Long arm of law reaches to N.J.

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 27, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

New Jersey authorities have in custody the man charged with the April 2002 robbery of the Western Auto Store, located at 250 West Washington Street. The 64-year old manager of the store was severely pistol whipped.

Rasheed Jordan, 24, formerly of the 500 block of Kilby Avenue, is being held in Wagner Correctional Facility (N.J.) as he awaits extradition back to Suffolk to stand trial for the beating and robbery of Nelson L. Emmons, who operates the business.


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Suffolk Police Detective John M. Jones said Jordan has been on the run since warrants were filed for his arrest. He was charged with robbery, malicious wounding, use of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and shooting at an occupied building.

After eluding capture by Suffolk Police, Jordan, also known as Sharod Austin, was arrested by New Jersey police for a robbery he committed there in November 2002.

&uot;New Jersey didn’t know he was wanted by Suffolk and they released him on bond …he was on the run again,&uot; said the detective. &uot;In November 2003, New Jersey arrested him again, and he’s now waiting to be extradited back to Suffolk to face charges in the Western Auto robbery. This is more proof that you can run but you can’t hide forever.&uot;

Jones said that when the Western Auto Store was robbed, the suspect fired a shot.

No one was injured by the bullet, however, Emmons was struck on the head by a large-caliber handgun during the robbery, Jones added.

Emmons received multiple stitches to his head in Obici Hospital’s emergency room. The victim had also been robbed a year previous to the 2002 incident. He’d kept the door locked after that incident, leaving a note advising prospective customers that they should knock so that he could let them into the store.

The suspect in the last robbery entered the store on the pretext of being a customer and once inside, produced the handgun, struck Emmons, grabbed the cash, and fled the scene on a silver-colored bicycle.