LINDEN – Police arrested an 18-year-old Rahway and a 16-year-old Roselle teen who were allegedly involved in an attempted auto theft on the 800 block on Bergen Avenue Monday night.
Christopher Petithomme was charged with burglary, receiving stolen property, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstruction, and being an unlicensed driver. He was taken to Linden municipal jail pending a bail hearing. The juvenile suspect was later released to his mother, police said.
The victim, a 33-year-old man, told police that he was going outside to get something from his vehicle when he saw a man inside his 2004 Dodge. The suspect fled to a 2002 Dodge Neon parked behind the victim’s car after he turned on a porch light.
Police responded to the scene at 11:56 p.m. on Dec. 12 and Officers Jay Mohr and Martin Jedrzejewski spotted the Neon leaving the area. They followed the car and activated their lights. The suspects pulled over and jumped out of the Neon. Officers chased the suspects, who fled on foot and split up.
Petithomme allegedly tried to escape apprehension by hitting and kicking the officer after being tackled. He was eventually subdued and handcuffed, and the officer did not sustain any injuries, police said.
Officers discovered that the 2002 Dodge Neon had a pulled-out ignition and had also been stolen, but its theft had not yet been reported.
As in all criminal cases, the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
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