By Karen Zautyk
Two North Arlington men were languishing in the Hudson County Jail following their arrest in connection with the Oct. 18 armed robbery of a Passaic Ave. gas station, police reported.
The grand haul in the heist? Five dollars.
Kearny Police Chief John Dowie said Officer Pat Becker was on patrol near Passaic and Webster Aves. at 3:30 p.m. when he saw one man chasing another on foot south on Passaic.
The pursuer called to the cop, who recognized him as an employee of the nearby Jersey Oil station. Becker joined the chase in his patrol car and saw the fleeing runner jump into the passenger side of a 1996 Toyota parked on Webster, Dowie said.
The officer blocked the vehicle with his car and ordered the passenger to get out, just as the gas station worker reached the scene, shouting that he had been robbed, police said.
While Becker was patting down the suspect, Det. Mike Gonzalez and Officer Pete Jahera arrived as backup. Approaching the Toyota, Gonzalez reportedly spotted a silver handgun on the floor on the passenger side. The detective shouted a warning about the gun and removed the driver from the car.
Police said the station attendant told them the passenger, identified as 26-year-old Roger Yogg, had entered the station, engaged him in conversation, and at some point, when the attendant took some cash ($5) from his pocket, Yogg grabbed it and ran. The suspect allegedly had a gun in his waistband.
Police said the weapon was found to be loaded and its serial number had been removed.
Yogg, who Dowie said has a history of a half-dozen arrests in along with a felony conviction for distribution of a CDS, was charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and conspiracy.
The alleged wheelman, Nader Naffaa, 27, was charged with conspiracy to committ robbery.
In court in Jersey City on Oct. 21, bail for Yogg was set at $250,000 cash or bond; for Naffaa, $100,000.
If convicted, Yogg faces up to 20 years in prison; Naffaa, a maximum of 10.