Paterson Plank Rd., on report of an armed robbery. The gas station attendant reported that two black males each pointed a handgun at him and robbed him of cash. The duo then fled in a gray Honda Accord onto Paterson Plank Rd. toward Route 3 West. The license plate affixed to the gray Honda Accord was reported to be stolen out of Jersey City, NJ.

Secaucus Police immediately broadcasted a description of the suspects and the suspect vehicle to surrounding jurisdictions. Within minutes, the Clifton Police Department observed the suspect vehicle on Route 21 and pursued the vehicle into Newark, NJ where it crashed and two suspects fled on foot.

While fleeing police and attempting to commit another crime, the Newark Police Department arrested Wendell Bradley, 25, of Bayonne. At the time of his arrest Wendell Bradley was in possession of Ruger LCR .38 Special revolver. The second suspect fled and remains at large, but the investigation is ongoing. Proceeds from the armed robbery of the BP Gas Station attendant were recovered in the suspect vehicle, during a search.

“Committing an armed robbery in the middle of the day in our busy central business district demonstrates how brazen criminals are becoming in our State” Chief Dennis Miller said. “I sincerely hope that our criminal justice system will catch up to the amount of heinous crimes being committed throughout our State.”  “This arrest was a clear example of the collaborative efforts of law enforcement.”  “I want to personally thank the Clifton and Newark Police Departments for their assistance in making this arrest possible.”

Wendell Bradley, was charged with Armed Robbery [2C:15-1a(2)], Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery [2C:5-2/2C:15-1a(2)], Aggravated Assault [2C:12-1b(4)], Unlawful Possession of a Firearm [2C:39-5b(1)], Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose [2C:39-4a(1)], Theft [2C:20-3a] and Terroristic Threats [2C:12-3b]. He remains lodged in the Essex County Jail. These charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.