Armed Robbery Suspect of Comfort Inn Arrested

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Devon Clemente (33) of Glen Ridge, New Jersey for armed robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and possession of a weapon on December 10, 2020.

It is alleged that on December 7, 2020, at approximately 6:00 PM, Clemente drove his 2017 Gray Ford Fusion to the Comfort Inn, located at 286 Route 46 East in Fairfield. He then entered the hotel wearing a black North Face jacket, a black glove with the name “Wells Lamont” in white on it and a surgical mask and showed the clerk a silver-colored handgun that was in his waistband. He told the clerk that he needed their money because of Covid. After being given approximately $300.00 in cash, Clemente walks back to his car and exits onto Route 46 East.

Fairfield Detective Sergeant Michael Nyhuis and Detective David Lagan conducted the investigation which included a check of a recently installed automated license plate reader that was given to the police department by the Fairfield Police Foundation. As a result, the detectives were able to identify the suspect’s vehicle and then eventually Clemente as the suspect. A search warrant was executed on the vehicle and it is alleged that a North Face jacket and black “Wells Lamont” glove was found inside.

On December 10, 2020, Clemente surrendered himself to Fairfield authorities. He was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility pending a bail hearing in the Superior Court in Newark.

“This was great investigative work on the part of these detectives which lead to the apprehension of a dangerous armed robbery suspect in only three days. I commend both of them for their dedication and tenacity” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

(It should be noted that the charges against Clemente are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Authorized by: Chief Anthony Manna

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