Police Blotter: Naked Woman Accused of Attacking Neighbors
Here's a roundup of notable police activity in Lawrence Township from Jan. 22 through Jan. 29.
A 24-year-old resident of an apartment building in the 2600 block of Lawrence Road (Main Street/Route 206) was arrested and taken to the regional crisis center in Trenton after she entered a neighboring apartment, removed all her clothing, and attacked the two residents of that unit, according to Lawrence Township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry.
The incident occurred shortly before 11:10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. Ubry said the male victim told police he was playing video games, his apartment door unlocked at the time, when the 24-year-old suspect entered wearing only a robe.
The woman, who the man said he recognized as a neighbor, sat down and began talking to him, Ubry said. He said the man’s girlfriend, hearing voices, came out from another room to see what was going on.
When the girlfriend appeared, the 24-year-old suspect started to scream, removed her robe and attacked the girlfriend, Ubry said. He said the boyfriend restrained the naked suspect while his girlfriend called 911.
Police soon arrived and took the 24-year-old into custody, Ubry said. He said the woman was then taken by ambulance to the crisis center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.
As part of their investigation, police discovered drug paraphernalia in plain view in the suspect’s apartment, the door to which she had left open, Ubry said. He said she was charged with burglary, assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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A resident of Niagara Falls, N.Y., called police at 11:02 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, to report that sometime within the previous five days someone stole a $2,074 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) check and a cell phone charger from her room at the Red Roof Inn in the 3200 block of Brunswick Pike (Route 1), Ubry said. The woman told police she had hidden the check under her mattress, he said, noting that police found no evidence of forced entry to the room. Detective Robert Potter is investigating.
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Driving Under the Influence
Andrew Channin, 25, of Surrey Drive, Lawrence Township, was arrested about 2 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and other offenses after the vehicle he was operating was stopped by police on Princeton Avenue near Spruce Street, Ubry said. The traffic stop was initiated because of an officer spotted a problem with the vehicle’s license plates, he said, noting that Channin was taken into custody after he failed field sobriety tests.
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Marquis T. Patterson, 33, of Linden, was arrested about 11:10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, and charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and driving while his license was suspended after his car was pulled over by Officer Michael Whitmore on Brunswick Pike (Route 1) near Litho Road, Ubry said. He said a random check of the vehicle’s license plate by Whitmore revealed that the registered owner’s license had been suspended. He said Patterson was also found to be wanted in connection with a $750 warrant from Linden.
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Sean M. Rodriguez, 18, of Bensalem, Pa., was arrested about 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and a motor vehicle violation after the vehicle he was driving was stopped by Officer Andres Mejia on Strawberry Street, Ubry said. He said Mejia initiated the traffic stop after observing that the light over the vehicle’s rear license plate was inoperable.
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Patrick Martin, 20, of Aquetong Road, Ewing Township, was arrested about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two related offenses after the vehicle he was driving was stopped on Brunswick Pike (Route 1) after making an illegal turn off the Bakers Basin Road jughandle, Ubry said. Upon approaching the vehicle, he said, Officer Shaun Sexton smelled an odor of marijuana and his subsequent investigation led to the discovery of the contraband.
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At 3:53 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, police were called to the Sunoco service station in the 1700 block of Brunswick Pike (Business Route 1) after a man drove away without paying after having $38 worth of gas pumped into a white Cadillac that bore a Pennsylvania license plate, according to Ubry. He said the driver was said to be about 30 to 35 years old, but a more detailed description was not available. Officer Steve Simon was assigned the investigation.
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Boimah P. Sheriff, 31, of Rutherford Avenue, Trenton, was arrested about 9:40 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, and charged with hindering apprehension after he lied about his name to Officer Chris DiMeglio, who had stopped Sheriff’s car near the Brunswick Circle after observing it speeding along Princeton Avenue, Ubry said.
Anyone with information about any of the above crimes is asked to call Lawrence Township police at (609) 896-1111.
A copy of Lawrence Township's police dispatch log for Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, can be viewed from the PDF box above. This log lists all significant calls for service and incidents for which officers filed a written report. Routine administrative assignments are omitted. Some data has been redacted to protect the identity of crime victims
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