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 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.

  • A robbery on June 6 in a second-floor corridor of the Avalon homes in Wharton, where– after being followed within– a female was knocked to the ground and robbed of her purse, wallet, debit card, mobile phone, and $111 cash, according to an affidavit. The victim was required to a regional healthcare facility with a dislocated shoulder, police said.
  • A robbery June 7 in Parsippany-Troy Hills where the suspect struck one victim, took $500 and then dragged a second victim with his vehicle while leaving. Both victims were hurt, cops stated.
  • A burglary June 7 at a Route 46 gas station in Parsippany, where the suspect strolled into the attendant's booth while the victim was counting money, pressed his head down and grabbed cash. After a brief battle with the victim and the victim's colleague, the robber ran away in his cars and truck on Route 46 East.
  • An assault and burglary June 7 in Garfield, where a woman informed cops the suspect punched her in the head, knocked her to the ground and ran off with her purse.
  • A break-in on June 8 at a gasoline station on 21st Avenue in Paterson, where the suspect entered the shop, asked what he might purchase for $1, then required his method behind the counter, pushed the victim and took $200 from the register before getting away, according to the affidavit.
  • An assault and burglary July 7 where a lady was struck on the back of the head, was up to the ground and robbed of her purse by a guy who ran off. The incident was captured on a surveillance camera, according to the 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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