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Union County Sheriff’s Officers Arrest Suspect Wanted for Kidnapping, Carjacking and Other Offenses

Officers from the Union County Sheriff’s warrant squad apprehended a West Orange man wanted on several charges including kidnapping and carjacking stemming from an incident in Plainfield.

The Sheriff’s Officers spotted Derek Diaz near his Kingsley Street home in West Orange Wednesday. After alerting the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and West Orange Police, the officers force entry into the residence after requests to open the door went unanswered. Diaz was taken into custody without further incident.

Diaz, 21, was arrested on charges of first degree kidnapping, first degree robbery, second degree possession of a weapon, second degree aggravated assault, first degree carjacking, second degree burglary and second degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He is currently in the Union County Jail.

The officers from the Union County Sheriff’s Office involved in the arrest were Sgt. Darryl Warner, Sgt. Carlo Caparruva, Det. Anthony Gialanella, Officer Michael Schultz, Officer Kenneth Randazza, Officer Keith Medvedich and Officer Eric Finne. Trooper Jeovanny Rodriguez of the New Jersey State Police and several members of the West Orange Police Department also were involved in the apprehension of Diaz.