Accused Shoplifter's Daring Escape Spoiled by Ridgewood Police

Police claim an alleged liquor thief from Paterson jumped two stories from a balcony, crossed a busy road on foot before he was tackled by police Friday afternoon.

A suspected shoplifter jumped from the second story balcony of and led police on a foot chase in Ridgewood's downtown Friday afternoon, according to . 

Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward said the alleged shoplifter – identified as John Johnson, 25, of Paterson – bolted from the Stop & Shop after police responded to a call of an individual grabbing liquor from the grocery store's second level at around 12:30 p.m.

After jumping from the second floor, the alleged shoplifter led police on a foot chase, crossing traffic at busy Franklin Ave., Ward said.

Johnson only made it a few hundred feet before police closed in, tackling him to the ground and detaining him, Ward said.

The suspect complained of pain to the leg and was treated by Ridgewood EMS before being transported to Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus.

Johnson has been charged with theft of movable property and resisting arrest by flight. Police are continuing to investigate.

[Editor's note: This report was last updated at 8:18 p.m. Friday to include the identity of the suspect.]

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The Fly August 03, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Stupid is as stupid does.
RB August 03, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I guess he won't be running anywhere anytime soon. Great police work!
Jill August 03, 2012 at 11:02 PM
well good.. must have runned off those donuts and coffees they ate today instead of sitting in their cars directing traffic.
Harlan Consider August 03, 2012 at 11:34 PM
He must have injured himself in the jump as judging by the look of him, he'd normally outrun those guys pretty easily. Keep in mind that he's running for his livelihood while the cops, most not in the best of shape, are running for maybe a little arrest-related overtime.
paul smith August 04, 2012 at 12:56 AM
@James the Editor... Unlike the rag where the maggot, I mean "fly", calls home, your site posts thoughts from people that usually have the spine to post names and edit the over the top stuff. Read the Maggot's, I mean "fly's"little post about you and the Mayor. That says it all. Hey "fly", man up and tell Paul what's on your mind. Patheic loser is your MO. At least Boyd posts stuff and is proud of it.
Danny August 04, 2012 at 01:12 AM
im not quite sure what i just read
paul smith August 04, 2012 at 01:19 AM
@Danny...Sorry, it's a diatribe against the idiot (the fly) that hides behind a pest's name.
paul smith August 04, 2012 at 01:55 AM
sorry, fat finger syndrome- I meant PATHETIC
RdgwdGRock August 04, 2012 at 03:19 AM
paul smith = johhny tran is back; the troll is alive
paul smith August 04, 2012 at 12:52 PM
not me.. johnny tran took it to a whole new level- and cool pic
Cathy Benson August 04, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Why wasn't he treated at Valley?
Boyd A. Loving August 04, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Bergen Regional Medical Center is the hospital of first choice for those under arrest, unless the individual's injuries are considered severely life threatening. Armed security present at all times, and selected treatment/patient rooms constructed with prisoners in mind.
paul smith August 04, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Sorry RdgwdGRock,, I took the bait from the "fly"... read the post I bloviated about... my bad... sorry... and I still think the pic is great :)


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