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An East Orange man with a record of prior arrests now faces a prison sentence after being convicted of the January 2014 robbery of a woman at gunpoint in the Bayway section of  Elizabethnj.com reports.

Diken Michelle, 30, was convicted of first-degree robbery as well as two second-degree gun offenses, a third-degree charge of theft, and fourth-degree charge of possessing a large-capacity magazine.

A jury reached the guilty verdict Friday after deliberating for several hours over two days. Michelle was convicted following a two-week long trial before state Superior Judge Scott J. Moynihan.

The robbery occurred on January 24, 2014, when the victim parked her car on the 100 block of Bayway Avenue in Elizabeth and a man, later identified as Michelle, approached her, pulled out a gun and demanded her personal property, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutors Armando Suarez and Michael D’Agostino who tried the case.

The woman handed over her purse, cell phone, makeup case, a duffel bag, and her car keys, and Michelle fled the scene, the prosecutors said. They said a bystander who witnessed the crime then approached the victim and called 911.

Police, using a “Find my iPhone” app, traced the victim’s cell phone to a location on the 300 block of South Front Street in Elizabeth, and that’s where they found Michelle and arrested him a short time later, authorities said.

The victim subsequently identified Michelle as the robber, and her personal belongings were recovered from the defendant’s vehicle parked near where he was arrested.

The following day, authorities said, a handgun matching the description of the one used in the robbery was recovered in a snowbank not far from where Michelle was located.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 4, 2015, and Michelle will be facing an extended prison term because of prior convictions on unrelated indictable offenses.

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