A New Jersey chiropractor has been charged in connection with a string of break-ins and attacks throughout 3 counties, authorities said Thursday. Erick K. Macias, 35, of Wharton, deals with charges of robbery, aggravated attack and weapons possession in the crimes, which occurred the past two months in Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties, according to court records.
“During the beginning of June, numerous neighborhoods in northern New Jersey experienced a series of strong-arm robberies that appeared to have been committed by the exact same person,” Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said in a declaration.
The criminal activities consist of: A break-in with a weapon on June 6 when the suspect entered a gasoline station on Grand Street in Paterson, pushed a staff member aside and took $500 from the register prior to leaving. The suspect forgot his hat at the scene. It was referred to as a gray, snap-back hat with a symbol of New Jersey on it, according to an arrest affidavit.
On Tuesday, investigators from several towns, armed with a search warrant, raided Macias' apartment or condo in Wharton and arrested him after collecting evidence, Musella said.
Macias, who runs his chiropractic company in Union City, was charged with one count of first-degree break-in, five counts of second-degree break-in, and a number of counts of worsened assault, simple attack, theft and weapons charges, according to Musella and court files.
The affidavits state that after his arrest, Macias admitted in recorded interviews to some of the robberies. It was not clear Friday whether he had maintained a lawyer.
Macias is being kept in the Bergen County Jail, pending a court hearing on Monday, according to jail records. Civil court documents submitted in Superior Court of Bergen County show the chiropractic physician had been experiencing financial issues over the last few years.
In August 2019, Bank of America sued him for an outstanding charge card balance of$ 35,838.92. The case was dismissed in February, court records reveal.
In December 2016, American Express-Mercedes Benz sued Macias for breach of agreement and unfair enrichment for stopping working to pay a $4,789.48 credit card expense. The claim was settled for an unspecified amount, according to court records.
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