UNION, NJ - Union detectives are investigating a crime that took place on Chestnut Street and are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect.

Police received a 9-1-1 call from a citizen reporting a carjacking on Saturday, Feb. 1.  According to police, as a man was entering the Chestnut Deli, at 631 Chestnut Street, he had his wallet snatched from his hand.  A brief struggle ensued between the victim and the thief, and the victim was able to reclaim his wallet.  A deli customer saw the commotion and got in his car and followed the suspect to Phillips Terrace where (the driver) and another good Samaritan tried to stop the man and detain him until police arrived.

Police say the suspect was able to escape from the two men by getting in the Samaritan's car.  The suspect fled the scene in the vehicle.  The missing car was located on Monday, Feb. 3, in Newark by Union’s Street Crimes Unit.  It was towed back to Union police headquarters for further investigation.

Union detectives and officers checked the area and video surveillance was found of a man, believed to be the suspect.  Detective Odete Mirao is the lead detective. Anyone with information about this crime can speak to Detective Mirao at 908-851-5030 or a Detective Bureau supervisor via e-mail at MMartin@uniontownship.com.  All calls will be kept confidential if needed.