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Elmwood Park Police Help Crack Route 17 Gas Station Holdup

Pablo M. Perez
Pablo M. Perez Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy HASBROUCK HEIGHTS PD

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. -- Borough police helped their Hasbrouck Heights colleagues arrest a man who they said tried to rob a Route 17 gas station attendant last night.

Pablo M. Perez, 37, of Newark pulled into the Shell station on the northbound highway in a black Chevy SUV just after 6:30 p.m. and assaulted the attendant, shouting, "Give me the money!" Hasbrouck Heights Detective Lt. Michael Colaneri Jr. told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.

The attendant struggled with him, and Perez got back into the SUV and took off, Colaneri said.

Hasbrouck Heights police issued an alert after interviewing the attendant and viewing station surveillance video.

Elmwood Park police came up with Perez, who was stopped by East Orange police a short time later on an unrelated offense, Colaneri said.

Hasbrouck Heights detectives picked him up from East Orange, took him to headquarters for processing and then brought Perez to the Bergen County Jail, where he was being held on $100,000 bail, charged with robbery and attempted theft.

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