- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
Roseland officers alerted the State Police that the car had been found and began a foot pursuit of a suspect who was believed to be dressed in dark clothing. As officers canvassed the wooded area, mutual aid was requested from police of the area towns including East Hanover, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell and West Caldwell.
Officers from West Caldwell were searching the streets and wooded areas of Passaic Avenue while the other towns centered on the backyards and woods near Cooper Avenue, Glen Avenue and all around Pitcairn Drive. By 1:52am, an Essex County Sheriff's Office canine unit had arrived to assist with the search.
"Officer Tracey observed that the vehicle was occupied
by two African American males," Manna explained.
"The Explorer then turned down Cooper Avenue and disappeared from sight
by the time Officer Tracey could turn around to check on it.
He reacquired it on Glen Avenue, and based upon its suspicious activity, initiated a motor vehicle stop to investigate further.
As he approached the vehicle, he observed a third African American male
lying across the back seat of the vehicle.
This individuals clothing allegedly appeared wet and muddy,
the individual appeared to be sweating and
he had fresh scratch marks on the back of his hand."