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Exxon Strong-Arm Robbery Victim Hospitalized

Man in hospital Monday after gas station was robbed in Caldwell.

A gas station attendant is in the hospital Monday after he was apparently struck in the head during a robbery at the Exxon gas station in Caldwell.

The  at 226 Bloomfield Ave. was robbed at approximately 4 p.m., according to police.

Police released few details Monday and have not been able to speak to the victim who is hospitalized.

The owner, who did not want to give his name, was not at the gas station at the time of the robbery and he said his employee was there alone.

He said the robber or robbers made off with approximately $1,200 in cash. Cartons of cigarettes worth several thousand dollars were also taken, he said. 

The victim is in his mid-thirties to early-forties, according to the Exxon owner. He described him as a quiet, small man who is like family. He said his employee was fasting Monday for the Ramadan holiday.

The owner said there was blood in the gas station office where the victim was apparently attacked.

He said he was going to visit him in the hospital after leaving the station, which is closed for business Monday night.

This is breaking news. Story will be updated as more details become available.

Rick Cahill August 14, 2012 at 12:05 AM
4:00PM on a Monday?! Wow. I hope that fella will be okay.
Kris August 14, 2012 at 01:15 AM
He is super nice. Hope he has a speedy recovery. Something needs to change in this town. It is happening too often and in broad daylight.
Tammy August 14, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Police Officers walking the beat! Riding Bicycles! Keep your eyes open, there is a school right across the street and several other merchants along EaRo, East of Roseland section of the Caldwells! Watch out for your neighbors! Maybe we need Neighborhood watch signs up!
Let's keep Caldwell safe August 14, 2012 at 01:44 AM
This stinks. It does seem like theft is definitely on the rise. We have had many car, home, and business break-ins, as well as multiple gas station robberies (some armed). There might need to be a town hall meeting with the police chief(s) to get some reassurance that there are increased efforts to improve safety in the Caldwells. Something's gotta change. I've never seen it this bad. And this is only what we hear about...
Caldwellian August 14, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Let me guess....the assailant fled eastbound on Blmfd Ave.
Let's keep Caldwell safe August 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Where, to Verona? There might be a few lights on the way to East Essex. Caldwellian, you and others in this town have got to stop making these sorts of assumptions. It could be one of our neighbors responsible for the crimes. It might even be easier for them since they know the town well. People who make remarks like that are usually not willing to put a face to it. That attitude is pretty disgusting.
Heidi August 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Good point Workout - I feel they targeted that gas station because that man was small and always by himself. He did not look like a threat. Why did they not rob the other gas station before Exxon? Why because there are more men working there all the time and those men probably would have put up a tough fight. To me, they are familiar with all the surroundings and dynamics here. Think about it......
Michael August 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I don't believe it was a local hit... Bloomfield Ave, 280, and 46 are quick getaways for these scum. Local town councils want Caldwell, West Caldwell to be diverse like Montclair.These Main Street funded,cookie cutter, faux finish, "upgrades", we all pay for through taxes in a round about way, is like putting a veneer on rotting teeth. Too many hands in the cookie jar and not enough real effort to make Caldwell and West Caldwell a place where real local families can open and be successful in business. They bring in the who knows who, made it rich being crooked, live in a surrounding town crowd, people who really don't care about what goes on in Caldwell or West Caldwell, they keep there eyes shut while they fill their pockets.The patch and the record news paper paint a picture just so bright and sunny, meanwhile we have a major drug problem with our kids in town, a major sex problem in our local schools and parks, and a major problem with local robberies that go on daily multiple times a day that get swept under the carpet. like I said.. veneer on rotting teeth. Too many locals that grew up in the area are into politics, gives them the power and connections to make money through back channels. Wise up guys the golden goose is running out of eggs, you won't have any place to go because you're all of the same cut. In the 70's and 80's if anything like this happened in town, someone saw it or knew who did it, now everyone turns their heads.
Cj August 14, 2012 at 01:40 PM
This has nothing to do with the police or the gas station. Yes maybe they did check it out and targeted it because he was alone however there is not a town this is not happening in. Its the times we are in. This whole country is changing and so are all the little towns. You cant blame the police. If you want your town to hire more cops then be prepared to pay alot more taxes. The police also have their hands tied when it comes to making certain decisons or arrests. The United States Government has stepped in to make all the laws and rules and never allow the states or towns to do what they need to do to stop all this crime.
Moon Landing August 14, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I stopped by the Exxon to drop off flowers and some cash to go toward making up for the loss. Maybe others might like to do the same.
Joe T. August 14, 2012 at 03:57 PM
"a MAJOR drug problem with kids in town, a MAJOR sex problem in our local schools and parks". I'm wondering if you could elaborate on this statements especially the latter. Thank you.
old caldwell August 14, 2012 at 04:08 PM
they probaly knew the crimals that got busted at walgreens coping oxy scrips
Andrea Funari August 14, 2012 at 04:12 PM
What is going on in town. So many attacks and break in. I am starting to get nervous. I frequent the Exxon and I talk to the man who is usually there by himself. Please send good wishes to get better soon.
Post Yourpothole August 14, 2012 at 06:32 PM
"He said his employee was fasting Monday for the Ramadan holiday." What does that have to do with being robbed and getting hit in the head?
Paul August 14, 2012 at 08:55 PM
For those of you who think this was done by someone from East Essex, the Papa John's was robbed by a ("non-diverse") guy who lived around the corner.
cindy blanco August 15, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Wow glad I moved my store which was just 20 feet from there.
Heidi August 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Thank you Michael......the truth hurts.....hope everyone reads it
Paul August 15, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Michael, the problems you cite in your rant are not unique to our town. High school kids in other towns are doing similar things. This has been going on for a long time. I do agree that too many parents turn the other way. It's even worse in so called "affluent" towns. But I doubt that it's more of a problem here than anywhere else.
Michael August 15, 2012 at 03:06 PM
You are right Paul it is not unique to our town, and that is my point. Instead of having fresh ideas from local government talking to and working with local residents, we pull in builders, planners, architects, ideas, and business owners from out of town, we are importing all the crap that a town like Montclair has, It won't work here, you can't pump up Caldwell's population hoping to generate revenue to shop owners, it causes the municipal budget to go through the roof for added police, fire, schooling, etc. which of course the residents and businesses have to pick up, now you have created a situation where people can't even get around town or park to shop the avenue or even feel safe, especially when 40% of your day time population is just passing through using up your resources and contributing 0 to the community. There are plenty of towns like Caldwell that are successful keeping it small and simple, having most of Caldwell's property owned by religious groups makes it a challenge to it's tax base, but the churches (and I am not a holy roller by any means) can be once again the foundation for bringing strength, wealth, and unity to Caldwell. After all the outsiders are done eating up our towns resources, we will be the one's left holding all the garbage. Companies and municipal governments hire and promote from within, why not the same structure for our local residents, and business owners!?!
Cj August 15, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Kean this article is about a man that got hurt. A gas station that got robbed. Nothing about parking. If you have an issue got to the town meeting. In fact had you gone to the town meetins when they were discussing this you may have learned where the shop owners park. Who gets permit parking. Where permit parking is. Where you can park at night. It was very informative. So until you understand what you are talking about I would refrain from saying anything.
Angela Marie August 16, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Well said, Cj. Michael's issues were not at all related to the article. FYI... stopped by the Exxon station yesterday and am happy to report that the attendant has been released from the hospital. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
Michael August 16, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Angela, Cj was replying to a comment from Kean. I believe what I am talking about is quite relevant. Crime has a progression, like an infection it starts out small, left unattended and ignored can lead to serious injury or death. When you choose to embrace all and everyone, you have a greater chance of catching an infection or illness, our town has an illness thats turning into an infection. Unlike those who choose to ignore it and go on their blissful way, I choose to speak up in hopes we can come together and heal this infection before it gets worse. Those whom refused to go to the doctor or hospital during the initial stages of an infection or cancer, generally regret their decision of walking blissfully along as they lay dying in their final hours. You can choose to do that if you wish, but I will fight for my childrens future until I have to flee to higher more prosperous grounds.
Heidi August 16, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Well said Michael. Michael's issues were very much related to this unfortunate crime that happened in OUR town. It's very upsetting but we need to all face this head on and be on the same page...
Michael August 18, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I am happy to hear he is out of the hospital. My Aunt Found It Appalling.

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