May 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM
NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Police reported to the corner of Wilson and Route 22, next to Krausche Field and North Plainfield High School, last night to reports of a man doing “somersaults and backflips” on the highway and obstructing traffic.
Police Officer Jesus Medina found 23-year-old North Plainfield resident Eric Gerena at the location around 7:20 p.m., and placed him under arrest for obstruction. Gerena was taken to the Somerset Medical Center for a Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS) review.
Gerena was also arrested for “obstruction” and resisting arrest on January 10 2014 at East End School when police reported to a call as students arrived for class that a man wearing a dress and mask was attempting to gain access. Gerena was unable to get in to the elementary school, but East End was placed in lockdown until the situation was cleared.
Gerena lives two blocks from the intersection where he was arrested last evening, and there is no indication that Gerena's activities were related to the High School. The previous incident at East End was at around 8:15 in the morning and this incident was in the evening.
PESS is a crisis intervention program provided by the county that screens patients for voluntary or involuntary hospitalization, referrals to additional services and information. The program is managed out of Somerset Medical Center, but also includes a hotline staffed by Crisis Intervention Specialists and screeners.