Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Robbery, Assault

Jun 21, 2017

A Toms River man will spend the next eight years behind bars as Ocean County Superior Court Judge Patricia B. Roe recently sentenced Mark L. Crudup II in connection with the robbery of a pizza delivery man in Barnegat Township last July.

Crudup, 22, had been convicted of several charges, including robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and aggravated assault.

Police Lt. Keith Germain said that on July 7 at 11:33 p.m., officers responded to a report of a robbery that occurred on Lexington Boulevard. The victim advised that while he was delivering pizza to an address on that street, he was approached and held at gunpoint by a male subject who demanded his money.

Germain said that during a verbal exchange between the victim and subject during which the victim refused to turn over any money, the victim was shot in the abdomen with two projectiles that were believed to be either pellets or BBs. The projectiles caused minor lacerations. The victim fled the area and contacted police. 

He said the Strategic Police Enforcement Area Response unit investigated the incident along with the Barnegat Police Investigative Division. Through their investigative resources and community contacts, members of the SPEAR unit were able to develop information that led to the identification of Crudup as the subject believed to have committed the robbery.

Germain said members of the unit developed further information that led to locating Crudup at a Toms River address. On July 9 at 4 a.m., officers with the assistance of the Toms River Police Department made contact with Crudup and later took him into custody without incident. E.E.

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