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Mahwah baby formula bandits indicted for cold-cocking supermarket cart collector, fleeing police

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ONLY ON CVP: A grand jury in Hackensack indicted three Queens men in a Mahwah shoplifting that turned into a baby formula robbery when one of them cold-cocked a supermarket cart collector.

Two of them loaded a shopping cart with $3,000 worth of Enfamil at the A&P on Franklin Turnpike in Mahwah and headed for a car in the parking lot driven by an accomplice on Jan. 14, Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at the time.

“They steal the Enfamil in bulk and then sell it to stores and bodegas in the city,” Batelli said.

The 20-something cart collector approached the pair in the parking lot and took out his cellphone, the chief said.

“That’s when one of them cold-cocked him,” the chief said.

He was later taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern with a head injury, Batelli said.

Witnesses gave police a description of the getaway car and a partial license plate. Mahwah Officer John Lange saw the vehicle getting onto southbound Route 17 moments later.

A chase followed before the driver lost control of the car trying to take the exit at Hollywood Avenue in Ho-Ho-Kus. All three bailed out — with Mahwah police immediately grabbing one of them, Batelli said.

Mahwah and Bergen County Sheriff’s K9 units joined officers from Mahwah, Ho-Ho-Kus and Ridgewood in the search, which ended with the remaining two suspects grabbed at the Ho-Ho-Kus train station off Hollywood Avenue, the chief said.

Jovan Milton Alleyne, 18, Marvin Guillaume-Sam and Linson Watson, both 22, were indicted on three charges involving the assault on the employee and the police chase.

Guillaume-Sam was released on $75,000 bail from the Bergen County Jail a week after the incident.

He was rearrested with two other men two months later while driving a car in which New Jersey State Police said they found a pound of marijuana and a loaded gun after pulling it over on Route 80.

Alleyne remains free on $50,000 bail. Watson remained held on the same amount.

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