A New York man accused of seriously injuring two police officers after he tried using a forged withdrawal form and fake identification at a Chatham bank is facing more fraud charges in Morristown, police said.
Edward Gustavo Moran, 22, of Bronx, NY had unsuccessfully tried to withdraw money from an HSBC bank in Morristown on April 9, 2014, police have said. Later that day, employees at the Chatham Borough branch noticed him and alerted police.
When officers arrived, Patrol Officer Jeffrey Battiloro tried to speak with Moran, but he assaulted the officer and ran out of the bank, police said.
Patrol Officer Matthew Belcastro ran after Moran across Main Street, down Dunbar Street, and after struggling, the officer was able arrest him at the corner of Martin Place, police said.
As a result of the struggle, Belcastro had a broken collarbone, and Battiloro had leg, hip and back injuries, police said. Moran had minor injuries, police said.
All three were sent to the hospital — Battiloro and Belcastro to Morristown Medical Center, and Moran to Overlook Hospital, police said.
Moran was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, forgery, obstruction of the administration of justice and exhibiting a false document as proof of identification, Chatham Borough police said.
He was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail, police said.
More charges were lodged against Moran on April 25 in connection with his alleged attempt to withdraw funds from the Morristown bank branch, according to police.
Moran was charged by Morristown police with criminal attempt, theft by deception, forgery, exhibiting a false document as proof of identification and wrongful impersonating, obtaining and using of another’s license, according to Morristown Patrol Officer Dennis Bergman’s arrest report.
Bail was set for $25,000 on these charges, according to Bergman’s report.
The investigation is considered ongoing, and police ask anyone with information to call the Chatham Borough Police Department at 973-635-8000.