FAIRFIELD, NJ — A 23-year-old East Orange man was recently arrested in Fairfield for burglary, hindering apprehension and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana.
At approximately 5:06 p.m. on Tuesday, officers were dispatched to Gardner Road on a report of suspicious male seen pulling on car door handles and then entering a black 2008 Lexus. After a witness to the incident yelled at the suspect, later identified as Sadiq Dias, the suspect fled on foot toward Route 46.
While searching the area, Det. Sgt. Jeffrey Didyk and Officer Frank Patierno observed a man who matched the suspect’s description running across Route 46 toward the BP gas station. The officers stopped him and immediately detected a pungent odor of burnt marijuana coming from his clothing, according to the police report.
Further investigation revealed a small plastic bag containing suspected marijuana and a half-consumed “blunt” cigar. The suspect, identified as Dias was placed under arrest.
Officers noted that Dias initially identified himself to the officers using a fake name and date of birth. His actual name was discovered through further investigation.
According to police, the witness to the incident positively identified Dias as the individual seen inside of the Lexus.
Dias was then processed, charged and later released from headquarters on his own recognizance pending court action.