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UPDATE: Man on Run in Manalapan Still at Large, Identity Known

The man stole a vehicle in Monroe which was later recovered in Manalapan Township.

UPDATE, Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.:

Manalapan Township Police Chief Chris Marsala has confirmed that the identity of the man who assaulted a Florence police officer and stole a motor vehicle is known. The suspect is a 27-year-old white man who is 5'7", 160 lbs., with blonde hair and hazel eyes.

When a Monroe police officer attempted to stop the car in his Township the pursuit began. The stolen vehicle was later located in the New Beginning development a short time later by an Englishtown police officer, Marsala said.

Monroe police requested the involvement of the New Jersey State Police Department and they provided aerial and K9 support in pursuit of the man.

Police believed the suspect somewhere within a large wooded area between Iron Ore Road, Mt. Vernon Road, and Dey Grove Road in Manalapan. At around 4 p.m., a resident reported that she saw a man fitting the description of the subject behind her McCafferty Road home, according to police. Additional sightings of the man on McCafferty Road were made as well as some sightings as far away as Millhurst Road.

At around 6 p.m. on Wednesday the New Jersey State Police stopped the sue of air and ground units, according to Marsala. Manalapan Police also assisted in the search of the man, and he is currently still at large; there are no investigations pending, Marsala said.

"Manalapan Police will remain in the area during overnight hours," Marsala said. "Residents are advised to be vigilant as always and immediately report any suspicious activity or persons."

Deputy Mayor Jordan Maskowitz, the liaison to the Manalapan Police Department, said that Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School was immediately notified of the situation after police were aware of the search.

Maskowitz also said that the Manalapan police believe the man has stolen another car and is no longer in the area.

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ORIGINAL STORY POSTED AT 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27:

A man is on the run from police after assaulting a Florence police officer Wednesday morning, police said.

The man was seen in a stolen motor vehicle in Monroe Township at around 10:30 a.m. and was heading into Manalapan Township. The stolen car was later found in a residential area of Manalapan, police indicated. According to a resident, the car was located and towed away from New Beginnings Crossing in Englishtown.

Currently the New Jersey State Police and Manalapan, Monroe and Englishtown police departments are searching for the man in the area. A foot search with K9 units from the New Jersey State Police is being conducted in the area; the New Jersey State Police are also assisting with their aviation unit, according to Captain Michael Fountain of the Manalapan Police Department.

New Jersey State Police spokesman Sgt. Adam Grossman said that the state police are merely helping with the manhunt with their K9 and aviation unit and that this is not their investigation.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be updated to this story as it becomes available.

Laura March 03, 2013 at 09:18 PM
There are not enough cops Patricia & they were looking for that pos. the township committee should of informed everyone. They are the reason we do not have enough police in this town. I don't know how they could of informed people when they were trying to track him down to keep you and your family safe. They can only do so much. I think people should really go to the next meeting and ask where the money is going to since it is not to protect the community. This town keeps growing and we have less police and the crime rate is up. Make any sense to you?
Maritza Ramirez March 04, 2013 at 12:18 AM
I spoke with the Mayor personally and she said that it was the Chief's call not to inform the residents and lock down the schools. He felt the situation did not warrant such action as the person they were pursuing was not armed and dangerous. She did go on to say that the next time she will use the reverse 911 regardless of what the chief advises if she feels it is warranted.
amanda sue daniels March 04, 2013 at 02:46 PM
ALL im gonna say is justin is NOT going to hurt you... (:
amanda sue daniels March 04, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Oh and yehhh... That 14 year old girl was me... And i wasnt even with him thankyou, with someone else... (:
amanda sue daniels March 04, 2013 at 03:06 PM
But ughhh ... This is funny... I just read ALL of these coments and im "14" and i was jist laughing at all of them because... Listen to you guyss... If the cops didnt have him on t.v. Or closing down schools they arent worried to much... Or he is not a danger... Geez go back to school..

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