Officer Michael Sprung responded to a report of a suspicious person behind the Route 46 Video Boutique store at 2:32 a.m. on Monday, July 15. He arrived at the location, exited his patrol vehicle and walked around to the rear of the building.
As he rounded the corner, he saw a man later identified as Jorge Garcon, 42, Parsippany, wedged between a screen door and an entry door attempting to gain entry to the business. Officer Sprung ordered the male to the ground.
The man began to raise his hands before jumping off of the stairs and into the parking area.
Mr. Garcon continued to ignore the officer’s commands and began to run away. Officer Sprung caught up to the suspect on foot and attempted to place him into custody. Mr. Garcon continued to physically resist Officer Sprung.
The suspect was sprayed with pepper spray, but continued to resist. Officer Ronald Carrozzino arrived at the location and assisted Officer Sprung with attempting to handcuff Mr. Garcon. Officers utilized their pepper spray again, but the suspect continued to resist as Officer Jason Ferreira arrived at the location. The suspect was successfully placed into custody while continuing to resist arrest even after being handcuffed.
A canvass of the surrounding area yielded no other suspects. Upon closer examination of the attempted point of entry into the building, Officer Sprung observed that the screen to the exterior door had been torn open and the glass on the interior door had been smashed.
Mr. Garcon was transported to Parsippany Police Headquarters where he was processed. His custody was later turned over to the Morris County Jail in lieu of $5,000.00 bail with no 10% option. He was charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Resisting Arrest.