Monday, January 22, 2018

Road Rage Incident Involving Broken Pool Cue Results in Two Arrests

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jose Ramos (48) of Garfield, N.J. for terroristic threats, criminal mischief and menacing and Moaid Abougarbouh (21) of Union City, N.J. for hindering the apprehension of another on February 15, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 7:23 A.M. Sergeant Joseph Keegan and Officer David Lagan responded to the area of Route 46 West and Gardner Road after receiving a report of an alleged road rage incident that was taking place in that area which involved one individual being in possession of what was initially reported as a bat. The description of the vehicles involved was a 2011 gold Nissan Altima (later found to be operated by Ramos) and a 2003 black Acura, which was operated by the victim.

The officers checked the area and found the gold Nissan parked unoccupied at Atosa, located at 12 Gardner Road. At this time, Officer Lagan encountered Abougarbouh, an employee of Atosa, and asked if he knew where the driver of the Nissan was. It is alleged that Abougarbouh confirmed that Ramos was the operator, a co-employee, and also his brother-in-law. He stated that Ramos had just left the area in a company van to get coffee. Further investigation revealed that this statement was knowingly false and that officers later found Ramos hiding inside a warehouse office.

The investigation revealed that there was an alleged road rage incident involving Ramos and the driver of a black Acura on Route 46 West whereby Ramos got out of his car with a broken pool cue in a threatening manner. The incident eventually continued onto Gardner Road where Ramos again got out of his car with the pool cue and struck the Acura, causing damage. Additionally, it is alleged that Ramos also made terroristic threats against the driver.

Officers did recover a broken pool cue from within the passenger compartment Both Ramos and Abougarbouh were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.

Abougarbouh was released on his own recognizance. In addition to his criminal charges, Ramos was also charged with driving on the revoked list and driving without a license. He was later transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J.

(It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)




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