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Clark Man Robbed Raritan Road Shell Station at Knifepoint, Police Say

William Black, 24, was charged with robbery and weapons possession.

The County Sheriff's department investigating near Sunset Drive yesterday. Photo: sent by a reader
The County Sheriff's department investigating near Sunset Drive yesterday. Photo: sent by a reader

The Cranford Police Department arrested a Clark man for allegedly displaying a knife and robbing an H&B Shell gas station Tuesday evening.

William Black, 24, was charged with robbery and weapons possession. Cranford police say Black entered a gas station attendant's booth, displayed a knife to an employee and stole approximately $100.

Black then allegedly fled the area on foot across Raritan Road towards Clark. Cranford and Clark police were unable to locate him on the night of the robbery, according to police. 

On Wednesday, Detective John Swandrak canvassed the route the alleged robber took and located footprints leading toward Black's house, Sgt. Gerard Quinn explained.

At 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Swandrak and Detective Spencer Durkin located Black at his home and arrested him on an unrelated warrant, police said. Following an investigation by Cranford Police Department, detectives linked Black to robbery at H&B Shell, police said. 

Chief Eric G. Mason commended both the Cranford and Clark detectives for working together.

"Unfortunately, crime often transcends local borders," he said. "Only through teamwork and the sharing of information will the police obtain an advantage over the criminals."

Black is being held on $50,000 bail and will have his first court appearance on Friday.

Jeff Connolly January 16, 2014 at 04:14 PM
Is it possible this guy is linked to the robbery at the same gas station last year also involving a knife? As far as I know, that case was never closed.
John January 17, 2014 at 05:19 PM
Not very smart committing an armed robbery at a business only 2 blocks from your house!
Martha Fendt January 27, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Does anyone even think of the fact that this young man most likely suffers from the disease of addiction? Should he get a slap on the wrist? No. But would going to prison be beneficial to him at all? He needs to go on Drug Court and/or a long term rehab to get to the root of his issues here. As someone who has struggled with addiction for almost 15 years (I'm 29 now) I know for a fact that when someone is in active addiction, they will do anything to get more. I just pray for this young man as he has entire life ahead of him!!!!

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