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Wanted for Criminal Mischief After not Being Allowed to Bathe in McDonald’s Bathroom in Newark


Police in Newark are searching for Mr. Eugene Elam, 39, of Newark, who is wanted for an incident of criminal mischief at a fast-food restaurant on August 10. 

According to officials, when police arrived at the McDonald's in the 900 block of 18th Avenue, the owner told officers that the suspect became aggressive around 12:10 p.m. after employees would not allow him to use the restroom.

Please give said Elam, who had been using the restroom in the past to bathe, started yelling at the employees and the owner before he knocked over cup holders and a pastry glass display that shattered on the floor. 

Elam is 5’8’’ and 175 pounds with brown eyes, black hair, and a dark complexion.

Police said he is known to frequent South Orange Avenue from Alexander Street to Stuyvesant Avenue. 

While detectives investigate this incident and seek the public’s help with locating Elam, Director O’Hara urges anyone with information of his whereabouts to call the Division's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477)

. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.