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Ocean County Mall Armed Robbery Fourth Incident of Guns, Narcotics

Men stole drugs, ran from victim's car, then brandished semi-automatic weapon in JC Penney parking lot

A theft of $50 worth of drugs led to the victims chasing the suspects in the , with one man whipping out a semi-automatic weapon and pointing it at their pursuers, police said.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said the incident is the fourth armed robbery involving guns and people dealing narcotics reported to police this month in Toms River.

Mastonardy said the incident began around 2 p.m. with two men, Dominic Piccini, 19, and Michael Sica, 21, of Toms River who were talking to two other men in the parking lot. The two men got into the back seat of Piccini's car.

At that point, one of the two men grabbed a prescription bottle of codeine cough syrup and the two victims' cell phones from the car and fled, said the police chief.

The victims chased the two men, who hopped into another car. As the victims approached the car, which had two other men in it, a confrontation ensued, Mastronardy said. One of the men in the car pointed a black semi-automatic gun at the victims, who then backed off.

"The victims chased the suspects who ran and entered a black Ford Taurus that was parked in the parking lot and occupied by two other males.  As they confronted the suspects in the car one of the men pointed a black semi-automatic gun at them. The victims raised their arms and then backed away from the vehicle," Mastronardy said in a statement. 

Piccini and Sica walked back to their vehicle, and recovered their cell phones on the ground, police said.

responded to the mall parking lot and activated the Monmouth and Ocean County Intelligence Bureau alert notification to other police agencies, Mastronardy said. After the MOCIB alert went out, the suspects' vehicle was located by South Toms River Police. 

South Toms River Police Officers John Wissel and Frank Polizzo and Beachwood Officer Keith Messiner detained the suspects and the vehicle until Toms River detectives responded to continue the investigation, police said.

Mastronardy said the men had met in the parking lot to sell the narcotic cough syrup for $50. As a result of the investigation, police recovered the narcotic, marijuana and the gun.

"Police investigation found that the reported victim in this case was meeting the suspects in the parking lot to sell the narcotic cough syrup for $50.  Police also recovered the weapon and the cough syrup as well as marijuana in the suspects' vehicle," Mastronardy said.

Nyguan Brinson, 18, of Commonwealth Boulevard in Manchester Township, Davante Tinnery  19, of  Brook Forest Drive in South Toms River, Steven Reeves 18, Citadel Court in South Toms River, and Richard Irving 20, of Oak Street in Lakehurst were all arrested. The four men were transported to Ocean County Jail and charged with robbery and possession of firearm for unlawful purpose.

All suspects are being held on $75,000 bail no 10 percent in the

Anyone with information can contact Detective James Magovern at 732-349-0150 ext 1213 or the Narcotics Unit at 732-349-0150 ext. 1272.

knarfie December 14, 2011 at 02:07 PM
So this was not a random robbery. The "victims" were dealing drugs. They should all be jailed.
Micsun December 14, 2011 at 02:23 PM
It's Ocean County and every other county, law enforcement and politicians keep masking the problems with drugs and weapons. The court system is useless, drug court useless. There are herion and other drug addicts in the drug courts system that never even show up for court because they are to high to come or remember to come. No goes and gets them, even though they know where they are. They keep robbing houses it's a endless cycle. Every school in Ocean County has a huge drug problem, that is continually hidden from the public. Things need to change big time the violence is getting out of control.
1stcav December 14, 2011 at 02:28 PM
The mall has a security force & not a police force and local police usually don't go there unless asked too.The perps know that and feel it's a safe place to do these transactions because of people traffic and out in the open...They do have cameras on & in the parking lot so doing the deeds are recorded, not a bunch of rocket scientists are present on either the buyers side or the dealers side...
Jerry Belle December 14, 2011 at 02:58 PM
My thoughts exactly...why weren't the "victims" arrested too? It seems that the "victims" told the suspects to meet them at the Mall and were drug dealers by their own descriptions of the event - isn't that a confession? In any event, it was so nice of these two morons to invite criminals to the area.
trgirl December 14, 2011 at 04:41 PM
The mall parking lot has never been safe. Women, use it at night at your peril.
ToeKneeF December 14, 2011 at 04:57 PM
WOW, this is one of the worst written news stories I have ever read. This would fail to make a HS newspaper...............where are the editors?
Greg December 14, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Whats this world coming to ? Now drug dealers are being robbed ? it's just not right. Watch now ,,, the ACLU and Obama will step in to protect these drug dealers. After all, they have rights to AND if the drug dealers were illegal immagrants the entire "JUSTICE" dept. will be involved to help them . <><
John Angell December 14, 2011 at 06:21 PM
The number of mobile security officers is not enough-should have 6-10 moble units from 3pm-12 midnight every night during busy seasons. I have been in Security Management for 14 years. You need a to be visable, quick ,deliberate and confrontational.
Randal Graves December 14, 2011 at 06:31 PM
Cause Mall Cops are oh so scary lol, Ocean Co Mall has been a drug dealing hotspot for a long time along with Wal Mart on 37 even the new SR on 37 is being utilized and Food Town Parking Lot there are scores more but I can't be arsed posting all these spots. Why? Ease of use, Ability to blend in the the tons of cars in these locations and lack of police patrols in these lots most deals are quick two cars park next to each other and a quick transaction through the window all done in less then a minute and off they go blending in to the cars on the road. There ya go TRPD go do your job now
. December 14, 2011 at 09:06 PM
another reason for online shopping.
cindy December 15, 2011 at 05:39 AM
That mall was disgusting and a hangout the moment it's doors opened, what a joke! The kids run the place and it's so gross anyway, the adults should stay away and leave it for the kids right? Do you know where your kids are? I do!
Ortley December 15, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Hire all of us unemployed to scout the parking lot and call police
SB Girl December 15, 2011 at 02:31 PM
I agree...since I'm retired now, I usually don't go at night...but was there last night...not enough lights in the lot and no security in sight...I come from Bergen County and always shopped after work...all the security cars are very visible there with flashing lights and this time of year there is one in every section of the huge lots up there...that's not to say there aren't problems, but at least it helps one feel more secure
Catherine Galioto (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Not sure how many high school newspapers are reporting armed robberies these days.
Not Afraid to Rant December 15, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Don't forget the McDonald's on Fischer blvd. They are always making exchanges in that lot. Why the owner doesn't get more strict on trying to do away these puss oozing maggots disappear is beyond me.
Mattie December 15, 2011 at 03:17 PM
I have a problem with this story... the two "victims" are not victims. They were trying to sell prescription cough medicine- like "drugs". The drug deal went bad; drug buyers steal from drug sellers, sellers chase buyers, gun is pulled, sellers back off, etc etc... This is not an "armed robbery" in the usual sense. Again, it's a drug deal gone bad. None of the victims were shoppers, or random people. This was simply "criminal activity" going on in a mall parking lot. I think there's a distinct difference. I also can't believe the "victims" didn't get arrested for trying to sell a PRESCRIPTION drug. That's totally illegal, isn't it? Very strange story and outcome.
knarfie December 15, 2011 at 03:57 PM
My thoughts exactly. Can anyone tell us why the sellers were not arrested?
Randal Graves December 16, 2011 at 12:40 AM
That's a good question that's yet to be answered and I doubt we will ever get an answer to that, I could speculate but then my comment will vanish. And yes this was not a robbery, Their were no victims, This was as Mattie said a drug deal gone bad and that's comes with the territory of dealing drugs. @Not Afraid to Rant Loads of areas are used because they know the Cops don't patrol parking lots much so it's safe for them to conduct business and many many drug houses in the local trailer areas off route 70 whole lotta drug traffic there.
Lala December 17, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Not all of the parking lots have camera actually most of them don't at ocean county mall and it is unsafe for the workers and customers
Catherine Galioto (Editor) December 17, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Hi folks, spoke with the Police Chief this evening. He said the matter is still under investigation but no additional charges have been filed other than what's mentioned above.
Dominick Puma December 20, 2011 at 02:00 AM
GREAT IDEA. BUT THEY WON'T SPEND THE MONEY. SHOULD HIRE MORE SECURITY STAFF. WALKING AND RIDING. KEEP THE TRASH OFF THE PROPERTY AND OUT OF THE MALL. BREAK UP THE SMALL GROUPS ALONG WITH THE BIG GROUPS AND MAKE THEM LEAVE THE PROPERTY. LET THEIR PARENTS WORRY ABOUT THEM NOT THE MALL. ABOUT TIME A STRONG MESSAGE BE SENT TO LET THEM THAT THEY CAN'T HAVE IT THEIR WAY ANYMOR.
JAKE 2 January 02, 2013 at 02:19 AM
oh Micsun , you are so right...!the drug problem is so bad , and the public has no idea as right.... crime is increasing because of the drug problem , and the high schools are loaded with drug abuse... so scarey..... something has to be done and quick... it is at emidemic level now !!!! out of control.... I do feel drug court can work,,, it depends on the parole officer.....! and how bad does the addict want to get clean...if they do it can work....

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