YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Ridgefield Park couple were charged today with the $1,000 knifepoint robbery earlier this month of a Teaneck Road store following a raid of their apartment this morning.
Adam Almarzoh, 22, was “brandishing a large carving type knife” when he entered CMS Market just after 8 p.m. Jan. 7 and demanded money, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said early this evening.
A female employee at the store, which has a Western Union outlet, turned over the cash and he fled, the prosecutor said.
Ridgefield Park detectives quickly developed Almarzoh and 20-year-old Kelsye Rosario as suspects after finding and reviewing surveillance video from the area, Molinelli said.
They kept watch on the pair while they continued to track down leads and develop information. They also alerted Molinelli’s detectives, who assisted in the investigation, he said.
During a court-authorized search of the couple’s College Place apartment this morning, detectives took Rosario into custody and seized “several items of evidentiary value related to the armed robbery,” the prosecutor said.
A family member who lives with them, 19-year-old Zachary Rosario, “interfered with officers and was charged with obstruction and resisting arrest,” he said.
Almarzoh, who was staying at a relative’s residence in North Arlington, was arrested with the help of police there, Molinelli said.
Almarzoh was being transferred tonight to the Bergen County Jail on $100,000 bail.
He’s charged with armed robbery, theft and a pair of illegal weapons possession counts.
Rosario, who was brought to the jail this afternoon, is charged with being an armed robbery accomplice. Her bail was $50,000.
Arraignments were set for this coming Tuesday.
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