Relative Arrested For Assisting Jail Escapee

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ELIZABETH—Police arrested a relative a Phillip Ruddy, who allegedly assisted in the Rahway man’s escape from Union County Jail earlier this summer, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced last week.

Charles Grecco, 28, of Rahway was arrested on July 29 and is being held on $500,000 bail, authorities said. He is charged with one count of third degree facilitating an escape, one count of third degree conspiracy to committee an escape, one count of second degree hindering the escape of another and one count of third degree hindering the escape of another.

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According to authorities, Grecco, who is Ruddy’s uncle, had several telephone conversations with the inmate in advance of the escape. He then allegedly picked up Ruddy around the corner from the jail on the night of the escape.

On June 29, Ruddy and another inmate were emptying trash in the plaza when, according officials, the inmates ran off. The corrections officer supervising the pair secured the other inmate and radioed for backup.

Ruddy was captured a week later in Newark after his father, who is on parole, notified his parole officer that Ruddy was at a house on Eagle Street in Newark, said Romankow. Officers went to the location and found Ruddy hiding in the basement.

Ruddy, 27, of Rahway was first admitted to the jail on June 1for a parole violation and due to his low risk status, at the time, was put to work at the jail complex. One of his duties included supervised trash removal on Elizabethtown Plaza.

He is charged with third degree escape and is being held on $1 million bail.
The investigation was headed by Detective Scott Pentz of the Union County Police Department with assistance from Prosecutor’s Office Detective Michael Triarsi.


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