Police in Jersey City say 'jump out' bandits nabbed

(09/23/04) JERSEY CITY Police in Jersey City arrested a group of five individuals suspected in a recent string of area robberies.

Police say the suspects are jump out bandits, meaning they jump out of a car to surprise their victims. According to authorities, the bandits had pulled off two robberies Thursday before their arrest near St. Johns church at Kennedy Boulevard and St. Pauls Avenue. Jersey City Police officials believe the group may be responsible for as many as 15 robberies in a span of four or five days.

Police say the group was caught with five loaded handguns and possible stolen personal property. Three members of the group are minors and two are 18-years-old. The 18-year-olds have been identified as James Easley of Bayonne and Vincent Jennings of Jersey City.

The suspects face charges of conspiracy, armed robbery, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, possession of hollow point bullets and possession of defaced firearms.

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