YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A trio of Long Island-based bounty hunters trying to collar a Carlstadt man on outstanding warrants were instead arrested — and could face attempted burglar charges, authorities said tonight.
A 2nd Street resident called police after four men with a dog came to the door just before midnight last night and one tried opening a window screen, Police Chief Thomas Nielsen said.
The group fled and Carlstadt police issued a be-on-the-lookout alert, Nielsen said.
Soon after, East Rutherford Police Officer Michael Podiea said he was approached in the parking lot of a Route 17 Exxon station by three men in a minivan with New York license plates.
The trio told him that they were bounty hunters looking for a resident at the 2nd Street apartment, Nielsen said.
Podiea escorted them back there, where they were met by Carlstadt Officers Scott Jordan and Jonathan Rood, he said.
The men “produced paperwork that indicated that one of the residents of the 2nd Street address had two outstanding warrants from New York jurisdictions,” the chief said, so everyone went to Carlstadt police headquarters.
There, Nielsen’s officers discovered that the warrants weren’t extradictable and that none of the three was licensed to operate as a bounty hunter in New Jersey.
Carlstadt police charged the trio — identified as James Carrion Sr., ( above, left ) 45, of Kresgeville, PA; James Carrion Jr. ( middle ), 25, of the Bronx; and 42-year-old Thomas Avila ( right ) of Poughkeepsie — with acting as bounty hunters without the proper licenses, the chief said, adding that additional charges may follow.
Sept. 19 first Municipal Court appearances were scheduled for the three, who Nielsen said are with Bounty Hunter Grid Investigations of Garden City, NY.
MUGSHOTS: Courtesy CARLSTADT PD