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Edison: Man Charged After Violent Afternoon Carjacking


EDISON, NJ – Police charged a Sayreville man with attempted murder, assault, carjacking and other offenses following a violent carjacking incident in the parking lot of the Wick Plaza Tuesday afternoon, police said.

According to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, John Spina, 44, of Sayreville is charged with attempted murder, carjacking, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two counts of aggravated assault, impersonation of a police officer and being prohibited to have a weapon due to a previous criminal offense.

The incident took place in the parking lot of the plaza on Route 1 at 1:16 p.m. Tuesday when a Spina approached a female motorist and showed her a badge and gun, police said.

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According to police, the woman rolled down the window of the car and Spina started punching her, forcing his way into the car while continuing to strike her before she could flee the vehicle.

Crews took the woman to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she was treated and released, police said.

Police said Spina took the car and drove it to Washington Road in Sayreville, where police started to pursue the vehicle.

Spina fled, sideswiping two vehicles, and then hit a third car head-on, police said.

The female driver of the third vehicle was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, where she was treated and released, according to police.

Spina continued after the crash and ran off the road with the car becoming lodged on shrubbery on the side of the road, police said.

He then fled on foot until officers apprehended him, police said.

In addition to the carjacking, police said they charged Spina with attempted murder because of the head-on collision during his flight.

Police did not say if he was jailed or released on bail.

Police said the investigation is active and is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Yackel of the Edison Police Department at (732) 404-8609, Detective Braile of the Sayreville Police Department at (732) 525-5432, or Detective Larsen of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3263.

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