CLARK, NJ – A car chase and foot race ended in two arrests on Wednesday, after Clark Police apprehended two men suspected of removing Fedex packages from the front steps of a Thomas Drive home.
According to Police Chief Pedro Matos, police responded to a report of two Hispanic males removing the packages from the caller’s home. The males left in a black BMW SUV. Police located the SUV traveling east on Raritan Road and attempted to stop the vehicle, Matos said. The vehicle took off at a high rate of speed.
Traffic at the intersection of Central Avenue forced the SUV to stop, but not until after it was involved in what Matos described as “a minor motor vehicle accident with a stopped vehicle.”
The driver of the SUV, Raul Gil-Rodriguez, 33, of the Bronx, New York, then left the vehicle and fled on foot toward the Barnes & Noble parking lot, Matos said. He was taken into custody behind the construction area at the old Getty gas station.
Baldwin Acevedo-Alburquerque, 26, also of the Bronx, was taken into custody at the vehicle.
Justin Robert of Clark was stopped at the intersection and took this video of the apprehension:
Gil-Rodriguez was arrested and charged with eluding and hindering. He was released after posting bail of $52,500. Acevedo-Alburquerque was also arrested and charged with eluding and hindering. He was released after posting $50,000 bail.
Matos said the incident is under further investigation for identity theft.