ARMED ROBBERY ARREST
On 04-06-14 at 10:30 p.m. Hillside Police Units were dispatched to Express Fuel, located at 119 Route 22 West, on a report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival the victim, Singh Rawi, stated that a black male entered the gas station store and purchased a beverage. The suspect then walked off onto Doremus Place towards Hillside Ave. Shortly thereafter the suspect returned, via Doremus Pl, and approached Rawi who was sitting in the attendant’s booth. The suspect opened the door and produced a black handgun and stated to Rawi "give me the money". Rawi offered no resistance and handed over $100 from his pocket. The suspect then demanded a pack of cigarettes which Rawi gave him. The suspect then ran off towards Doremus Pl. The suspect was described as a black male, in his 40's, wearing a black "skully" knit hat, a dark colored hooded sweatshirt (logo on left breast), blue jeans, and possibly brown boots.
During the subsequent investigation by members of the Hillside Police Department Detective Bureau it was discovered that the video surveillance system of Express Fuel had recorded the incident. The suspect and incident information were shared with surrounding agencies. Detective Christopher Jenkins of the Irvington Police Department had viewed this alert and strongly believed that a suspect that he had developed for two prior Irvington incidents also fit the Hillside suspect’s description. Christopher Edwards, 44 years of age, from Stuyvesant Avenue in Irvington was brought in by Det. Jenkins and admitted to his role in their two incidents. Believing that Edwards had a role in the Hillside robbery, Det. Jenkins contacted Detective Jamie Howell of the Hillside Police Department, who questioned Edwards. Edwards subsequently admitted to committing the Hillside robbery.
Edwards charged with the following charges out of Hillside:
Robbery 1st Degree
Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
POLICE PURSUIT YIELDS SUSPECTED NARCOTICS
On 4/2/14, Detective Jamie Howell, while operating an unmarked police vehicle ,observed a Black, four-door, Chevrolet Cavalier bearing a New York Registration parked and occupied by (2) male individuals in the parking lot of 425 Route 22 West, the Taco Bell Restaurant. Moments later, Detective Howell observed the driver, later identified as Hunter Olah, preparing what was believed to be a hypodermic syringe for injection into his body. At this time, Detective Howell approached the passenger side of this vehicle and announced his presence. Upon doing so, the driver, Hunter Olah immediately accelerated in reverse and exited the lot of 425 Route 22 West on to Bloy Street in an attempt to elude capture.
Detective Howell immediately returned to his unmarked police vehicle, activated his emergency lights and sirens, and advised Hillside Police Headquarters he was in pursuit. The suspect vehicle entered Route 22, traveling west, and disregarded Detective Howell‘s attempts to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. The driver, Hunter Olah began discarding several small wax paper folds later found to contain suspected Heroin from the driver's side window and continued to discard wax folds from the driver side window while traveling various streets within the Township of Union. Officers were able to retrace the route of the suspects and were able retrieve the discarded wax folds which were found to be torn.
At 148 Louis Place, in the Township of Union, the suspect vehicle came to a stop as Louis Place is a dead-end street and the suspect vehicle was unable to travel any further. At this time, Hunter Olah along with the passenger, Dylan Riggall were removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest with the assistance from members of the Hillside Police Department as well as the Union Police Department.
Both, Olah and Riggall were then transported to Hillside Police Headquarters to be processed and charged accordingly.
Further, Dylan Riggall voluntarily admitted to possessing a quantity of Marijuana that was located in the trunk of this same vehicle.
Senior Detective Steven Costa of the Identification Bureau along with I.D Trainee Paul DeOliveira then proceeded to process the vehicle involved in this investigation. After doing so, (1) un-capped hypodermic syringe with fluid in the cylinder, (1) wax fold that contained a white powdery substance believed to be Heroin and stamped "LOTTO" in green ink along with several torn wax folds, and (3) containers each containing a green leafy vegetation believed to be Marijuana were recovered from inside this vehicle.
Hunter Olah, 34 years of age, of 10 DODD ST; WHITESBORO NY 13492 was charged with:
Possession of a Controlled dangerous Substance (Suspected Heroin)
Destruction of Evidence and
Possession of a Hypodermic Needle
Dylan Riggall, 21 years of age, of 135 CORAL VINE DR NAPLES FL 34110 was charged with
Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Suspected Marijuana).
Both later released on Summons
The items of evidence collected are to be submitted to the Union County Laboratory for further analysis. .
This case is to be transferred to the Union County Prosecutors Office for further Court action.