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Police Chase, Arrest Two Alleged Burglars

Nicholas Williams, 34, and Haneef Brook, 33, arrested after allegedly attempting to break into residences in neighborhood near Eagle Rock Avenue and Pleasant Valley Way.

West Orange police arrested two men who allegedly attempted to break into Shrump Place and Marmon Terrace residences on Jan. 15, officials said. 

According to police, an Oak Terrace resident reported two suspicious men walking up her driveway and into her neighbor’s backyards. 

Police arrived and saw one of the men, Nicholas Williams, 34, of West Orange, walking on a Marmon Terrace driveway. 

During questioning, Williams told police he parked his silver BMW on Oak Terrace and was walking to a friend's house. 

William's, however, couldn't provide a name or address of his friend.

Police said the other man, Haneef Brook, 33, of Orange, had no reason for being on Marmon Terrace.

When officers arrived, the resident told police she watched one of the men break into a Shrump Place residence with a tool through the back porch, but he left the house after a few minutes.

Officers confirmed signs of forced entry into the house. Police attempted to handcuff Williams, but he fled down Marmon Terrace toward Schmitt Road and into the Woodlands complex, police said.

Once officers caught up with Williams, he continued to resist arrest while the officer was on the ground attempting to handcuff him, police said. The officer was eventually able to handcuff Williams, but only after he was pepper sprayed.

Williams was transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston for treatment. 

The BMW was found on Oak Terrace and towed. No tools were found in the car, police said.

Williams was charged with two counts of burglary and resisting arrest. Brooks was charged with two counts of burglary.

Tom January 29, 2013 at 04:55 AM
GREAT! 2 more dirtbags off the streets hopefully bail will be set very high. If they get out i hope police keep a close eye on them to prevent more crimes against WO residents.
Tom January 29, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Just curious, did either have prior records? Any warrants? What are their addresses? Any photos?
Tom January 29, 2013 at 05:28 AM
Their mug shots are on mugshotsworld.com under new jersey Essex county page 27 and 27
Celeste January 29, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Thank you to the neighbor who reported it and to the officers whom responded. We need to work together to protect our neighborhood. Great job.
Gunny January 29, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Good job WOPD!
David Peart January 29, 2013 at 08:11 PM
That is exactly how it's done. Great job to the WOPD, and kudos to the community for outstanding work as well. The police CAN'T do it alone.
Annamarie January 29, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Thank you for the information. I will be more aware now that I know that there are theives close to wear I live.
Tom January 30, 2013 at 04:22 AM
This mugshot of our neighbor Anyone know him? http://www.mugshotsworld.com/NICHOLAS-D-WILLIAMS

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