CEDAR GROVE, NJ  Cedar Grove Police arrested a township resident who ran form the scene of a suspicious person investigation on Sunday afternoon.

The incident began when Officer Dominick Buscio talked to the suspect in the rear parking lot of a Pompton Ave business.  Officer Buscio had reason to believe the man was a wanted person. As Officer Buscio conducted his investigation, the accused kept moving away toward his apartment despite being told to stop. He then ran up the rear steps fleeing into his second floor apartment and locked the door behind him.

This information was broadcasted to all cars, while Officer Buscio pursued the suspect forcing through the locked door into the apartment. Moments later Officer Cassella arrived in front of the business.

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The suspect escaped out an open apartment window onto an adjacent roof then jumped to the ground. Officers Cassella and Heck who were out front took the subject into custody without further incident. Michael Lopez, 36, was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. The charges were placed on a warrant, and he was transported to the Essex County Jail pending a bail hearing. Lopez was also a wanted person by Passaic County Sheriff’s Department and had a number of additional outstanding warrants.

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