Man Faces 20 Years for Armed Robbery at Vineland Bank

A man faces 20 years in state prison for holding up a Vineland bank four years ago, authorities say.

Leonard Johnson, 53, of Millville was found guilty in Superior Court this week of first-degree armed robbery, according to Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae.

Authorities say Johnson went into the Susquehanna Bank at the intersection of Garden Road and Delsea Drive on April 24, 2013, where he gave a teller a note demanding money and told her he had a gun.

He then fled the area on a bicycle, Webb-McRae said. Authorities did not say how much cash he got.

Johnson was arrested after a joint investigation involving the Vineland Police Department, New Jersey State Police and the FBI.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 3. Along with facing 20 years in prison, Johnson will be subject to the No Early Release Act, Webb-McRae said.

The three-week trial was held before Superior Court Judge Cristen D’Arrigo. Elizabeth Vogelsong prosecuted the case and attorney Terry Stomel represented Johnson.

 


Man Charged in Armed Robbery of Pennsville Market

Authorities say they have arrested the armed man who is accused of holding up Rachel’s Market early Friday morning.
Juan Garduno-Reza, 23, of Penns Grove has been charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and theft in the incident,
Pennsville Chief of Police Allen J. Cummings said Sunday.
Thanks to an anonymous tip through social media, officers tracked Garduno-Reza down to a home on Miramar Drive in Pennsville where he ultimately was arrested Saturday,
according to Cummings.
Garduno-Reza had outstanding warrants against him.

Car Damaged by Gunfire in Jersey City

A car was damaged by gunfire early Sunday morning, officials said.

Shots were fired near Communipaw Avenue and Van Horne Street at about 3 a.m., city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said.

No one was injured or arrested in the shooting, she said.

Jersey Journal freelance photographer was at the scene at about 10 a.m., where police were removing a car that was struck by multiple bullets.


Truck Accident in NJ, Debris Spill in Berkeley Heights Causes Major Traffic Delays

Authorities say an accident between a tractor trailer and two cars on Interstate 78 in Union County has forced the closure of two lanes in both directions.
The truck caught fire after the crash and spilled debris, causing major delays Tuesday morning on the highway near exit 44 in Berkeley Heights.
Two lanes in both directions were closed.
The fire stemmed from the accident that happened at about 5:40 a.m. as the tractor-trailer became hung up on a center divider.
The driver was able to get out of the truck on his own and was uninjured.
State police say that only minor injuries were reported.