YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A second man was with an Essex County ex-con who crashed a vehicle carjacked from Englewood on the Garden State Parkway following a police chase over the weekend, police said this morning.
The accomplice jumped out a few blocks after Latrey Evans, 35, roared off in the black 2006 Infiniti left running outside an Englewood convenience store — knocking down the owner when he rushed out and opened the driver’s side door, Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Evans, a parolee from Irvington, has a deep criminal history, including a previous police chase and crash, as CLIFFVIEW PILOT reported yesterday. READ MORE….
The Infiniti owner and another man left the car running while going into Jordan’s Convenience Corner store, on West Englewood Avenue in the city’s 4th Ward, around 7 o’clock Saturday night, Torell said.
Spotting Evans and another man in the car, he ran back and opened the door, he said.
“A struggle ensued and the car lurched forward and struck the building, then reversed and struck the vehicle owner, knocking him to the ground,” Torell said. “The vehicle then sped off.
“Within a few blocks, witnesses reported seeing the passenger jump from the vehicle,” he said.
The owner dialed 911 and city police issued an alert for the vehicle.
Moments later, a Paramus officer in an unmarked car saw it heading south on the Garden State Parkway. The officer followed it while alerting New Jersey State Police, who pulled in behind the Infiniti and signaled for it to stop.
The 5-foot-7, 170-pound Evans took off, leading a brief pursuit before crashing near the NJSP Bloomfield barracks, Torell said.
He tried to run but was quickly caught, State Police said.
No injuries were reported. The damaged vehicle had to be towed.
Englewood detectives and investigators from the NJSP Auto Theft Squad interviewed Evans, after which city police charged him with first-degree carjacking.
Torell noted that Evans is currently in the state’s internsive supervision program for parolees.
Records show a history of robbery and weapons offenses — seven of them felonies. Evans also was implicated in the 2003 holdup of eight people that led to the subsequent shooting and killing of two of them.
He also flipped a car with three other suspects inside during a 2009 police chase.
Evans was being held on $250,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, while the search for the second man continues.
“We have several leads,” Torell said. “Detectives will be following up.”
The captain also praised Paramus and state police for doing “an exemplary job of getting our resident’s property back and getting a dangerous criminal off the streets safely.”
MUGSHOT: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD
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