FRIGHTENING: Multiple Lakewood Residents Robbed at Gunpoint at GSP Rest Stop

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.


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    • Tactically speaking, this was a tricky situation with 2 gunmen facing a group of unarmed people. If one of the victims had a firearm, he might be successful in neutralizing one of the two criminals but he would be risking that the other one could return fire before he could put rounds on that second guy. That would put everyone in the group at a much higher likelihood of death or serious injury as opposed to just losing money. If you’re some highly trained tactical shooter, maybe. If not, I think it would be a mistake.

      In short, it is useful to think through tactical considerations of each potential confrontation. Ideally, people would get courses that not only run through scenarios on the chalkboard but stage realistic situations to develop muscle memory and tactical thinking habits.

  1. “Anyway I started blasting”

    But seriously every jew should be concealed carrying every day everywhere, including synagogues that’s the place they are most necessary

  2. why doesn’t the State Police have cameras there? also, they should have been able to track the suspects through their EZ Pass payments at the next toll booth!

    • Are you ok with the police tracking your time & distance between toll booths & if it shows your were speeding to ticket you?
      We need to be very careful before turning conveniences into tools of govt oversight.

  3. Food for thought:
    Maybe maybe it is not a good idea to travel so late at night until Mashiach comes.
    We hope he comes soon. Night is a Zman Sakana. Hashem on purpose made darkness (one of the reasons according to Rav Miller with blessed memory) was to force people to go to sleep. Travelling at night is a real risk.
    All these Chayos know that the cops aren’t coming in two minutes at one o’clock in the morning. Also they know that late at night there are less people at the rest area and also at night it is hard to get a clear picture of them.
    We need to all daven for Mashiach and then we will be in a safe world.
    Good Shabbos

  4. um, i guess some of u didn’t grow up in brooklyn
    these things happen

    always have a couple dollars and old cc in one pocket, give them what they want and move on

    Hashem is speaking to u through this, stop and contemplate a second

    Be Happy

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