Police: Four Charged in East Windsor Robbery

A cell phone was taken during the robbery, police said.

Police charged four men who arranged a fake drug deal to rob three people on Bristol Way in East Windsor last week. 

Around 8:45 p.m. on Dec. 14 three people went to purchase marijuana in a deal set up by Hightstown resident Joseph Scirocco, 19, and were approached by three men in an SUV, East Windsor police said.

The victims trying to buy drugs ran, but the assailants caught up with one, police said. Four men, including Scirocco, 19-year-olds Michael Rivera, of Hightstown, and Robert Mastellone, of East Windsor, and 20-year-old Herles Martinez, of East Windsor, threatened the man they caught with both a knife and a gun, robbed him of him of his phone and forced him to make his other two friends come back, police said.

After the victims returned, the men attempted to rob them again, but they escaped and called police.

Scirocco was arrested early on Dec. 15 and after an investigation, police issued warrants for Rivera, Mastellone and Martinez, and received a search warrant for Mastellone’s house. 

At the house, police said they arrested Mastellone and Rivera, and searched it around 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 15. Money, marijuana and two fake handguns were found and seized, police said.

Martinez was also arrested around 5 p.m. on Dec. 15 in another East Windsor house, according to police.

All four were charged with robbery, theft, weapons offenses, aggravated assault and criminal restraint. Mastellone was also charged with marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. 

Scirocco’s posted $25,000 bail and Mastellone posted $75,000 bail. As of Friday, Rivera and Martinez had not posted bail, both set at $75,000, and were sent to Mercer County Corrections Center.

J T December 22, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Good work EWPD!
Carl Ondiac December 24, 2011 at 01:44 AM
This is crazy. All four of these kids were in my class. I would have never expected them to do something like this.
d_scott January 28, 2012 at 07:02 PM
FAIL!! Wow... it took two times to fail at robbing them. Enjoy the well-deserved jail time. Way to make your families proud. And Carl Ondiac, if these boneheads were in your class then you must have known the intelligence levels we're working with here. Its not surprising that this happened to these four, its only slightly shocking it happened this soon.
EWPD sucks September 07, 2012 at 03:03 PM
This story is completely incorrect. Not good work EWPD. U all suck at what u do. I no what happened first hand.
stackz October 04, 2012 at 12:44 AM
i hurd that fat kid joe is a snitch
mickey mouse October 10, 2012 at 01:59 PM
joey scirocco is a dirty ugly scumbag . i hope he goes to prison for a long time. his lying snitching white trash fat ass.
Mickey Mouse SR. October 23, 2012 at 06:38 AM
lol, joe, what can we say about joe, he's a blood, according to him..hahah bunch of pussy, wanna be drugg dealers.. him and fucking whats his name..billy, i mean JOHN IZZI,, fake guns, are u seirous,,lol then well se him in town in a few years later with a bunch of "prison tats",, get lives kkkids...
Carlos February 23, 2013 at 03:10 AM
mike's a bitch and fake blood he use to claim 730 and now he say he 793,maste's thinks hes hard, hurles real, sloppy joe's snitch
Dan viggel February 23, 2013 at 03:29 AM
You people truly have no life. The ones hiding there identity are so childish. You people will make comments but are afraid to even put real names? Lol wow i know hightstown/east windsor is filled with loud mouths but i thought they atleast were loud mouths who let it be known.
Richard Van Hise March 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Joe is a coward snitch,scumbag,idiot,etc,,,,rich Van Hise says so,and knows firsthand,fuck you u truth haters!!!!!!!!!


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