Police: Teaneck Brick Thrower May Have Struck Again
TEANECK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police on Tuesday said the assailant who has been throwing bricks at cars and homes in Teaneck, New Jersey, may have struck again.
Two more windows near Ramapo Road were smashed over the weekend, Teaneck police said.
Police believe there is a strong possibility that the person responsible for the latest incidents was also behind vandalism that damaged dozens of homes and cars in a seven-block radius in the same area.
Investigators say a suspect on a bike has been terrorizing residents in the neighborhood, smashing the windows of the cars and homes.
“I heard a loud crash in the night around 11:30 and I came home this morning and found a brick thrown through our garage,” resident Rachel Feldman said last week.
Right around the corner the suspect tossed a brick through the window of a house on Claremont Avenue, hitting a teenager in the head, police said.
“On the couch underneath that window was an 18-year-old female, who was laying down when she got struck in the face with either broken glass or the piece of the brick,” Teaneck Police Lt. Det. Andrew McGurr said last week.
The teen’s family told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan that she was okay, but little else.
“She was injured; had to get stitches,” McGurr said.
A few blocks away on Lincoln Place, Tom Schaitberger was fast asleep at 11:30 p.m. when something woke him up.
“It woke me up, but I didn’t know what the noise was,” he told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.
It was not until the morning that he saw the jagged hole in the bay window and the brick.
“All the glass – you could see all the glass down in here,” he said.
What makes the crime different from others is the suspect actually walked up the driveway and then smashed the garage window, Sloan reported.
Four homes and nine cars were hit a week ago Monday night within a two-hour period, police said, adding they believe the attacks were random.
Police said they know the identity of their suspect, a man who is over the age of 18 and who they believe is responsible for shattering the windows of more than a dozen cars earlier this month.
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