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      Front Page February 5, 2009  RSS feed

      Police nab seven suspects in two armed robberies and assaults

      BY PATRICIA A. MILLER Staff Writer

      BRICK TOWNSHIP - Police have arrested seven people in connection with the recent armed robberies of a gas station attendant and a pizzeria owner.

      The victims in each incident were held up at gun point, robbed and pistol whipped, either in the face or head, Capt. John E. Rein Jr., said.

      Police arrested three men and one woman in connection with the Dec. 23 armed robbery and assault of a gas station attendant at the Sunoco Service Station on Mantoloking Road, he said.

      Ryan J. D'Autorio, 19, aka "Gotti," Sheridan Avenue, Seaside Heights, Jared Reyes, 18, Sheridan Avenue, Seaside Heights, Larry E. Young, 21, aka "L", Sheridan Avenue, Seaside Heights, were all charged with robbery, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and unlawful possession of a weapon. State Superior Court Judge Wendell Daniels in Toms River set each man's bail at $200,000. Also arrested was Kayla M. Patterson, 21, Bridge Avenue, Point Pleasant. Patterson was charged with robbery. Her bail was also set at $200,000, Rein said.

      The investigation revealed that D'Autorio, Reyes and Young confronted and assaulted the gas station attendant with a handgun, while Patterson waited in a car nearby. They were arrested on Jan. 27, by Brick police detectives, with the assistance of the Seaside Heights Police Department, the Northern Ocean County Regional SWAT team and the Ocean County Prosecutor's office, Rein said.

      D'Autorio and Reyes were also charged in connection with the Jan. 23 robbery and assault of the owner of Pasquale's Pizza on Drum Point Road, police said.

      Three other men were also arrested in connection with the robbery on Jan. 30 in Seaside Heights by Brick police detectives and the Seaside Heights Police Department, Rein said.

      Quateek A. Ellis, 19, aka "T," Alexander Avenue, Manchester, and Mark F. King, 19, Montgomery Avenue, Toms River, were both charged with robbery. Daniels set their bail at $200,000 each. A 17-year-old male juvenile from Brick was also charged with robbery. He was committed to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center.

      The investigation revealed that King and the juvenile, who investigators believe confronted and assaulted the victim with a handgun, committed the robbery while Ellis waited in a car in a nearby neighborhood. D'Autorio and Reyes waited in another car across the street from the restaurant. All of the defendants except the juvenile were taken to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River, Rein said.

      Additional charges and arrests are pending in the Pasquale's Pizza arrest, he said.

      "This is another example of our police department working cooperatively with other agencies to bring criminals to justice," Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said. "I am proud of the work they do every day to keep our residents and businesses safe."