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

17July 2020

A New Jersey chiropractic doctor has actually been charged in connection with a string of burglaries and assaults across three counties, authorities said Thursday. Erick K. Macias, 35, of Wharton, faces charges of robbery, aggravated assault and weapons ownership in the crimes, which occurred the past 2 months in Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties, according to court records.

“During the beginning of June, numerous communities in northern New Jersey experienced a series of strong-arm robberies that appeared to have actually been committed by the exact same person,” Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella stated in a statement.

The criminal offenses include: A burglary with a weapon on June 6 when the suspect went into a gasoline station on Grand Street in Paterson, pushed an employee aside and took $500 from the register prior to leaving. The suspect forgot his hat at the scene. It was described as a gray, snap-back hat with an emblem of New Jersey on it, according to an arrest affidavit.

  • A robbery on June 6 in a second-floor corridor of the Avalon apartment or condos in Wharton, where– after being followed within– a woman was knocked to the ground and robbed of her purse, wallet, debit card, cellular phone, and $111 money, according to an affidavit. The victim was taken to a regional healthcare facility with a dislocated shoulder, police stated.
  • A break-in June 7 in Parsippany-Troy Hills where the suspect struck one victim, stole $500 and after that dragged a second victim with his car while fleeing. Both victims were injured, authorities stated.
  • A robbery June 7 at a Route 46 gasoline station in Parsippany, where the suspect strolled into the attendant's cubicle while the victim was counting cash, pressed his head down and grabbed money. After a quick struggle with the victim and the victim's colleague, the robber fled in his cars and truck on Route 46 East.
  • An assault and robbery June 7 in Garfield, where a female told authorities the suspect punched her in the head, knocked her to the ground and ran off with her bag.
  • A burglary on June 8 at a gas station on 21st Avenue in Paterson, where the suspect went into the store, asked what he might buy for $1, then required his way behind the counter, pressed the victim and took $200 from the register prior to getting away, according to the affidavit.
  • An attack and break-in July 7 where a female was struck on the back of the head, fell to the ground and robbed of her handbag by a male who ran off. The event was recorded on a monitoring camera, according to the affidavit.
  • On Tuesday, investigators from several towns, armed with a search warrant, raided Macias' home in Wharton and jailed him after gathering proof, Musella stated.

    Macias, who runs his chiropractic service in Union City, was charged with one count of first-degree robbery, five counts of second-degree robbery, and several counts of aggravated assault, easy attack, theft and weapons charges, according to Musella and court documents.

    The affidavits state that after his arrest, Macias confessed in taped interviews to a few of the break-ins. 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 files filed in Superior Court of Bergen County reveal the chiropractic doctor had been experiencing monetary 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 took legal action against Macias for breach of contract and unjust enrichment for failing to pay a $4,789.48 credit card bill. The lawsuit was settled for an undefined amount, according to court records.

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