Toms River Police responded to a report that a suspect was observed breaking into a vehicle on Bounty Court at midnight Thursday.
An investigation found that witnesses heard a noise, then observed a suspect break the window of a vehicle, according to Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.
One witness was Manchester Township Police Officer Arthur Cronk. Officer Cronk was off duty and identified himself as a police officer at which point the suspect stated “I have a gun,” Mastronardy said.
The suspect then fled on foot, being pursued by Officer Cronk.
Within minutes Officer Daniel Herr and K-9 Officer Art Pennell arrived at the scene, on Vincent Drive, and they observed the suspect being chased by Officer Cronk.
The suspect attempted to elude officers by jumping over a fence in the rear of a home on Mount Lane .
The suspect began to actively strike and kick the officers who quickly placed him under arrest.
Police arrested Andrew Aurigemma, 22, of 514 Adams Avenue, Hoboken, a former Toms River resident, and charged him with burglary to a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a police officer, according to Mastronardy.
Officer Cronk was not injured, but Officer Herr was treated at Community Medical Center for a minor injury to his thumb that occurred while making the apprehension.
Aurigemma is being held in Ocean County Jail on $75,000 bail no 10 percent.
Prior to this incident, he was out on $50,000 bail after being arrested on November 1st inside the Silverton Pharmacy, Hooper Avenue, according to Mastronardy.
Officers Nate Williams and Dan Ruiz responded to an alarm at 1:30 a.m. when they observed a broken window and a suspect inside the pharmacy building.
K-9 Officer Art Pennel and his partner Blitz conducted a building search and located Aurigemma hiding inside the pharmacy.