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South Orange PD Arrests 2 in Connection With 'Knockout' Assaults

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Police have arrested two suspects in a so-called “knockout” assault.

A 17-year-old Newark resident was arrested on Dec. 5 and Romaine McKenzie, 18, of Irvington, was arrested on Dec. 3 in connection with the assault of a pedestrian on Irvington Avenue on Nov. 16. Police Chief James Chelel said that police believe the same suspects are responsible for other unprovoked assaults on that date.

Police also arrested Quentin Hunt, 51, of South Orange on Nov. 29 when he was discovered inside a home on Connett Place, a group home. According to police, Hunt had previously entered the residence and was arrested when he trespassed again on the property.

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A 17-year-old from East Orange was arrested at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 during a police investigation of possible criminal activity in the Warren Court area. Police chased the suspect through the backyard of a South Orange Avenue before apprehending the juvenile.

In other police news:

  • Police are investigating two auto thefts. A Virginia resident reported someone stole her BMW when she left it running in a driveway at a Riggs Place residence at 7 a.m. on Dec. 1. The vehicle was recovered a short time later in Newark. An Audi was stolen while it was parked on Hamilton Road between 9 p.m. on Nov. 29 and 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 30. The theft was reported by a Vose Avenue resident.
  • Several residents reported thefts from their vehicles. Two Seton Place residents told police on Dec. 3 that someone ransacked their vehicles overnight. One resident reported someone removed some change from his vehicle. A Crestwood Drive resident said that between 4 and 9 p.m. on Nov. 29, someone entered her unlocked vehicle and stole several items, including a shopping bag containing new clothes.
  • Police made two warrant arrests last week. Ronald Alexander, 21, of South Orange was apprehended at 7:11 p.m. on Dec. 4 on two outstanding warrants. Police were investigating him in connection with a trespassing complaint earlier that day. Bernard Bercy, 29, of Orange, was arrested at 2:20 p.m. after being stopped by an officer. He had warrants for his arrest from Glendrige and Elizabeth.
  • A Cottage Street resident reported the theft of her bicycle from her back yard between Nov. 27 and Dec. 3. She describe the bicycle as a pink-and-purple mountain bike.

Source:  http://southorange.org/Police/blotter.asp


Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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