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UPDATE: Man on Run in Manalapan Still at Large, Identity Known

The man stole a vehicle in Monroe which was later recovered in Manalapan Township.

UPDATE, Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.:

Manalapan Township Police Chief Chris Marsala has confirmed that the identity of the man who assaulted a Florence police officer and stole a motor vehicle is known. The suspect is a 27-year-old white man who is 5'7", 160 lbs., with blonde hair and hazel eyes.

When a Monroe police officer attempted to stop the car in his Township the pursuit began. The stolen vehicle was later located in the New Beginning development a short time later by an Englishtown police officer, Marsala said.

Monroe police requested the involvement of the New Jersey State Police Department and they provided aerial and K9 support in pursuit of the man.

Police believed the suspect somewhere within a large wooded area between Iron Ore Road, Mt. Vernon Road, and Dey Grove Road in Manalapan. At around 4 p.m., a resident reported that she saw a man fitting the description of the subject behind her McCafferty Road home, according to police. Additional sightings of the man on McCafferty Road were made as well as some sightings as far away as Millhurst Road.

At around 6 p.m. on Wednesday the New Jersey State Police stopped the sue of air and ground units, according to Marsala. Manalapan Police also assisted in the search of the man, and he is currently still at large; there are no investigations pending, Marsala said.

"Manalapan Police will remain in the area during overnight hours," Marsala said. "Residents are advised to be vigilant as always and immediately report any suspicious activity or persons."

Deputy Mayor Jordan Maskowitz, the liaison to the Manalapan Police Department, said that Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School was immediately notified of the situation after police were aware of the search.

Maskowitz also said that the Manalapan police believe the man has stolen another car and is no longer in the area.

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ORIGINAL STORY POSTED AT 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27:

A man is on the run from police after assaulting a Florence police officer Wednesday morning, police said.

The man was seen in a stolen motor vehicle in Monroe Township at around 10:30 a.m. and was heading into Manalapan Township. The stolen car was later found in a residential area of Manalapan, police indicated. According to a resident, the car was located and towed away from New Beginnings Crossing in Englishtown.

Currently the New Jersey State Police and Manalapan, Monroe and Englishtown police departments are searching for the man in the area. A foot search with K9 units from the New Jersey State Police is being conducted in the area; the New Jersey State Police are also assisting with their aviation unit, according to Captain Michael Fountain of the Manalapan Police Department.

New Jersey State Police spokesman Sgt. Adam Grossman said that the state police are merely helping with the manhunt with their K9 and aviation unit and that this is not their investigation.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be updated to this story as it becomes available.

John Tyler February 28, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Maskowitz also said that the Manalapan police believe the man has stolen another car and is no longer in the area. Just because a car has been stolen, does not mean it was done by this person. Just look at all the cars that have been stolen in Manalapan.
Maritza Ramirez February 28, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Wow. I left a detailed message with her this morning about the event and the secretary said she was going to email the mayor and she would be getting back to me.
Patricia Meyers February 28, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Wow US Marine, you got some mouth on you. So I guess at 4:00 pm when my daughter and her friends were walking around the neighborhood yesterday when some jerk was eluding the police that was ok. Or the senior citizen that takes a walk everyday at 4:00 shouldnt have been alerted. This isnt Newark so I should be able to go outside at 11:00 pm to walk my 100 lb dog. If we would have known maybe i would have been able to support my community and go next door and make sure my elderly neighbor is aware. So the Super of Schools in Manalapan can leave us parents a voicemail saying there is too much bullying in the schools but a fugitive running through back yards doesnt warrant a call. No one is being sensitive, this is common sense. Hey some jerk just beat up a cop, went on a high speed chase and is running through the woods in broad daylight, maybe would have grabbed a kid playing ball, or someone going to check their mail, they should act aggressive in this situation.
SOG February 28, 2013 at 09:29 PM
this is why you need to rely on yourself and your neighbors and be armed. the police are not there to protect you. they carry arms to protect themselves. so remember how you feel right now when the state makes is all but impossible to own a firearm to protect your home and family.
major February 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Seriously?! do you think the pd has the time to stop, call you, and then continue looking for the jerk? Maybe the cop could chase the bad guy while calling you from his cellphone!! Thats ludicrous!! Maybe its me!!! I would find myself locking the doors, protecting whats mine and having a cup of coffee.
Frankied513 March 01, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Lol
Frankied513 March 01, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Very true but he's a moron
Frankied513 March 01, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Ppl think he's in a large wooded area
Frankied513 March 01, 2013 at 01:02 AM
I know right nobodys making a deal out of this
Frankied513 March 01, 2013 at 01:03 AM
He wasn't caught at Wawa who thought of that
Frankied513 March 01, 2013 at 01:08 AM
All I want to know is if he's armed
Patricia Meyers March 01, 2013 at 02:20 AM
What it all comes down to is Manalapan did a poor job in relaying to its community the potential danger that was going on. Someone posted what should they have stopped and called you and you should just lock yourself in your house. Yes, there should have been a system to alert everyone and why would I lock myself in my house if I was not aware of what was going on. Just like the sex offenders that live in Manalapan, when I called the police to inquire why werent residents in that area where they live alerted to the fact that there are two Megan Law offenders in the area, their response, their level doesnt warrant the public to be notified, so when would I be notified, their response when they reach the next level. My response are you kidding me??? Small town police force.
Maritza Ramirez March 01, 2013 at 03:57 AM
I believe they are taking this on the chin. Thank you Mayor Cohen for your quick response and reassurance. I am sure the police realize that mistakes were made and they could have handled this differently. My main concern is that the schools were not informed and a lock down should have taken place. Next time I can assure you the response will be different.
DB March 01, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Just get the guy soon!
DB March 01, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Well said sir!
Jay March 01, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Seriously… will everyone stop complaining!…. You obviously got the information you needed or you wouldn't be on here complaining about it, so what if it didn't come from the police.. they were busy doing there jobs searching for this guy… who may very well have been gone by the time the the investigation started … and for all of you and your “what ifs” and speculations… they didn't happen, and everyone was safe because the police were out there DOING THEIR JOBS! Be happy they were out there doing what they were supposed to and keeping you safe from harm instead of complaining. They are not going to compromise a police investigation by telling the community everything they know… they are trained to do their jobs, let them do it. If you think you can go out there and do a better job then they do on a daily basis, I challenge you to try…
Jay March 01, 2013 at 04:18 PM
everyone complains, scrutinizes, and hates the police .... until they need them...
Laura March 02, 2013 at 02:37 AM
It is not the police!!!!!! It is the mayor and and the officials that should of let people know. So stop blaming the police!!!! If the town doesn't want to pay to hire more police how is that the cops fault? Go to the next meeting and voice your opinion to the committee that is in charge of everything. The committee did not let you know what was going on!! The police were working to keep you and your family safe!!!! Don't forget about the police sleeping on cots during sandy to make sure everyone in Manalapan was safe without sleep because there are not enough cops in this town
Laura March 02, 2013 at 02:41 AM
The police did not make any mistakes. Mayor Cohen should learn from this and let the community know what is going on. I hope you learn from your mistake mayor
Laura March 02, 2013 at 02:50 AM
The police did not make any mistakes. Mayor Cohen should learn from this and let the community know what is going on. I hope you learn from your mistake mayor. If we still had dispatchers in Manalapan maybe more people would of been informed or had questions answered
Roe March 02, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Yes. I agree. If half the people on this response page shows up at the next town meeting it would go a long way to. The people in this township have to stop being apathetic and demand answers from the Mayor and committee. Public safety is of huge importance and this type of error shouldn't happen again.
CJ March 02, 2013 at 02:46 PM
I would love to see an article on Patch, or at the very least a comment here, from the mayors office in regards to this. Does she agree that the schools and community should have been better informed? What actions will be taken in the future to insure the safety of our children and our homes?
Laura March 02, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Amen!!!!
Laura March 03, 2013 at 05:27 AM
Cappy thank you. These idiots try to blame the police and are completely forgetting about the mayor. I hope she has answers to keep our kids safe and our homes
Patricia Meyers March 03, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Just and FYI, I think the Manalapan police do a fine job in everyday situations, I dont think anyone on this post ever meant that they HATE the police department, they just meant that the situation was handled poorly by both the Police Dept and the Mayors Office.
Laura March 03, 2013 at 09:18 PM
There are not enough cops Patricia & they were looking for that pos. the township committee should of informed everyone. They are the reason we do not have enough police in this town. I don't know how they could of informed people when they were trying to track him down to keep you and your family safe. They can only do so much. I think people should really go to the next meeting and ask where the money is going to since it is not to protect the community. This town keeps growing and we have less police and the crime rate is up. Make any sense to you?
Maritza Ramirez March 04, 2013 at 12:18 AM
I spoke with the Mayor personally and she said that it was the Chief's call not to inform the residents and lock down the schools. He felt the situation did not warrant such action as the person they were pursuing was not armed and dangerous. She did go on to say that the next time she will use the reverse 911 regardless of what the chief advises if she feels it is warranted.
amanda sue daniels March 04, 2013 at 02:46 PM
ALL im gonna say is justin is NOT going to hurt you... (:
amanda sue daniels March 04, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Oh and yehhh... That 14 year old girl was me... And i wasnt even with him thankyou, with someone else... (:
amanda sue daniels March 04, 2013 at 03:06 PM
But ughhh ... This is funny... I just read ALL of these coments and im "14" and i was jist laughing at all of them because... Listen to you guyss... If the cops didnt have him on t.v. Or closing down schools they arent worried to much... Or he is not a danger... Geez go back to school..

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