Suffern-Bound Passenger Blocks Tracks, Leads Police on Chase

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Police: Man tried to push his way into Suffern home

BY BILL DEMAREST

SUFFERN – A passenger on a NJ Transit train to Suffern was arrested Monday night after he got off the train, sat on the tracks, led police on a chase and tried to push his way into a nearby home, according to Suffern police.

The chase ended on Oak Terrace when the 34-year-old Waldwick, NJ, man was captured with the assistance of Suffern police dog Patriot.

The incident in Suffern began when NJ Transit notified village police of a passenger on a train bound for Suffern who was acting strangely. When the train reached Suffern, police said the man got off the train and then sat on the tracks in an attempt to block the train from moving.

As village police officers approached the man, police said he fled into Suffern’s West Ward section and began knocking on doors. Police said he attempted to push his way into a home as he was yelling religious chants.

The passenger was charged with criminal trespassing.

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