On Friday afternoon Mark and I were driving in Bloomfield, New Jersey when all of a sudden several police cars came tearing along the road, lights flashing, sirens blaring.
In this area you see at least two police cars just for a traffic violation, but when there is more than that something big is up. We pulled over to the side to let them pass when even more cars came.
We were nearing the Bloomfield Green when we saw several more police cars screaming their way to Broad Street. There must have been at least eight, and probably many more. We were startled to see one police car had crashed through some bushes and landed on a tiny median. The door to the car was wide open as if someone had run out of it in a great hurry.
"Look at that," Mark cried. "Is he hurt?"
"I don't think so. Anyway, the door to the car's open and I don't think that anyone's inside. Besides the police are all over the place."
I noticed a policeman to the right of me was talking to a woman pushing a baby stroller. He was writing down everything she said.
We wanted to see more but it was difficult. The area was crawling with police. Crowds had gathered on all sides.
"Traffic is blocked on that side. We'll have to get out of here," said Mark as he took a turn away from the action.
I kept craning my neck to see if I could see anything else.
"It'll be on Baristanet, that's for sure," I said confidently. Baristanet is a website pertaining to all things in "Baristaville" (Bloomfield, Montclair, etc).
Sure enough, after checking with Baristanet later that night, I found out that the Wachovia Bank had been robbed and the suspect had allegedly escaped into Brookdale Park, a large, beautiful county park that is partly in Bloomfield and partly in Montclair. So far there have been no updates on catching the suspect. You can read all about it at Baristanet.