WAYNE, NJ - Around 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning, an alert neighbor in the Point View Parkway area of Wayne called the police when they saw some young men pulling on multiple vehicle door handles in several driveways.
Wayne police responded and as they approached the nighborhood, saw a white BMW with temporary plates that matched the description of the suspects’ car. It was turning left off of Point View Parkway onto the Valley Road Extension with a white Lexus following closely behind.
“As officers followed those vehicles, a caller reported that their white Lexus had just been stolen from their driveway,” said Detective Captain Dan Daly, the Wayne Police Public Information Officer. “The officers attempted to affect a stop of the suspect vehicles, but they sped away.”
With lights flashing and sirens blaring, Wayne police pursued, but quickly backed off when a patrol supervisor felt the chase would endanger residents. However, the police did not just let them go.
“Officers along Valley Road monitored the suspect vehicles as they traveled through town,” explained Daly. “One of the vehicles spun out at Valley Road and Preakness Avenue, but avoided crashing and drove off.”
From a distance, Wayne Police followed and communicated with the NJ State Police as well as other local departments when the vehicles got on to Route 46 eastbound.
“Soon after, other agencies engaged in pursuit with the suspects,” said Daly.
The BMW crashed in Clifton in the area of Route 46 and Piaget Avenue while the stolen Lexus escaped. Individuals in the BMW fled on foot and one suspect was caught. Bryan K. Robinson, III, age 21 of Newark was apprehended and turned over to Wayne Police.
“The BMW’s license plate was fictitious, and the vehicle was found to belong to Mr. Robinson,” reported Daly.
When the BMW was searched, officers found a loaded .38 caliber revolver with one of the rounds already spent. The serial numbers had been filed off of the gun.
According to Daly, Robinson was charged on a complaint warrant with the following offenses: Conspiracy to Commit Theft, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, and Eluding a Police Officer. He was transported to Passaic County Jail in accordance with bail reform guidelines.
The charges against Robinson are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.