February 28, 2014

Three Sentenced for Union Township Armed Robbery

Three men have been sentenced to a combined 21 years in state prison for their roles in an armed robbery that took place in Union Township last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

Denroy Dunkley, 19, of Union Township, Ridgy Vincent, 20, of Union Township, and Lamont James, a 20-year-old Georgia resident, all received seven-year sentences from state Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega, with at least 85 percent of each to be served before the possibility of parole.

It was early last year when the victim in the case contacted the three defendants via craigslist with an offer to purchase a cell phone from them; they arranged to meet on the 1200 block of Orange Avenue in Union Township on the evening of February 20, 2013. Vincent and James entered the victim’s vehicle at that time and started negotiating a sale.

The male victim ultimately declined to purchase the cell phone, saying it wasn’t compatible with his service provider. At that point James brandished a handgun, pointed it at the man, and demanded money.

The pair took approximately $400 from the victim and fled the area, after which the man flagged down police and reported that he had been robbed. A fast-moving investigation led police to an address on Falls Terrace in Union Township, a short distance from where the robbery took place, where officers found the three defendants, the robbery proceeds, and the handgun.

The three men pleaded guilty in December 2013, with Union County Assistant Prosecutor Anne Marie Bramnick handling the case.