Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Philip LaSusa (46) of Fairfield, N.J. on August 24, 2014 for defiant trespass. On that date, at approximately 6:45 P.M., Officer Frank Tracey was on patrol near the Valero gas station when he allegedly observed LaSusa pacing on the sidewalk in front of the Valero gas station. It is alleged that LaSusa had been warned several times by the management of the Valero station that he was no longer welcome on the property because he allegedly panhandles customers coming to and leaving from the store.
Officer Tracey pulled into the adjacent Target parking lot where he continued to monitor LaSusa’s actions for the next forty minutes. It is alleged that LaSusa approached four separate customers and asked them for cigarettes. At this point, Officer Tracey approached LaSusa and placed him under arrest for defiant trespass.
He was transported to Fairfield police headquarters where he was processed, charged and later released on his own recognizance pending a September 25, 2014 court date in the Fairfield Municipal Court.
(It should be noted that the charge against LaSusa is merely an allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)
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