Cheban was with his mother and a friend Sunday when a man pointed a handgun at his mother's head before taking Cheban's Richard Millie watch, according to a People magazine report. He called the incident "life-changing."
"It was a horrific experience, but thankfully we are fine," Cheban, who goes by Foodgod, said in a statement. "I left Manhattan for the suburbs, and the crime is following."
Englewood Cliffs police said they responded to a report of an armed robbery on East Bayview Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. A search was launched for two suspects who were believed to have fled to Route 9W, police said. Police did not identify Cheban by name.
Police said the suspect — described as a man in his late 20s to early 30s — approached Cheban in the driveway of a home on East Bayview Avenue and asked for the time before pulling out a silver semiautomatic handgun.
The suspect then "forcibly removed" the watch from Cheban, causing a minor wrist injury, before fleeing to meet up with a second suspect, described as a heavy-set man in a gray sweater.
Authorities said the gunman was wearing a purple shirt, light-blue jeans and white and gray sneakers, and they released a sketch of the man.
Cheban makes frequent appearances on the reality show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and has 3.5 million follows on his Instagram page under the name Foodgod, where he showcases various restaurants and exotic foods.
Anyone with information about the robbery can call Englewood Cliffs police at 201-569-8088.
This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Kim Kardashian's friend Jonathan 'Foodgod' Cheban robbed at gunpoint