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Lyndhurst Police Pull Troubled Hotel Guest From Passaic River

Police called to the Winslow ended up rescuing the man from the muddy Passaic River.
Police called to the Winslow ended up rescuing the man from the muddy Passaic River. Photo Credit: GoogleMaps

LYNDHURST, N.J. -- A troubled man jumped off a Lyndhurst hotel roof and later became stuck in the Passaic River mud when he tried to elude police.

Police got the call from the Winslow Motel just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Capt. John Valente said.

The 39-year-old Secaucus man apparently "jumped off a lower roof of the building into the parking lot and was last seen running through the yards of neighboring properties," Valente said.

Officers checked the surrounding area and eventually tracked him to the riverbank, where he'd been hiding in the weeds, the captain said.

When he saw them coming, the man "entered the water in an attempt to elude the officers," Valente said.

But he quickly found walking the muddy bottom of the river extremely difficult and became stuck.

Officers Joseph White, Steve Passamano, Charles Giangeruso and Paul Haggerty entered the water and together pulled him out.

Lyndhurst EMS then took him to Hackensack University Medical Center for a physical and psychological evaluation.

Police charged the man with possession of drug paraphernalia found in his hotel room, Valente said.

Borough firefighters responded to decontaminate the officers involved, he said.

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