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At approximately 12:50 a.m. on Aug. 7, a Maywood resident was awakened by what sounded like glass breaking and saw a man removing equipment from the lot behind 107 Essex St. through a hole he cut in the fence. The resident immediately contacted the Maywood Police Department to report the crime in progress, and Telecommunicator Chris Hill dispatched Officers Darryl Wuhrl, Matthew Parodi and Erik Aronson to the scene. Upon Wuhrl’s arrival, he directed the other officers to establish a perimeter and requested mutual aid from the Hackensack Police Department, Rochelle Park Police Department, Lodi Police Department and Bergen County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.
Aronson spotted the suspect, now identified as Richard Mierzejwski, 50, of Maywood, who was pushing a shopping cart filled with hand tools and attempting to enter his apartment. After a brief struggle and attempts to resist arrest, Mierzejwski was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing with the assistance of the Hackensack Police Department. Coincidently, the Bergen County Sheriff’s K-9 unit tracked Mierzejwski from the crime scene directly to the apartment which he was attempting to enter.
Mierzejwski was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest by force, obstructing administration of law, burglary, theft, two counts of criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and disorderly conduct.