A man was was charged with carjacking while a baby was in the vehicle, a home burglary, and resisting arrest, among other charges, in Secaucus, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Raymond Scott, 18, of East Orange, was charged with carjacking, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of burglary, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, obstructing the administration of law, escape, resisting arrest, two counts of theft, and credit card theft, Miller said in a statement.
On February 12th at about 6:05 p.m., Secaucus police responded to the Shell Gas Station, located at 300 Route 3 East, on report of a carjacking.
The victim left his 2022 Nissan Altima running in the parking lot with his girlfriend and their baby inside as he entered the Shell Gas Station’s Convenience Store.
Upon exiting the store, the victim observed a male, later identified as Scott, enter his vehicle and drive away with his girlfriend and their baby still inside.
The victim held onto the driver’s side door, but fell off and suffered minor injuries as Scott sped away toward the area of Clarendon and Seventh Streets. At that time, he abandoned the stolen vehicle and fled on foot toward the catwalk that goes over Route 3.
K9 Units from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office assisted in locating the suspect, however it proved to be unsuccessful.
Detectives and patrol division personnel worked collaboratively and were able to ascertain a photo of Scott even though his identity was still not known at the time. Members of the Secaucus Police department were then provided with this photo.
Then, yesterday at 9:15 a.m., Secaucus police responded to Mallard Place where a resident reported that their home was just burglarized while the residents were home.
During the burglary, credit and identification cards, among other things, were stolen from the resident’s purse.
A witness to the burglary provided a description to responding police officers who said that the burglar, later identified as Scott, fled toward the Extended Stay Hotel, located at 1 Meadowlands Parkway.
Police officers attempted to handcuff and detain Scott, however he resisted their control. Once handcuffed, he Scott made an attempt to run away and escape custody by fleeing toward the stairway.
Additionally, Scott was identified as the person who committed the carjacking the night before after additional evidence was recovered subsequent to his arrest.
“This arrest clearly shows that when members of the community and police work collaboratively justice will prevail,” added Miller.
“I am glad that an arrest was made swiftly for these appalling crimes to ensure an end to Mr. Scott’s crime spree in our neighborhood.”