Ocean Township — A man accused of two armed robberies in the township has been arrested and charged, and a second man wanted in connection with a robbery is still at large.
According to the Ocean Township Police Department, on the evening of Jan. 19, the International Mexican Grocery, Highway 35, was robbed by two male subjects at knife point. The two fled with an undetermined amount of cash.
Three days later the Hess Express gas station on Highway 35 northbound was robbed at knifepoint by a male subject who fled with an undetermined amount of cash.
Shortly after the Hess Express robbery, Ocean Township detectives developed two suspects. On Feb. 1, after a weeklong investigation, detectives arrested Timothy Huggins. 22. of Ocean Township and charged him robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon (knife), possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (knife) and terroristic threats in connection with the International Mexican Grocery Store.
Huggins was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery in connection with the Hess Express robbery.
A second subject involved in the robberies has been charged in connection with both robberies; however, his whereabouts are unknown at this time. Detectives are actively searching for him.
Bail for Huggins was set by the Judge John Tassini at $165,000. Huggins was transported to the Monmouth County correctional Institute to await a future court hearing.
Officers involved in the investigation included Detective Patrick Martin, Detective Michael Legg, Detective Jeffrey Malone, Detective Bryan Morgan, Detective Michael Melody, Detective Sgt. Thomas Burke and Detective Sgt. John Green.