Chatham Borough Cops Hurt Stopping Alleged Attempted Bank Theft

NY man attempted to withdraw money with a forged form and phony ID and assaulted officers while trying to flee, police said.

A New York man was arrested Wednesday morning after attempting to fraudulently withdraw money from a Main Street bank and fighting with officers during a getaway attempt, Chatham Borough Police said.

Edward Gustavo Moran, 22, of Bronx, N.Y., was charged with robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of forgery, obstruction of justice and exhibiting a false document as proof of identification.

Officers responded to the HSBC Bank at about 11 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a man attempting to withdraw money with a forged form and false identification, according to a Chatham Borough Police statement released Thursday.

Bank employees were alerted of the man because he attempted to withdraw money from the Morristown branch earlier that morning, police said.

Officer Jeffrey Battiloro first arrived on the scene and tried to speak to Moran, who was still in the bank. Moran then assaulted Battiloro as he ran out of the bank, police said.

Officer Matthew Belcastro chased Moran on foot across Main Street and down Dunbar Street, police said. After a struggle, Belcastro placed Moran under arrest at the corner of Martin Place, police said.

Belcastro suffered a broken collarbone in the struggle and Battiloro suffered leg, hip and back injuries and Moran sustained minor injuries, police said. The officers were transported to Morristown Medical Center and Moran was taken to Overlook Hospital.

Moran was lodged in the Morris County Jail in lieu of $100,000.

The investigation remains ongoing and any information can be directed to the Chatham Borough Police Department at 973-635-8000.
John M. April 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Can someone who understands English as a first language proofread Patch articles before they are published? This article reads like a jigsaw puzzle.
J April 14, 2014 at 06:32 PM
Crime courtesy of the highway system. Great job to the Officers in removing this piece of garbage from Main Street. I wish you both a speedy recovery. I hope that the lawmakers eventually make the decision to allow tasers in NJ. If they had a taser, the man would have been on the floor in a second, preventing the injuries to the Officers one would think. Right ? I hope this guy at least got a self defense necessary punch in the nose and afoot to the baaaaaalllzzzz.


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