STATE OF NEW JERSEY VS. JONATHAN ZEMBRESKI
Defendant appealed from his convictions for committing robbery, burglary, and impersonating a law enforcement officer. Defendant's victim was a guest at a hotel and a gambling patron at its casino. The evidence presented was that defendant followed his victim to his room and gained access by claiming to be an FBI agent. Once inside, defendant threatened to prosecute the victim, demanded that he give defendant money, and slammed the door to the room on the victim's hand when he tried to escape, injuring him in the process.
In this case of first impression, we affirm defendant's convictions, holding that defendant committed an act of burglary, N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, by gaining access to his victim's residence by deception for the purpose of committing a crime.