Newark man held at gunpoint in Harrison over $20 dollar debt


Two thugs threatened and pistol-whipped a Newark man – because he failed to pay back a $20 debt.

The victim said he was hanging out on Harrison Avenue near 5th Street in Harrison with his girlfriend, when a light skinned Spanish male approached him near the 9/11 Memorial. The man claimed he needed to talk about an issue with “K-Sig,” aka Kevin Vargas, 21, of Harrison Gardens.

According to Harrison Police, the victim recognized the man but didn’t know his name. The two discussed “K-Sig” as they made their way south on 5th Street, turning right onto Ann, when the man shoved an object concealed in a black plastic bag into the victim’s stomach.

The man demanded the victim to give him everything in his pockets and the 20-year-old said no. He said the individual then starting yelling, ‘give me the $20 you owe “K-Sig” (Vargas) or I will shoot you.’

The victim said, ‘go ahead shoot me’ and began walking towards Vargas’ vehicle, a purple 1997 Acura Integra.

The victim told Vargas he didn’t have to do this since he planned on paying him back. But the individual pulled the weapon out of the black bag and said he had no problem shooting him.

The victim walked back to his girlfriend, when the individual came up behind and pistol-whipped the top of his head and threw punches. A scuffle ensued, and the victim threw the man against a parked car.

Vargas got out of the car and broke up the scuffle, then he and the individual fled southbound on 5th Street in the Acura.

The victim was transported to HPD, where he provided a video statement detailing the incident.

Two weeks later, HPD observed the car wanted in connection with the armed robbery, parked on Harrison Avenue.

When Vargas emerged, he was arrested on conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Bail was set at $2,500 with no 10-percent option — and armed robbery, at $100,000 with no 10-percent option. He was transferred to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

The second male was identified as Derick Mejia Novoa, 29, of Jersey City, the report says.


Charges are mere accusations and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.”


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