Police: Man who struck pedestrian before barricading himself in Guttenberg was DUI


The man who struck a pedestrian with his vehicle before assaulting another and then breaking into a Guttenberg home while armed with a knife was driving under the influence, police said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Malik Moore, 45, of Orange, was charged with criminal attempt/robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, receiving stolen property, endangering an injured victim, criminal attempt/aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of the possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of criminal mischief, assault by auto, hindering, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, obstructing the administration of law, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and obstructing highways and other public passages, according to Police Sgt. Aleksandar Ramadanovic

Along with the criminal charges filed, Moore was also issued numerous summonses for traffic violations, including driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs.

On July 2nd, at approximately 08:49 a.m., the Guttenberg and North Bergen Police Departments were provided information about a motor vehicle accident at the Bergenline Avenue and 70th Street intersection, as HCV first reported.

Throughout this investigation, it was uncovered that a man had crashed his vehicle, striking a pedestrian in the process. Afterwards, he proceeded to walk away from the vehicle and assaulted another pedestrian nearby.

Following these two incidents, the suspect managed to enter a residence on 70th Street armed with a knife. The residents of that home encountered the suspect, during which the suspect assaulted one of the residents.

The occupants of the home the suspect entered were all able to escape as officers of the Guttenberg and North Bergen Police Departments converged on the home. As officers arrived, the suspect barricaded himself inside.

Due to the nature and emergent circumstances that unfolded, Operators from the Hudson County Regional SWAT were requested to assist.

After hours of attempted negotiations with the barricaded suspect, Moore, was successfully taken into custody by Operators of the Hudson County Regional SWAT. After his arrest, he was transported to a local hospital for medical evaluation.

” … This type of lawless behavior will not be tolerated in the Town of Guttenberg. Our officers will continue to work tirelessly to provide the best law enforcement services to our residents,” said Deputy Chief Frank Pelaez.

At this time, the Guttenberg PD is also seeking assistance from members of the public. An unidentified man was struck by the vehicle Moore was operating at the start of this incident.

He remains unidentified and has yet to come forward as the victim of this accident.

If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact the Guttenberg Police Department at 201-868-3300 or email Ramadanovic at aramadanovic@guttenbergpolice.org or Det. Sgt. Martin Rysiec at mrysiec@guttenbergpolice.org.

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