YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Two 16-year-olds from Passaic tried to pull a woman from her car in a failed carjacking attempt this afternoon at the Garden State Plaza and were quickly caught by police.
The 34-year-old Ridgefield Park victim dialed 911 after the pair “opened her unlocked car doors and tried to pull her out” of her four-door, 2008 Hyundai outside the Best Buy at the Garden State Plaza just after 12:45 p.m., Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said.
One of them grabbed the keys from her hand, the chief said, but the woman fought back and they ran.
Officer Kurt Massey, who was on Plaza Way, spotted the pair, who Ehrenberg said split up.
Massey caught one of them behind a house on Fairfield Drive, assisted by fellow Paramus Officers Todd Colaianni and Jonathan Henderson, the chief said.
Maywood and Rochelle Park then joined Ehrenberg’s officers in setting up a perimeter. Soon after, they spotted the second youth, whom they chased and quickly caught in the backyard of a Cloverdale Road home, Ehrenberg said.
Both teens were processed at headquarters on juvenile complaints of carjacking and resisting arrest before being taken to the Bergen County Juvenile Detention Center in Teterboro.
The victim declined medical attention, Ehrenberg said.
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