In response to a recent rash of street robberies, plainclothes Officers have been deployed throughout the City and were patrolling in the area of “The Sheffield at Englewood South” apartment complex, located on Sterling Boulevard, late Monday night.
At approximately 11:40 PM, Officers Alaric Tucker and Julio Alvarado spotted five suspicious males walking through the grounds. The Officers left their police unit and continued to surveil them on foot. Two of the males in that group separated from the others and approached a 16-year-old who was talking on his cell phone. As the Officers watched, the males robbed the youth of his cell phone. Officers Tucker, Alvarado and backup units, including Officer Dylan Donegan, converged and arrested the pair without incident. They were later identified as 18-year-old Rudell Akridge of Englewood and a 16-year-old juvenile from Englewood. The juvenile was charged with one count of 2nd-degree Robbery and remanded to the Juvenile Detention Center. Akridge was charged with 2nd-degree Robbery and 1st-degree Employing a Juvenile in a Crime and he was remanded to the Bergen County Jail.
As the arrests occurred, Officers located the other three males in the group and during the questioning of 19-year-old Englewood resident Malik Rector, a knife fell from his clothing. He was arrested and charged with Possession of an Illegal Weapon and Hindering Apprehension after he lied about his identity to avoid being arrested on an unrelated outstanding contempt warrant. The remaining juveniles were later released to their guardians without charges at this time.
This investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible. Residents are reminded to contact the Englewood CrimeStoppers line at 1-844-466-6789 or City Detectives directly at 201-568-4875 with any information that can assist us in this or any investigation. Cash rewards are given out for any information that significantly assists in police investigations.