Man Accused of Shoving Girl Flees With Tip Jar
Hackensack man was arrested last week and charged with robbery, police said.
A man who pushed a seven-year-old girl while stealing a tip jar is facing a robbery charge after being caught by Teaneck police, authorities said.
Police were called to the Green Garden Chinese Restaurant on Teaneck Road for a report of a theft around 9 p.m. on July 26, police said. The restaurant’s owner told police a man had grabbed the tip jar and fled.
The owner’s daughter ran to help her mother when she heard screams, but the thief pushed the girl and took off, according to police.
Two alleged accomplices, Englewood residents Matthew Chisholm, 24, and 19-year-old Kunami Porter were caught nearby, but the alleged robber, identified as 22-year-old Walter Alston, of Hackensack, managed to escape the initial search, police said.
Teaneck detectives found Alston last week in Hackensack. While taking the tip jar began as a theft, police said the crime escalated to robbery when Alston shoved the young girl. She was not hurt in the incident.
Chisholm and Porter were both charged with conspiracy to commit robbery because police said they discussed splitting the profits outside the store. Police are investigating if a fourth person was also involved.
Alston was being held Wednesday at the Bergen County Jail on $10,000 bail while Chisholm and Porter were held on $2,500 each, records show.
The tip jar the three were after turned out to have about $20 in it, police said.