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Branchburg Man Arrested for Breaking Car Window, According to Report from Raritan Police


RARITAN, NJ - A Branchburg man was arrested Aug. 10 after he punched out a driver side window during a fight in the area of Thompson Street and Second Street, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police.

Eric Specht, 21, was charged with criminal mischief in the incident.

According to the police report, Specht was fighting with a female in the middle of Thompson Street, and, during the fight, he punched out the driver side window of a Toyota belonging to a Manville resident who was not involved in the fight.

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Officers Robert Sinopoli and Kathleen Sausa investigated the incident.

Police made other arrests for assault and drugs throughout the course of the last week.

  • Najee Talley, 22, of Bridgewater, was arrested Aug. 6 on an outstanding warrant out of the Somerville Municipal Court following a motor vehicle stop on West Somerset Street. Talley was turned over to the Somerville Police Department. Officer Benjamin Griffin investigated the incident.
  • Daniel Soriano, 19, of Raritan, was arrested Aug. 7 for simple assault after he punched and knocked down a 41-year-old Branchburg man in the parking lot of Quick Chek, on Somerset Street. The victim suffered a swollen eye and laceration to his mouth, and was treated at the scene by members of the Somerville Rescue Squad. Sinopoli investigated the incident.
  • Joseph Chauca, 18, of Raritan, along with a 17-year-old juvenile from Raritan and a 17-year-old juvenile from Bridgewater, were arrested Aug. 11 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after police investigated suspicious activity in Canal Street Park. Sgt. Thomas Fisher investigated the incident.
  • Candace Sparatta, 35, of Flemington, was arrested Aug. 15 for possession of drug paraphernalia after she was found with a crack pipe and empty wax folds that had contained heroin during a motor vehicle stop on Granetz Place. Sparatta also had warrants for her arrest out of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office and East Brunswick Municipal Court. Sparatta was brought to the Somerset County Jail. Officer Benjamin Griffin investigated the incident.
  • Brian Mejia, 19, of South Bound Brook, and Christopher Henry, 23, of Raritan were arrested Aug. 15 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, failure to turn over the controlled dangerous substance, obstruction and possession of drug paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Route 206. During the stop, police said, Mejia and Henry each tried to eat the raw marijuana they had. Henry, police said, also consumed several rolling papers that are used to smoke marijuana. Griffin and Officer Andrew Ragati investigated the incident.
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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