South Brunswick Police have charged one suspect involved in an attempted burglary ring that hit Beekman Manor on Monday morning, while a warrant was issued for the second suspect in the burglaries.Roberto Alicea, 19, of Delran, was captured after a lengthy manhunt Monday morning. On Friday, a warrant was issued for Hassan Brown, 19, of Trenton.
At 4:55 a.m. Monday, South Brunswick Police were alerted by a resident of Beekman Manor to a male trying to break into vehicles in the development. Officers arrived at the scene to find several unlocked parked vehicles that had been ransacked.
Officer Tim Hoover was able to locate the suspects’ vehicle in the development. Shortly thereafter, Officer Hoover observed an individual in a backyard at about 6:40 a.m. As other officers arrived at the scene, the suspect jumped from the bushes and fled with Sgt. John Penney chasing him.
The New Jersey State Police aviation unit and K-9 officers also responded to assist in the search for the suspects.
At about 10 a.m., Officer Raymond McCarthy witnessed Alicea in the Monmouth Mobile Home Park off Route 1, as Alicea quickly surrendered, police said. Alicea told officers he was "scared and tired of running."
A subsequent investigation by Det. Dennis Yuhasz identified Brown as being connected to a series of vehicle burglaries that occurred last week in Monmouth Junction and Dayton. Over a two-day span, there five reported thefts from unlocked cars.
In two of the incidents the suspect stole the vehicles, including a 2007 gold Saturn Ion and a 2011 black Mercedes Benz. Police spokesman Sgt. Jim Ryan said the Mercedes that was stolen was located last Saturday in Trenton. The suspect's vehicle is also registered out of Trenton
The crime scene processing for the vehicle also recovered physical evidence that linked Brown to the crime, according to police. The investigation also revealed that Brown is connected to several other motor vehicle thefts and burglaries in central New Jersey. Brown is 5-feet 6-inches, with black hair and a tear drop tattoo on his face.
Chief Raymond Hayducka praised the numerous residents who called police with tips during the manhunt for the two suspects.“Our success in South Brunswick is directly related to our partnership with the community," Hayducka said. "Residents providing information is crucial to any police department’s success."