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EAST BRUNSWICK – A 58-year-old Linden man is accused of a carjacking in East Brunswick and allegedly making a bomb threat and a report of shots fired at a Woodbridge Walmart, all on the same day.

Andrew Vayda was charged Tuesday with carjacking, aggravated assault, eluding and theft after he allegedly forcibly removed a woman from her vehicle at a Walmart in East Brunswick and stole her vehicle, according to a news release from the East Brunswick Police Department.

Vayda was then spotted traveling onto the New Jersey Turnpike but police were not able to apprehend him after a short pursuit, according to the news release.

He continued driving and in Woodbridge, Vayda allegedly telephoned a bomb threat and a report of shots fired at a Walmart there.  Shortly thereafter, Vayda allegedly committed an armed robbery at a pharmacy on New Brunswick Avenue in Woodbridge, according to the news release.

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Vayda additionally was charged with armed theft, possession of a weapon for an illegal function, illegal possession of a weapon, receiving stolen property and inflicting a false public alarm. He was transported to the Middlesex County Grownup Correctional Middle in North Brunswick.

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