Garwood Police have arrested Jamie Knack, 24, of Clark for robbing the North Avenue 7-Eleven at knifepoint and later falsely reporting that she herself was mugged.
According to police, around 10 p.m. on Saturday, Knack approached one of the 7-Eleven employees and told him that she had a knife and demanded that he open the cash register. The employee opened the register and Knack took approximately $500 in cash, then fled the location.
While the patrol units were at the 7-Eleven, another armed robbery was reported approximately 15 minutes later on the 300 block of Second Avenue.
Knack reported that she was walking in the area of St. Anne's Church on the 300 block of Second Avenue when she was approached from behind by a suspect. Knack claimed that at knifepoint, she was ordered to give the suspect her money. When Knack stated that she did not have any money, she said she was punched in the head causing her to fall to the ground, hitting her head, breaking her teeth and causing abrasions to her face. Knack was treated at the scene and refused to be transported hospital.
Capt. James Pipala led the investigation that found Knack to be the suspect in the 7-Eleven robbery. Knack was interrogated by Capt. Pipala and Lt. Doug Stoffer, and she confessed to the robbery and having a knife in her possession during it.
Knack also then admitted that her injuries were caused by falling twice while running from the scene and that she had dropped the knife during one of the falls. The knife was recovered in the area of the 300 Block of North Avenue.
Knack also stated that her report of being robbed was false and that she did it to explain her injuries. Knack was charged with robbery and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and is being held at the UC Jail on $60,000 bail.
The 7-Eleven employees were not injured during the robbery. The suspect was described as a white female, wearing sunglasses, dark colored clothing and a hood.