WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man they say lured four people to a street corner to buy marijuana and then robbed them at gunpoint.
Jason L. Glover, 25, of East Orange, N.J., was arraigned Friday on two counts of robbery and a single count of theft. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.
Glover was arrested when police found him at 273 Carey Ave. about 30 minutes after the alleged armed robbery in front of the apartment building near Susquehanna Avenue Thursday night.
According to the criminal complaint:
Three men and a woman all in their late teens and early 20s told police they were approached by a man with dreadlocks in the area of Academy Street and Carey Avenue just after 6 p.m. They claimed the man asked them if they wanted to buy marijuana and to meet him at Carey Avenue and Susquehanna Avenue.
The four people traveled to the street corner where the man, identified as Glover, allegedly brandished a firearm and said, “Don’t let it pop off, you already know what it is.”
A second man exited a vehicle with a New Jersey license plate that was parked nearby and rummaged through their pockets, taking their belongings. A bag the woman was carrying was taken; she claimed it contained $1,500, makeup and hand sanitizer.
Another man said $1,000, a cellphone and gift cards were taken from him.
Police located the vehicle parked in front of the Carey Avenue apartment.
Glover came onto the porch and asked why police were looking at the car, which he said belonged to the mother of his child.
Police said in the complaint the four people identified Glover as one of the robbery suspects.
Police allegedly found a bag of heroin in a rice container inside the apartment.
The three men and woman who intended to buy marijuana were not charged.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 25 before District Judge Rick Cronauer.