Friday, July 25, 2014
Fairfield Police Department

Four Individuals Arrested after Fleeing Gas Station

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Boubacar Diallo (62), Fritz Lazare (38), Jean Cotard (37) all of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Rubens Dubuisson (42) of Philadelphia, PA., for causing or risking widespread injury or damage. In addition Diallo is also being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and using a vehicle as a weapon.

The incident that gave rise to the charges began on September 18, 2013 at approximately 12:29 A.M. It was at that time that Officers John McGrory and Jeffrey Dean spotted a suspicious condition at the Valero gas station, located at 650 Route 46 East that was similar to an incident reported in the media concerning individuals who were operating vans and filling up gas cans and 55 gallon drums, using bogus credit cards. In this case, the officers allegedly observed two white vans at the Valero pumps that appeared to the officers to be doing the same thing.

When the officers approached the individuals to investigate, it is alleged that Dubuisson fled from the officers on foot. He was pursued by Officers McGrory and Dean and apprehended a short time later in the Target parking lot. At this same time, the vans both fled the gas station. It is further alleged that a 2007Ford Econoline van, being operated by Diallo, attempted to exit onto Route 46 East and then deliberately rammed a Fairfield police unit being operated by Sergeant Christopher Morgan. The van became disabled and it is alleged that Diallo fled on foot. He was later apprehended by Sergeant Morgan. While checking this van, officers allegedly found Lazare in the rear of it and he was taken into custody.

A radio broadcast to area police regarding the second white van that apparently successfully fled the area was made which resulted in an officer from the Montville Police Department spotting the vehicle near Plymouth Street in Fairfield. The van was allegedly being operated by Cotard who was also taken into custody without incident. All four men were taken to the Fairfield Police Department. Assisting the Fairfield Police Department were officers from the Montville, North Caldwell and West Caldwell Police Departments.

It is alleged that the suspects had approximately (45) Visa and/or American Express gift cards, ranging in $50-$100 denominations in their possession. The origin of these cards is still under investigation. All of the suspects were still being held at the Fairfield Police Department at press time.

Authorities allege that both vans were found to contain over 600 gallons of gasoline that were contained in mostly 5 gallon plastic containers or 55 gallon plastic drums. The vans were towed to the Fairfield Municipal Complex and remain at this location. The Nutley Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency were contacted to supervise the safe off-loading of the gasoline.

“This was a phenomenal piece of police work by two very observant and knowledgeable police officers which ultimately led to the arrest of these individuals and safeguarded the public from harm” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. (It should be noted that the charges against these individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

 

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