PERTH AMBOY – On Saturday, 02/11/2012 at approximately 1:58 am Police Officers D. Gonzalez and J. Sassine were traveling west on Washington Street approaching the entrance to the parking lot of the Salvation Army located at 433 State Street. At that time they observed a male lying on the ground in the parking lot with his hands stretched out and his legs bent. They approached the male and observed blood coming from his mouth, nose and had bruises on his face. The officers also notice his front pockets of his jeans turned inside out. They asked what happened to him and the victim said that he was attacked by two Hispanic males wearing dark clothing. The victim stated he was punched several times by both males and fell to the ground. While on the ground, the suspects went though his pockets and stole his wallet containing approximately $40.00 cash, his bank card, and a black LG Virgin Mobile cell phone.
Several units searched the area for the suspects. Police Officers F. Hernandez and M. Bucior were traveling south on Miller Street approaching the intersection of William Street which is one city block from the scene of the robbery when they observed the defendant Kelvin Almonte and another walking west on William Street. Both males fit the description of the suspects. Officer Hernandez stated he observed Kelvin Almonte looking down at a cell phone which was in his hand. When Kelvin Almonte observed the marked police vehicle he quickly tossed the cell phone in the bushes in front of 129 William Street. Kelvin Almonte quickly turned around and started walking east on William Street. Both males were detained and Officer M. Bucior recovered a black LG Virgin Mobile cell phone from the bushes of 129 William Street. The victim stated the number of his cell phone. Officer Hernandez then called the number and the black LG Virgin mobile cell phone which was recovered from the bushes of 131 William Street started to ring.
The victim was transported to the scene and positively identified Kelvin Almonte of Catalpa Avenue, Perth Amboy, NJ age 19 as the male who struck him several times, and went through his pockets. The victim was able to identify his black LG Virgin Mobile cell phone. The victim was then transported to Raritan Bay Medical Center for his injuries.
Kelvin Almonte was placed under arrest, transported to Police Headquarters, and charged with strong arm robbery. Almonte was charged with robbery and possession of Marijuana bail was set by Honorable Judge Emery Toth at 15,000.00 no 10%. The defendant was issued summons for possession of marijuana under 50 grams.