A New Jersey chiropractic doctor has been charged in connection with a string of burglaries and attacks throughout 3 counties, authorities said Thursday. Erick K. Macias, 35, of Wharton, faces charges of break-in, intensified attack and weapons possession in the crimes, which occurred the previous two months in Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties, according to court records.
“During the start of June, several neighborhoods in northern New Jersey experienced a series of strong-arm robberies that appeared to have actually been dedicated by the very same person,” Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said in a statement.
The crimes include: A burglary with a weapon on June 6 when the suspect entered a filling station on Grand Street in Paterson, pushed an employee aside and took $500 from the register prior to running away. The suspect forgot his hat at the scene. It was referred to as a gray, snap-back hat with a symbol of New Jersey on it, according to an arrest affidavit.
On Tuesday, investigators from several municipalities, equipped with a search warrant, robbed Macias' apartment or condo in Wharton and apprehended him after gathering proof, Musella said.
Macias, who runs his chiropractic business in Union City, was charged with one count of first-degree break-in, five counts of second-degree break-in, and a number of counts of exacerbated attack, simple assault, theft and weapons charges, according to Musella and court documents.
The affidavits state that after his arrest, Macias admitted in taped interviews to a few of the robberies. It was not clear Friday whether he had actually retained a lawyer.
Macias is being kept in the Bergen County Jail, pending a court hearing on Monday, according to prison records. Civil court documents filed in Superior Court of Bergen County reveal the chiropractic physician had been experiencing financial problems recently.
In August 2019, Bank of America sued him for an outstanding charge card balance of$ 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 unfair enrichment for stopping working to pay a $4,789.48 charge card costs. The claim was settled for an unspecified quantity, according to court records.
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