March 30, 2021
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Director Sheilah A. Coley today announced that a Trenton man suspected of committing three armed robberies from March 21, 2021 through March 29, 2021 has been taken into custody and charged with multiple firearm and robbery offenses.
Maurice Davis, 23, of Trenton, was arrested on the morning of March 29, 2021 and charged with two counts of armed robbery, one count of strong-arm robbery, three counts of unlawful possession of a handgun, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, one count of unlawful possession of hollow point rounds, and one count of hindering apprehension.
On Sunday, March 21, 2021 at approximately 5:50 p.m., TPD officers responded to a report of a commercial armed robbery on the 1200 block of S. Clinton Avenue. During the investigation, officers discovered that the store was robbed of several hundred dollars by a man wearing a mask and armed with a handgun.
On Monday, March 29, 2021 just before 9:00 a.m., officers responded to the 1000 block of S. Broad Street after a victim there reported being robbed at gunpoint. Officers on scene were given a description of the suspect that was like the one provided from the previous crime. That description was broadcast to all police units in the city.
Later that morning at 9:30 a.m. – while officers were still investigating the 1000 block of S. Broad Street robbery – other officers responded to another robbery taking place at the same S. Clinton Avenue location that was robbed on March 21, 2021. This time officers were told that the same suspect returned and stated, “I’m back, give me the money.” After the robbery, the suspect fled the scene on foot.
Officer Jeffry Donaire and Detective Angel Turner were investigating the robberies when they spotted a man who fit the description provided in all three robberies and attempted to stop him. When they approached the suspect, he drew a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband. The officers were able to de-escalate the situation and the suspect dropped the gun. He was taken into custody without further incident.
“This case speaks to the resilience of TPD officers in pursuing and apprehending individuals that threaten our residents and businesses with violence,” said Director Coley. “Thankfully, no one was harmed during this investigation. My thanks go out to the residents that provided the intelligence and the officers who took this dangerous individual off our streets.”
These charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.