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Short Hills Home Invasion Foiled By Millburn Police; Two Arrested, One On The Lam


SHORT HILLS, NJ – Millburn police were able to thwart an attempted home invasion in Short Hills Monday night that led to two arrests and a an ongoing search for a third suspect, police said.

Last night at approximately 7:43 p.m. Millburn police received a 911 call from a resident living near the 400 block of Hobart Avenue.

The resident told police that there were individuals outside her property attempting to break into her house while she, and her young child, were inside the home.

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Police officers immediately responded and observed three men in ski masks and gloves on her deck near the rear of the property.

According to police, the suspects ran and police pursued them on foot.

Officer Nakashian caught up with one suspect, identified as Jerry Montgomery, 36, of Hackensack.

Police said that when he attempted to arrest Montgomery, a struggle broke out, but Officer Nakashian eventually subdued and arrested Montgomery.

Meanwhile, Millburn police Sgt. Andrew Delrusso was off-duty when he heard the radio transmissions and responded to the area.

He reported saw a man running in the area of Hobart Gap Road and White Oak Ridge Road and immediately began a foot pursuit of the suspect.

Sgt. Delrusso then caught and arrested Javon Barlow, 29, of Hackensack, police said.

Essex County Sheriffs also responded to the incident with a K-9 unit to aid in the search of the third suspect, but the individual was not found, police said.

Capt. Michael Mulligan, who leads the detective bureau, told TAPinto.net that the third suspect is unidentifiable at this point because he also wore a ski mask, gloves and dark clothing. 

Montgomery was charged with criminal attempt burglary, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and aggravated assault.  He was remanded to the Essex County Correctional facility on $165,000 bail. 

Barlow was charged with criminal attempt burglary, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.  He too was remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility on $150,000 bail.

The incident is under investigation by the Millburn Police Detective Bureau.

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