EDISON POLICE ARREST TWO SUSPECTS IN DOLLAR STORE ROBBERY AND ONE FOR TWO COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES
(EDISON) – On Monday, January 15, 2018 at 7:25pm, an armed robbery occurred at the Dollar Deals Store, located at 1105 Inman Avenue in Edison. The victim, a 68 year old male from Fords, NJ was robbed and assaulted by two males, later identified as Mr. Ricky Bryant, 54 year old male from Edison and Mr. Matthew S. Demko, 31 year old male from Sabinal, Texas.
The victim sustained minor injuries as a result of a physical altercation with both suspects while attempting to thwart the robbery at his business. Victim was treated at the scene by JFK EMS and refused further medical attention at that time. The suspects: Bryant, was armed with a small black handgun and Demko, struck the victim with a folding chair, stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, then fled out of the front entrance of the store in an unknown direction.
Through investigation, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at approximately 6:00pm, Suspect Bryant was located in a van parked on Weston Forbes Court in Edison. Suspect Bryant was taken into custody by Detectives from the Edison Police Department Narcotics Unit without further incident. He was subsequently arrested and charged with the following: Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. In addition, Suspect Bryant has also been identified and charged with Burglary and Theft in connection with two recent burglaries; the Glow Beauty Bar located at 1099 Inman Avenue on December 13, 2017 and Ferraro’s Pizzeria located at 1067 Inman Avenue on January 12, 2018. In both instances, the method of entry was through a roof during the late evening hours.
On Friday, January 19, 2018 at approximately 3:30pm, Suspect Demko was taken into custody by Edison Patrol Officer Jason Chang after Demko committed a Shoplifting at Home Depot, 1035 US Highway 1 then fled on foot across US Highway 1, where he was ultimately located walking on Main Street and arrested. Through further investigation, Demko has also been identified and charged with Conspiracy and Robbery in connection with the Robbery at the Dollar Deals Store. The primary detectives in the Dollar Deals Robbery investigation were: Det. Joseph Kenney Jr. and Det. Christopher Sorber.
Chief Thomas Bryan stated: “I commend the multitude of officers and detectives that responded to and investigated these incidents. Through their thoroughness and tenacity, two felons are off of our streets.”
Suspects Bryant and Demko had no bail warrants issued and are currently incarcerated in the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center in North Brunswick, NJ.
For more information, contact: Lt. Robert J. Dudash Jr. at 732-248-6442 or at firstname.lastname@example.org