A Brick man is facing a slew of charges related to a vehicle burglary in the northern portion of town, including his alleged attempt to resist arrest once identified by police.
According to Sgt. Neal Pedersen, Brick police received a call of a vehicle burglary in progress on Riviera Drive at 1:21 a.m. Monday morning. While they were en route to the residence, Ptl. Docherty and Riccio spotted a man matching the description provided by the resident who saw the man breaking into a pickup truck. The officers found the man, dressed in all black clothing, walking near the intersection of 23rd Ave and McKinley Court, about two blocks from the scene of the burglary.
The suspect, later identified as Justin Longstreet, 27, initially told officers he did not have identification on him and was walking home from the River Rock bar. But the officers noticed he was carrying a wallet which, police said, actually belonged to a resident from 16th Avenue, where it was inside an unlocked GMC Canyon pickup truck. Credit cards inside the wallet matched the owner’s name, according to police.
While officers were speaking with Longstreet, Pedersen said, he turned his body, at which point he attempted to run from the patrolmen. Longstreet ran approximately 15 feet before Ptl. Gordon grabbed him, attempting to place him under arrest.
“Longstreet physically resisted Ptl. Gordon’s control resulting in Ptl. Gordon falling to the ground with Longstreet,” a statement from police said. “Ptl. Gordon sustained a minor contusion to his right knee and minor abrasions to his face during the struggle.”
Three other officers assisted in placing Longstreet into custody. While on the ground Longstreet continued attempting to assault them, the statement said. After a brief struggle Longstreet was placed into custody.
Longstreet was taken to police headquarters where he was charged with burglary, theft, obstructing the administration of law, resisting arrest, and two counts of aggravated assault. He was later transported to the Ocean County Jail.
According to police, the initial caller provided video footage of a male fitting Longstreet’s general description going onto his driveway and attempting to enter a vehicle that was locked.