Linden Police Blotter: Aug. 14-19

Aug. 14 at 8:15 p.m. – Officers responded to a reported armed robbery at a deli on the 1100 block of South Wood Avenue. Two robbers, described as young black men wearing black clothing and cloths to cover their faces, entered the store. One robber used a handgun to coerce two victims to lie down on the floor while the other robber took approximately $2,500 cash from the register and several packs of cigarettes.

Aug. 16 at 12:45 a.m. – Officers responded to a reported armed robbery at a gas station on West St. Georges Avenue. One robber entered the store with a handgun and told the clerk to open the register. He took an undetermined amount of cash and several packs of cigarettes. Witnesses said the gunman was a young black man, thin build, between 5’6” and 5’8” tall, wearing dark clothing, a black ski mask and white sunglasses. A second robbery remained by the doorway. Witnesses said he was also a young black man, wearing a red-hooded sweatshirt with “Old Navy” in white letters.


Aug. 17 at 6:52 p.m. – Officer Chris Guenther stopped a vehicle for speeding on the 1000 block of West Elizabeth Avenue. He noticed a zip-lock bag containing a substance he believed to be cocaine on the floor of the vehicle. The driver, James T. Anderson, 41, of Westfield, and the passenger, Marcus B. McDuffie, 24, of Linden were asked to step out of the car.

McDuffie ran into nearby backyards, according to police. He was apprehended in a driveway on the 300 block of North Stiles Street by Officer Pedro Abad. McDuffie was charged with possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute, distribution within 500 feet of Knosky Park, distribution within 1000 feet of Public School # 8, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault on a police officer. He was held on $115,000 bail on the Linden charges and also a Middlesex County contempt warrant.

Anderson was issued summonses for loitering to commit a drug offense and speeding. Abad was treated for minor injuries at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway.

Aug. 19 at 9:55 p.m. – Police arrested a Rahway resident James Lamar Carter, 44, and charged him with eluding police, assault with a motor vehicle, DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and failure to stop at a stop sign. Carter is accused of driving into an illuminated traffic sign, then hitting a marked police car working traffic detail on the 300 block of East St. Georges Avenue.

Police chased the car through several stop signs before it stopped on Rose Parkway, a dead-end street. Carter’s bail was set at $20,000. Sgt. Alvaro Goncalves was treated at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway for pain to his back and neck and released.

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