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UPDATE: Phillipsburg man captured after escaping police custody in Warren County

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A Phillipsburg man who escaped police custody Wednesday afternoon has been caught, according to police.

Joshua Groff, 38, was under arrest at Washington Township Police Station, located at 211 Route 31, for narcotics related charges. While in custody, Groff manipulated his handcuffs and escaped on foot at around 1:12 p.m., police said.

Groff was located at around 2:50 p.m. hiding in a wooded area behind the Hickory Hill Motel, located at 276 Route 31, and after a brief foot chase he was taken into custody, police said.

Groff was charged with narcotics offenses and escape. He was lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility.

“There was never any danger to the community as the suspect was not armed or deemed to be dangerous,” police said.

The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey State Police NorthSTAR helicopter, Mansfield Township Police Department and the Hackettstown Police Department K-9 Unit assisted.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook / Anthony Preziosi contributed to this report

(Photo: Courtesy Washington Township Police Department)

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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