LIVINGSTON, NJ — Members of the Livingston Police Department recently responded to a domestic disturbance that led to an arrest, a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian and the theft of a package. 

Domestic Dispute Leads to Arrest of East Orange Man

Police were called to a Thames Drive residence just before 7 p.m. on May 18 on a report of an “unwanted person.” According to police, the resident’s boyfriend, identified as David Cassie, 26, of East Orange, had been told to leave the house and refused.

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After continuously ringing the doorbell, Cassie went to the rear of the house and shattered a sliding glass door with a child’s scooter. According to the responding offers, Cassie had left the area in a vehicle prior to their arrival but returned while the officers were at the house.

When Officer Adam McDavitt attempted to stop Cassie’s vehicle, Cassie failed to stop and instead led police on a pursuit that was eventually terminated on Route 280.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., Officer Ryan Collis was on Laurel Ave and observed Cassie’s vehicle heading back toward the victim’s home. When Collis stopped the vehicle and attempted to take Cassie into custody, Cassie ran from the officer and entered a wooded area.

According to police, Cassie was eventually cornered in a tunnel under Laurel Avenue but refused to submit to the commands of the officers. After several minutes, officers were able to take him into custody.

Cassie was charged with criminal mischief, eluding police, resisting arrest and obstruction along with multiple traffic violations for the pursuit. Cassie was taken to a medical facility for evaluation following the incident.

Pedestrian Struck on Livingston Sidewalk

A 47-year-old woman from Newark was taken to University Hospital with a foot injury after she was struck by a vehicle while walking on the sidewalk near the corner of Lafayette Drive on E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue on May 21.

According to police, a 73-year-old Livingston resident of Livingston was waiting to turn left from Lafayette Drive onto E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue when she hit the gas instead of the brake, causing the vehicle to accelerate and turn to the right. The car jumped the curb and drove onto the sidewalk, where it struck the female pedestrian.

The driver received summonses for careless driving and driving on the sidewalk, according to police.

Livingston Man Observes Theft of Package Off Front Steps

Earlier this month, a Chadwick Road resident observed two males wearing face masks and gloves steal a package from his front steps at approximately 8:21 a.m.

According to the witness, the two suspects pulled on the door handles of vehicles in the resident’s driveway before leaving, but found that all cars were locked.

Both men then got into a gray BMW with what appeared to be a New York license plate and drive off toward Route 10, according to the victim. Police said the victim was not able to read the plate number.

According to police, the vehicle involved matched the description of a car that had been stolen hours earlier in Mendham, but a match could not be confirmed without a plate number.

Police also noted that the stolen package contained bottled water.