CHATHAM, NJ - Two Chatham Police Officers were sent to the hospital with injuries Wednesday after apprehending a suspect who tried to flee from authorities at HSBC Bank on Main Street.
Patrolman Matthew Belcastro suffered a broken collarbone in making the arrest of Edward Gustavo Moran, age 22, of The Bronx, N.Y. Patrolman Jeffrey Battiloro suffered leg, hip and back injuries. Both were officers were transported to Morristown Memorial while the suspect was taken to Overlook Hospital.
On Wednesday at 10:56 a.m., patrols responded to the HSBC Bank on Main Street on a report of a subject attempting to withdraw money using a forged withdrawal form and false identification.
Bank employees were alerted to this subject because he apparently attempted to withdraw money from the Morristown branch a short time earlier. Battiloro was the first to arrive on the scene and attempted to speak to the suspect who was still in the bank. The suspect attempted to flee and assaulted Battiloro before running out of the bank.
At the same time, Belcastro was arriving at the bank and pursued the suspect on foot across Main Street and down Dunbar Street. After struggling with the suspect, Belcastro was able to apprehend him at the corner of Martin Place and take him into custody.
As a result of the struggle, Belcastro suffered a broken collarbone, Battiloro suffered leg, hip and back injuries and the suspect received minor injuries.
Moran is charged with Robbery, Aggravated Assault (two counts), Resisting Arrest (two counts), Forgery (two counts), Obstruction of the Administration of Justice, and Exhibiting a False Document as Proof of Identification.
Moran was incarcerated in the Morris County Correctional Facility in default of $100,000 bail. This investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to call the Chatham Borough Police Department at (973) 635-8000.
Report prepared by Kevin O'Shea of the Chatham Borough Police Department