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Secaucus police arrest two people in connection with armed hotel robbery

SECAUCUS, NJ — After a five-month investigation, Secaucus Police have successfully arrested two suspects involved in an armed robbery at the Meadowlands Plaza Hotel. The incident, which occurred in the early morning hours of February 8, 2024, involved suspects Cristopher Molina Herrera, 30, and Rikelvin DeLeon Diaz, 33, both residents of Newark.

According to police reports, Herrera and Diaz allegedly posed as police officers to enter a hotel room at 40 Wood Avenue. They threatened the occupants, one of whom was nearly gunned down, and fled with money and personal items.

Herrera was arrested without incident at his workplace in Clifton, NJ on June 27, 2024. Diaz was taken into custody the following day in Elizabeth, NJ, also without incident.

Both suspects are charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. They are currently being held in the Hudson County Jail. Chief Dennis Miller of the Secaucus Police Department praised the diligent efforts of the Criminal Investigation Division and Anti-Crime Unit to bring the suspects to justice and reiterated the police’s commitment to pursuing all leads in criminal cases to protect the community and support victims.