Morris County chiropractor charged in slew of robberies had drug addiction, attorney says – NorthJersey.com

24July 2020

A North Jersey chiropractor was in the throes of a crack cocaine dependency when he committed a string of violent robberies over a 48-hour duration in June, according to his attorney. Erick Macias, of Wharton, made a virtual court appearance from the Bergen County Jail on Friday to answer charges of break-in and attack in Garfield, Lyndhurst, Paterson, Wharton and Parsippany, in which he would take purses and get away. The criminal activity spree was inspired by an addiction

that “obliged his habits,”and became so serious that Macias examined himself into a rehabilitation days later, Brian Neary, his lawyer, stated Friday. Macias remained at the Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford for a month till his arrest on July 14. Arrest: Morris County chiropractic doctor charged after string of robberies and assaults Local: Morristown man whose arrest went viral is denied release after supposed carjacking A Bergen County judge gave Macias'release from jail on Friday so he can resume treatment at the center. The 35-year-old chiropractic physician will go into house detention when his treatment ends, according to the ruling. Authorities said Macias followed a similar method operandi, driving his automobile throughout multiple counties and assailing victims in the street. The first break-in happened on June 6 in

Wharton, where Macias allegedly lowered a female and took her bag. During a theft in Garfield the following day, Macias presumably punched a Passaic woman in the head as she strolled home with her partner along River Drive.

Macias got the victim's handbag and ran, however not prior to she and her husband had actually noted the suspect's automobile, according to the affidavit for his arrest. Cops caught the chiropractic doctor in July after pulling surveillance footage of his car at the robbery scenes, and matching his description with eye witness testaments.

District attorneys on Friday noted that Macias, despite having no prior criminal record, has actually fallen back several times because receiving treatment for addiction in 2016.

“In Parsippany, the victim was dragged by the automobile and pushed to the ground. In Garfield, a 56-year-old female was struck with a closed fist and knocked to the ground,” Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Torre said. “I understand that the accused requires treatment, however this is a cause for issue offered the number of regressions that he has had.”

The State Board of Chiropractic Examiners has asked for a suspension of Macias' license, Neary said.

Macias faces charges of robbery, worsened assault, theft and simple attack, in connection with a series of crimes committed in early June.

Tom Nobile covers Superior Court in Bergen County for NorthJersey.com. For limitless access to the most essential news from criminal trials to local suits and insightful analysis, please subscribe or activate your digital account today. Email: nobile@northjersey.com!.?.! Twitter: @tomnobileSource:

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