NORTH PLAINFIELD — A Plainfield man has been charged with robbery after allegedly stealing another man’s cell phone early Friday morning and then joining three other people in beating the victim in North Plainfield.
Antonio Marquez-Rivera, 26, is accused of approaching the 30-year-old victim at about 1 a.m. in the area of Front and Madison streets in Plainfield, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release.
Marquez-Rivera grabbed the man by the jacket collar and demanded to use his cell phone, according to an affidavit filed in Superior Court in Somerville. After the man produced the phone, Marquez-Rivera grabbed it from his hand and ran away, the affidavit states.
The victim chased Marquez-Rivera onto Grove Street in North Plainfield, where three other people knocked the man to the ground, the affidavit states. The three assailants punched and kicked the man on his body and head, authorities said.
Marquez-Rivera then returned and joined in the attack, striking the man in the head with a beer bottle, the affidavit states. During the attack, Marquez-Rivera and the others removed the victim’s wallet, the affidavit states.
A witness, who had been riding his bicycle in the area, notified police and detained Marquez-Rivera until officers arrived, authorities said. The other three suspects fled south on Grove Street, the affidavit states.
The victim suffered two lacerations on his head and was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, the affidavit states. The cell phone and the wallet, which contained identification and credit/debit cards, were valued at $340, the affidavit states.
Marquez-Rivera did not want to give a formal statement to police, but “did spontaneously say he was walking with his friends and he got into a fight,” the affidavit states.
Marquez-Rivera has been sent to the Somerset County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Anyone with information about the alleged robbery is asked to contact Detective Gene Segeda at (908) 769-2937, or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”.