NEWARK - Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was the victim of a violent robbery in his own city Thursday.

James was walking along Bergen Street when he was approached from behind and put in a choke hold. The armed suspect ripped a gold chain from his neck and fled the scene on foot.

James was not hurt in the incident.

Investigators are talking to witnesses and reviewing surveillance video from the area. Police have not released any information on a possible suspect.

James served as mayor of Newark from the mid-1980s until 2006. Once leaving office, he was convicted in a federal corruption trial and served more than two years in prison.

Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call Newark police at 973-733-6000.