MANVILLE BOROUGH, NJ (Somerset County) – Two men have been charged following a pursuit Monday night in Somerset County, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Andrew Barros, 19, of Queens, NY was charged with second-degree eluding, third-degree burglary, third-degree receiving stolen property, third-degree resisting arrest, and third-degree criminal mischief.
Rasheen N. Alston, 19, of Camden, SC was charged with third-degree burglary, fourth-degree joyriding, and fourth-degree resisting arrest by flight.
Both were lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.
On Monday, May 17, at around 11:40 p.m., Manville Borough police officers responded to South 7th Avenue, a residential area within the borough, reporting two individuals operating a Ford Edge and parking said vehicle and attempting to burglarize vehicles on the street by entering them, Robertson said.
Responding officers made contact with the two males who were later identified as Barros, who was the operator of the Ford Edge, and Alston, who was the front seat passenger, Robertson said.
Upon making verbal contact with the Barros and Alston, Barros immediately revved the vehicles engine and fled from police at a high rate of speed. Manville Police were made aware by Somerset County Communications Center that the Ford Edge was reported stolen by the New York City Police Department out of Forest Hills, New York, Robertson said.
Manville police officers pursued the stolen vehicle which subsequently concluded when Barros while operating the Ford Edge, crashed into a marked Manville Police vehicle, disabling both vehicles with heavy damage on Lincoln Avenue, Robertson said.
Barros and Alston exited the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit was requested and responded to assist in the search of both men, Robertson said.
Manville police officers located Barros and Alston, who continued to flee from authorities on foot. Following separate foot pursuits both men were taken into custody without further incident, Robertson said.
A search warrant was subsequently executed on the stolen Ford Edge as well as a search incident to arrest of Barros and Alston which resulted in locating burglary proceeds from reported Manville Borough burglaries, Robertson said.
Anyone with information relating to this assault to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at 908-231-7100 or the Manville Borough Police Department at 908-725-1900 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.