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3rd Suspect Surrenders In Leonia Pepper Spray Robbery

Jamell Carmona in the store.
Jamell Carmona in the store. Photo Credit: SURVEILLANCE PHOTO: Courtesy LEONIA PD
Jamell Carmona
Jamell Carmona Photo Credit: MUGSHOT / SURVEILLANCE PHOTO
Samantha James leaving the store.
Samantha James leaving the store. Photo Credit: SURVEILLANCE PHOTO: Courtesy LEONIA PD
Nikyia Smith, Samantha James
Nikyia Smith, Samantha James Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy LEONIA PD

The third and final suspect wanted in the pepper-spray robbery of a Leonia liquor store surrendered to police today.

Two women were already being after borough detectives took them into custody on Staten Island yesterday.

Investigators also obtained an arrest warrant and issued an alert for 28-year-old Jamell Carmona, also of Staten Island, who turned himself in earlier today.

He was taken to the Bergen County Jail to be held on $100, bail, Capt. Scott Tamagny told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.

Thanks to license plate number provided by a witness, Leonia detectives found the getaway car on Staten Island -- with two of their suspects inside, Tamagny said yesterday.

Andres Wine & Spirits, Broad Avenue

Andres Wine & Spirits, Broad Avenue

Nikyia Smith, 27, and Samantha James, 26, were being held pending extradition to New Jersey, with bail set at $100,000 each, on robbery charges.

James is shown on surveillance video (photos, below) discharging pepper spray "in an attempt to distract and potentially harm the store employees" at Andres Liquor Store on Broad Avenue before they made off with several bottles of spirits around 9:40 p.m. Thursday, Tamagny said.

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