Glassboro Man Facing Two Dozen Charges Following Bizarre Incident
When we report on a crime, we sometimes being a story by saying that the suspect, "is facing a list of charges..." -- but in this instance, what happened in Glassboro last week reads like a Hollywood movie and so do the charges that this man is facing.
Police in Glassboro say late last Friday morning, their officers were dispatched to Main and West Streets for a motor vehicle crash in which a vehicle had overturned. While en-route to the call, officers were advised that a subject involved in the crash had stolen a different motor vehicle and fled north on Main Street.
Upon arrival, it was determined that 23-year-old Andrew Tolbert of Glassboro had taken his neighbor’s 2003 Ford F-150 without permission.
Police say Tolbert traveled the wrong way down State Street where he hit a 2016 Honda Pilot. The Ford F150 spun-around and hit a 2000 Acura while the Honda Pilot overturned, trapping the driver inside.
Cops then say Tolbert exited the Ford F150 and attempted to take a GMC Yukon from a female driver that had stopped for the crash, however she was able to lock him out of the vehicle. Tolbert then entered a 2006 BMW that was left unattended when the driver exited to help those involved in the wreck.
While officers were at the crash scene, cops were advised that a man had entered the Novacare facility on North Main Street and was assaulting a staff member. Units responded there and found Tolbert leaving that building. That investigation found that Tolbert had entered the Novacare facility and he went into an office, exposed himself to female health worker, grabbed her, attempted to push her into a storage area, and attempted to sexually assault her. Cops say two patients that were being treated there came to the employee’s aid, forcing him to leave the facility. The employee was not seriously injured.
Cops continue by saying other employees of Novacare had ushered their remaining patients to an adjacent building, which Tolbert attempted to break into when he left Novacare.
As cops arrived at the Novacare facility, they say Tolbert was getting back into the stolen BMW. As a Glassboro police officer was exiting his vehicle, Tolbert purposely drove the BMW into the officer, pinning him between the door and the vehicle. Tolbert then fled in the vehicle south on Main Street.
Officers pursued Tolbert as he traveled south on Main Street and then north onto Carpenter Street, where Tolbert drove through a split-rail fence. As Tolbert approached the area of Carpenter Street and Norway, he directed his vehicle into the oncoming lane and struck a 2005 Ford Escape, causing extensive damage and overturning the BMW. The passenger in the Escape was ejected, and suffered moderate injury.
After the crash, Tolbert refused to exit the BMW where several less-than-lethal options were used effect his arrest, which included OC spray, K9 deployment and taser. As he was being escorted to an awaiting ambulance, Tolbert purposely spit blood into the face of Class II Officer Sarin.
According to police, the driver of the 2016 Honda from the initial crash had to be extricated from his vehicle by the Glassboro Fire Department. He was transported to Cooper Hospital with minor injuries and later released. The driver of the 2000 Acura advised that she was not injured. The driver and passenger of the Ford Escape were transported to Cooper Hospital for moderate injuries; that driver was later released. Tolbert was also transported to Cooper Hospital for minor injuries and subsequently released into police custody.
The officer that was pinned was transported to Inspira Hospital for rib pain and evaluation and later released. Officer Sarin was also transported to Inspira by police where he was evaluated and treated for blood exposure.
Upon consultation with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, Tolbert was charged with the following:
- Two counts of theft (motor vehicle)
- Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Injury
- Two counts of Simple Assault
- Criminal Restraint
- Two Counts of Aggravated Assault of a Health Care Worker
- Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Criminal Sexual Contact
- Three counts of Assault by Auto
- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
- Resisting Arrest
- Inflicting Harm on Police K9
- Throwing Bodily Fluids at Law Enforcement Officer
- Purposely Causing Bodily Injury to Another While Fleeing Police
- Two counts of Criminal Mischief
- Attempted Burglary
Tolbert was subsequently lodged in the Salem County Jail.