On early Sunday morning, November 24, 2012, at approximately 1:45 a.m., Patrolman Richard Gaylord was traveling near the intersection of Locust Street at West Westfield Avenue when he observed three (3) men walking near the McDonald’s restaurant. Upon seeing the police vehicle, one of the men – wearing a red hoodie – abruptly stopped and walked in the opposite direction. Then all three ran southbound towards Roselle. Officer Gaylord recognized the first individual as Brian Aranguren (aka “Sully”) [pictured left], who he knew to be a wanted person for a violation of a restraining order. Aranguren, 19, of Rutherford, previously lived in Roselle Park. Officer Gaylord, assisted by Patrolman Alexander Lanza, ordered the group to stop; however, all three fled in different directions.
Aranguren fled back towards Roselle Park through the abandoned railroad tracks, where according to the police report, he assaulted Patrolman Gaylord before fleeing into a parking lot on West Westfield Avenue. He was found hiding under a trailer. He continued his aggressive behavior and resisted Patrolman Gaylord’s efforts to take him into custody. Aranguren, who appeared intoxicated, was arrested and transported to Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD).
Meanwhile, police were able to locate the other two suspects. Luis E. Galindo [pictured center], 19, of Roselle Park, was arrested after a foot pursuit in Roselle Borough by Patrolman Alexander Lanza. Ronald Lacey Jr. [pictured right], 18, also from Roselle Park, was taken into custody a short while later by the by Roselle Police Department on 2nd Avenue.
A follow up investigation revealed that Galindo and Lacey knew Aranguren was wanted by the Roselle Park Police Department and purposely obstructed his apprehension. Both are charged with Obstruction of Justice and Hindering Apprehension, both Disorderly Persons Offenses.
Aranguren was charged with Resisting Arrest by Flight (3rd degree) and Resisting Arrest by Flight (4th degree). Bail was set in the Roselle Park Municipal Court at $25,000. He was also charged with Contempt of Court/Violating a Final Restraining Order stemming from an incident in early October. Bail was set in Union County Family Court at $40,000. Aranguren was unable to post bail and he was later lodged into the Union County Jail.