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Elusive Mall Suspect Captured

Jamaal Freeman  Photo Courtesy: Paramus Police Department

Jamaal Freeman
Photo Courtesy: Paramus Police Department

At approximately 12:43 p.m. on Oct. 31, Paramus Police Officer Keith Bland was on patrol in the area of Lord and Taylor in the Garden State Plaza mall when he was alerted to a case of credit card fraud inside store. The suspect, later identified as Jamaal Freeman, 28, of Brooklyn, ran out of the mall near JC Penney and was confronted by Bland in the parking lot.

Freeman pushed past the officer and attempted to flee the scene on foot, heading west across the parking lot. Freeman then allegedly jumped into a silver 2013 Nisan Altima with North Carolina license plates. As Bland caught up to the vehicle, the suspect pulled out of the parking stall and headed toward the officer, attempting to strike him, reports said.

Bland was able to avoid being struck by the vehicle, and the suspect fled west toward Paramus Road. Additional Paramus police officers were dispatched to pursue the suspect, who traveled south on Paramus Road, then east on Passaic Street. The suspect made a left turn down a dead end – Roosevelt Street in Rochelle Park – and unsuccessfully attempted to drive his vehicle around a home at the end of the block. He abandoned the vehicle and fled by foot, jumping over fences and through backyards in Rochelle Park. Freeman was finally apprehended within several blocks.

Freeman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, fraudulent use of a credit card and eluding police.



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