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On February 12, 2022, at 6:05 P.M., Secaucus Police responded to the Shell Gas Station, 300 Route 3 East on report of a carjacking. The victim left his 2022 Nissan Altima running in the parking lot with his girlfriend and their baby inside as he entered the Shell Gas Station’s Convenience Store.

Upon exiting the store, the victim observed a male, later identified as Raymond Scott, 18, of East Orange enter his vehicle and drive away with his girlfriend and their baby still inside. The victim held onto the driver’s side door, but fell off and suffered minor injuries as Raymond Scott sped away toward the area of Clarendon and Seventh Streets. At that time, Raymond Scott abandoned the stolen vehicle and fled on foot toward the catwalk that goes over Route 3.

K9 Units from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office assisted in locating the suspect, however it proved fruitless. Detectives and patrol division personnel worked collabortively and were able to ascertain a photo of Raymond Scott, albeit his identity was still not known at that time. Members of the Secaucus Police department were provided with a photo of Raymond Scott.

On February 13, 2022, at 9:15 A.M., Secaucus Police responded to Mallard Place where a resident reported that their home was just burglarized while the residents were home. During the burglary, credit and identification cards et. al. were stolen from the resident’s purse. A witness to the burglary provided a description to responding police officers who said that the burglar, later identified as Raymond Scott, fled toward the Extended Stay Hotel, 1 Meadowlands Parkway.

Police Officers attempted to handcuff and detain Raymond Scott, however he resisted the police officers’ control. Once handcuffed Raymond Scott made an attempt to runaway and escape custody by fleeing toward the stairway. Raymond Scott was identified as the person who committed the carjacking the night before after additional evidence was recovered subseuqent to his arrest.

“This arrest clearly shows that when members of the community and police work collaboratively justice will prevail,” Chief Dennis Miller said. “I am glad that an arrest was made swiftly for these appalling crimes to ensure an end to Mr. Scott’s crime spree in our neighborhood.”

Raymond Scott was charged with Carjacking [2C:15-1a(1)], two counts of Kidnapping [2C:13-1b(1)], two (2) counts of Burglary [2C:18-2a(1)], two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer [2C:12-1b(5)a], Obstructing the Administration of Law [2C:29-1a], Escape [2C:29-5a], Resisting Arrest [2C:29-2a(3)], two (2) counts of Theft [2C:20-3a] and Credit Card Theft [2C:21-6c(1)]. He was lodged in the Hudson County Jail. These charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.