Armed Man Flees Crash, Caught After Manhunt, Prosecutor Says

29-year-old Flemington resident apprehended following search near Trump National Golf Club.

An armed 29-year-old Flemington man was apprehended Wednesday morning after taking weapons from a Hunterdon County home, crashing his vehicle on Interstate 78 and leading authorities on a manhunt near Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, officials said.

Daryl Haluszczak has been charged by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office with unlawful possession of weapons and possession of weapons for an unlawful purpose. Additional charges may be filed by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

According to a statement released Wednesday afternoon by Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns III, Haluszczak took weapons from a Readington Township home he was house-sitting while the residents were on vacation.

Shots were reported to be fired on the property, which is on Pulaski Road in the Whitehouse Station section of the township, Kearns said.

"It does not appear that anybody was injured in the shooting incident," Kearns said.

Haluszczak was then involved in a motor vehicle crash on I-78 in Bedminster early Wednesday morning, Kearns said. Haluszczak fled the scene on foot with weapons in his possession, Kearns said.

After a several-hour manhunt that included multiple law enforcement agencies, including the State Police and Somerset County SWAT team, Haluszczak was apprehended in a wooded area near I-78, Kearns said.

According to Bedminster Police Chief Pat Ussery, the arrest was made at about 9 a.m.

"Nobody was injured," said State Police Sgt. S. Bara of Somerville barracks, who was at the entrance to golf course off Lamington Road, still crowded with state, county and local law enforcement personnel as of about 9:30 a.m.

Police and SWAT team members had been searching the area for hours since the I-78 accident.

"It came to a resolution that didn't require anyone getting hurt or injured," Bara said.

Bara said responders to the scene included the Somerset County SWAT team, the state police TEAMS (Technical Emergencies And Mission Specialists), a state police version of SWAT, the state police canine unit, state police from Perryville and Bedminster Township Police. Police cars from Green Brook and Manville also were at the side of Lamington Road, on which traffic was being directed, but not stopped.

Bara said that no members of the public were allowed into the golf club during the incident. A Trump employee said the facility had been on lockdown.

A limousine driver parked alongside Lamington Road was waiting for clearance to enter the golf club after the man had been removed from the scene.

EJ Weiner December 06, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Wow! Wouldn't have gotten this response if he were loose in Bridgewater or Somerville with a gun. Nice that the residents of the golf club rate this level of protection.


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