River Road Panhandler Arrested on Drug Charges

A River Road panhandler who fled when confronted by police Thursday faces multiple drug charges, Lt. James Corcoran said.

A homeless River Road panhandler who fled when confronted by police Thursday was found a short time later on 6th Street and arrested on drug charges, Lt. James Corcoran said.

Terrance Hayes, 50, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of hypodermic syringes and obstruction after police apprehended him outside of a 6th Street home, Corcoran said.

Police received a call from a resident around 4 p.m. that a man with an umbrella, later identified as Hayes, was approaching River Road motorists and begging for money, Corcoran said.

According to police, when Officer Luis Vasquez responded to the scene and approached the panhandler at the intersection of River Road and Bellair Avenue, the man tried to dump two needles, 11 bags of heroin and a Xanax analogue into a nearby garbage can, before fleeing. A brief struggle ensued between the panhandler and the officer, and the man ultimately escaped through nearby back yards, police said.

He was apprehended about 20 minutes later with the help of the Bergen County K-9 Unit and the Glen Rock Police Department after he popped out of a yard on 6th Street, Corcoran said.

"It was a team effort," he said. "You got everybody out there looking, you put a push on, he jumps out. Without even one of them he may have gotten away, so everyone plays a role."


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D/Proffesor May 24, 2013 at 12:36 AM
I wow! This guy Corcoran is always involved. He either arrested the bad guy or like in this story is in command. Im glad he is in the Fair Lawn PD as a leader. God knows we need someone with his expertise and ability to create an elite cohesive force.
Concerned May 24, 2013 at 02:13 AM
What did Corcoran have to do with the arrest? The patrolman deserves some credit from you this time, don't you think? Great police work FLPD, Bergen County and Glen Rock!
why didn't I think of that May 24, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Oh stop it bastinck
D/Proffesor May 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM
@concerned, the officers involved ALL deserve accolades and I thank you for appointing out my neglect. In answer to your question about what Corcoran had to do with it. I can only say I have been reading this and other media relative to the pd and clearly Corcoran has all the qualities necessary to move the Fair Lawn dept forward .I have yet to read anything about other leadership ..especially the Detective department. The article , like others,clearly shows Corcoran is above the grade of all the rest
Gunnypower May 24, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Good Job Men!
Paul Kerschner May 24, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Its very obvious, put Bastnick and Cocorn in charge of the department for the safety of our town!
Gunnypower May 24, 2013 at 04:32 PM
nice Job Men!
dunkin May 24, 2013 at 05:46 PM
is this the same vasquez that was taking cheap shots on the black man a few years ago? i think we should get some of our officers some MMA training "A brief struggle ensued between the panhandler and the officer, and the man ultimately escaped through nearby back yards, police said." really our young officer cant apprehend a 50 year old crack head? bastnick would have had him cuffed and in the cruiser within 10 seconds with one hand tied behind his back
why didn't I think of that May 25, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Stop talking about yourself Derek
Concerned May 25, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Didn't an officer mentioned in someone's comments also get sued for beating up a woman a few years back???... I agree training is needed....so is outside directives to get everyone in shape and the department can go forward with strength and integrity..
Deleted because of harassment May 25, 2013 at 08:48 PM
The comments on this article are only further proof of how screwed up the FLPD remains.
Sheila vanderweit May 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Arent there bigger things to worry about besides a homeless guy asking for money leave them alone.
sweepThestreets May 26, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Sheila you don't get it do ya? There are plenty of programs for truly unfortunate people that find themselves homeless. This cretin obviously uses drugs, had warrants and most likely would pull the gold tooth out if his grandma's head given the opportunity. Wake up!!!
Stan May 27, 2013 at 01:53 AM
You think a homeless guy I possession of two syringes, 11 bags of heroin and Xanax running through backyards should be "left alone?" Clearly you don't have any children or plan on moving out of FL within the next couple days to not consider this one of those "bigger things to worry about"


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