SECAUCUS — Police apprehended a 17-year-old male who allegedly tried robbing a taxi driver Sept. 17, according to a press release from the department.
After picking up the youth as a fare in the town’s Cedar Lane area that morning, the youth allegedly demanded the driver give him all his money, then produced a knife, the release said. He was allegedly dressed in all black and had covered his face with a t-shirt when entering the taxi, the release said.
However, the driver refused his demand, causing the teen to flee on foot, the release said. The driver then notified police.
Shortly afterwards, Detective Aniello Schaffer observed the male entering Buchmuller Park, the report said.
Once the teen saw Schaffer, he allegedly fled again. After a brief foot pursuit, Schaffer and Police Officer Robert Napolean took the teen into custody. During his arrest, the youth was allegedly found to be in possession of a folding knife.
The youth is charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and resisting arrest. He was remanded to the Union County Youth Correctional Facility and awaits an appearance in Family Court.