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Man wanted for assaulting couple in Delaware Water Gap Recreational Area arrested in Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A Passaic County man who was wanted for allegedly assaulting a couple at the Delaware Water Gap Recreational Area was arrested in Hackettstown Monday evening, police said.

At around 4:25 p.m., the National Park Service received a call that a female and her boyfriend were threatened and assaulted at gunpoint along the riverbank near Kittatinny Point on the New Jersey side of the park, according to the national park service.

The NPS Rangers and New Jersey State Police responded to the scene.  The male victim fought off the attacker and provided officers with a description of the vehicle he was driving when he fled, including the direction of travel and the license plate number.  The female victim gained possession of the gun when it fell on the ground during the scuffle park service said. 

Then at around 5:08 p.m., Hackettstown officers received an update from an earlier be on the lookout in reference to a suspect who was wanted for an assault with a deadly weapon and an attempted kidnapping that occurred at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, police said.

The officer received information from the Warren County Dispatch Center that an off-duty fireman was traveling behind the suspect’s vehicle on Route 46 eastbound in Independence Township and heading towards Hackettstown, police said.

The officer observed the vehicle traveling east on Route 46 and then activated the police vehicle’s overhead lights and sirens in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop. The driver allegedly failed to yield to this officer’s lights and sirens. The suspect continued to elude the officer and also threw a t-shirt out the window, police said.

The suspect then stopped in the area of 70 Route 46 and the suspect did not immediately comply with the officer’s instructions but was then finally arrested.

The man was identified as Jeffrey A. Mulcahy, 57, of Wayne, NJ. While the officer was talking to him, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage. The officer also observed an open Budweiser beer can in the center console, police said.

Mulcahy was charged with third-degree eluding, hindering, disorderly conduct, failure to wear seatbelt, driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to breath test, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, throwing debris from motor vehicle, failure to maintain lane, failure to pull over for a motor vehicle, reckless driving and speeding.

Mulcahy was then turned over to the United States Park Police.

Federal felony charges are pending following consultation with the Assistant United States Attorney’s office and an appearance in federal court in Trenton on Wednesday, park service said.

Mulcahy is being held in the Pike County Correctional Facility at this time.  The case remains under investigation, park service said.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with information from the National Park Service.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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