Penn. Man Arraigned, Held on $500K Bail After Stealing Police Car, Assaulting Officer

COn3By: Tom Duggan
June 23, 2014

ORIGINAL STORY Three Suspects in Custody After Wild Chase Leads to Stolen Cruiser and Threats of “Killing Any Cop I See”

Pennsylvania resident Robert Zygarowski was arraigned in New Hampshire today after assaulting a police officer and stealing his cruiser Saturday night.

Zygarowski lead police on a high speed chase that ended in Lawrence. 

A rockingham County judge ordered Zygarowski held on $500,000 cash bail or surety.

Zygarowski was charged with two counts of simple assault, two counts of criminal restraint, two counts of resistning arrest, reckless conduct, reckless driving and disobeying a police officer.

A probable cause hearing will be held on July 2nd.


Officer Pearson holds passengers at bay with his weapon drawn as backup arrives, after being jumped and having his cruiser stolen. Officer Pearson suffered minor injuries to his hands.

Instead of complying with the officer when he was stopped, Zygarowski assaulted Officer Pearson forcing the office to shot him with a taser gun.

Unaffected by the taser, Zygarowski pulled out the taser wires and sped off with two other passengers in the vehicle leading a high speed chase through Methuen and into Lawrence.

Officer Pearson caught up to the suspect after he blew out a tire on Essex St. in Lawrence. Zygarowski assaulted the officer again and stole his police car telling cops he would “kill any cop I see.” There were automatic weapons in the police cruiser. 

The police car was recovered a few streets away on Merrimack Place off Water Street. Zygarowski was arrested by Salem Police less than an hour later without incident. 

The other two passengers in the car were arrested but released without being charged. 

 ORIGINAL STORY Three Suspects in Custody After Wild Chase Leads to Stolen Cruiser and Threats of “Killing Any Cop I See”



Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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