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Elmwood Park police help Hasbrouck Heights colleagues in Route 17 gas station robbery arrest

Photo Credit: Courtesy HASBROUCK HEIGHTS PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Elmwood Park police helped their Hasbrouck Heights colleagues arrest a man who they said tried to rob a Route 17 gas station attendant last night.

Pablo M. Perez, 37, of Newark pulled into the Shell station on the northbound highway in a black Chevy SUV just after 6:30 p.m. and assaulted the attendant, shouting, “Give me the money!” Detective Lt. Michael Colaneri Jr. told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.

The attendant struggled with him, and Perez got back into the SUV and took off, Colaneri said.

Hasbrouck Heights police issued an alert after interviewing the attendant and viewing station surveillance video.

Elmwood Park police came up with Perez, who was stopped by East Orange police a short time later on an unrelated offense, Colaneri said.

Hasbrouck Heights detectives picked him up from East Orange, took him to headquarters for processing and then brought Perez to the Bergen County Jail, where he was being held on $100,000 bail, charged with robbery and attempted theft.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy HASBROUCK HEIGHTS PD

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