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Garfield homeowner holds down one burglary suspect, police catch other

Photo Credit: Courtesy GARFIELD PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Garfield woman who found a couple burglarizing her home this afternoon pinned one of the suspects on the ground outside her house while police chased down another.

The collars came at a price, though: The first officer on the scene, after knocking the female suspect down, broke his foot chasing the other, police said.

By then, however, officers had flooded the neighborhood and caught the man, identified as 52-year-old Roberto Soto of Passaic.

Garfield police got the call just before 1:30 from the Grace Street resident, who said she came to home to an open kitchen window and noises inside the house, Capt. Darren Sucorowski told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Officer David Pikul quickly arrived and saw the couple run out the back door, Sucorowski said.

Soto “had socks on his hands and was carrying a bag,” the captain said.

“With two people fleeing at once, he had to make a choice,” Sucorowki told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “So he knocked her down and chased after him.”

The officer tripped and fell during the pursuit, injuring himself. However, Sucorowksi said Pikul had chased Soto right to his backups a block and a half away, in the area of Madeline Avenue and Herman Street.

Sucorowski, who joined the call, found the resident holding down the other suspect, who he said was screaming.

Garfield police tonight identified her as 22-year-old Christianne L. Abbate of Wildwood.

Detectives from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence, Garfield Police Chief Kevin Amos noted, adding the members of the Bergen County Police Department assisted in the chase.

Bail was set at $75,000 for Soto, who was charged with burglary, resisting arrest and possession of burglary tools, and Abbate, who was charged with urglary, theft and making terroristic threats.

They were being held in the Bergen County Jail tonight.

“The investigation is continuing at this time,” Sucorowski said.

MUGSHOTS: Courtesy GARFIELD PD

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