Union Township Officers Injured After Struggle with Alleged Carjacking Suspect

Police in Union Township took a Lindenwold man in custody after an assault in the parking lot of Home Depot on Springfield Avenue.

According to Union Police, the incident happened at around 6:45 Sunday when officers received a call reporting an erratic suspect.

Police said officers arrived and found the suspect, later identified as Mr. Marcus Perkins allegedly attempted to take the keys and car from a customer of Home Depot by using a broken bottle to the victim's neck.

Police say the victim.was able to pull away in his car and Perkins ran from the scene on Springfield Avenue towards Maplewood.

Police officials say a Union police officer working security in the shopping center’s parking lot alerted police that he saw someone matching the suspect’s description in the lot.

Police officials say when the officer attempted to stop Perkins, he turned and tried to stab the cop with the broken bottle, hitting the officer in the vest.

Police chased Perkins and managed to take him into custody after a brief struggle with officers.

Two police officers were taken to the hospital for treatment and released.

Police officially charged Perkins with two counts of carjacking, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, unlawful possession, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

The incident remains under investigation.