Police Investigating after Committeeman’s Vehicle is Shot with Paintball

mm carEXCLUSIVE: A Lakewood Committeeman driving in Lakewood was shot at with a paintball gun, TLS has learned. Committeeman Menashe Miller was driving on Central Avenue on Mischief Night when he heard a loud band on his car, Committeeman Miller tells TLS. It was a shot from a paintball gun, which splattered on his vehicle.

Thinking someone had just hit his vehicle, the Committeeman spun around and attempted to catch up with the driver who had fled.

But the suspects fled at a high rate of speed and then darted into a wooded area off of South Lake Drive and shut their headlights. But realizing they’ve been spotted, the suspects took off again, this time turning onto a dead-end Street on a Country Place.

Committeeman Miller relates that he began copying down their license plate when two men began exiting their vehicle and headed for his vehicle. Not wanted to get involved in a confrontation, Committeeman Miller immediately began backing up when the vehicle sped around him and fled the area.

Committeeman Miller went down to Police Headquarters and filed the report.

An LCSW member patrolling Lakewood, spotted the vehicle parked in front of a Lakewood home and reported it to police. However, the owner of the home the vehicle was parked in front of knew nothing about the vehicle, Committeeman Miller says.

The next day, police spotted the vehicle on Route 9 and stopped it. The driver, a woman, the registered owner of the vehicle, apparently was not involved in the incident, but police located a box of paintballs in the vehicle. Additionally, police recovered information in the vehicle which could lead to the apprehension of the vehicle.

mm car 2Police Chief Rob Lawson tells TLS the incident is an open investigation and further details of the investigation will not be made public at this time.

However, Committeeman Miller says the incident is being taken very seriously.

“While this may seem trivial in the scheme of things being that no one got hurt or injured, at the same time it’s important for the public to know that we will not tolerate these type of incidents and Lakewood will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” Committeeman Miller tells TLS.

The Committeeman also had some words of advice for anyone who may find himself in such an incident in the future.

“The key in such an incident is to get a license plate number and convey to the proper authorities,” says Committeeman Miller. “Don’t get involved with the perpetrator, it’s not worth getting injured or losing your life over it.”

[TLS-46/108/TLS-52/TLS-28/118]

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Sorry for your trouble R’ Menashe – just like you to try and make the best of it and making sure that everybody follows intelligent reactions to such an incident. Hopefully it will not happen again. What a shame that we have to come to these times.

  2. Menashe – you are loved by everyone – can’t imagine who would want to cause you any heartache. Wishing you all the best from a grateful constituent.

  3. This happened to me too on Lakeview Dr. Perp ran into the woods btwn Lakeview and South Lake Dr
    There is paintball targets in that woods.
    I spoke to some of the teenagers in the area and I know who done it.
    Kid has been out of high school for some time now.

  4. I always knew this site is biased but now I see how much.
    why didn’t u put up my comments? I didn’t write anything negative on menashe . I wrote about the way the situation is dealt differently when its a committee man

  5. the attitude I typically get when reporting such an incident is why did you call the police? you should be staying home on mischief night. I once reported a robbery from the front of my home on camera and subsequently found the thief but nothing was done. I was told the theft is less than $200 so it is is not really something they would prosecute. Was Menashe’s damage more than $200? so why is it being taken so seriously

  6. to #8….menashe is a public figure, hes not just an ordinary harry. he can be a moving target to the bad guys lot more often then you and me….if they dont seriously aggresivly hunt this guy down, he will try hitting another pubic figure…is that to hard to understand on your own? regardless if you like the services/work of menashe…

  7. to # 10 I happen to be good with menashe and I have no problem with him but we ALL should get the same police attention and help. Just because he is a comitte man (“public figure”) doesn’t justify him getting better treatment ESPECIALLY WE ARE THE ONES PAYING THE BILL FOR POLICE PROTECTION. menashe’s blood is the same color as mine!!!

  8. Some of you guys soo missed the boat. The police follow up on all such incidents. It happens to be sensational becuase the victem happens to be an elected official.
    Grow up and stop looking for things to complain about.

  9. It’s nice to see that LCOW and Lakewood police work hand in hand with each other. While the police are the ones who actually make the arrests LCSW have been a constant source of tips and and call ins

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