Car Chase Ends in Safe Apprehension of Juveniles
STOLEN VEHICLE - On 5/14/23, at approximately 6:20 PM, Officer Mohammed Rayyan observed what he believed to be a stolen vehicle traveling northbound on Rt 21. It was confirmed that the vehicle in question, a 2018 Hyundai, had been stolen from the City of Passaic on 5/11/23.
The officer followed the vehicle into the City of Paterson during which time the driver and front seat passenger switched positions while the vehicle was continuing in motion. At that time, the driver sped off and a pursuit began. The pursuit continued through the streets of Paterson and then onto Rt. 20, Rt 46 West, and back into the City of Clifton. At the intersection of Luddington Avenue and Montgomery Street, the driver came to an abrupt stop in what was an apparent attempt to confuse pursuing officers. The officers were able to prevent an escape on foot and apprehended all three occupants.
They were identified as being juveniles from the City of Passaic (16 and 17 years of age). The drivers were issued numerous summonses for the reckless operation of the stolen vehicle and all parties were charged with Receiving Stolen Property. They were all released to family members/guardians as per Juvenile Justice guidelines.
BURGLARY ARREST - On 5/13/23, at approximately 11:30 AM, officers were dispatched to the "Evergreen Manor" (Main Ave/Fenlon Blvd) on the report of suspicious parties, possibly attempting to burglarize vehicles. They arrived to find that the parties were no longer in the area. As the officers began checking adjacent streets, they located four individuals wearing black hooded sweatshirts in the area of Brook and Dakota in the City of Passaic. A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of numerous proceeds on their persons; all of which were linked back to the burglarized vehicles within the Evergreen Manor. All parties were arrested and charged accordingly.
Arrested parties included Jayden Alzate, 19, of Elizabeth, and three juveniles, also of Elizabeth (15,16, and 17 years of age respectively). The adult was additionally charged with Employing a Juvenile in the Commission of a Crime, a second-degree crime. He was conveyed to the county jail while the juveniles were released into the custody of their parents/guardians.
Press release via: Det. Lt. Robert Bracken, CPD