HACKENSACK - A FedEx driver who spotted a man stealing her delivery van Thursday in Hackensack grabbed onto the passenger-side door and held on for about 20 feet as the thief drove away, police said.
Following the incident, Joseph Dunsay, a 40-year-old Hackensack man, was taken into custody, charged and taken to county jail, Capt. Peter Busciglio said in a press release.
Shortly before 11:30 a.m., police responded to the Focus Eye Care building on Union Street after a report of a stolen vehicle, Busciglio said. Officers spoke with a FedEx driver, who said she was riding the elevator to deliver a package when an unknown man, later identified as Dunsay, allegedly elbowed her in the chest, the captain said.
After the encounter, the driver finished her delivery and was walking out of the building when she spotted Dunsay get into her van, which was parked out front, the captain said.
In an attempt to stop him, the FedEx worker chased after the vehicle and hopped onto the passenger side door, the captain said. She was reportedly able to hold onto the door for about 20 feet before letting go and the car thief fled west, on Union Street, he said.
A short time later, police found the now unoccupied FedEx van several blocks away in an Anderson Street parking lot and Dunsay inside of a nearby Laundromat, the captain said.
Dunsay was subsequently arrested and charged with theft of moveable property, Busciglio said. Police also charged him with creating false public alarm after he reportedly pulled the fire alarm when he exited the Union Street building.
He was transported to Bergen County Jail, where, as of Friday morning, bail has not been set and a first court appearance has not yet been scheduled.
The captain said Dunsay refused to sign a complaint for the simple assault incident the driver said occurred on the elevator.