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A Jersey City man and his co-conspirator from Bayonne have pleaded guilty in connection with a series of gas station robberies in Hudson and Union counties.

According to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger, Joseph Brown, 26, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty on May 9, before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to one count of attempted robbery and one count of robbery.

In January and February last year, Brown joined Wendell Bradley Jr., 27, of Bayonne, in the robbery spree. The two would drive to a gas station, pull up to a gas pump, ask the gas station attendant to put gas in the car’s tank, and, while the tank was being filled, would pull a gun on the attendant and demand money.

On Jan. 20, 2022, in Union, Brown pointed a gun at a gas station attendant, demanded money, and threated to kill him. Bradley then grabbed the attendant from behind, but the attendant was able to break free and escape into the gas station before Brown or Bradley could take any money from him.

The spree ended on Feb. 4, 2022, after Bradley and Brown robbed a gas station attendant at gunpoint in Secaucus. After the robbery, Bradley and Brown fled, and officers chased them from Secaucus to Newark, where Bradley crashed his car.

Bradley pleaded guilty today before Judge Arleo in Newark to one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, one count of robbery, one count of attempted carjacking, and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The two men are facing considerable prison time. The conspiracy, robbery, and attempted robbery charges each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, or twice the gain or loss from the offenses, whichever is greatest. The carjacking charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, or twice the gain or loss from the offenses, whichever is greatest. The firearm possession charge carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of seven years and a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Sentencing for Bradley is scheduled for Oct. 10; sentencing for Brown is scheduled for Oct. 3.