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Release* ††† ††††††Date: April 22, 2010
††††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* ††† ††††††Date: April 22, 2010
††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan today announced
Anthony Vinas, (DOB 5/1/86) of Woodbridge, was found guilty on April 20, 2010, of two counts of armed robbery and one count each of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.
faces a prison term of 10 years to 50 years and must serve 85 percent of the
penalty before he can be eligible for parole. Sentencing has been set for June
8, 2010, before Superior Court Judge Michael A. Toto at the Middlesex County
During a trial that began on April 9, 2010, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Martha McKinney presented testimony and evidence showing that Vinas brandished a knife and robbed two people during separate incidents on January 16, 2009.
the first incident, Vinas approached a 77-year-old man, who was waiting in the
lobby of his apartment building on
Vinas showed the victim the knife and demanded money. When the man gave the defendant $11, Vinas slashed the left side of the manís face, punched him in the mouth, stabbed him on the left side of his rib cage and knocked him to the floor.
The victim testified that Vinas told him, ĎíThis isnít enough,íí and tossed the $11 back at the victim.
The victim took his money and went outside, thinking that his ride to work was arriving. At that point, Vinas punched the man, demanded his wallet, took the $11 and fled.
Moments later, Vinas approached a 42-year-old woman at the corner of State and Market streets and demanded cash after brandishing the knife. The woman ran and Vinas followed, poking her with the knife until she stopped and dropped her pocketbook, which contained between $6 and $12.
witness saw the commotion and called police as Vinas fled, taking cash from the
pocketbook. Police apprehended him on
Testimony showed the 77-year-old man was hospitalized as a result of his injuries and is no longer able to work. He also must use a cane to help him walk.