Press Release

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

Police Arrest Willingboro Man on Charges of

Eluding/Resisting Arrest and Aggravated Assault  

Date:  November 12, 2014

                On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, police arrested 64 year-old James M. Davis of Willingboro on multiple charges including Eluding/Resisting Arrest and two counts of Aggravated Assault.  The incidents leading to Davis’ arrest began at 8:51 a.m. when Ptl. Michael Grasso attempted to stop a vehicle being operated by Davis for an observed speeding violation on Pompton Avenue.  Instead of stopping, Davis began to accelerate north on Pompton, in an obvious attempt to elude the officer.  At the intersection of Pompton & Bowden Road, Davis crossed over into oncoming traffic and sped through the red traffic light continuing north on Pompton before making a left turn onto Vincent Road.  During an a police area search for the suspect vehicle in the Park Ridge Estates, Davis twice attempted to ram police vehicles, requiring officers to take evasive action to avoid collisions.  Police ultimately located and arrested Davis after he pulled his vehicle into a Ledgewood Court driveway, where he was attempting to avoid detection.  Davis was transported to police headquarters and processed on all charges, which included multiple criminal and motor vehicle violations, such as Speeding, Reckless Driving, Failure to Observe a Red Traffic Signal and Driving While Suspended.  He was then transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark after he could not post bail of $50,000.00.  Police also impounded the defendant’s vehicle, a 2010 Dodge pick-up truck.  Police also arrested a 61 year-old vehicle passenger, Granger S. Kirkpatrick of Orange, after it was determined he was wanted on multiple warrants issued by the Newark Court.  He was processed at police headquarters and turned over to the Newark police.  In addition to Ptl. Grasso, Ptl. Jose Rodriguez, Ptl. Robert Hectus, Ptl. Kristian Schneider, Sgt. Frank Pumphrey and D/Sgt. John Kennedy were involved in the investigation.


The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.


All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.