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Starter pistol looked real to 2 North Arlington men robbed on the street, indictment says

Photo Credit: Courtesy NORTH ARLINGTON PD

ONLY ON CVP: Two North Arlington men robbed of $41 cash on a borough street couldn’t have known that the gunman was pointing a starter pistol, says an indictment against a Brooklyn man accused of holding them up.

It was just after 3:40 a.m. this past March 10 when the victims, both 20, told police that a robber approached them on Harding Avenue near Morgan Place, pointed what looked like a silver revolver and demanded cash, Police Chief Louis Ghione told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at the time.

A Kearny police officer who heard his colleagues’ alert found a man fitting the description moments later on the Belleville Turnpike, the chief said. After questioning, 21-year-old Ahmed Alaidy of Brooklyn was taken into custody.

A K9 unit from the Bergen County Sheriff Office later found what turned out to be a starter pistol in the bushes near a medical office nearby, he said.

The indictment returned against Alaidy this week says that he put the victims “in fear of immediate bodily injury while armed with of threatening the use of a deadly weapon.”

It also charges him with illegal possession of an imitation firearm “that would lead an observer to believe it was possessed for an unlawful purpose.”

MUGSHOT: Courtesy NORTH ARLINGTON PD

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