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Women Charged in Attempted Slaying of Two NJ Officers

Women Charged in Attempted Slaying of Two NJ Officers

Cyrinthia Marlin, 30, and Priscilla Coleman, 31, of Newark are charged with the attempted murder of two police officers. [Bergen County Prosecutor's office]

The Star-Leger via YellowBrix

September 03, 2010

FAIR LAWN, NJ — Two Newark women have been charged with attempted murder after they reversed a car into one Fair Lawn police officer and struck another officer head-on, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

Both officers were hospitalized. One remains in stable condition and the other was released.

Marlin and Coleman are charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree armed robbery, third-degree aggravated assault, resisting arrest, attempted theft by deception and uttering a forged instrument.

Fair Lawn police were called to Walgreen’s Pharmacy on River Road Wednesday evening after Cyrinthia Marlin, 30, allegedly attempted to pass a fake prescription for Oxycodone, officials said.

When one of the two patrol officers arrived at the pharmacy’s parking lot, Marlin got into the passenger side of a 2003 Lexus, officials said. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Priscilla Coleman, 31, reversed and knocked the officer to the ground.

The second officer, Sergeant Mike Messina, fired two shots before the car struck him, throwing him over the hood, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The women fled the parking lot, but witnesses were able to provide a description of the car. Authorities found the car in a Newark parking lot on Irvine Turner Boulevard.

Both officers were taken to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

The women are being held at Bergen County jail in lieu of $1 million bail each.

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