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Lyft driver robbed at Sonesta Suites

PARSIPPANY — Multiple Parsippany-Troy Hills Patrol Officers responded to Sonesta Suites, 61 Interpace Parkway, at 2:47 a.m. on Friday, February 23 for a reported robbery in the parking lot.

Upon their arrival, they spoke to the 32 year old male victim. The victim advised the officers that he drives for Lyft and when he arrived at the pickup location he was supposed to have one passenger, but two male passengers got into his vehicle.

He further explained that he informed them that the additional passenger would increase the fare. A verbal altercation ensued and the victim requested the two males to exit his vehicle.

The victim stated after they exited, they pulled him out of his vehicle and he was held by one male, while the other male punched and kicked him. He was then thrown to the ground and struck with a brick, in addition to being punched and kicked.

The suspects stole his Samsung Galaxy cellphone valued at $824.00, along with $60.00 in cash and fled into the building. The victim was treated by EMS for his facial injuries and refused further medical treatment.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office CIS Unit responded to the scene along with Parsippany Detective A. Morelli to assist in the investigation. While on scene Detective Morelli observed two males that matched the description of the suspects.

While speaking to both males, identified as Dewand Proctor, 23, Paterson, and Bobby Rawl, 24,  Paterson, they gave officers fictitious names. Both suspects were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.

Prior to departing the scene, Detective Anthony Morelli was able to recover the victim’s stolen cellphone.

After further investigation Dewad Proctor and Bobby Rawl were both charged with the following: one count of 1st Degree Robbery, one count of 2nd Degree Conspiracy to commit Robbery, one count of 3rd Degree Hindering, one count of 3rd Degree Theft by Unlawful Taking, one count of 3rd Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, one count of 3rd Degree Aggravated Assault, one count of 4th Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and one count of Simple Assault, a Disorderly Persons offense.

They were both transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending their first appearance.

Editors Note: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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