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UPDATE: Clifton Police Arrest Dunkin Donuts Armed Robbery Suspect After Chase into Newark

By rlsmetro on

Police said at approximately 7 p.m., the Dunkin Donuts located in Styertowne Shopping Center was robbed at knifepoint.

As officers responded to the scene, Officer Balkjy observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed through the shopping center.

According to police, suspecting that this vehicle may have been involved in the incident, he attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop.

However, the driver refused to stop and initiated a pursuit after dispatch advised officers that the vehicle in question was already wanted as a felony vehicle in other jurisdictions.

Police said the driver of the suspect vehicle began to drive toward oncoming traffic in an attempt to evade the pursuing officer and eventually made his way into Route 3 East, then Route 21 South, and ultimately onto Oriental Street in the City of Newark.

Unbeknownst to the suspect, that particular street was a dead end.  Therefore, in a further attempt to evade law enforcement, the suspect rammed parked (unoccupied) civilian vehicles and two Clifton patrol units.

Police said he eventually surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.

An eight-month pregnant female was located in the front passenger seat and subsequently conveyed to a nearby hospital to treat minor injuries. 

The suspect was identified as Mr. Jonathon Decarvalho, 34, of Parlin. He was transported to headquarters, where he was charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Eluding, and weapons possession offenses.

It was determined that the suspect's vehicle was the target of numerous investigations involving at least seven other agencies for similar armed robberies, all of which had been committed during the past several days. 

Assisting in the chase and arrest were Sgt. Lawson, Officer Reci, Officer Bernardo, and Sgt. Arthur.