Recognize these people? Newark police seek 5 men who robbed Jamaican restaurant at gunpoint

The robbery occurred on Feb. 15. The men assaulted the owner’s father and stole money from the cash register.

Chris Keating

Feb 20, 2024, 5:15 PM

Updated 61 days ago


Newark police have released surveillance photos of five men wanted for the armed robbery of a Jamaican restaurant on 18th Avenue. Investigators are hoping someone in the public recognizes one or more of the suspects.
Police say five masked men with guns walked into Carlos’ Kitchen at 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 15.
The victims say one customer was ordered to the ground with a gun held to his head while the owner’s 72-year-old father was pistol-whipped. The suspects took off with cash from the register.
The restaurant is owned by Carlos Smith. He says he had stepped away from the restaurant for just a few minutes when it happened.
“I don’t deserve this, because in the community, I do good for the community and I am helpful to everybody,” Carlos Smith says.
His father, Huntley Smith, has recovered from being hit over the head but he doesn’t feel safe.
“They come inside and demand money. I say, ‘I don’t have it’ and they’re asking for Carlos,” Huntley Smith says.
Newark police officers were patrolling the area along 18th Avenue on Tuesday. Anyone who might recognize the suspects is urged to call 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477). All calls are kept confidential.

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