N.J. Police Nab Md. Stabbing Suspect after 65-Mile Chase

Dec. 4, 2023
Edison police and New Jersey State Police arrested a man accused of stabbing his twin sister and stealing her car, leading officers on a pursuit that took them near the New York border.

A fugitive from Maryland who allegedly tried to kill his twin sister was arrested Sunday night after leading an Edison police officer on a 65-mile pursuit along Route 287 to Mahwah, officials said.

The chase began shortly after Edison police officer Phil Smith heard an alert about a stolen SUV entering the Middlesex County township on Route 1 at about 8:15 p.m., the department said in a statement.

Smith saw the speeding vehicle on the 2900 block of Woodbridge Avenue and began to follow it, police said. After getting permission from his lieutenant, Smith began pursuing the vehicle.

The stolen SUV got onto Interstate 287 with Smith following for about an hour from Middlesex County to Bergen County, near the New York border. State Police joined the pursuit near milepost 15.4 in Bridgewater, a spokesman said.

The pursuit ended near milepost 64.9 when the driver, Reese E. Wetzel, stopped the vehicle in the middle of the highway, Edison police said.

Wetzel refused to get out of the SUV, but he was eventually removed from the vehicle and handcuffed by Edison police and New Jersey State Police, authorities said.

Wetzel, 23, was a passenger in a vehicle parked in front of a home on the 3200 block of Wheaton Way in Ellicott City at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday when he stabbed his sister, who was in the driver’s seat, Howard County police said.

He then took his sister’s vehicle, Edison police said. The sister is in critical but stable condition, a Howard County police spokeswoman said.

Wetzel, of Ellicott City, is charged by Edison police with receiving stolen property, eluding with substantial risk of physical injury, being a fugitive from justice, resisting arrest and obstruction.

Ellicott City is about 12 miles west of Baltimore.

Authorities in Maryland didn’t immediately provide information Monday.

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