Police search for man who stole unmarked police vehicle outside of Skyview Motel on Bergen Boulevard in Fort Lee

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office has identified the suspect as Juan Mendez.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office has identified the suspect as Juan Mendez. (8/23/13)

FORT LEE - The manhunt continues for the man involved in the brazen theft of an unmarked Fort Lee police car from in front of the Skyview Motel on Bergen Boulevard today.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office has identified the suspect as Juan Mendez. He's considered armed and dangerous. Mendez also goes by Juan Manuel Mendez and Juan Mendez Lazaro.

Witnesses told News 12 New Jersey that the man was being frisked by police outside the motel when he suddenly jumped into the unmarked car.

The prosecutor says there was an exchange of gunfire at the scene between police and the suspect. The suspect fled in the Audi A6, striking one of the officers before fleeing over the George Washington Bridge and into New York.

Two other officers suffered minor injuries in the altercation. None of the officers were shot, and it is unknown whether the suspect was hit.

The vehicle was eventually recovered in Manhattan, but the suspect is still at large.

The officer's duty bag and backpack were stolen from the car. They contained a raid jacket and .45 caliber ammunition.

Officials say the car was used in various undercover operations.
 

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