PATERSON, NJ - According to a statement from Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, Jr., a Hawthorne man, Dashawn Fields, 32, and Vashawn Daniels, 30, of Paterson, were arrested after fleeing from police following an alleged home invasion Thursday night.
The police said that at approximately 7:20 p.m., Paterson police and Emergency Response Team units arrived at a first floor apartment located at 150 16th Avenue, after a resident reported a robbery was taking place. As the police were headed to the address, Paterson Communications reported that a woman had been heard screaming "I don't have any money in this house" along with sounds of banging from the apartment.
Officer James Iandoli noticed that the door of the apartment exhibited signs of "severe damage near the doorknob and door frame" which suggested it had been forced open. It was then that a 40 year old female reportedly opened the door and yelled "they ran out the back door" pointing to the back of the dwelling.
The officers ran through an alley to the backyard of the apartment, and it was there they saw two black males in dark clothes running away, jumping over a fence. The suspects would later be identified as Fields and Daniels. Officers Iandoli and Wojciech Kulbabinski pursued the suspects over the fence and followed them on foot, reporting their descriptions to nearby units. As they did so, the officers called for the suspects to stop several times, but the orders were ignored.
The officers chased Fields and Daniels east as they ran along Park Avenue in the direction of Rosa Parks Boulevard, when they made a sudden turn to a gated area at 149 Park Avenue. Police said it was there that Daniels threw a handgun into a blue garbage can and the two continued their flight from the officers.
Eventually, the two split and ran off in opposite directions--Daniels crossed the street and kept running east along Park Avenue with Officer Iandoli following, issuing verbal orders to stop. After a short time, Daniels complied and stopped, laid down on the sidewalk, and placed his hands over his head. Officer Iandoli, assisted by Officer Cirasa who had responded to the scene, placed Daniels under arrest "without incident."
Fields had been taken into custody by Officer Kulbabinski in the back yard of 149 Park Avenue, police said.
Daniels remained in the custody of Officer Cirasa while Officers Iandoli and Dichio searched for the pistol Danield had been seen throwing away into a trash bin. Their hunt turned up a CAI Georgia VT 9mm handgun.
With the weapon taken, additional units, including K9, responded to check for any other weapons which might have been discarded along the chase route, but nothing further was found.
Police said that Daniels had been searched and suspected heroin had been recovered from his pants' waistband. When Fields was searched, some seventeen "blue baggies of suspected crack cocaine" as well as ninety-nine "green capsules of suspected crack cocaine" was found. Additionally, a handheld taser was found in a sweatshirt pocket.
Both Daniels and Fields were taken to Paterson Police Headquarters for processing.
"These officers were able to see the situation for what it was and put the pieces together quickly leading to this arrest," Speziale said.
Both men were charged with multiple counts of robbery, assault, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, certain persons not to have a weapon, possession of controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent, resisting arrest, and resisting eluding.
"Both Fields and Daniels were placed on a warrant issued by the Honorable Judge Stampone," police said.
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