YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Police from several departments spent nearly three hours in Thursday’s remaining daylight combing a 65-acre quarry in Suffern after finding the car that convict Paul Kramer used to flee New Jersey after removing his home-monitoring bracelet.
Paul Kramer (Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF)
THE LATEST UPDATE: Police have searched a 65-acre quarry in Suffern, a wide stretch of Route 287 through two states and the former Orange County home of convict Paul Kramer, who cut off his moitoring bracelet and fled New Jersey under cover of darkness early Thursday rather than be sent to prison for trying to kill a Lodi man. READ MORE….
Area residents told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that police tape remained stretched around Ravi Continental Cuisine, a Rockland County restaurant where police found the blue Chrysler PT Cruiser belonging to his mother that they said Kramer took off in shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday.
Kramer, who has been living with his parents on East Mahwah Road in Mahwah, was awaiting sentencing on an attempted murder conviction after he repeatedly stabbed a Lodi man in the victim’s home.
However, around 5 a.m. Friday, he cut his monitoring bracelet and made a break for it, Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
“A manhunt on foot is under way,” the sheriff said at 5 p.m., less than an hour after the car was found.
Saudino’s investigators were joined by reinforcements from the Mahwah and Suffern police departments and the Rockland County Sheriff’s patrol, as well as a New Jersey State Police helicopter, an area resident told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . Police dogs were brought in, as well.
Authorities likely searched the area around Kramer’s former home in Orange County, N.Y. Records show he once lived in Wawayanda, near Middletown.
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