August 12, 2021
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At 11 a.m. on August 11, 2021 South Brunswick Police responded to the Royal Oaks Apartment Complex off Henderson Road for a dispute. Arriving officers were advised Koddy Hyman age 41 of Franklin Township was a fugitive with outstanding warrants. Hyman was wanted for kidnapping, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a weapon for an incident a month earlier. He had outstanding warrants from New Brunswick, Woodbridge, and South Brunswick municipal courts.
Officer Ryan Bartunek and Officer Dan Rodriguez observed Hyman flee into the woods at the intersection of Henderson Road near Blackhorse Lane. Officers set up a perimeter and contacted the New Jersey State Police K9 unite. At 12:45 pm Hyman emerged from the woods and was spotted by Officer Christopher Magee-Vanderveen and PFC Jesse Blake who gave chase. Hyman went under a fence and ran across the northeast corridor Amtrak train lines. He ran into the rear of High Grade Beverage property at 891 Georges Road where Sergeant William Merkler captured him at 1:06 p.m.
Hyman was treated at the scene by EMS for heat exhaustion. He was transported to Middlesex County Correction Center awaiting a bail hearing.
Chief Raymond Hayducka praised the work of all the officers involved. “The officers’ quick actions of setting up a perimeter and waiting the suspect out under extremely hot conditions was excellent police work. I want to also thank the NJ State Police for their assistance. This took time and tactics to successfully capture this suspect.”