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PORT AUTHORITY POLICE ARREST NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ROBBERY SUSPECTS WITH HELP FROM NEWS ORGANIZATIONS

Date: Feb 09, 2012
Press Release Number: 22-2012

The Port Authority Police Department today announced the arrest of three men on charges of robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy following an investigation into a strong-arm robbery at the Grain Station Restaurant management office in Terminal A of Newark Liberty International Airport in June 2010.

Today’s arrest closes out a case that started late at night on June 27, 2010 when the manager of the Grain Station was beaten, tied up, and robbed by two men wearing masks. PAPD detectives hit a dead end in the case in August 2010, but just today served an arrest warrant to Taliv Amos of East Orange. Amos is currently serving time in Essex County jail on an unrelated murder charge, and alleged to be an accomplish in the robbery.

“Today is just one example of the many success cases airport unit detectives have been responsible for during my tenure as superintendent,” said PAPD Superintendent Michael Fedorko. “I commend their courage and the sacrifice that they make on a regular basis in order to send a clear message to criminals that they will be pursued relentlessly and that there are no soft targets at Newark Airport.”

Previously, on February 2, at 1:30 pm, Port Authority detectives located and arrested Ibn Corley of Newark at the intersection of Broome and Court streets. Once Corley was arrested, detectives quickly unraveled the complex scheme to commit the robbery with the help of a restaurant employee. That same day, at 6:15 p.m., detectives located and later charged Jihad Bey, also of Newark, with conspirarcy/robbery for providing inside information to Corley and his accomplice to facilitate the robbery.

The suspects gained entry to the office in June 2010 using a time line, floor plan information, and the door code that had been supplied by a restaurant employee. When they entered the office demanding money, the manager tried to push the suspects out, but was overpowered. In the struggle that followed, the manager was hit with a wrench in his face and head by one of the suspects. He was then bound by duct tape on his hands, legs and mouth. Fearing for his life, the manager complied with the suspects and provided access to the store safe. He believed the suspects could have taken between $14,000 to $30,000 at the time. The actual figure was later determined to be $20,000.

After hitting a dead end in August of 2010 PAPD unit detectives and supervisors turned over video footage of the robbery to all regional news outlets in the hope it might help in identifying the suspects. The footage aired, but the case lanquished for another year until the fall of 2011, when an incarcerated inmate negotiating a lesser sentence came forward stating he had seen the news footage and knew one of the suspects identity. Supplied with this new lead, PAPD detectives were able to locate and arrest Ibn Corley, the individual identified in the video.

The Grain Station was one of several restuarants located within Terminal A. It has since closed, changed corporate owners, and reopened under another name.

Arrested:

1. Ibn Corley, 20 years old, Newark, NJ
2. Taliv Amos, 20 years old, East Orange, NJ
3. Jihad R. Bey, 24 years old, Newark, NJ

Charges:

Ibn Corley:
o Robbery (1st Degree)
o Aggravated Assault
o Unlawful Possession of a weapon ( Wrench 2C:39-4D)
o Possession of a weapon (Wrench 2C:39-5D)

Taliv Amos:
o Robbery (1st Degree)
o Aggravated Assault
o Unlawful Possession of a weapon ( Wrench 2C:39-4D)
o Possession of a weapon (Wrench 2C:39-5D)

Jihad R. Bey:
o Conspiracy/Robbery

Corley and Bey are lodged in Union County jail in default of bail. Amos is incarcerated in Essex County Jail on an unrelated murder charge.

The complaints filed against the defendants are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Because the charges are indictable offenses, they will be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment. The case will be prosecuted by the Union County Prosecutors Office.

Grain Station Robbery

CONTACT:
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Al Della Fave, 917-934-4664

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