SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - An off-duty South Brunswick Police detective has apprehended a suspect that is linked to about half a dozen robberies in the central New Jersey area while at a strip mall near Henderson road. The suspect is a 40-year-old North Brunswick man named Dionicio Saravia, who is being charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, hindering apprehension and being a fugitive from justice. He is currently being held at the Middlesex County Corrections Center.
Detective Rick Delucia spotted the suspect’s vehicle, a Honda Accord with some unique features, outside of a strip mall on October 18th at 10:30 A.M. The vehicle matched the video surveillance of a getaway car that was used during a gas station robbery on route 1 on October 9th, where the suspect held a gun at the attendants face and demanded money before fleeing the scene, according to a report released by the South Brunswick Police Department.
After confirming the spotted vehicle with other members of the police department, Detective Delucia stood by the vehicle and waited for the suspect to exit the strip mall. Upon seeing the approaching detective, Saravia fled while Detective Delucia pursued him on foot. The chase lead through the Royal Oaks Apartment Complex and several streets around townhouses, Detective Delucia eventually captured him running through a patch of woods. Deputy Police Chief James Ryan has confirmed that no one was harmed during Saravia’s pursuit by the detective and no weapon has been recovered at this time
“This was excellent work by Detective Delucia. He recalled the video and matched it with his own observations. He alerted a team of detectives and pursued the suspect when he fled. It was critical to stop this suspect before someone got seriously injured” said South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka is a statement released by the department “They say police officers are never off duty, and this case just proves it.”
South Brunswick, North Brunswick, and Franklin Police Departments along with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office obtained search warrants for Saravia's home and the Honda Accord. Evidence recovered linked him to several robberies in the central New Jersey area dating back to August. The Prosecutor’s office also confirms that Saravia was a fugitive from authorities in Pennsylvania and registered as a wanted person at the time of his arrest. Deputy Ryan has also confirmed that the suspect will face a court appearance at the next available date sometime later this week.
Chief Hayducka has personally thanked the Franklin Township and North Brunswick Police Departments along with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office for all their assistance according to the police report. Deputy Ryan says that everyone at the South Brunswick Police Department is proud of Detective Delucia and the work he has done.