Former Newark mayor robbed on city street

Former Newark mayor robbed on city street

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NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

Newark police have made an arrest in the violent mugging of former mayor Sharpe James.

The incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday on Bergen Street, near Newark's Weequahic Park.

Police say James was approached from behind by an assailant who put him in a choke hold and grabbed a gold chain from around his neck before fleeing.

James was not injured in the attack.

Police reviewed surveillance camera footage after the attack and announced an arrest early Friday.  They said more details would be released later in the day.

James was mayor from the mid-1980s until 2006. He later was convicted in a federal corruption trial and sentenced to more than two years in prison.

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