CRANFORD - Authorities remain on the lookout for a man last seen clad in a T-shirt bearing the figure of a Looney Tunes character after a brief car chase from Cranford to Garwood Tuesday evening ended in the arrest four people on charges of receiving stolen property, police said.
At 7:13 p.m., Cranford Patrolman Ryan McSharry attempted to stop a vehicle on South Avenue East for a seatbelt violation and gave chase when the 2007 BMW stolen out of Elizabeth sped away, police said. The chase lasted for a “short distance” ending near Unami Park, where vehicle’s occupants fled toward Garwood and Westfield, police said.
Cranford officers arrested three of the five occupants of the car, including Ibn-Furgan Ali, 18, of Roselle, and two youths, police said.
A short time later, Garwood Police arrested the driver, Prince Nesbitt, 18, of Rahway, near the intersection of Hickory Street and East Street in Garwood, police said.
Westfield Police, Garwood Police, the Union County Police Department and a Union County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit joined in the search for the fifth man, police said.
Authorities remain on the lookout for that person who is identified as a black man in his 20s with short dreadlocks, a gray “Marvin the Martian” T-shirt, blue shorts or jeans and a mask around his neck, Westfield police said Tuesday night.
He was last seen by a witness in Westfield, according to police. Authorities are still attempting to identify the fifth suspect, police said.