Robber nabbed near scene of crime

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

TRENTON — A man prosecutors said robbed a 7-Eleven at gunpoint shortly after midnight Tuesday ran from the store with the loot directly in front of a Trenton police patrol car.

Andrew James Farmer, 20, was in custody within minutes of the robbery and arraigned later that day in 33rd District Court.

According to police reports, an armed robbery was reported shortly before 1 a.m. at 7-Eleven, 1901 King Road. A store clerk said that Farmer entered the store, pointed a small, black handgun and demanded money. The clerk said she gave him all the $10 bills in the drawer, and he left the store on foot heading west.

Farmer was seen running from the store by a responding officer, who quickly detained him. The officer told Farmer to keep his hands out of his pockets. When the officer tried to secure Farmer, he cursed, pulled away and tried running away before being wrestled to the ground and handcuffed.

Officers found a loaded handgun in Farmer’s pocket, several $10 bills, and he was identified by the store clerk as the robber.

Farmer was arraigned Tuesday before 33rd District Court Judge Jennifer Coleman Hesson on felony charges including armed robbery, felony firearm and assault. Bond was set at $25,000 cash, and a preliminary examination of the evidence is scheduled for Tuesday.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)

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