COPS CHASE DOWN WEST SIDE ROBBER

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A man was chased down and arrested in Red Bank Wednesday afternoon after snatching a necklace from a woman’s neck, police said.

Kevin McNair, a 40-year-old with addresses in Red Bank and Shrewsbury Township, pushed an officer when he was confronted at the train station, but was caught nearby on Bridge Avenue, Captain Darren McConnell said.

McNair was charged with robbery, aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

McConnell said at around 11:30 a.m., McNair ripped a necklace from the neck of a 36-year-old woman walking with her three children in a Locust Avenue apartment complex. The woman was not injured in the incident.

When police got the call, Lieutenant Richard Mangold saw a man who matched the report’s description at the train station on Monmouth Street and Bridge. When Mangold approached the man, later identified as McNair, he pushed Mangold and fled on foot, according to McConnell.

He was tracked down near the station by Detective Joey Fields and Investigator Juan Sardo.

McNair, who two years ago was charged with unlawful gun possession when he and another person were stopped by police for a motor vehicle violation, was held on $51,500 bail in Monmouth County jail in Freehold.