Armed Robbery Spree Ends with Arrests of Two Hudson County Men

Wendell Bradley Jr of Bayonne and Joseph Brown of Jersey City

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Two Hudson County men have admitted to a string of armed robberies at gas stations across northern New Jersey earlier this year, as well as an attempted carjacking, according to federal prosecutors.Wendell Bradley Jr., 27, of Bayonne, and Joseph Brown, 26, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to charges related to the robbery spree that took place between January 3 and February 4, 2022.During the robberies, Bradley and Brown would drive up to gas stations, ask attendants to fill their vehicle’s gas tank, and then pull guns on the attendants while demanding money, prosecutors said. In one incident on January 20 in Union, Brown pointed a gun at a gas station employee, demanded cash, and threatened to kill him. Bradley grabbed the attendant from behind, but the employee was able to break free and escape before any money was taken.The robbery spree came to an end on February 4 after Bradley and Brown robbed a gas station attendant at gunpoint in Secaucus. The two men fled the scene, leading police on a chase from Secaucus to Newark, where Bradley crashed his vehicle.

Bradley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, Hobbs Act robbery, attempted carjacking, and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Brown admitted to attempted Hobbs Act robbery and Hobbs Act robbery.The conspiracy, robbery, and attempted robbery charges each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000. The carjacking charge has a maximum 15-year sentence, while the firearm charge carries a mandatory minimum of 7 years in prison and a maximum life sentence.Bradley is scheduled to be sentenced on October 10, 2024, while Brown’s sentencing is set for October 3, 2024.U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger credited multiple law enforcement agencies for their work in the investigation, including the ATF, police departments in Clifton, Hillside, Jersey City, Newark, North Bergen, Secaucus, and Union.