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CRIME SPREE: Paramus Police Nab Thieving Trio With $12,800 Worth Of Loot At Garden State Plaza CRIME SPREE: Paramus Police Nab Thieving Trio With $12,800 Worth Of Loot At Garden State Plaza
Crime Spree: Paramus Police Nab Thieving Trio With $12,800 Worth Of Loot At Garden State Plaza A trio of thieving New Yorkers were in the middle of a big-ticket crime spree at the Garden State Plaza -- snatching nearly 200 items worth more than $12,800 in under an hour and a half -- when Paramus police nabbed them, authorities said. Police caught their break when the three stole a cellphone and a wallet from a pair of kiosk workers shortly before 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, Paramus Police Chief Robert Guidetti said. Assisted by mall security, Paramus Detective Lt. Tom Schroeder and Detective Mark Pinajian quickly homed in on the trio, he said. Two of them -- Alexander Aria…
HEARTBREAKING HISTORY: Suicidal Teen Rescued From Hackensack River For 4TH Time In Two Years HEARTBREAKING HISTORY: Suicidal Teen Rescued From Hackensack River For 4TH Time In Two Years
Heartbreaking History: Suicidal Teen Rescued From Hackensack River For 4TH Time In Two Years A troubled young local girl brought rescuers to a bridge over the Hackensack River for the fourth time in less than two years on Friday.  And like twice before, she nearly drowned. The girl also had guardian angels on her side once again -- this time a group of New Milford police officers. The youngster, now 16, was sitting on the edge of the Old New Bridge when Lt. Nelson Perez arrived around 2 p.m. April 12, New Milford Police Chief Brian Clancy said. The officer had gotten within 10 feet when she jumped, the chief said. The teen was treading water when Perez climbed over the…
UPDATE: Popular Garfield Restaurant Ravaged By Overnight Fire (w/PHOTOS) UPDATE: Popular Garfield Restaurant Ravaged By Overnight Fire (w/PHOTOS)
Update: Popular Garfield Restaurant Ravaged By Overnight Fire (w/Photos) A firefighter was taken to a local hospital and two civilians were tended to at the scene of an overnight blaze that destroyed a popular Garfield restaurant and severely damaged the apartments above it. A passerby alerted authorities to the fire that broke on the first floor of DP's Pub and Seafood Grill on River Drive shortly after 2:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, responders said. Firefighters found flames engulfing the bar and spreading quickly through the upper floors. Police Capt. Mario Pozo said two second-floor tenants were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene after responding Garfie…
Meet Trailblazing Builder Behind Brand-New $2.55M Paramus Property Meet Trailblazing Builder Behind Brand-New $2.55M Paramus Property
Meet Trailblazing Builder Behind Brand-New $2.55M Paramus Property Agnes Wanat was always a builder of sorts. The Paramus resident created a diverse series of businesses throughout North Jersey — until she turned 35, and discovered her passion for building homes far outweighed her desire to own another in a series of businesses that left her wanting more. On Thursday, April 11, Wanat debuted her latest home construction project: A 7,500 square-foot, L-shaped home at 228 Diane Pl. in Paramus. The 6-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom house hit the market at $2.55 million, with Tony Nabhan of Keller Williams City Views Realty as the listing agent (click her…
Paramus Boy, 14, Goes Missing For Nearly 10 Hours, Social Media Helps Find Him Paramus Boy, 14, Goes Missing For Nearly 10 Hours, Social Media Helps Find Him
Paramus Boy, 14, Goes Missing For Nearly 10 Hours, Social Media Helps Find Him The nearly 10-hour disappearance of a 14-year-old Paramus Catholic High School student with no known history of issues or problems was enough to worry not just friends and family members but local first responders, as well. As usual, the social media machine kicked into gear -- and, sure enough, it made a difference. The boy left school around 8:45 a.m. Monday, April 8,  Paramus Police Chief Robert Guidetti explained. Although the chief didn't say why, it was believed the boy had some type of disagreement with a family member. The teen was last seen walking into a wooded area in Sadd…
Eyes On The Sky: Total Solar Eclipse Dazzles Paramus (PHOTOS) Eyes On The Sky: Total Solar Eclipse Dazzles Paramus (PHOTOS)
Eyes On The Sky: Total Solar Eclipse Dazzles Paramus (Photos) Nothing unites New Jersey like a total solar eclipse. Residents were outside in droves looking right at the sun, with proper eyewear, of course, as the moon temporarily blocked the sun's light casting a shadow over the region Monday afternoon, April 8. Cars lined up in parking lots across the state — engines off, phones out. The Lemus boys have been learning about the eclipse at school, and joined their parents in the parking lot of a Paramus Starbucks to see it in real time. "It's a big event for he family," Chris Lemus tells Daily Voice. "We wanted to make sure we got the most out of it…
AGAIN? Repeat Bergen Offender Busted Trafficking 28,000 Child Sex Images: Prosecutor AGAIN? Repeat Bergen Offender Busted Trafficking 28,000 Child Sex Images: Prosecutor
Again? Repeat Bergen Offender Busted Trafficking 28,000 Child Sex Images: Prosecutor A repeat offender from South Hackensack relapsed following his release from prison by amassing and sharing 28,000 images of child pornography, said authorities who arrested him on Thursday. Corey Barraclough, 33, was released from the Adult Diagnostic Treatment Center in Avenel last October after serving more than 5½ years behind bars. The first 17 months or so were spent in the Bergen County Jail beginning in and the rest in state custody, records show. That's because the Northvale native had been found with more than 2,400 illegal child-porn images -- and was caught chatting online with …
Teaneck Vape Store Owner, Clerk Cited For Selling To Underage Buyers: Police Teaneck Vape Store Owner, Clerk Cited For Selling To Underage Buyers: Police
Teaneck Vape Store Owner, Clerk Cited For Selling To Underage Buyers: Police The 25-year-old owner of a Teaneck vape store and one of his clerks were cited for selling to minors, authorities said. "After receiving complaints from residents about the sale of vape products to minors and the sale of prohibited vape items, Teaneck police detectives conducted an undercover operation," Teaneck Police Chief Andrew McGurr said. "The operation involved the attempted purchase of vape products from 13 retail establishments," the chief said. Of those businesses, only one -- All the Smoke on Cedar Lane -- allowed customers under 21 to buy vape products, violating state law, McG…
Wanted Driver Crashes Off Route 17, Subdued After Grabbing Mahwah Officer's Gun Wanted Driver Crashes Off Route 17, Subdued After Grabbing Mahwah Officer's Gun
Wanted Driver Crashes Off Route 17, Subdued After Grabbing Mahwah Officer's Gun A fugitive who'd just crashed a car off Route 17 shouted at pursuing Mahwah police to shoot him, then grabbed at an officer's gun and bit him while being handcuffed Thursday morning, authorities said. Officer Christopher Lupo tried to stop Miles Harris, 32, of Newark for several violations on the southbound highway around 10:45 a.m. March 28, Lt. Michael Blondin said. Officer Nick Williams joined Lupo as the sedan exited the highway and fled onto Myrtle Avenue in Ramsey, the lieutenant said. It slammed into a tree moments later. Harris bailed out and ran behind some area businesses, Blond…
GOTCHA! Hit-And-Run Driver Who Struck Paramus Officer At Mall ID'd, Captured, Chief Says GOTCHA! Hit-And-Run Driver Who Struck Paramus Officer At Mall ID'd, Captured, Chief Says
Gotcha! Hit-And-Run Driver Who Struck Paramus Officer At Mall ID'd, Captured, Chief Says A suspect who hit a Paramus police officer with his car as he fled a local mall was identified and captured thanks to dogged detective work and crime-fighting teamwork, authorities said. Officers were investigating the use of credit cards stolen from vehicles at the Garden State Plaza when a black Honda CRV sped through the lower-level parking garage just before 8:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Paramus Police Chief Robert Guidetti said. Officer Michael Cleary was clipped by the car, whose driver kept going, Guidetti said. Cleary was treated for a knee injury at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. Mea…
SWAT STANDOFF: Troubled Ridgefield Park Man Taken To Hospital SWAT STANDOFF: Troubled Ridgefield Park Man Taken To Hospital
SWAT Standoff: Troubled Ridgefield Park Man Taken To Hospital An emotionally disturbed apartment visitor held responders at bay in Ridgefield Park for four hours before being taken to a hospital Monday afternoon, authorities said. Police responded for a welfare check at the Marlboro House Apartments on Main Street around 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, Ridgefield Park Police Chief Joseph Rella said. The man, who apparently was visiting a relative, threatened to jump from the balcony of a third-floor apartment four stories above the rear parking lot.  Village police had spoken to the man for two hours before members of a Regional Crisis Negotiation …
UPDATE: Impaired Wrong-Way Route 4 Driver Injures 5, Himself, Faces Multiple Assault Charges UPDATE: Impaired Wrong-Way Route 4 Driver Injures 5, Himself, Faces Multiple Assault Charges
Update: Impaired Wrong-Way Route 4 Driver Injures 5, Himself, Faces Multiple Assault Charges 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: An impaired driver from Westchester was headed the wrong way on westbound Route 4 in Paramus when his SUV slammed head-on into another over the weekend, sending five people as well as himself to the hospital, authorities said. Whigmer J. Villanueva, 56, of Harrison was "operating his vehicle recklessly and under the influence of drugs and or alcohol" when his eastbound 2008 Toyota rammed an unidentified vehicle shortly near Paramus Road before 2:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, a criminal complaint says. "Two passengers in the defendant's vehicle were injured as a result of the acci…
Maywood House Fire Doused Maywood House Fire Doused
Maywood House Fire Doused Firefighters participating in a mutual aid drill in Paramus on Sunday rushed to Maywood to douse a genuine blaze. The fire had ignited in a 1½-story Cape Cod-style wood-frame home at 30 Grove Avenue -- around the corner from Maywood's fire HQ -- around 11:30 a.m. March 24.The first firefighters at the scene were met by heavy heat, smoke and flames on both floors. They had the fire under control within 90 minutes.  No injuries were reported. Mutual aid responders at the scene or in coverage included firefighters from Hackensack, Paramus, Rochelle Park, Lodi, Fair Lawn, Garfield, Saddl…
UPDATE: Six Injured In Overnight Route 4 Crash, Impaired Wrong-Way Driver Charged UPDATE: Six Injured In Overnight Route 4 Crash, Impaired Wrong-Way Driver Charged
Update: Six Injured In Overnight Route 4 Crash, Impaired Wrong-Way Driver Charged 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: An impaired driver from Westchester was headed the wrong way on westbound Route 4 in Paramus when his SUV slammed head-on into another over the weekend, sending five people as well as himself to the hospital, authorities said. Whigmer J. Villanueva, 56, of Harrison was "operating his vehicle recklessly and under the influence of drugs and or alcohol" when his eastbound 2008 Toyota rammed an unidentified vehicle shortly near Paramus Road before 2:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, a criminal complaint says. "Two passengers in the defendant's vehicle were injured as a result of the accident …
The Valley Hospital Has Opening Date For New Paramus Campus The Valley Hospital Has Opening Date For New Paramus Campus
The Valley Hospital Has Opening Date For New Paramus Campus The Valley Hospital is officially in Paramus. Almost. After more than 70 years in Ridgewood, The Valley Hospital will relocate to Paramus in April. Patients from the Ridgewood facility will be moved to the Paramus location on Sunday, April 14, at which point the hospital will open its doors to emergency and inpatient care. Located at Winters Drive, the state-of-the-art hospital has 370 beds, single-patient rooms, an expanded emergency department, larger operating rooms, park-like grounds, and the latest technology. Gov. Phil Murphy was among the state and local officials who con…
UPDATE: Owner Of Counseling Center In Paramus Admits $700,000 Health Care Fraud UPDATE: Owner Of Counseling Center In Paramus Admits $700,000 Health Care Fraud
Update: Owner Of Counseling Center In Paramus Admits $700,000 Health Care Fraud UPDATE: The owner of a counseling and mental health center in Paramus admitted Tuesday that she scammed private insurers out of $700,000 by billing for patients who either were out of the country, had stopped coming or were never there in the first place. Bergen Alliance Counseling Services served children, families, couples, and adults, but Maria P. Cosentino, 60, of Garfield admitted on March 19 in U.S. District Court in Newark that she also took care of herself. Cosentino (photo above) ran the health care fraud scam at Bergen Alliance for 5½ years by "making up visits for counseling and …
SAD UPDATE: Paramus Woman, 75, Struck By Sedan Driven By 94-Year-Old Motorist Dies SAD UPDATE: Paramus Woman, 75, Struck By Sedan Driven By 94-Year-Old Motorist Dies
SAD Update: Paramus Woman, 75, Struck By Sedan Driven By 94-Year-Old Motorist Dies A 75-year-old Paramus woman who was struck and dragged 20 feet by a sedan driven by a 94-year-old borough resident over the weekend has died, authorities confirmed. Helen Koons was in the crosswalk in the rear parking lot of the Paramus Public Library off East Century Road when the 2013 Toyota Corolla dragged her around 12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 16, Police Chief Robert M. Guidetti said. She was semi-alert when taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, the deputy chief said. Koons was pronounced dead at the hospital at 11:42 a.m. Sunday, he said. Detectives and members of the Par…
Duck Donuts Opens On Route 10 In Whippany Duck Donuts Opens On Route 10 In Whippany
Duck Donuts Opens On Route 10 In Whippany Duck Donuts has added another New Jersey location to its fleet. The popular doughnut shop held a grand opening Route 10 in Whippany Saturday, March 16. This year for St. Patrick's Day, Duck Donuts is offering a Duck Donuts Lucky Duck Assortment featuring limited-time magical charms cereal topping and green vanilla icing.  Available through Sunday, March 17, the Lucky Duck Assortment features magical combinations such as: Bacon Shamrock: green vanilla icing with chopped bacon Strawberry Magical Charms: strawberry icing with limited-time magical charms and marshmallow drizzle Luc…
UPDATE: Paramus Woman, 75, Struck, Dragged By Vehicle Driven By 94-Year-Old Motorist Dies UPDATE: Paramus Woman, 75, Struck, Dragged By Vehicle Driven By 94-Year-Old Motorist Dies
Update: Paramus Woman, 75, Struck, Dragged By Vehicle Driven By 94-Year-Old Motorist Dies A 75-year-old Paramus woman who was struck and dragged 20 feet by a sedan driven by a 94-year-old borough resident over the weekend has died, authorities confirmed. Helen Koons was in the crosswalk in the rear parking lot of the Paramus Public Library off East Century Road when the 2013 Toyota Corolla dragged her around 12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 16, Police Chief Robert M. Guidetti said. She was semi-alert when taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, the deputy chief said. Koons was pronounced dead at the hospital at 11:42 a.m. Sunday, he said. Boyd A. Loving for DAILY VOICE…
Stew Leonard's Recalls Apple Crisp, Sugar-Free Apple Pie Stew Leonard's Recalls Apple Crisp, Sugar-Free Apple Pie
Stew Leonard's Recalls Apple Crisp, Sugar-Free Apple Pie Stew Leonard's has recalled two of its apple desserts. The Apple Crisp Made with Honeycrisp Apples may contain undeclared milk and the No Sugar Added Apple Pie may contain undeclared eggs, the grocer announced Friday, March 15.  The products were sold between Aug. 28, 2023 and March 8, 2024 at the Danbury, Norwalk, and Newington, CT stores; East Meadow, Farmingdale, and Yonkers, NY stores, and the Paramus, NJ store. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the products containing milk and eggs were distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk and…
STABBING AT AMERICAN DREAM: Video Posted, Secaucus Man Arrested STABBING AT AMERICAN DREAM: Video Posted, Secaucus Man Arrested
Stabbing AT American Dream: Video Posted, Secaucus Man Arrested Video shot at the American Dream Mall captured images of a Secaucus man charged with a stabbing this week. It's believed that two men tried to grab him in the cellphone video recorded from a level above the confrontation at the mall in East Rutherford shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12. The bare-chested assailant pulls the shirt over one man's head and knees him in the face before going after the second. HudPost posted the video on X. Eyewitnesses say a stabbing occurred in the American Dream Mall during this encounter. We have not confirmed these details. pic.twitter.com/bB…
STANDOFF-ISH: Barricaded Hackensack Man, 21, Seized By SWAT For Second Time In 6 Weeks STANDOFF-ISH: Barricaded Hackensack Man, 21, Seized By SWAT For Second Time In 6 Weeks
Standoff-ish: Barricaded Hackensack Man, 21, Seized By SWAT For Second Time In 6 Weeks Wasting little time, members of a Bergen County Regional SWAT team burst through an apartment door and seized a Hackensack man who'd barricaded himself inside for the second time in six weeks. Fairview police had called their Hackensack colleagues seeking a welfare check at the Newman Street apartment in the Oratam Court development between Atlantic and Sussex streets around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, said Capt. Michael Antista, the officer in charge of the department. They'd been there the morning of Jan. 27 and, like before, had to call for tactical officers when the tenant refused…
Wild Fork, Meat, Seafood Grocery Store Opens In Paramus Wild Fork, Meat, Seafood Grocery Store Opens In Paramus
Wild Fork, Meat, Seafood Grocery Store Opens In Paramus A store known for its seafood and meat has recently opened in Paramus. NOW OPEN in Paramus, NJ! Come stop by our newest #WildFork store and tag a friend who needs to join you ⬇️ 📍 723 State Route 17 Paramus, NJ 07652 Posted by Wild Fork Foods on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 Wild Fork opened this month at 723 Route 17 South. The store offers more than 450+ meat and seafood items, including Wagyu.  The meat is sourced from farms in Nebraska and Colorado and wet-aged. Wild Fork also offers Iberico Pork from Spain and seafood from the Mediterranean.  Paramus patrons are already s…
UPDATE: Runaway Boy, 2, Wanders Naked Into Paramus Pizzeria, Grabs Oreos UPDATE: Runaway Boy, 2, Wanders Naked Into Paramus Pizzeria, Grabs Oreos
Update: Runaway Boy, 2, Wanders Naked Into Paramus Pizzeria, Grabs Oreos A 2-year-old boy was reunited with his mother after he walked naked into a Paramus pizzeria around noontime Tuesday, authorities said. The toddler wandered into La Bella Roma on North Farview Avenue just off Route 17 around 12:30 p.m. March 12, Paramus Police Chief Robert Guidetti said. "it was crazy. He just walked in stark naked," a witness said. "He grabbed a package of Oreos and started to eat them. "He didn’t know English and didn’t respond to yes or no, either. He sat with the owner [until] the police. Just happy he’s OK." Guidetti's officers summoned Paramus EMTs who checked o…
GUILTY: ‘Bling Bishop’ From Bergen Convicted Of Swindling NJ Parishioner's Mom, More GUILTY: ‘Bling Bishop’ From Bergen Convicted Of Swindling NJ Parishioner's Mom, More
Guilty: ‘Bling Bishop’ From Bergen Convicted Of Swindling NJ Parishioner's Mom, More 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A flashy Brooklyn bishop who lives in Bergen County – and was infamously robbed at gunpoint during a live-streamed church service – was convicted in lower Manhattan of swindling the elderly mom of a parishioner out of her life savings, among other counts. Lamor Whitehead, 45, promised to put the $90,000 toward buying her a home, federal prosecutors told jurors in the Southern U.S. District of New York who found him guilty of all charges after only three hours of deliberations on Monday, March 11. Instead, the infamous "Bling Bishop" blew the money on BMW payments and luxury purchase…
Car Meet Draws More Than 1,000 Vehicles To Paramus, Jams Route 17: Police Car Meet Draws More Than 1,000 Vehicles To Paramus, Jams Route 17: Police
Car Meet Draws More Than 1,000 Vehicles To Paramus, Jams Route 17: Police More than 1,000 vehicles converged on a Paramus shopping center on Sunday, jamming Route 17, in what authorities said was another in a series of unsanctioned car meets. Longtime area natives said it may well have been the largest ever to come to Paramus. No incidents were reported -- other than a stretch of major congestion on the one day of the week when retail businesses In Bergen County are closed under blue laws. The orderly gathering began shortly before 10 a.m. March 3 at the Paramus Town Square and Raymour & Flanigan parking lot on the northbound highway just before the Gar…
'Entertainer' Who's Worked With Kids Charged With Sex Crimes In Bergen, Rockland 'Entertainer' Who's Worked With Kids Charged With Sex Crimes In Bergen, Rockland
'Entertainer' Who's Worked With Kids Charged With Sex Crimes In Bergen, Rockland A deejay from Rockland County who’s worked with children in a number of Bergen County towns is facing sex assault charges in both states, Daily Voice has learned. Andrew Villafuerte – aka “Droovy” – 33, of Airmont, NY, is charged with three separate instances of aggravated criminal sexual contact, as well as child endangerment, out of New Milford, NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said on Friday, March 1. Musella, who described the defendant as an entertainer, said an investigation by his Special Victims Unit and New Milford police found that Villafuerte "had sexually assaulted a ch…
One Ulta Thief Barricades Himself In Local Home, Another Strikes 3X In 10 Days: Maywood PD One Ulta Thief Barricades Himself In Local Home, Another Strikes 3X In 10 Days: Maywood PD
One Ulta Thief Barricades Himself In Local Home, Another Strikes 3X In 10 Days: Maywood PD Maywood police captured a repeat offender from Lyndhurst who’d barricaded himself in the basement of a local resident’s home after shoplifting from the Ulta store at the Bergen Town Center, authorities said. The arrest of Brendan Hunt, 46, comes amid an escalating epidemic of thefts from Ulta stores nationwide – including in Paramus, Montvale and throughout New Jersey. Hunt bolted out an emergency exit with a shopping basket full of stolen fragrances shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, Maywood Detective Sgt. William Phayre said Friday. Officer Alana Luna spotted Hunt running south …
Paramus Detectives Nab Thief Accused Of Burglarizing Local Home, Stealing BMW, Eluding Pursuit Paramus Detectives Nab Thief Accused Of Burglarizing Local Home, Stealing BMW, Eluding Pursuit
Paramus Detectives Nab Thief Accused Of Burglarizing Local Home, Stealing BMW, Eluding Pursuit Paramus police detectives identified and arrested an Irvington resident who they said stole a brand new BMW during a burglary and forced a uniformed officer to terminate a pursuit out of safety concerns. Kasieum Frye, 21, and an accomplice broke into an Oakwood Drive home and snatched the key fob for the 2024 X6 shortly before 4:30 a.m. late last September, Paramus Police Chief Robert Guidetti said. A neighbor alerted police, who found sliding glass doors to the kitchen pried open, the chief said on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Officer Matthew Mulick pursued the SUV on Farview Avenue until high spe…
WINNERS! Two Bergen County Powerball Players Get Big Bucks WINNERS! Two Bergen County Powerball Players Get Big Bucks
Winners! Two Bergen County Powerball Players Get Big Bucks It was a sensational Saturday for two Bergen County Powerball players. The two Bergen County Powerball players matched four of the five numbers plus the red Powerball in the drawing held on Saturday, Feb. 24. The tickets were sold at BJ's Wholesale Club in Paramus and 7-Eleven in Cliffside Park. The winning numbers were 3, 8, 40, 53, 58 and the red Powerball was 3. 
GOTCHA (x2)! Paramus Officer Chases Down Separate Suspects From Same Mall Incident GOTCHA (x2)! Paramus Officer Chases Down Separate Suspects From Same Mall Incident
Gotcha (x2)! Paramus Officer Chases Down Separate Suspects From Same Mall Incident A Paramus police officer chased down two separate suspects who fled the Bergen Towne Center, authorities said. Two men and a woman all bolted from the Nordstrom Rack, then ran in different directions, after stealing Burberry and Givenchy apparel and a Reaction wristwatch worth nearly $667 combined, Police Chief Robert Guidetti said. Officer Kevin Grady, who was among the responders, ran after Yerbinson Zapata-Zus as he fled east on Route 4 near Forest Avenue, the chief said. Zapata-Zus resisted after Grady grabbed him, Guidetti said, but he was quickly subdued. Grady was driving him back …