Suspect pleads not guilty in NJ ex-mayor's robbery
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - April 16, 2013 (WPVI) -- A man has pleaded not guilty to charges of robbing the former mayor of New Jersey's largest city.
Alhafeez Williams is accused of putting 77-year-old former Newark Mayor Sharpe James in a chokehold and stealing a gold chain and cross from him on Thursday afternoon. The former mayor was not injured.
The 20-year-old remains held on $50,000 bail after his court appearance Monday.
James said he will not be pressing charges. James told The Associated Press last week that he thinks Williams should be given a job, guidance and mentoring.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says the case will proceed through the courts.
robbery, newark, new jersey, local/state
- Plane's landing gear collapses at Phila. Airport
- After a Cold Night, Temps Rebound
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Photos: Pictures of Old City building collapse
- Photos: Suspects wanted by Philadelphia Police
- 5 arrested after Logan murder, standoff
- Police: Coatesville man died before fire began
- NJ charges 4 with false Sandy aid applications
- Missing plane sent signals to satellite for hours 29 min ago
- Mississippi man who awakened inside body bag dies
- 8th body recovered after NYC explosion 47 min ago
- Philadelphia Zoo welcomes 2 new tiger cubs
- Video: Man punches boy, 8, steals his iPad
- 8th body recovered after NYC explosion
47 min ago