Seton Hall University student and basketball player Robert Mitchell, 23, of Brooklyn, N.Y. entered a not guilty plea at an arraignment today, Thursday, March 18, 2010 in Newark before the Honorable Amilkar Velez-Lopez on charges stemming from a robbery on March 15, 2010 in South Orange.
The judge set bail at $650,000 and ordered a bail source hearing. The judge also ordered Mitchell to surrender his passport. The judge ordered Mitchell, who is scheduled to graduate in May from Seton Hall to have no contact with victims and witnesses may have been involved in the case.
Mitchell allegedly entered a residence located on Irvington Avenue in South Orange on Monday, March 15, 2010 and forced occupants to move from various rooms into a common area where they were forced at gunpoint to turn over their cash and personal items.
Various items including credit cards, cell phones, drivers’ licenses, debit cards, digital cameras and approximately $300 in cash. Mitchell then fled the scene in a vehicle that has since been recovered.
Mitchell was arrested on March 16 and charged with kidnapping, burglary and weapons offenses.