CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department Facebook page announced that after a two-week investigation, Matthew Rodriguez, 18 years of age from Clark, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after police witnessed him placing a large rock, in the middle of Raritan Road, in the early morning hours of September 2, 2018.
Leading up to the investigation, the Cranford Police Department had been receiving several reports of rocks, paving stones, and debris placed in the roadway along Raritan Road. All of the incidents occurred overnight when it was difficult for drivers to see the oncoming hazards in the roadway. At least one vehicle reported damage from the rocks being placed in the roadway on September 1, 2018.
When Cranford Police Officer’s Shayne Temple and Brian Trotter witnessed the September 2nd events unfold, they were able to make the arrest with the assistance of other patrol units and the Clark Police Department. Further investigation into the incident led Det. Robert Jordan to tie in another open case from an Iroquois Road resident whose vehicle’s rear window had recently been smashed with a large rock. As a result, Rodriguez was also charged with Criminal Mischief and provided with upcoming court appearance dates.