Morris County chiropractor charged in slew of robberies had drug addiction, attorney says – NorthJersey.com

24July 2020

A North Jersey chiropractor remained in the throes of a crack cocaine dependency when he committed a string of violent robberies over a 48-hour period in June, according to his attorney. Erick Macias, of Wharton, made a virtual court appearance from the Bergen County Jail on Friday to respond to charges of break-in and attack in Garfield, Lyndhurst, Paterson, Wharton and Parsippany, in which he would snatch handbags and run away. The crime spree was inspired by a dependency

that “forced his behavior,”and became so extreme that Macias inspected himself into a rehab days later, Brian Neary, his attorney, said Friday. Macias stayed at the Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford for a month till his arrest on July 14. Arrest: Morris County chiropractor charged after string of break-ins and assaults Local: Morristown guy whose arrest went viral is rejected release after alleged carjacking A Bergen County judge gave Macias'release from prison on Friday so he can resume treatment at the center. The 35-year-old chiropractic practitioner will enter home detention when his treatment ends, according to the ruling. Authorities said Macias followed a comparable method operandi, driving his vehicle across several counties and ambushing victims in the street. The first break-in happened on June 6 in

Wharton, where Macias supposedly pushed down a woman and took her bag. During a theft in Garfield the following day, Macias presumably punched a Passaic female in the head as she strolled home with her other half along River Drive.

Macias grabbed the victim's purse and ran, however not before she and her hubby had kept in mind the suspect's vehicle, according to the affidavit for his arrest. Cops caught the chiropractic doctor in July after pulling security footage of his vehicle at the break-in scenes, and matching his description with eye witness testimonies.

District attorneys on Friday kept in mind that Macias, regardless of having no prior criminal record, has relapsed several times since getting treatment for dependency in 2016.

“In Parsippany, the victim was dragged by the automobile and pushed to the ground. In Garfield, a 56-year-old woman was struck with a closed fist and knocked to the ground,” Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Torre stated. “I comprehend that the defendant requires treatment, but this is a cause for issue given the number of regressions that he has had.”

The State Board of Chiropractic Examiners has actually asked for a suspension of Macias' license, Neary stated.

Macias faces charges of break-in, worsened assault, theft and simple attack, in connection with a series of criminal offenses devoted in early June.

Tom Nobile covers Superior Court in Bergen County for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from criminal trials to regional lawsuits and informative analysis, please subscribe or activate your digital account today. Email: nobile@northjersey.com!.?.! Twitter: @tomnobileSource:

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