Multiple Lakewood residents were robbed at gunpoint early this morning, TLS has learned.
The incident reportedly happened around 1:00 AM when three Lakewood residents – among them a 13-year-old – were en route to upstate New York stopped at the Colonia Service Area of the Garden State Parkway.
While there, they found a Frum couple with a flat tire, and helped them with changing it.
Moments later, a car pulled up near them, and two masked man jumped from the vehicle. The men pulled out guns and demanded their wallets and money.
“They told them don’t move,” the father of two of the victims told TLS. “My 13-year-old was terrified and just took off running into the nearby gas station and locked the door.”
The father of the other passenger tells TLS his son, 17, also ran off and hid in the gas station until police arrived.
The other victims complied and handed them their wallets, after which the suspects went through their pockets before fleeing.
“My other son actually asked them to return his license, and they threw credit cards out of the window while fleeing,” the father said.
The victims immediately phoned police, who upon arrival determined – based on surveillance video – that the vehicle driven by the suspects was stolen.
It appears that another robbery took place around the same time at another gas station.
“Based on a preliminary investigation, the Shell and Exxon gas stations were robbed at gunpoint separately within minutes by four unknown suspects in a black Mercedes Ben,” State Police told TLS. “The unknown suspects demanded cash and then fled the scene in the Mercedes Benz.”
No injuries reported at either of the scenes.
“The incidents remain under investigation,” police said.