Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, Chief Thomas J. Bryan of the Edison Police Department, and Chief John J. Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department said today that a 44-year-old Sayreville man has been arrested and charged with posing as a police officer, beating a female motorist and stealing her car in Edison before crashing head-on into another vehicle in Sayreville.
John Spina, 44, of Sayreville was charged with attempted murder, carjacking, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of impersonation of a law enforcement officer and being a certain person prohibited from having a weapon due to a prior, unrelated criminal offense.
The defendant was charged during an investigation by Detective Leslie Yackel of the Edison Police Department, Detective Brian Braile of the Sayreville Police Department, and Detective Erik Larsen of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
During the investigation, it was determined that the defendant approached the female motorist in the parking lot of the Wick Plaza shopping mall on Route 1 in Edison on January 10, 2017 at 1:16 p.m.
Spina showed the woman a badge and a gun. When the woman rolled down her car window, Spina began punching her, got into her car and continued punching her before she was able to flee.
The woman was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she was treated and released.
Spina drove from the scene in the woman’s car, which later was located on Washington Road in Sayreville, where police pursued the defendant, who fled, sideswiping two on-coming vehicles and striking the third vehicle head-on.
Detectives determined that the head-on crash rose to the level of the attempted murder charge.
The driver of the third vehicle was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge Division, where she was treated and released.
Spina continued to drive from the scene and fled from the stolen car when it ran off the road and became lodged on shrubbery on the side of the road.
Police followed the suspect and quickly apprehended him.
The investigation is active and is continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Yackel of the Edison Police Department at (732) 404-8609, Detective Braile of the Sayreville Police Department at (732) 525-5432, or Detective Larsen of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3263.