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VILLAS - At approximately 4:30 p.m. Nov. 25, officers from the Lower Township Police Department responded to a call in Villas for a subject reporting he was assaulted and then robbed at gunpoint. According to a release, officers found the victim with injuries to his face. 

The victim told officers that he went to a residence in the first block of East Atlantic Avenue to conduct a drug transaction when a juvenile male struck him in the face. 

The investigation revealed that Louis Garcia, 18, of North Cape May, then pointed a handgun at the victim and told him to empty his pockets.

The victim was treated by Lower Township Rescue and transported to Cape Regional Medical Center for further evaluation and medical treatment.

During the investigation, detectives from Lower Township Police Department, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Cape May County SWAT Team executed a search warrant at the home on East Atlantic Avenue. 

During the search of the home, Jonathan Halas, 19, of Cape May and a male juvenile were taken into custody. 

A short time later, additional suspects, Louis Garcia, and a second male juvenile were located at a separate house, also in the first block of East Atlantic Avenue, where they were also taken into custody.   

The four suspects were charged with robbery; aggravated assault; unlawful possession of a weapon; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; and conspiracy to commit robbery. 

The adults were then lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Facility and both juveniles were placed in a juvenile security facility. 

That above was received from a law enforcement agency. The person(s) named is/are innocent unless proven otherwise. 

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