Suspect captured hour after break-in
PLAINFIELD: A North Plainfield man was charged with breaking into a house and scuffling with the homeowner, who confronted him, police said yesterday.
Detectives arrested 28-year-old Christian Gerena about an hour after they say he broke into a home in the 600 block of West Front Street Wednesday afternoon.
The homeowner told police he returned to his house about 2:15 p.m. and noticed the door had been broken. When he went inside, he heard noises coming from the second floor, then saw a man bound down the stairs. The two scuffled before the intruder escaped.
The 29-year-old resident called police and gave a description of the intruder, whom he didn't know. Detectives Eugene Goldston and Jean Calvin spotted on Plainfield Avenue and West Front Street about an hour later. The resident identified him as the assailant, police said.
Gerena was charged with burglary and robbery, authorities said.
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