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 $500 from the register prior to leaving. The suspect forgot his hat at the scene. It was described as a gray, snap-back hat with an emblem of New Jersey on it, according to an arrest affidavit.
On Tuesday, investigators from several towns, armed with a search warrant, raided Macias' home in Wharton and jailed him after gathering proof, Musella stated.
Macias, who runs his chiropractic service in Union City, was charged with one count of first-degree robbery, five counts of second-degree robbery, and several counts of aggravated assault, easy attack, theft and weapons charges, according to Musella and court documents.
The affidavits state that after his arrest, Macias confessed in taped interviews to a few of the break-ins. It was not clear Friday whether he had actually retained a lawyer.
Macias is being kept in the Bergen County Jail, pending a court hearing on Monday, according to jail records. Civil court files filed in Superior Court of Bergen County reveal the chiropractic doctor had been experiencing monetary issues over the last few years.
In August 2019, Bank of America sued him for an outstanding credit card balance of$ 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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