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Police Blotter: Livingston Police Announce Six Arrests in July

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston police reported the following arrests between July 1 and July 18, including charges for a fraudulent transaction at Capital One Bank, a shoplifting incident that led to a brief chase and more.

1. While on routine patrol at approximately 4:14 p.m. on July 15, a Livingston Officer observed a vehicle, a Chevy Lumina with North Carolina license plates, travelling east on South Orange Avenue. A check on the plate showed that the plates belonged on a Toyota Sienna.

As the officer attempted a motor vehicle stop, the vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed, refusing to stop. The officer ended his attempt to stop the vehicle at the Millburn town line.

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As the vehicle was seen continuing down the hill on South Orange Avenue, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed near the Pleasant Valley Way intersection. The officer responded to the scene to render assistance and aid to the driver.

Upon arriving, the officer observed the driver jump out of the vehicle and run into the wooded area nearby. A foot pursuit began as other police units from Livingston, West Orange and other agencies arrived. The driver was later arrested in the wooded area near the Turtle Back Zoo.

The driver, Wazir Davis, 23, of Newark, was charged with eluding and multiple motor vehicle summonses. 

2. The Capitol One bank located at 507 S. Livingston Avenue, reported a fraudulent transaction actively taking place in the bank at approximately 2:30 p.m. on July 13. The person involved was wearing a pink skirt and a grey wig. As officers arrived, a female matching this description was observed running from the bank, across S. Livingston Avenue and onto Concord Drive, where she was apprehended.

Carrie Vingo, 28, of Norwalk, CT, was charged with Check Fraud, Credit Card Fraud and Identity theft. She was released on her own recognizance (ROR).

3. Modell's Sporting Goods at the Livingston Mall called in shoplifters that were leaving the mall heading east on South Orange Avenue at approximately 1 p.m. on July 12. A Livingston Police Officer observed the vehicle travelling east approaching JFK Parkway.

The officer activated his emergency lights and siren in order to conduct a motor vehicle stop. The suspect vehicle then began to accelerate, refusing to stop. The vehicle then made a right turn onto southbound JFK.

During this time, both the driver and the passenger began to throw clothing out the windows of the vehicle while continuing to travel toward Millburn. The vehicle quickly pulled over at the Millburn line as additional police units arrived.

Placed under arrest were the driver, Jamara Robinson, 23, of Irvington, and the passenger, Zaniyyah Dean, 22, of Elizabeth. Both individuals were charged with shoplifting and multiple charges of receiving stolen property. Robinson also faces multiple motor vehicle charges.

JFK was closed for a brief time while officers retrieved the clothing that was thrown about the roadway.

4. While on patrol at Riker Hill Park at 11:30 a.m. on July 9, Livingston officers came upon a suspicious vehicle. Upon further investigation, the driver, Daniel Collins, 18, of Livingston was arrested for possession of CDS under 50 grams, drug paraphernalia and motor vehicle summons. He was released on his own recognizance.

5. While on patrol at 9:25 a.m. on July 8, officers were checking on a vehicle parked on Canoe Brook near E. Hobart Gap Rd. The driver appeared to be slumped over by the steering wheel. During the investigation, officers arrested the driver, Juan Hoyos, 23, of Wharton for possession of CDS under 50 grams, drug paraphernalia and motor vehicle summons. He was released ROR.

It should be noted that the charges against Hyde and Weeks are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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