LINDEN, NJ – Linden Police have arrested Dawud Ward of Hillside Avenue in Plainfield and charged him with 1st degree robbery, 2nd degree burglary, and 3rd degree making terroristic threats in connection with a burglary on Ercama Street in Linden on February 17, 2017. Ward is accused of being a one man crime wave with burglaries in Cranford, Linden, Maplewood, Morristown, Scotch Plains, South Plainfield and Watchung.
The irony in the story is Ward has not been on the lam. He has been arrested numerous times, but released due to changes made under the State’s new bail reform law.
Ward was arrested by South Plainfield police on January 13, 2017 when officers responded to an active burglary in progress at a May Avenue home. Ward was charged with Criminal Attempt, Burglary, Possession of Burglar Tools, four counts of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Ward was brought to the Middlesex County Correctional Center after his arrest.
At a hearing in front of a Superior Court Judge, Ward was released despite motions to keep him behind bars. He was released by Middlesex County on January 17, 2017. By January 20th Ward was arrested again this time in Cranford, and was released by a Union County Judge after spending just one day in jail.
After this next release he is accused of yet another Cranford burglary. According to officials, Ward is suspected of committing nine burglaries since January 12, 2017.
Ward’s latest arrest in Linden, occurred after police released a composite sketch of the accused suspect in the February 17th Ercama Street burglary. Police credit the public, the media and the investigative work of Linden Police Detective Mikolajczk in securing an arrest in the case.