Brick police, for the third time in a week, arrested multiple suspects outside a township Wawa convenience store on Friday, bringing the total number of people arrested there over the past seven days to more than 20.
Capt. Keith Renhard said Detectives Ryan Talty and Bernardino Alvarado were conducting a selective enforcement detail at the Wawa, located at 116 Brick Boulevard, on Friday.
First, police encountered a man known from “previously related police encounters,” identified as Johnathan Tinik, 48, of Brick. Tinik was found to have an active warrant for $250 issued by Ocean Township (Monmouth) Municipal Court. He was placed into custody, processed, and released, Reinhard said.
In a separate incident, detectives observed a vehicle exit the parking lot onto Brick Boulevard. After observing motor vehicle violations, Reinhard said, a traffic stop was conducted. As a result of the motor vehicle stop and further investigation, Ptl. Keith Prendeville and his K9 partner Max arrived on scene and performed a K9 sniff. K9 Max provided a positive indication to illicit drugs being inside the vehicle. The driver, identified as Erica Azurak, 34, of Toms River, was found to have multiple warrants totaling $2,058. She was arrested and processed on the warrants.
One of the passengers, Robert Johnson III, of Toms River, was arrested on eight outstanding warrants totaling $146,432.09. According to information from the Ocean County Jail, he is being held on charges of burglary and two counts of willful nonsupport.
As a result of the positive K9 indication, a search of the motor vehicle was conducted. The third passenger, Rachel Mulligan, 41, of Jackson, was arrested after various prescription medications were found, said Reinhard. He was charged with four counts of drug possession – two for Xanax and one for Clonazepam (better known as Klonopin), and a charge of possessing a prescription legend drug without a prescription.