A suspect in a home invasion incident in Lyndhurst has been placed under arrest, according to the Lyndhurst Police Department.
Evanalain Sieberkrob-Hershman, 24, of Kearny, has been charged in connection with the incident, which happened Friday, Aug. 29, at a Bogle Drive residence.
Police said they responded to the location, at about 4:45 p.m., on a report of a robbery and assault.
Police said an unknown man had entered the house through an unlocked rear door, grabbed a 74-year-old woman who lives there and demanded money. At that point, police said, the woman’s husband, also 74, entered the kitchen and tried to intervene but was struck in the head by the intruder.
After hearing the woman screaming, police said a 50-year-old female relative who lives on the second floor came downstairs and also tried to help, only to be pushed aside by the intruder as he ran from the house into the south area of nearby Bergen County Park, empty-handed.
Although the suspect had warned his victims that he was armed, no weapon was ever produced, police said.
The man hit by the suspect was taken to Meadowlands Hospital & Medical Center, Secaucus, for treatment of injuries to his face and head while the two women were treated at the scene by Lyndhurst EMS personnel, police said.
After getting a description of the intruder as about 6 feet tall, of thin build, wearing black pants, black long-sleeve shirt, black hat with a black bandana covering his face, Lyndhurst officers searched the park where a witness reported seeing someone matching the suspect’s description walking north through the park toward Riverside Ave.
Soon afterward, police said they apprehended the suspect in a residential parking lot in the 700 block of Riverside Ave. When Sieberkrob-Hershman was arrested, police said he was trying to remove and discard several pieces of clothing in an apparent attempt to avoid being recognized.
A Bergen County Police K-9 canine assisted Lyndhurst PD in searching the park area for any possible discarded weapons but found none, while the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department B.C.I. unit photographed and processed the crime and arrest scenes, police said.
Sieberkrob-Hershman was charged with robbery, burglary, three counts of aggravated assault, hindering apprehension, criminal restraint and possession of a hypodermic needle.
He was taken to Bergen County Jail after failing to post $420,000 bail, with no 10% option permitted, pending a court appearance.
— Ron Leir