N.J. chiropractor charged in spree of robberies and assaults across 3 counties – NJ.com

17July 2020

A New Jersey chiropractic doctor has been charged in connection with a string of robberies and attacks across three counties, authorities said Thursday. Erick K. Macias, 35, of Wharton, faces charges of robbery, intensified assault and weapons belongings in the crimes, which occurred the previous two months in Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties, according to court records.

“During the start of June, a number of communities in northern New Jersey experienced a series of strong-arm break-ins that appeared to have been dedicated by the same individual,” Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said in a statement.

The crimes include: A break-in with a weapon on June 6 when the suspect entered a gas station on Grand Street in Paterson, pushed an employee aside and took $500 from the register before getting away. The suspect forgot his hat at the scene. It was described as a gray, snap-back hat with a symbol of New Jersey on it, according to an arrest affidavit.

  • A robbery on June 6 in a second-floor hallway of the Avalon homes in Wharton, where– after being followed inside– a woman was knocked to the ground and robbed of her handbag, wallet, debit card, mobile phone, and $111 money, according to an affidavit. The victim was required to a regional hospital with a dislocated shoulder, police stated.
  • A robbery June 7 in Parsippany-Troy Hills where the suspect struck one victim, stole $500 and then dragged a second victim with his cars and truck while running away. Both victims were hurt, police stated.
  • A robbery June 7 at a Route 46 gas station in Parsippany, where the suspect walked into the attendant's cubicle while the victim was counting money, pressed his head down and got cash. After a short struggle with the victim and the victim's co-worker, the burglar fled in his automobile on Route 46 East.
  • An attack and break-in June 7 in Garfield, where a lady told police the suspect punched her in the head, knocked her to the ground and ran off with her bag.
  • A break-in on June 8 at a gasoline station on 21st Avenue in Paterson, where the suspect went into the shop, asked what he could buy for $1, then required his method behind the counter, pressed the victim and stole $200 from the register before running away, according to the affidavit.
  • An attack and robbery July 7 where a woman was struck on the back of the head, fell to the ground and robbed of her handbag by a male who ran off. The incident was recorded on a monitoring cam, according to the affidavit.
  • On Tuesday, investigators from several towns, equipped with a search warrant, raided Macias' apartment in Wharton and arrested him after collecting proof, Musella said.

    Macias, who runs his chiropractic organisation in Union City, was charged with one count of first-degree robbery, 5 counts of second-degree break-in, and several counts of intensified assault, easy assault, theft and weapons charges, according to Musella and court files.

    The affidavits specify that after his arrest, Macias confessed in recorded interviews to some of the robberies. It was not clear Friday whether he had actually retained a lawyer.

    Macias is being kept in the Bergen County Jail, pending a court hearing on Monday, according to jail records. Civil court documents submitted in Superior Court of Bergen County show the chiropractic practitioner had been experiencing financial issues over the last few years.

    In August 2019, Bank of America sued him for an outstanding credit card balance of$ 35,838.92. The case was dismissed in February, court records show.

    In December 2016, American Express-Mercedes Benz sued Macias for breach of agreement and unjustified enrichment for stopping working to pay a $4,789.48 credit card costs. The suit was opted for an unspecified amount, according to court records.

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