City Man Charged In Attempted Linden Burglary

(Photo courtesy of the Linden Police Department)

(Photo courtesy of the Linden Police Department)

LINDEN – Police arrested a 33-year-old city man who allegedly tried to break in to a senior citizen’s home on West Blancke Street on Friday morning.

Sebastian Hnatyszak was charged with attempted burglary and criminal mischief, and was being held at Union County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail pending a court date, according to police.

Officers responded to the residence on the 600 block of West Blancke Street at 7:35 a.m. on June 14. The resident, a 79-year-old woman, told police that she heard a noise coming from her basement window. She went to investigate and saw a man kicking the window from the outside. She asked what he was doing; he responded “that’s ok, I am going to fix it” and ran away, she told police.

Police received a description of the suspect and stopped Hnatyszak a block away on Donaldson Place and West Elizabeth Avenue. The victim identified Hnatyszak, according to police, and he was placed under arrest.

Police said that detectives were also attempted to determine if Hnatyszak was involved in another residential burglary earlier the same morning on the 100 block of Laurita Street, a short distance away.

The charges against Hnatyszak are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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