HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A Hackensack man who had marijuana on him is facing a string of charges after he robbed a victim, burglarized a vehicle, attempted to hide from police in a parking lot and then coughed at multiple officers saying he had coronavirus to resist arrest.
On Sunday outside Joseph Pizzeria, two blocks from the Bergen County Jail, Hackensack residents Timothy Carriel, 20, and Raymond Adams, 21, allegedly approached a victim asking for change of twenty- and ten-dollar bills. The victim, however, did not have change, but said he could break a five-dollar bill after Carriel prompted him for it. While the victim pulled out his wallet, Carriel -- with his hand placed on his waistband, signifying he had a weapon on him -- demanded money.
Carriel’s accomplice, Adams, allegedly apologized to the victim for his buddy’s behavior before the two left the scene. The victim immediately phoned police and an officer observed Carriel rummaging through a parked car on Holt Street a little down the road while Adams kept watch. After fleeing on foot, police found Carriel hiding beneath a pickup truck in the parking lot of a city garage on Lodi Street. Carriel resisted arrest, coughing towards multiple cops saying he had coronavirus.
Police found marijuana on the man and a flashlight. Adams was found up the road on New Street; cops also found a flashlight on him. Both Carriel and Adams were positively identified by the victim.
Carriel was charged with robbery, burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of marijuana, terroristic threats, aggravated assault, throwing bodily fluids at a police officer, and resisting arrest by flight. Adams was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and possession of burglary tools.