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Police ID Naked Mystery Man

Ocean, NJ man was found Sunday afternoon naked, covered in mud and wandering through the woods in Mahwah

Mahwah police have identified a man who was , Mahwah Police James Batelli said Monday afternoon.

say the mystery wanderer is Russell J. Cox, 36, of Ocean, NJ. According to Batelli, the Mahwah PD received a call at about 12:30 p.m. Monday from a man who recognized Cox from “past associations.” The caller recognized Cox’s face, and “distinct tattoos on his back and arm,” Batelli said. Police were able to confirm the caller’s identification through his driver’s license photo and the Motor Vehicle Commission, Batelli said.

Police have contacted family members who agreed to meet with physicians currently treating Cox at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Batelli said.

Batelli said he could not give too many details on what may have prompted Cox’s bizarre trip to the township. “The family member was able to offer some insight into the actions of Mr. Cox, which will be addressed by his family,” he said.

Police are now looking for a gray Subaru Cox may have driven to Mahwah, Batelli said.

JM July 12, 2012 at 12:09 AM
I'm still wondering why the Park Rangers(police?) didn't shoot him, after all, he was alone, and naked!
Andy Schmidt July 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Joyce Mann, probablybecause a) Although naked, he wasn't riding his ATV on county or state property with signs posted everywhere that wheeled vehicles are prohibited - then evaded police and then resisted arrest b) He wasn't part of a group who assaulted police twice c) He wasn't about to wrestle away the officer's firearm But, I agree with you underlying message: Even IF he had done that, he STILL didn't deserve to be shot for that - BUT anyone who does certainly should realize that this is a possible outcome. If you seek a confrontation with police and assault them - instead of abiding by the officers' instructions - then you've raised the bar quite a bit. And, as the situation with the crazed La Rocco couple showed - Mahwah Police will show extreme restraint and not rush matters in an attempt to resolve potential hostile situations, even when weapons are involved.
JM July 12, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Andy Schmidt, A. The man they killed was not riding, and did not have a ATV there B.He did not evade, or resist arrest. c.He was not a part of the "GROUP" who assaulted a Park Police Officer. He certainly did not deserve to die for his actions that day, they (Park Police) are supposed to be trained to deal with such situations.
Andy Schmidt July 12, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Joyce Mann - where do I say that any one person DID all these things? I said that he man referred to in this article "was NOT". And as you and I both stated, even if such a person ever were to do these things, they would (risk but) not deserve to die. Then, a jury of peers in a criminal trial would examine all the evidence and determine if any laws were broken by EITHER side and the guilty parties would be sentenced. (Hypothentically speaking, of course.)
Wally Van Riper July 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM
JM---The evidence presented in court proved otherwise. If the park ranger had done anything wrong he would have been found guilty.

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