Gunman strangles girlfriend and flees after chase in Edison, N

EDISON — A man who strangled his girlfriend is on the loose after a brief police chase Monday night.

Edison Police were called to a College Drive home around 7:10 p.m. after a 33-year-old woman reported she was assaulted by her boyfriend Darnell Ricketts Jr., 30, who left in a Ford Explorer before the police arrived.

The woman, who was not seriously injured in the attack, told police Ricketts had a handgun.

Ricketts was spotted by an officer at the ShopRite supermarket. The officer was unsuccessful in getting him arrested, according to Deputy Chief of Police Robert Dudash. The officer chased Ricketts a little over a mile north on Highway 1 to Forest Haven Boulevard, where he was forced to come to a dead end.

During the chase on Route 1, Ricketts swept through three vehicles, causing minor damage and hit a fourth dead-end car, according to Dudash.

Pursuit on foot

Police continued their pursuit of Ricketts on foot with the assistance of the State Police helicopter and K9 unit.

It is believed that Ricketts crossed the New Jersey Turnpike to hide in the Edward Stec Boulevard area off of Woodbridge Avenue. An emergency alert was issued after 9 p.m. asking residents to stay home for about two hours during a search.

Dudash wouldn’t divulge where Darnell might be heading.

There are two active warrants for Ricketts’ arrest with multiple counts. Dudash asked anyone with information about Ricketts’ location to call 732-248-7004.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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