NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ - Three armed men who entered a North Brunswick warehouse Wednesday and assaulted a security officer were quickly apprehended by police, including one suspect who fled in a truck and crashed in New Brunswick, authorities said.
The three men, identified as Axell Mendoza, 30, of North Bergen, Alex Pelerigo, 50, of Elizabeth, and Jun Jang, 31, of the Iselin, section of Woodbridge, face charges of robbery, burglary, weapons offenses, resisting arrest, and eluding, North Brunswick police said.
They said the men, at least one of them armed with a handgun, entered a warehouse at 1675 Jersey Ave. shortly before 7 p.m. on July 4.
The intruders assaulted a security guard, and then attempted to steal merchandise from the building, according to police, who said it was a “significant” theft of property.
The security officer managed to escape and run to a nearby home to call police, authorities said.
They said police arriving at the scene saw the suspects leaving the building and saw one man get in a boxtruck and speed away north on Jersey Avenue.
Officers pursued the truck, entering New Brunswick, where the fleeing driver crashed and fled on foot, only to be captured a short time later after a foot pursuit, authorities said.
Other officers had set up around the warehouse and saw the other two suspects go back in the building, police said.
Middlesex County Special Operations Response Team, or SORT, responded to scene and during the search, apprehended the two suspects who were hiding near the building, police said.
They said officers also recovered evidence, including the weapon used in the crime.
No injuries were reported, authorities said.
Police are continuing their investigation and as that anybody with information about this case call the North Brunswick Detective Bureau at 732-247-0922 ext. 420.
North Brunswick police said they received assistance from police in New Brunswick and South Brunswick, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, North Brunswick Fire Department and First Aid and Rescue Squad, the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department and the state Department of Transportation