Underwear-Clad Man Confronts Police Outside Home He Allegedly Broke Into
Updated: Police identify man, who they say may have been high on narcotics during the incident
A man wearing only underwear was arrested outside a Polo Club home in Mahwah Friday morning after apparently trying to break into the home by throwing a large rock through one of its glass doors, Mahwah Police said Friday afternoon.
The homeowner of a “very large home” on Halifax Road called police at about 10:46 a.m. Friday morning to report a loud noise in the first floor of her home that she thought was either a gunshot or breaking glass, Chief Jim Batelli said.
When responding officers found no intruders in the home, Mahwah Captain Stephen Jaffe started “checking the perimeter of an adjacent house,” Batelli said. “Captain Jaffe was approached by an individual who had bloody hands, apparently from the broken glass. They had a brief confrontation, where he tried to use physical force against Captain Jaffe.”
The man was wearing only underwear, police said.
Police later identified the suspect as Ronnie Mann, 23, of Monroe, N.Y.
Police said they believe Mann attempted to enter the house through the broken glass door, saw the homeowners before he entered, and ran into the woods. The homeowners did not see the suspect, Batelli said.
Mann was arrested, charged with criminal intent to commit burglary, criminal mischief and resisting arrest, and taken to police headquarters Monday morning, Batelli said. He remained in police custody awaiting a first appearance in court and bail hearing, police said.
Police located a car in the Polo Club that they believe Mann used to get there, Batelli said. Based on his actions, police believe Mann may have been under the influence of narcotics, but did not find any illegal drugs on him, Batelli said.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.