Rahway Man Charged In Home Invasion Robbery

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RAHWAY – Police arrested a 29-year-old Rahway man this morning who they believe is responsible for a home invasion robbery that took place earlier this week on the 1100 block of Mayfair Drive.

James Racelis, 29, has been charged with first degree robbery, second degree armed burglary, fourth degree possession of a weapon and third degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, Rahway Police Detective Sgt. Robert Conroy said.

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The victim was home alone watching television on Monday evening, when he was startled by a loud noise at approximately 11:15 p.m. He went to investigate, and he was confronted by a man carrying a knife and wearing a Halloween mask, police said. The robber took $70 from the victim’s wallet and left through the front door.

Officer Douglas Botti determined that the robber gained access to the victim’s home through a basement window. Detective Jon Miller of the Rahway Police Crime Scene Unit was able to lift a fingerprint at the scene; he then sent the print to the State Police Automated Fingerprint System where they got a “hit” on Racelis, police said.

Detective Jonathan Tilton arrested Racelis at his home this morning without incident, police said. Bail was set by Rahway Municipal Court Judge Roman Montes at $70,000.


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