YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Lyndhurst police have arrested a man who they said robbed a Super Bowl ticket buyer of $1,200 a day before the big game — as well as a woman who they said set the victim up.
Stephanie Diaz, 21, lured the victim to her Lyndhurst apartment, where 24-year-old Franklin Noble of East Orange and another man robbed him at gunpoint, Police Chief James O’Connor said tonight.
The pair took the cash, along with the 21-year-old Nutley victim’s car keys and a cellphone — both of which the chief said were recovered at Diaz’s Page Avenue apartment.
The victim wasn’t injured, he said.
The people who bought the tickets were caught by surprise when New Jersey State Police troopers and Lyndhurst detectives stopped and questioned them at MetLife Stadium before the game.
Diaz was being held on $15,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with conspiracy to commit theft and luring.
Noble, meanwhile, was being held on $130,000 bail. He is charged with robbery, luring, aggravated assault, threatening to kill, conspiracy and two handgun possession counts.
Diaz, whom O’Connor said knew the victim for several years, had posted the tickets-for-sale offer on Facebook.
When he arrived, the victim told police, he was met by Noble and then quickly run up to from behind by another man who pointed a gun barrel at the back of his head.
Both robbers then went through his pockets, he said.
Police were still looking for the second man, who faces similar charges as Noble, the chief said. Detective Vincent Auteri and Detective Lt. Patrick Devlin are heading the investigation, he said.
The photo top shows Autueri and Officer Nicholas Coviello leading Noble into the Lyndhurst Police Criminal Investigation Division at headquarters.
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