Manchester, NJ – A New Jersey woman allegedly doused a man with gasoline and threatened to light him on fire with a butane torch during a robbery outside a Dollar General store, according to police.
The incident occurred on June 21 outside the Dollar General store located at 1924 Route 37, the Asbury Park Press reported.
According to Manchester Police Department (MPD) Chief Robert Dolan, the 18-year-old male victim said he had posted some items for sale on Snapchat, and that 27-year-old Eboni Hester and contacted him under the guise of wanting to purchase them, the Manchester Patch reported.
They arranged to meet up in the parking lot of the Dollar General store.
But during the encounter, Hester allegedly dumped a water bottle filled with gasoline onto the victim and threatened to ignite him with a butane torch unless he handed over his clothing, shoes, cell phone, and about $300 in cash, police said.
The victim complied and Hester fled the scene westbound on State Highway 37, the Manchester Patch reported.
The victim contacted the MPD to report the robbery that same afternoon.
With the assistance of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigations Unit, MPD Detective Victoria Guarino was able to accumulate “sufficient incriminating evidence” to arrest Hester in connection with the heist, the Asbury Park Press reported.
She was apprehended on July 28, according to the Manchester Patch.
Hester was booked into the Ocean County Jail in Toms River on charges of aggravated assault, robbery, theft, and two weapons offenses, the Asbury Park Press reported.
The MPD reminded the community that the township has established a “Save Exchange Zone” at the Municipal Complex where residents can meet up for child custody exchanges or to complete online transactions in a safe setting, the Manchester Patch reported.
The area is under 24-hour, high-definition video surveillance and is well-lit, the police department noted.