Clayton man ‘duped’ into alleged home invasion

GLOUCESTER TWP. – Dante Robinson, shot in the back during a Gloucester Township home invasion Monday, was “duped” into driving a group to the Kay Lane house where an alleged assault and robbery took place, the man’s mother said.

“Dante is on the naive side,” his mother Anita Saunders told the Courier-Post on Thursday.

“He was asked by someone to take him somewhere to party.”

Robinson, 21, is accused of breaking into a residence on Kay Lane in Sicklerville at 12:30 a.m. Monday.

The Clayton man was hospitalized at Cooper University Hospital in Camden early Monday suffering a gunshot wound to the back, his mother confirmed. He is in stable condition.

Robinson is charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary, theft, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the prosecutor’s office reported Wednesday.

When he is released from Cooper, he will be held at Camden County Jail.

“The only reason they’re giving him the charges is because he is the only one who was caught,” Saunders, of Clayton, said.

“I don’t know any of those kids. They duped him into taking them somewhere. They knew what they were going to do. (Dante) did not know. … I truly believe he did not know.”

Police continue to investigate the alleged assault and robbery, including how the Kay Lane residents and Robinson’s car pool were connected.

Thursday, a Gloucester Township Police cruiser was stationed at the corner of Kay Lane and Jarvis Road where an electronic police marquee warning of the Click It or Ticket campaign was placed.

Brian Judge told the Courier-Post his wife Traci Judge is recovering from Monday’s incident. Traci, her two sons, and disabled mother and uncle were in the home when the alleged assault and robbery occurred, Brian Judge said.

He would not describe the scene until the police investigation is complete and additional suspects are caught. But his wife noted the family has “no skeletons in our closet.”

“We come from a background of law enforcement, military and hard-working Americans,” Traci Judge said in a statement.

“Our two sons are excellent children and avid baseball players. Our sons are sweet and low key — don’t go out much because they’re too busy with baseball.”

Saunders was in shock hearing her son was charged in the alleged assault and that he had been shot.

In the five years since facing charges related to the slaying of a Clayton pre-teen, Robinson had made progress, his mother said. He obtained his high school diploma, worked at Amazon in Swedesboro for two years, and got himself a car, according to Saunders.

In 2012, Robinson and his brother Justin Robinson — then 17 and 15 — were charged with killing Autumn Pasquale, a borough 12-year-old.

Autumn was strangled in the basement of Saunders’ East Clayton Avenue home, the girl’s body relocated to a trash can on a vacant property next door, police determined.

Both brothers were charged with murder. Justin, now serving a 17-year sentence for aggravated manslaughter as part of a plea agreement, admitted to being the sole person responsible for luring the girl to their home and strangling her.

Dante Robinson pleaded guilty to fourth-degree obstruction in 2013 and was sentenced to six months in jail. He was released with time-served, having been held in the Camden County Youth Facility for nearly a year after Autumn’s body was discovered.

Saunders did not dispute something “definitely happened” at the Kay Lane house Monday.

“As far as the facts of it, we have to wait until the other boys are caught,” the mother said.

“I believe him, just like I believed he had nothing to do with Justin and Autumn.”

 

The mother of the Black men who murdered Autumn Pasquale made a Facebook post about her one son’s recent arrest.

Autumn Pasquale killing: Dante Robinson released from jail, pleads guilty to obstruction

Here is a case from 2013 that you have probably never heard about, but that needs to be spread to everyone:

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(LEFT) Image of Dante Robinson, 17, taken from Twitter. (RIGHT) Image of Justin Robinson, 15, taken from Facebook.
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Dante Robinson, initially charged in the death of Autumn Pasquale, was released from a youth correctional facility Tuesday, according to sources close to the case.

In afternoon court proceedings, Dante, of Clayton, pleaded to fourth-degree obstruction in Family Division Superior Court Judge Colleen Maier’s courtroom. The teen, who has been in the Camden County Youth Correction Facility since last fall, was sentenced to six months in jail and released with time served, according to a confidential source.

“Dante Robinson was released from custody today. He admitted no crime,” said Chris Hoffner, the teen’s attorney on behalf of the family. “This confirms what we always knew. Dante did not hurt the decedent and was not involved in her death or the moving of her body. People may not want to believe it, but the truth prevailed today, and Dante is home.”

Anita Saunders, Dante’s mother, was at home Tuesday night inside the East Clayton Avenue home where police claim 12-year-old Autumn was murdered. The family would not say if Dante was inside the house.

Dante and his brother Justin Robinson were 17 and 15 last October when arrested and charged in juvenile court with the girl’s killing.

Autumn’s disappearance in late October prompted a massive days-long search through Clayton and surrounding communities. Two days after she went missing, her remains were found in a blue recycling bin on an abandoned property next door to the Robinsons’ East Clayton Avenue home. The brothers were charged in her death.

Last month Justin Robinson, now 16, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter after taking sole responsibility for luring the pre-teen to his house and strangling her.

He was sentenced on Sept. 12 to serve 17 years in state prison of which 85 percent, or about 14 years, must be served before he is eligible for parole.

Tuesday night the borough was quiet. The Pasquales’ West High Street home, where Autumn was last seen on Oct. 20, was dark.

Autumn’s father Anthony Pasquale would not comment on Dante’s release.

“Mr. Pasquale respects the court’s order,” said Doug Long, Anthony Pasquale’s attorney who would not make additional comments about the obstruction plea or Dante’s release.

Man involved in Autumn Pasquale murder injured while committing home invasion, cops say

Dante Robinson, one of the brothers involved in the murder of 12-year-old Autumn Pasqaule in 2012, was arrested Monday and charged in a home invasion, prosecutors said. (file photo from Twitter)
Dante Robinson, one of the brothers involved in the murder of 12-year-old Autumn Pasqaule in 2012, was arrested Monday and charged in a home invasion, prosecutors said.

WINSLOW TWP. — Dante Robinson, one of the brothers involved with the murder of 12-year-old Autumn Pasqaule in 2012, has been arrested and charged in a home invasion that left him injured.

On Monday, Robinson was arrested just after midnight after breaking into a home near Kay Lane in Sicklerville, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. He is being charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary, theft, aggravated assault and endangering a child, officials said.

Robinson, 21, is currently being treated in Cooper University Hospital for an injury he received during the burglary, the prosecutor’s office said. They said that once he is released from Cooper, he will be sent to Camden County jail pending the pretrial detention hearing in accordance with the New Jersey Bail Reform.

Under the recent Criminal Justice Reform rules, the court may order Robinson be detained without bail or released with conditions.

Autumn Pasquale (provided) 
Autumn Pasquale (provided)

 

Robinson was released from jail in September 2013 after pleading guilty to obstruction for his role in the murder of Autumn Pasquale who was found in a blue recycling bin two days after being reported missing in October 2012. The bin was located on an abandoned property next door to the Robinsons’ East Clayton Avenue home.

Robinson and his brother, Justin, were charged in her death. Justin pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and took sole responsibility for luring Autumn to his house and strangling her. He was sentenced on to serve 17 years in state prison of which 85 percent, or about 14 years, must be served before he is eligible for parole.