Hillside Laundromat Burglary Suspects Caught Following Pursuit into Newark

Two Newark men were arrested and charged with attempted burglary of a Hillside laundromat early this morning.

According to authorities, police responded to Turbo Suds Laundry, located at 1576 Maple Avenue, for a report of a burglary.

Upon arrival, two men were seen running from the scene in different directions. As officers chased, Brandon J. Deloach, 21, of Newark, a shot was fired from a Smith and Wesson .32 caliber revolver he was carrying.

According to authorities, officers quickly apprehended Deloach on Williamson Avenue at approximately 3 a.m. and recovered a gun that Deloach was carrying. Also, Hillside officers with the assistance of Newark police ultimately apprehended James L. Westbrook-Daye, 21, of Newark, in the area of Hansbury Avenue and Clinton Place in Newark.

Officials say both men were charged with Attempted Burglary, Possession of Burglar Tools, Resisting Arrest, and Criminal Mischief. Deloach is additionally charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Weapon, and will likely face additional charges for the discharge of his handgun.

According to authorities, they are being held at Hillside Police Headquarters on a warrant pending transport to Union County Jail and a subsequent detention hearing. The Essex County Sheriff’s Office also wants Westbrook-Daye on a no-bail warrant.

Officials say a Hillside police sergeant was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries sustained to his hands during the foot chase.

Chief Vincent Ricciardi said, “This was yet another great team effort by our officers who are dedicated to protecting all of Hillside as if it were their backyard. Their brave actions resulted in the removal of two dangerous men and a handgun from our streets. I applaud these officers and appreciate the excellence of their professionalism.”

The incident remains under investigation.