UNION, NJ – The quick thinking and keen eye of a Union police officer led to the arrest of a Newark man Monday evening in Union Center.
Lieutenant Robert Christie had just gotten off duty at about 6:00 p.m. on Monday when he observed a man in Union Center. Christie thought the man looked like one on a recent crime alert from a neighboring town.
Christie alerted Union detectives, who responded to the area and stopped the man when he came out of the rear of an office building near 934 Stuyvesant Avenue. According to police, the man was in possession of a large screwdriver.
The office building was checked for signs of a crime by police. Union officers found the office door had been forced open. Video surveillance in the area showed the man had broken into one office and three additional offices had damaged doors from the man’s attempts to get in. Nothing from the building is known to be missing at this time, say police.
Police say the suspect, Karriam Kennedy, 42 of Newark, had numerous criminal arrest warrants. Kennedy, also known as Kareem Hawkins, was charged with burglary and the damage to the other offices, possession of the burglary tool (the screwdriver) and obstruction of justice.
Police found that Kennedy resembled a person wanted in another burglary in a Hillside Police Department crime alert last month. The man in that case was wearing the same outfit that Kennedy wore on Monday.
Kennedy was sent to the Union County Jail to await a bail hearing.