SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police arrested Yves Badawy, a 23-year-old man from Milltown and a 2014 graduate of Spotswood High School, on January 23rd during rush hour traffic on Route 130. Officer Gerald Sarno observed the stolen Silver Subaru on his radar and proceeded to approach the vehicle and conduct a high-risk motor vehicle stop, according to police reports. The vehicle was proceeding at more than 90 miles per hour on the heavily-traveled road.
Badawy pulled onto a grass median on the highway and refused officer orders to exit the stolen vehicle. Badawy was eventually removed from the car and the highway was closed for several minutes, disrupting traffic in both directions. He is currently in custody and being charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
The South Brunswick Police Department has recently made another arrest in a car burglary last week. These arrests follow a string of car break-ins in the township, according to the Police Department. The Department has not been able to connect any of these break-ins with these recent arrests, however.
The other arrest was for the theft of a 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe on January 24th in the parking lot of a Quick Chek on Route 130. The victim told officers that a man held an unknown metal object up to his neck and demanded the keys to his vehicle, according to a report from the South Brunswick Police Department.
South Brunswick detectives coordinated with Philadelphia law enforcement agents to locate the stolen vehicle in Pennsylvania. The vehicle was found later that day and Joshua Stites from Salem, New Jersey was arrested and charged with carjacking, robbery and motor vehicle theft.
Stites is currently in Philadelphia awaiting to be extradited to New Jersey where he will face trial, according to the South Brunswick Police Department.