RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Police arrested an East Rutherford ex-con for the fifth time this year – only this time a judge ordered him held after authorities said he assaulted the owner of a vehicle he was trying to steal.
Mario Macri, 33, remained in the Bergen County Jail on Wednesday -- and will stay there pending the outcome of the charges following his arrest earlier this month, a judge in Hackensack ruled after a detention hearing.
A resident dialed 911 while chasing Macri and his pitbull just after 11 p.m. July 1, Capt. Patrick Feliciano said.
Macri – whose criminal history dates back to 2004 -- had just burglarized the man’s 2017 Ford Explorer, which was parked on West Erie Avenue near Jackson Avenue, he said.
The victim told police he tried to stop Macri and was knocked down, sustaining shoulder, elbot and thumb injuries.
The total haul: a $5 bill and three dollars in loose change.
Told that the culprit and dog fled into a wooded area, Officers Brian Caughey entered from the east.
Macri spotted him and fled north towards Willow Wood Court in East Rutherford, Feliciano said.
East Rutherford police rushed to the area, where a resident pointed to a house Macri ran into, the captain said.
East Rutherford Officer Matthew Bucceri grabbed Macri as he ran out the front door, Feliciano said. He was charged with robbery and burglary and sent to the county lockup.
Police found the five-dollar bill in the wooded area, the captain said.
Macri was arrested four times this year alone before subsequently being released:
- On June 12, Rutherford police said they caught him behind the wheel of a stolen Ford Explorer.
- On March 26, Lyndhurst police said they caught him with heroin and a syringe.
- Carlstadt police arrested Macri on June 6 on shoplifting charges.
- He was also jailed briefly on April 30 after county authorities charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia.
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