On January 16, 2018, Hopatcong Police patrols responded to 11 Elba Ave, Hopatcong NJ, on a report of a residential burglary in progress with the homeowner in hot pursuit.
This started with the homeowner calling 911, stating that he located an unknown male in his residence. The homeowner confronted the suspect, Brandon Stracco, and had him empty the book bag he was holding, which contained several bottles of alcohol that belonged to the homeowner.
Once the homeowner had Stracco empty the book bag, he told him that he was calling the police. At that point, Stracco tried to run away, and the homeowner grabbed him. In fear that Stracco was going to hurt him the homeowner let Stracco go.
Stracco ran out of the house, and the homeowner chased him while calling 911. The homeowner was able to give his location to 911 while chasing Stracco. Patrols located Stracco on Ithanell Road and placed him under arrest. Stracco resisted arrest by refusing to put his hands behind his back and injured a responding officer during the arrest.
Stracco was charged with: Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement Officer. He was transported to Sussex County Jail on no bail warrant.
Press release by Lt. Meghan McCluskey #57 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)