Asbury Park man gets 18-years for kidnapping, armed robbery
An Asbury Park man will spend the next 18-years in prison following sentencing for a November 13, 2016 incident in Neptune Township that brought charges of kidnapping and armed robbery against him.
Hakiem K. Wadud, 26, plead guilty on May 25, to first degree Armed Robbery and first degree Kidnapping.
On the night of the incident, around 11:00 p.m., Neptune police responded to a call reporting a man with a gun at the Wawa at Routes 35 and 33 in the township.
A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Neptune Township Police Department, and Asbury Park Police Department revealed that the robbery occurred at the Wawa but began in Asbury Park, when Wadud entered a car belonging to the victims.
Wadud entered the victims vehicle brandishing a firearm and then demanded money from both occupants.
After taking the money, he directed the driver to take him to the Wawa in Neptune Township so one of the victims could access his bank account for additional money.
Once at Wawa, the suspect led both of the victims into the store and fled shortly thereafter.
Police were again called to the Wawa in Neptune Township early the next day around 4:00 a.m., when Wadud returned to the convenience store.
A Bradley Beach police officer, who happened to be shopping there at the time, approached Wadud and detained him until Asbury Park and Neptune Township police officers arrived on scene to take him into custody.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Wadud must serve 85 percent of the sentence, or approximately 15 years and 4 months, before any possible release on parole pursuant to the "No Early Release Act" (NERA).
He will also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.
The case was assigned to Assistant Prosecutor Martha Nye.
Wadud is represented by Robert Konzelmann, Esq., of Howell Township.
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