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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.

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 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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