June 28, 2010

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.


  1. Oh yikes!! I hope he doesn't find his way down to South Jersey. LOL I hope they find him PERIOD!

  2. Oh my goodness! Actually, this kinda reminds me of the book I'm reading...damn, what is it called?? A Confederacy of Dunces, I think.

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  3. Oh I used to see ton of Police cars patroling in Florham Park when I used to live in NJ. Acutally, there are ton of cops in NJ for writing just tikcets. One night I was kind of lost, and I think the officer knew I was in trouble because I made a sudden left turn after the red light. He pulled me over if I was okay, and he showed me the way back home. So, not every officer is jerk - I kind of miss being in NJ...

    I'm glad you guys are okay!

  4. @Tree - I still haven't heard of them catching anybody.

  5. @LambAround -- I have that book around here somewhere . . . I know I do.

    Actually, I love the picture of your with the mask and the dog!

  6. @Maki -- I lived in Florham Park as a kid! A nice town. I don't remember a lot of police cars. It was so quiet at night that they turned some of the traffic lights to "blinking" at night.

  7. Wow! That's a little scary! Let's hope he's a "friendly" bank robber. LOL

  8. Whoa! Kinda crazy when you see stuff like this happening in font of you. Like you are in wonder and think, "this isn't just on TV"...but glad you were safe and that you got some good ol' Jersey action!

  9. @Tree -- I sure hope that they find him!

  10. @~*~Eneida~*~ -- "good ol' Jersey action!" LOL! Yes, real life can sometimes beat TV!