Teens Charged in Knifepoint Drug Stick Up Near High School

Two Fair Lawn men robbed a juvenile at knifepoint Wednesday night, making off with his iPhone and the marijuana he had come to sell them, police said.

Two masked men who allegedly robbed a juvenile at knifepoint Wednesday night during a drug deal near the high school football field have been arrested, police said.

Jose J. Narvez, 18, and Antwain L. Steed, 19, both of Grunauer Place in Fair Lawn, were charged with first degree robbery and posession of 49 grams of marijuana, after police said they held up a 17-year-old Fair Lawn High School with whom they had arranged a meeting to buy drugs.

The 17-year-old's mother reported the robbery to police at around 9:45 p.m, stating that two masked men had taken her son's iPhone at knifepoint on Cadmus Place, in the area of the high school football field, police said.

Some officers responded to the scene to search for the suspects while others went to the victim's home to speak with him and his parents.

Through interviews conducted by Detective Lt. Michael Uttel and Detective Jeffrey Welsh, police learned the juvenile victim had planned to meet his assailants near Sasso Field to sell them 49 grams of marijuana, according to police.

Rather than pay for the weed, police said the two men -- later identified as Narvez and Steed -- chose to mask their faces and rob the victim at knifepoint.

Through their investigation, the detectives developed information that led them to the home where the suspects were living and arrested both men in connection with the robbery.

In lieu of $100,000 bail, both Narvez and Steed were taken to Bergen County Jail. They will appear in municipal court on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.

Uttel said the juvenile victim, who was allegedly acting as drug dealer, has yet to be charged, but will be next week.

He said penalties will be enhanced because the alleged drug deal took place near school grounds.


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* October 18, 2012 at 07:05 PM
A real pair of " Gems" ! Great job by the Police, however, its a sad fact that our town is no longer what it once was
JEN October 18, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Curious, are the charges increased because this happened on school property? And if so to what degree?
JEN October 18, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Oh and one more question; does the victim of the robbery get charged for intent to selll the drugs?
Zak Koeske October 18, 2012 at 07:52 PM
@Jen - The victim has yet to be charged. If/When he is, I will report the charges. I don't know the answer to your first question, but I'll find out
JEN October 18, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Okay thanks Zak
Me October 18, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Just legalize weed already!
Peter Loffman October 18, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Our town has always been like that since I was in high school there in the 80's. drugs ru rampant at the high school and middle school. More then people in the town would admit.
SUMtingWONG October 18, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Wow what a great job again by Det Welsh, no wonder he was honored as New Jersey's Officer of the Year. Congratulations Det Welsh on removing these 2 animals from our community. Keep up the good work FLPD we are very lucky to have such a dedicated police department.
shawn cochrane October 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM
The juvenile should enter a scared streight program, and the others should be charged and banned from any community activities and also have to spend every weekend for a year painting firehydrents while wearing bright pink jumpsuits with the name "pothead bullies" on the back
Michael Agosta October 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Interesting. none of the actors are from "across the river."
Zak Koeske October 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM
@Jen - To answer your questions... The charges are enhanced because of the alleged drug deal occurring near school grounds. The robbery charge is first degree because of the weapon, not because of where it occurred. Charges will be filed against the juvenile, a 17-year-old FLHS student, next week. Not sure yet what they will be.
JEN October 19, 2012 at 02:29 PM
LOL MICHEAL AGOSTA could it be possible??? Doubt it! Checked Fair Lawn High and they have never heard of the two charged, I checked around and low & behold...found a 2011 Bio...Jose J Narvaez, Also known as "Nenoh" is an upcoming 18 Born and raised in Paterson NJ.
Mei Won Sum October 19, 2012 at 03:01 PM
probably the "host" family address
JEN October 19, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I suspect it's a group home. And if so it's poorly supervised. I am Hoping that maybe Zak can get more info. It is very disturbing to have knife wielding teen-ages running around our ball fields. :-(
Just Facts October 19, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Sad story - I know that FLHS School officer is a great man- Detective Wyka - if he was there he would have swept down on them like Spider-Man! he is a great man! So are those other detectives!! good to see the police get to the bottom of this!
Michael Agosta October 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Of course! With names like Jose and Antwain, they couldn't possibly be from Fair Lawn. What strikes me funny is that the mother of the drug dealer, who is probably a second or third generation Fair Lawnite, called the cops to report the robbery. She reported that her son got jacked while selling drugs. I see a potential Darwin Award in this story.
Michael Agosta October 19, 2012 at 04:18 PM
It's very disturbing to have underage Fair Lawn residents (who are second or third generation residents) selling drugs on or around school property. It's even more disturbing for the mother of the drug dealer to report this as a robbery.
Mei Won Sum October 19, 2012 at 04:43 PM
It was 9:45PM by sasso field. wyka was probably home.
J Fed October 19, 2012 at 05:27 PM
This kid just learned what the world is really like. You feel invincible being a drug dealer in your safe highschool. He probably thought he was "hard" and cool and no one could touch him. Then he dealt with real thugs and learned the hard way. The kids in this town need to know that life is much different outside of Fair Lawn. I grew up in Hudson County and you learn real fast that life is tough and you gotta be on your toes. To make matters worse, after he was robbed he ran and told mommy and she called the cops to report the robbery. Little did she know that selling at least 28 grams of weed within 1000 feet of a school is a felony. The worst part, the thugs that robbed him wont get in as much trouble for the weed because simple possession of 50 grams or less within 1000 feet of a school is a misdemeanor. Of course they may also be charged with aggravated robbery, but thats another story. Check out the NJ laws: http://norml.org/laws/penalties/item/new-jersey-penalties-2
abook October 19, 2012 at 05:48 PM
yeah that is the funny part, does she think they are getting the money back? and how much is the lawyer going to cost them? What is the thought process there?
JEN October 19, 2012 at 07:29 PM
My guess is he came home with half of the story for his Mom because he had to explain how his iPhone was stolen and then the detectives probably got the real story out of him. Mom probably had no idea her son went there to sell drugs when she called the police.
J Fed October 19, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Jen you are probably right. Or the detectives got the story from the attackers upon arrest.
Jackweoff October 20, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Fair Lawn has changed because change was allowed, blame your politicians for lowering your property values, building apartments, and reducing the police force 20%. Its going to get worse!
publius October 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM
what is truly sad is all the comments made by people with little or no knowledge of the true events; filling in the gaps with biased supposition.
abook October 20, 2012 at 11:48 PM
In that case, the Mom whether inadvertent or by intent, has done us a huge favor, taking these predators off the streets at least for a few years. I would be happy to contribute something to any sort of fund she has going, she is going to have huge lawyer bills to try and keep her son out of Juvy detention at the least. If anyone has any info on such a fund please post. Regarding legalization, it would still be no allowed for teens, in fact recent conclusive study showed lowering of IQ or teens who consumed cannabis and then ceased cannabis use. But this sort of thing happens all the time, to adults as well and this is because the prohibition of Cannabis causes the violence not the Cannabis. Young people should be taught not just say no, but just wait till your'e of age. Of course they may not listen anyway. But at least the message might get through.
J Fed October 21, 2012 at 06:01 AM
What is sad is you are complaining about comments made on a public forum. People can speculate all they want. You dont like it, then dont read the comments. Though I think its pretty clear. Kid got robbed while making a drug deal within 1000 feet of a school. Is that not true?? And obviously someone gave the cops the info about the weed being involved. It was either the mother, the 17-year old or the two thugs. Or is this some sort of consipracy in order to ruin this kids life? I bet mom had no idea her son was dealing and if she did that she should be charged with contributing to the deliquency of a minor. And I really hope the 17-year old didnt rat himself out. That leaves the two thugs because right now they are the only ones that were arrested. If the 17-year old ratted on these two criminals, then I guarantee the two that were charged decided to bring this kid down with them. Again, speculation. But I really have nothing better to do right now and I enjoy exercising my first ammendment rights! Also, I feel terrible what this kid is about to go through. My only hope is that others learn that its just not worth it.
Mei Won Sum October 22, 2012 at 02:16 PM
fair lawn hasn't changed all that much with one exception. the garbage is floating to the other side of the river more these days.
lesson October 22, 2012 at 02:53 PM
maybe the mom reported it because she was following the law and also teaching her son a lesson. if she knew what happened and didnt report it and just grounded her son for a bit im pretty sure the kid wouldnt learn his lesson and do something stupd in the future. if she makes him take responsibility for his actions altough the near future will suck it might be a good thing for him in the long run.
Sara October 22, 2012 at 04:13 PM
How are these 2 unrelated boys living Under the same address.
JEN October 22, 2012 at 08:11 PM
LOL careful when you state the obvious here they call you a prejudice bigot.


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