N.J. chiropractor charged in spree of robberies and assaults across 3 counties – NJ.com

17July 2020

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.

  • A robbery on June 6 in a second-floor hallway of the Avalon apartments in Wharton, where– after being followed inside– a female was knocked to the ground and robbed of her bag, wallet, debit card, mobile phone, and $111 cash, according to an affidavit. The victim was required to a regional medical facility with a dislocated shoulder, authorities said.
  • A robbery June 7 in Parsippany-Troy Hills where the suspect struck one victim, stole $500 and after that dragged a second victim with his automobile while leaving. Both victims were hurt, authorities stated.
  • A burglary June 7 at a Route 46 gas station in Parsippany, where the suspect walked into the attendant's booth while the victim was counting cash, pressed his head down and got cash. After a brief battle with the victim and the victim's co-worker, the robber left in his vehicle on Route 46 East.
  • An assault and robbery June 7 in Garfield, where a woman told authorities the suspect punched her in the head, knocked her to the ground and ran off with her bag.
  • A robbery on June 8 at a filling station on 21st Avenue in Paterson, where the suspect entered the shop, asked what he might purchase for $1, then forced his way behind the counter, pressed the victim and took $200 from the register prior to getting away, according to the affidavit.
  • An assault and break-in July 7 where a female was struck on the back of the head, fell to the ground and robbed of her bag by a guy who ran. The event was caught on a monitoring video camera, according to the 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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