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Fort Lee Police Catch Con Artists Who Mugged Fairview Man, Authorities Say

Nancy Duitama Pinzon, Victor Cediel
Nancy Duitama Pinzon, Victor Cediel Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy FAIRVIEW PD

FAIRVIEW, N.J. -- A pair of Colombian con artists were caught after giving a Fairview man a bogus tale that one of them was lost and then assaulting him while taking his cellphone, a gold chain and cash, borough police said Tuesday.

The victim told police that Nancy Duitama Pinzon, 44, approached him on Anderson Avenue near Desoto Place at 11:45 a.m. Monday, claiming she was lost, Capt. Vincent M Bellucci said.

He said he couldn't help -- after which 57-year-old Victor Cediel "walked up and convinced him to help her," Belluci said.

All three got into the couple's car and drove to the 400 block of Anderson Avenue, where Cidiel punched the victim in the face and robbed him, the captain said.

The couple then drove him home to retrieve his identification, "telling him he needed it so they can cash in a winning lottery ticket with them," Bellucci said.

When they got there, he got out -- and the pair took off, he said.

Borough police issued an alert with a description of the vehicle, which Fort Lee police stopped a short time later, the captain said.

Both were arrested and the victim's valuables retrieved, he said. Items apparently taken from other victims were found as well, Bellucci said.

Pinzon and Cediel were being held on $50,000 bail each in the Bergen County Jail, charged with robbery.

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