SOUTH BRUNSWICK: U.S. marshals join hunt for alleged thief

United States marshals have joined the hunt for a Trenton man police believe is part of a car theft ring.

By Charles W. Kim, Managing Editor
United States marshals have joined the hunt for a Trenton man police believe is part of a car theft ring.
   Sgt. Jim Ryan said Tuesday that federal marshals have joined local police in trying to locate Hassan M. Brown, 19, of Trenton.
   Police have been seeking Mr. Brown since last week when he allegedly was part of a car theft ring operating in the township.
   The manhunt started last week when police reportedly interrupted suspects they believed are involved in a car theft ring in the Beekman Manor development.
   According to police, officers confronted two suspects in the development around 4:55 a.m. Oct. 7.
   A resident in the development called police to report that the suspects were allegedly trying to break into vehicles.
   The suspects fled on foot.
   Police called in a State Police helicopter and K-9 units to aid in the search for the men.
   According to police, one of the men, Roberto Alicea, 19, of Delran, was located in the Monmouth Mobile Home Park off Route 1.
   Police said that Mr. Alicea said he surrendered to police because he “was scared and tired of running.”
   The investigation identified the second suspect as Mr. Brown.
   An investigation by Detective Dennis Yuhasz has identified Mr. Brown as being responsible for the theft of the 2011 Mercedes Benz on Friday Sept. 27 in the Monmouth Junction section.
   Police said they recovered the Mercedes in Trenton on Saturday.
   Crime scene processing of the vehicle recovered physical evidence that police say links Mr. Brown to the crime.
   The investigation also discovered that Mr. Brown is allegedly connected with several motor vehicle thefts and burglaries in the central New Jersey.
   A warrant has been issued for Brown’s arrest and he is currently a fugitive and remains at large, police said.
   Police describe Mr. Brown as a black male, 5’06”, 160lbs, with black hair, and a tear drop tattoo on his face.
   Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka credited good police work and community partnership with success in recent cases.
   ”Our success in South Brunswick is directly related to our partnership with the community. Residents providing information is crucial to any police department’s success”, said Chief Hayducka.
   Anyone with information on Mr. Brown should call police at 732-329-4646.