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Hit-And-Run Suspect Arrested

Lakewood police arrested the suspect driver who hit and critically injured a Chaveirim member and then fled the scene, according to the Chaveirim of Lakewood.

The Lakewood Police Department arrested the suspected driver who hit and critically injured a Chaveirim member, Moshe Guttmann, and then fled the scene, according to a statement released by the Chaveirim of Lakewood.

A family member of the victim who did not give up searching for the vehicle spotted the possible match to the Chevy Astro van parked in the rear of an East 5th Street home, according to the statement.

The family member questioned someone outside the residence regarding the damage to the vehicle, and was told it was involved in an accident last week. He immediately called police, according to the statement.

Upon arrival the officers determined the damage to be consistent with the damage described by the Traffic & Safety Officers. After questioning the suspect for some time, the man was taken into Police Headquarters for further interviewing and was arrested a short time ago, according to the statement. 

Moshe has since then undergone numerous surgeries and was released from the hospital on Friday to rehab, according to the statement.

"The arrest of the suspect will obviously not heal the wounds inflicted on Moshe, but it is with much happiness that we receive this news," the statement read.

More information can be found at The Lakewood Scoop by clicking here.

The statement also read:

"Lakewood Chaveirim extends its deepest thanks to: the Lakewood Police Dept., Ocean County prosecutors and the county sheriff’s department, Police Chief Robert C. Lawson, Mayor Isaac Ackerman, Police Commissioner Meir Lichtenstein, Police Sgt. Frank Work, Patrolman David Silberstein,and Officer Menck of Traffic and Safety, and the numerous police officers and detectives who stopped at nothing to resolve this case. We would also like to thank the officers and crossing guards who spent hours out in the cold & snow distributing about 1,500 fliers with information about the accident.

"We would also like to thank the local Policemen’s Benevolent Association, the Sergeant and Officers Association, and LCSW, for helping us offer a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

"Special thank you to the residents of Lakewood, and the surrounding towns that have reached out to the Lakewood Police Dept. with numerous tips of vehicles matching the description."

barbara February 18, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Way to go to the family member who caught this low life and good work to PD. Hope the victim will be ok......
WMS826 February 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Sounds like it was one of their own...why will they not release the arrested mans name otherwise. Ever notice the amount of mini vans you see in Lakewood.
J.JONES February 18, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Goes to show you can run and you can hide but you will get caught..good story hope the person who was hit is ok..
Bob Short February 18, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Another - Chevy Astro van ,, funny these 2 past summers, there were a lot of rear end collisions; to people who were stopped at traffic lights, by an unknown Chevy Astro van ..? you would stop at a light, while waitign - "BHAMM" from the rear,, you've been hit by a FORD,DODGE,CHEVY - van,, after you were hit, they would take off,,, Thank you Lakewood PD ! wonder what else they will find.?
Mark Wendell February 19, 2013 at 12:06 AM
Get well Moshe, this man was helping the Lakewood community and he was run down doing it. Good job LPD and the family member who made the call.
wookfish February 19, 2013 at 01:29 PM
stop wearing all black at NIGHT..
Revolution February 19, 2013 at 05:50 PM
no search warrant? also the family member started questioning on his own. Isnt that impersonating a police officer?
Pepsi February 19, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Did it say this anywhere? Or is it just an assumption because his name sounds Jewish, and it took place in Lakewood?
Pepsi February 19, 2013 at 08:03 PM
It's only impersonating a police officer if they represent themselves as such. They can just say, "Wow, that car looks banged up. What happened?"
Revolution February 21, 2013 at 02:32 PM
charges must be dropped
Mark Wendell February 22, 2013 at 03:26 AM
They wear safety vest's over the black anyway.
wookfish February 22, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Wendell,i drive through Lakewood every night and i only see less than a dozen out of hundreds with a vest on, and that's after dodging them running lights and stop signs, making illeagel turns, speeding, jay walking,etc...the chosen people mt butt
arthur thomson May 17, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Isn't it strange that Lakewood has more accidents than any other town in the state of NJ. When you ride through Lakewood you are taking your life in your own hands especially if you are there when school lets out...Dodge Caravans everywhere cutting of anyone in their way. Don't believe it ? Try it yourself any school day.....oh yes did I mention that Lakewood has more schools than any other town in the United States.....


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