Jamiesfeast – According to Sparta police, the victim informed them that when she arrived at the Main Street apartment on Jan. 29, the men, later identified as Jeremy Barcoski, 47, of Sparta, NJ, and Zarko Tamburin, 46, of Morristown, were inebriated and taking drugs.
The woman told both guys she was going, but they snatched her bag and money, according to authorities. During a brief disagreement, one of the males pulled out a handgun and aimed it at her, threatening to kill her, investigators said.
The police eventually discovered the gun was a forgery.
The other man then emerged from the kitchen, clutching a kitchen knife. The woman was eventually given her bag back, but without the money, and she exited the residence, police said.
The New Jersey State Police TEAMS team conducted a search warrant on the apartment and arrested Barcoski and Tamburin, according to police.
During the search of the apartment, police in Sparta confiscated an imitation revolver, an imitation semi-automatic-style handgun, two sets of throwing knives, and a sword.
“During the time of the robbery, the victim was unaware that the above imitation firearm used during the incident was not a real handgun,” according to a press release from the police. “She explained to the investigators that she believed that she was confronted with a real firearm and that she was fearful that she would be harmed.”
Both individuals were booked into the Morris County Jail on charges of robbery, terroristic threats, firearms violations, and other charges.
New Jersey State Police, Newton Police, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office all helped in the investigation.