YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Lodi detectives were trying to determne whether the attempted robbery of a gas station attendant and the subsequent holdup of couple helping a friend with car trouble last night into this morning were related.
The attendant told police he was walking to the restroom of the Power station on Baldwin Avenue around 9 p.m. when he was grabbed from behind.
“His wool turban was pulled down over his eyes and the [assailant] attempted to take money from the attendant’s front pocket,” Police Chief Vincent Quatrone said this morning. “A brief struggle ensued and the [man] fled on foot empty-handed.”
He was described as 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, wearing a black ski mask.
Police got another call at 12:25 a.m. after a man and woman who’d stopped to have a friend with car trouble in the parking lot of the AutoZone on Route 46 said they were approached by a black man who they approximated at 5-foot-10-inches tall with a medium buidl wearing a white t-shirt and grey sweatpants.
The robber “demanded money and threatened to shoot the victim’s if they did not comply” but didn’t show a weapon, Quatrone said.
They said they gave him $25 and he ran toward the Costa Mobile Home Park nearby.
A perimeter was established and a K9 unit from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office brought in, with negative results.
No injuries were reported in either incident.
Anyone with information that could hep police investigating the cases is asked contact the Lodi PD: (973) 473-7600 .