Wanted Robbery Suspect Identified as Tent City Resident; Apprehended with Public’s Assistance

susLast week, police released the photo of a suspect who robbed a taxi cab driver in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Center St on March 13, 2014.

Today, Det. Mike Cavallo received a call from a concerned citizen who stated that a man walking on Ashley Avenue matched the man in the picture that they saw on social media. (A comment in that story on TLS shows another reader had also identified the man as a Tent City resident).

As a result, Det. Cavallo and Det. LeRoy Marshall located the man identified as 44 year old Phillip Flores of Tent City, walking on Ashley Avenue.

At the time, Flores was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and was subsequently arrested.

As the investigation continued the Detectives were able to establish that Flores was in fact responsible for the robbery.

Phillip Flores was charged was Robbery and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bail was set in the amount of $10,000 without a 10% option. He was later transported to Ocean County Jail. [TLS]

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3 COMMENTS

  1. There are a few residents at Tent City who seem to cause a lot of trouble to the community. I make no excuse for them. BUT it seems that the Hardman family can not afford to bury their father . I saw this charity asking for donations to “Please help me bury my father Doug Hardman”. Maybe this isnt the right cstory to post it under, but all those Tent City supporters should try to help out as best they can .

  2. It is hugely unfair to slander Tent City in this way! He came to Tent City without our permission, and caused us great harm, stealing from us, and also scaring away what few day labor opportunities our residents had… Minister Steve Brigham called the police on him multiple times, but they wouldn’t arrest him and he kept coming back. No one is happier to see him FINALLY arrested than we, the 40-or-so remaining residents of Tent City!

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