NORTH WILDWOOD — A Monmouth County man and two Cape May County teenagers were charged early Thursday after they allegedly threatened a man with a baseball bat and robbed him.

At 3:37 a.m., Sgt. Justin Robinson was patrolling in the 400 block of East 24th Avenue when he heard someone yelling for help, police said in a news release.

Police did not identify the man, who told Robinson three men threatened him with a bat and took his money.

Officers searched the area, and minutes later, Officer Jerald Garriott found three suspects in the 400 block of East Poplar Avenue in Wildwood, according to the release. Officer Amanda Hegarty found the bat that was allegedly used in the robbery.

Jonathan Santiago, 18, of Freehold Township, was charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, aggravated assault, employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Police did not release the names of the two juveniles, a 17-year-old from the Villas section of Lower Township and another 17-year-old from Wildwood, who were charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Santiago was taken to the Cape May County jail, while the two teens were taken to a juvenile detention facility.

Contact: 609-272-7241

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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