EDISON, NJ - Hours after an early-morning carjacking on Monday, a pair of observant police officers noticed the stolen minivan still in the vicinity and arrested two suspects, Police Chief Thomas Bryan announced Thursday.
Officers Joyce Cheung and Lisa Cimmino stopped the stolen blue Dodge Caravan on Monday afternoon and charged its occupants Hubile Roque, 25, and Antonio Martinez-Guerrero, 23, both from Edison, with robbery, carjacking and receiving stolen property. Roque was also sought on a warrant issued in New Brunswick, police said.
“These arrests were made swiftly and safety because Officers Cheung and Cimmino were observant and adhered to our police protocols,” Chief Bryan said. “This is the kind of police work our residents can and should expect from our police department.”
The carjacking happened at 6:40 a.m. Monday when two men – one allegedly armed with a handgun and the other with a knife – forced a motorist from his minivan as he stopped for a traffic light at Woodbridge and Plainfield Avenues. The assailants speed off on Plainfield Avenue in the minivan toward Route 1, the victim told police.
Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, Officers Cheung and Cimmino were on routine patrol then they recognized the stolen blue minivan from its license plate as it headed north on Plainfield Avenue. They stopped the vehicle after it turned onto Seymour Avenue.
When the officers searched the minivan’s occupants they found two wallets in Roque’s trouser pockets – one containing his actual identity – and they found a folding knife in Guerrero’s possession.