Louis Figueroa injures 7 in crime spree, leads police in 3-state chase

A man was arrested in Manhattan after a crime spree that spanned three states and led to seven people being injured. (6/6/14)

EDISON - A man was arrested in Manhattan after a crime spree that spanned three states and led to seven people being injured.

Louis Figueroa, 33, is accused of assaulting a pregnant woman and attempting to abduct her in Hazelton, Pennsylvania at around 8 a.m. Friday. The expectant mother was able to escape. The suspect then kidnapped another woman in the same town before heading into New Jersey.

The second victim escaped when Figueroa pulled into Kittatinny Visitor Center in Hardwick Township. 

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Authorities say Figueroa assaulted a parks worker at the visitor center and stole that person's vehicle.

Christian Torres says Figueroa later stopped at his family's auto lot in Paterson. He tried to trade his stolen vehicle for a Cadillac Escalade, but the salesman wouldn't cooperate and the two fought.

He set a shed on fire around 11 a.m. and escaped in the Escalade.

The fire threatened the home of Emily Fernandez's family, who live next door. "My mom was telling me how scared she was," Fernandez says. "She had to move the cars. She just left the house when she saw the fire."

Port Authority police say Figueroa's crime odyssey ended on the Manhattan side of the George Washington Bridge, after crashing the car into two police vehicles. Figueroa then took off on foot and was caught.

The injuries to all the people involved are not considered life-threatening.

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