Police have launched a massive search for a 33-year-old Belleville man who told his wife he planned to swim across the Passaic River after he robbed a truck, authorities said.
Hector L. Nieves was reported missing to Kearny police by his 24-year-old wife, who dropped him off at her car at 175 Passaic Ave., Kearny (the LA Fitness parking lot) just after 1 a.m.
She waited a short distance away, but Nieves later became the suspect in a truck break-in at this time and place and was reportedly chased away by the truck’s owner.
Nieves allegedly called his wife as he fled the scene and made statements indicating that he planned to swim across the Passaic River and that she should pick him up near the Comfort Suites in Newark.
Nieves is described as a Hispanic male of medium complexion, 6ft 0in tall and weighing around 150lbs. He reportedly has a tattoo on his chest that says “show no love,” an upper back tattoo that says “feel no pain,” and star tattoos on each shoulder.
Nieves was last reported as wearing a dark colored Carhartt branded long sleeve shirt with white lettering on the sleeve, dark work pants, black “Jordan” branded sneakers, branded baseball cap Carhartt with yellow letters and a black mask over his face.
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