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Englewood PD: Sneakers Undo Convicted Murderer In Liquor Store Robbery

A distinctive pair of sneakers led Englewood detectives to a convicted murderer who they said robbed a local liquor store at gunpoint wearing a mask.
A distinctive pair of sneakers led Englewood detectives to a convicted murderer who they said robbed a local liquor store at gunpoint wearing a mask. Video Credit: COURTESY: Englewood PD
Charles “Darrell” Blain
Charles “Darrell” Blain Photo Credit: COURTESY: Englewood PD

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- A distinctive pair of sneakers led Englewood detectives to a convicted murderer who they said robbed a local liquor store at gunpoint wearing a mask.

Charles “Darrell” Blain entered Wides Liquors on West Englewood Avenue around 9 p.m. this past Saturday and threatened two employees -- "actually cocking back the hammer on the revolver," Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told Daily Voice.

He fled with somewhere between $200-$300.

Detectives developed "excellent video footage that showed the suspect wearing a pair of distinctive Nike Air Blue Mirror Foamposite sneakers and a Northface coat," Torell said.

They also closely examined the exposed areas of his face and worked the community for tips, he said.

Detectives Mike Chapman, Zellvon Lucas and Lester Martin discovered that Blain -- who was convicted of murder in New York City in 1989 -- was wanted on a warrant for failing to pay more than $37,000 in child support.

Searching for Blain, they found him around 9 p.m. Sunday near a relative’s home in the area of Westervelt Place and Teaneck Road.

He was wearing "those very distinctive Nike sneakers," Torell said.

Detectives took Blain into custody and searched the relative's home, where the captain said they found the coat and a ski mask.

They were still looking for the gun, he said.

Blain was being held on $250,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with armed robbery, as well as with failing to pay child support.

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