Two Arrests Made By Secaucus Police in Connection to February Armed Hotel Robbery

Photos Courtesy of Secaucus Police Dept.

On February 8, 2024 at 4:22 A.M., the Secaucus Police Department responded to the Meadowlands Plaza Hotel, located at 40 Wood Avenue, on report of an armed robbery.  

According to Secaucus Police Chief Dennis Miller, the suspects, Newark residents identified as 30-year old Cristopher Molina Herrera and 33-year old Rikelvin DeLeon Diaz, allegedly forced their way into the victims’ hotel room, telling the victims that they were police officers.  In a press release, Chief Miller stated, “The victim alleges that one of the males pulled out a handgun and threatened to “pistol whip” one of the victims.  Cristopher Molina Herrera and Rikelvin DeLeon Diaz fled the area with some of the victims’ money and personal belongings.”

An investigation of five months was conducted by members of the Secaucus Police Department Detective Division and Anti-Crime Unit, which led to the arrests of Molina Herrera at his place of employment in Clifton on June 27, 2024, without incident.  Then on June 28, 2024 members of the Secaucus Police Department Detective Division and Anti-Crime Unit arrested DeLeon Diaz at his place of employment in Elizabeth without incident. 

Chief Miller stated, “I am especially proud of the investigative work of my Detectives who work tirelessly to solve these crimes committed by individuals who come to Secaucus solely to commit nefarious acts.  The Secaucus Police Department is committed to exhaust every investigative lead in pursuit of justice for any victim of a crime that takes place in Secaucus.” 

Cristopher Molina Herrera and Rikelvin DeLeon Diaz have been charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.  They are being held in the Hudson County Jail in Kearny.  

Anyone with additional information can contact the Secaucus Police Detective Division at (201) 330-2052 or detectivedivsion@secaucusnjpolice.gov.     

The charges against the defendants are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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