A New Jersey chiropractic specialist has been charged in connection with a string of robberies and assaults throughout three counties, authorities said Thursday. Erick K. Macias, 35, of Wharton, faces charges of burglary, exacerbated attack and weapons belongings in the criminal activities, which took place the past 2 months in Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties, according to court records.
“During the start of June, numerous communities in northern New Jersey experienced a series of strong-arm break-ins that appeared to have actually been dedicated by the exact same person,” Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella stated in a statement.
The criminal activities include: A burglary with a weapon on June 6 when the suspect got in a gas station on Grand Street in Paterson, pressed an employee aside and took $500 from the register before leaving. The suspect forgot his hat at the scene. It was referred to as a gray, snap-back hat with an emblem of New Jersey on it, according to an arrest affidavit.
On Tuesday, investigators from several municipalities, equipped with a search warrant, raided Macias' house in Wharton and jailed him after gathering evidence, Musella said.
Macias, who runs his chiropractic company in Union City, was charged with one count of first-degree burglary, 5 counts of second-degree break-in, and several counts of aggravated attack, easy assault, theft and weapons charges, according to Musella and court documents.
The affidavits state that after his arrest, Macias confessed in taped interviews to a few of the robberies. It was unclear Friday whether he had maintained a lawyer.
Macias is being kept in the Bergen County Jail, pending a court hearing on Monday, according to jail records. Civil court files submitted in Superior Court of Bergen County reveal the chiropractic practitioner had actually been experiencing financial problems in the last few years.
In August 2019, Bank of America sued him for an impressive credit card balance of$ 35,838.92. The case was dismissed in February, court records reveal.
In December 2016, American Express-Mercedes Benz took legal action against Macias for breach of contract and unjustified enrichment for stopping working to pay a $4,789.48 charge card expense. The claim was opted for an undefined quantity, according to court records.
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