UPDATED: (VIDEO) Two Men Rob Homeowners at Gunpoint; One in Custody, Weapons Found

home invasion 2Authorities this afternoon are investigating an armed home invasion, Detective Greg Staffordsmith confirms to TLS.

Shortly after 12 PM, two men armed with handguns allegedly broke into a Daniel Drive home and robbed the homeowners, sources say.

home invasion 4The men then fled the home with unknown proceeds.

Upon arrival, the first officer on scene witnessed two men running, and after they split up was able to apprehend one of them, sources say. He was immediately taken into custody.

home invasion 1Multiple officers swarmed the area, and after a brief search located the handguns allegedly used in the robbery, sources say. One of the guns was found in a nearby window well, and the other in a backyard of a nearby home.

CIU and Sheriff’s K9 dogs were called out to track the other suspect, but came up with negative results.

home invasion 3Lakewood’s Detective Bureau and CIU are investigating the incident.

UPDATE 9:15 PM: 41 yr old Clarence Simmons of Pleasantville NJ, apprehended by Officers Joseph Qualiano and Ralph Hatt, was charged with Robbery, Burglary, Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Certain persons not to have weapons, Detective Sergeant Greg Stafforsmith said. Bail was set $145,000.00 full, by the Honorable Scott Basen MCJ. He was transported to the Ocean County Jail.

“At this time, the investigation is continuing and we are working on several leads regarding the second suspect. Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Peter Aakjer or Officer Michael Mooney Jr. at 732-363-0200.”


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  1. I want to know why people from other towns come to Lakewood to perpetrate a crime? This happens all the time. I think if we contemplate that point it may go a long way in fixing the problems we have here with “petty” crimes.

  2. Re “why people from other towns come to Lakewood to perpetrate a crime? This happens all the time”…

    Unless you can provide statistics to confirm that Lakewood residents fall victim to disproportionately high percentage of out-of-town criminals, this is likely to be “observation bias”. Do you read say Toms River or Freehold news as frequently and attentively as you read Lakewood news? How likely are you to find out if a Lakewood resident commits a crime in Pleasantville?

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