New Jersey Domestic Violence Suspect in Custody, After Police Chase, Manhunt

The suspect sparked an hours-long manhunt after escaping police

A New Jersey man wanted for alleged domestic violence is in custody after sparking a daylong manhunt when he crashed his car during a police chase and fled on foot, officials said.

Tana Raymond, the deputy mayor of Garfield, did not detail how the suspect was caught but commended police on a "wonderful job of apprehending the suspect." 

Garfield Police said earlier the suspect was being pursued by officers on Wednesday morning when his car slammed into a building in Garfield at about 8:30 a.m.

A nearby school was put on lockdown as officers searched for the suspect, and was dismissed later in the afternoon under heavy police presence.

Police said the suspect was seen running through backyards and tried to carjack a driver, but when that attempt failed he took off again on foot and was spotted dodging across lawns.

The manhunt and SWAT teams systematically searched each home within the perimeter as they looked for him. Residents of more than a dozen homes were asked to step outside their houses, and wait on the sidewalk, under the protection of police officers, while SWAT teams entered and searched for the suspect.

Though authorities did not know if the suspect was armed, they considered him both armed and dangerous because of past run-ins he has had with police, officials said.

He also has multiple warrants out for his arrest in connection with those past incidents, but police declined to elaborate on the nature of the warrants or allegations against him.

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