Pennsylvania Man Leads Police on Eight Hour Manhunt
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Theodore Doherty (57) of Lords Valley, PA on August 30, 2013 and James Miranda (27) of Milford, PA on August 31, 2013. Doherty was charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe. Miranda was charged with resisting arrest, hindering apprehension, possession of a hypodermic syringe along with driving with a suspended license.
The incident that gave rise to the encounter began at approximately 11:15 P.M. when Officer Gerald Veneziano observed a 2000 Toyota Camry, with a Pennsylvania registration, traveling west on Route 80 in Fairfield. It is alleged that the Toyota had an inoperative brake light and was having difficulty maintaining a lane. The officer intimated a traffic stop near mile marker 50.9 Officer R.J. Casendino arrived as a back up shortly thereafter. The vehicle was found to be operated by Miranda with Doherty as the front seat passenger.
While conducting a field investigation, Officer Veneziano allegedly observed a hypodermic syringe in the glove box. He then ordered both out of the vehicle. While conducting a pat down of Miranda, Veneziano allegedly recovered a folding knife from his pocket. He then began to check Miranda’s waistband area and allegedly felt something solid that the officer had reasonable suspicion to be a handgun. At this point, Miranda pushed away from the car and jumped the guardrail and fled into the wooded area adjacent to Route 80, followed by Veneziano. At this same time, Officer Casendino took Doherty into custody without incident.
Veneziano pursued Miranda until he lost sight of him in the dark, thick underbrush. Law enforcement officers from the New Jersey State Police, the Essex and Morris County Sheriff’s Department K-9 units and from the Wayne, Montville, Parsippany, Cedar Grove, West Caldwell, Lincoln Park, Caldwell and North Caldwell Police Departments arrived to assist.
Officers tracked the suspect’s movements throughout the night, keeping him contained in the wooded area that runs parallel to the Passaic River between Fairfield and Montville. As the daylight hours approached, at 6:46 A.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1call from a concerned citizen reporting that he believed he had just seen the suspect in the area of William and Maple Streets in Montville. Officer proceeded directly to that area where Miranda was spotted and began to flee on foot. He was then subdued by police and arrested. No weapon was found on Miranda at the time of his arrest. “This was an excellent example of teamwork displayed by a number of law enforcement agencies, determined to get their man” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “ We are currently searching the area of the incident for any contraband that may have been concealed by the suspect which could result in additional charges” said Manna.
At press time, both men were still in the custody of the Fairfield Police Department. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
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