SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police charged a Jones Drive resident, who is also on parole from Georgia, with invasion of privacy, trespassing and obstruction of justice following a manhunt in the developments off Promenade Boulevard Wednesday morning, police said.
According to police, Craig Walker, 24, was taken into custody around 9:45 a.m. as police investigated a report of a man peering into the rear of homes in the Princeton Walk and Princeton Gate developments.
Police said they received reports the last couple of mornings of a man looking into the rear windows of two different homes.
Another report came in Wednesday morning at 8:25 a.m. when a resident on Crestone Circle reported a man ducking behind a tree and looking at the rear of her home.
Police said that when the resident made eye contact with the man, he fled toward Princeton Gate Boulevard.
Officer Jesse Blake arrived on the scene and saw a man on a bicycle on Camelot Court and tried to question him, according to police.
The man then reportedly dropped the bicycle and ran to the backyards in the development.
For the next approximately 45 minutes, various residents reported the man running through the rear of the properties between Routes 1 and 27.
Police set up a perimeter and Detective Dennis Yuhasz located the man, later identified as Walker, lying down in the tree line and ordered him to come out.
Yuhasz and Officer Danny Rodriguez gave chase and Walker was eventually captured by Sgt. Donald Varga near the clubhouse, police said.
Police charged Walker and lodged him at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick on $12,500 bail, police said.
Police said the investigation found that Walker allegedly entered at least five backyards in the Princeton Walk community during the last week.
Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka credited good police work with capturing the suspect.
“The fast response and establishment of a perimeter left the suspect little room to escape, Hayducka said. “The women who observed the suspect and the residents who saw him running were unsettled by the incidents. His capture can put residents minds at ease as we still piece together his activity over the past week.”
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