Police: Man Flees Fight, Leaves Car on Tracks, Train Hits it

Police found the accused in a wooded area in East Riverton.


A Delran man's van was struck by a train in Cinnaminson Dec. 8 after he allegedly left it on the tracks to flee after a fight, police said.

Around 11 p.m. the night of Dec. 8, Cinnaminson Police arrived to the 1800 block of Taylors Lane for a report of a fight. Police found an injured victim and found out the suspect fled prior to police arrival.

The suspect was driving a blue minivan which was found unoccupied on the train tracks at Taylor's Lane and River Road. The train hit it.

Police found the suspect in the wooded area off Taylor's Lane.

Mehmat Baba, 44, of Route 130 in Delran, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats. 

He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $20,000 bail. More charges are pending.

Ed Jenkins December 09, 2012 at 08:55 PM
What kind of name is Mehmet Baba??? Anybody know ??
Christina Paciolla (Editor) December 09, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Thanks Cinnacide for the extra eagle eye. Spell check didn't catch that because "flight" is a real word but I'll change it right now.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) December 09, 2012 at 09:08 PM
We're glad you like what we do!
Christina Paciolla (Editor) December 09, 2012 at 09:08 PM
The report didn't say. It just said train, so I'm not sure if it was the River line or the freight that goes that late at night.
Ric December 09, 2012 at 09:42 PM
@Ed Jenkins. Mehet is typically the name of a male. Baba would be the surname.
Craig December 09, 2012 at 11:02 PM
If SOME of the people who live in this township actually ventured on the river side of Rt. 130, they would know that there is only one set of tracks, that BOTH the light rail and freight trains run on....AT DIFFERENT TIMES!
Ric December 09, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Ed, whatcha smokin'? What did I say that was negative or rude? All I said was "@Ed Jenkins. Mehet is typically the name of a male. Baba would be the surname." I thought you would have thanked me for answering your question. Some people! As far as the rest you said, chill out. You are going off on a tangent just like my first wife.
John December 09, 2012 at 11:52 PM
@Ed, wow, really on the harsh side would you not say, this is america and free speech is here and I did not see anything negative about his comments....Do U have a personal problem with people in general.....We can talk about scofflaws, overassessed property taxes and new schools if U want.....do not think that hinders the progress in this community.....oh well to each his own
Christina Paciolla (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM
A comment has been deleted for its use of profanity. Patchers, for the 8347540th time, do NOT use profanity or masked profanity. You comment will be deleted and on a second offense, your account shut down.
John December 10, 2012 at 01:23 AM
@Christina, I hope your not talking about me....What profanity??????I see that my free speech was deleted....If this was in error I am sorry but I did not use profanity..... I did mention scofflaws, overassessed properties and schools but did not use any wrong words....thanks happy holidays
Lynn Pierce December 10, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Hunters Glen probably !!
Bull Pitt December 10, 2012 at 02:54 AM
@Ric, I'm pretty sure he meant "where" does that name come from....as in Turkish, Iranian, Indian, etc? Got me Ed, but my guess is India :-(
Christina Paciolla (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 03:30 AM
John, if you didn't use profanity, then it wasn't you. It was another user. And you don't see the comment—as I have said before—because it's been deleted.
jeff December 10, 2012 at 04:51 PM
do you get paid for 2 jobs christina? editor/babysitter :)
John December 10, 2012 at 08:11 PM
oh boy a comedian....
John Stranahn December 10, 2012 at 11:32 PM
My post was deleted?
John December 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Read Christina's comment above....
Timmy Magee December 11, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Why didnt the police move the van? I could understand if the train was in sight but it seems to be more likely that it wouldnt be. And charge the man with a terroristic threat?
John Stranahn December 11, 2012 at 01:23 AM
he beat up his wife
Ric December 11, 2012 at 04:35 AM
If you are correct that he did beat up his wife, he ought to be bound tight to the railroad tracks and forgotten about.
Eric December 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM
They're not hotels they're "motels."
JustALocalGuy December 12, 2012 at 02:24 AM
It was the River Line.
JustALocalGuy December 12, 2012 at 02:26 AM
So, profanity is a no-no, but this is okay? " he ought to be bound tight to the railroad tracks and forgotten about" Let's get our censorial priorities in order. I think suggestions of extraordinary violence are a bit worse than profanity.
JustALocalGuy December 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM
@John - "Free Speech" doesn't apply here. Patch is private property, and it's not run by the government. You don't just get to say whatever you want here. If you want free speech, start your own blog/news site.
John December 12, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I guess your using free speech to your advantage.....This is not right but who am I no one like U...I just make comments that are open to chatting not one sided like U....
JustALocalGuy December 13, 2012 at 02:57 AM
No John, I'm making a point. One which you've missed, obviously.
John December 14, 2012 at 04:40 PM
no justalocalguy, this is a newspaper and comments can be made as long as its ok with proper language, we do not know all the facts about this incident. To make comments about someone's name, where he lives is also not right so who are U to say anything about it.... This is what free speech is, the ability to comment on things...get it
JustALocalGuy December 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM
@John Just because you don't know the facts about an incident isn't a reason for you to assume others don't; because some of us do. My point is that you only get to "speak" here at the pleasure of the editors. "Free Speech" is only meaningful in the context of government limitations on speech, and has nothing at all to do with the comment section of a newspaper website.
John December 14, 2012 at 06:47 PM
@JustALocalGuy, thanks for the lesson on assuming things, I do not assume anything I guess U know about the incident and your more than welcome to that information but for others to make assumptions is not correct and when comments are made it not right either.....I guess this is my civics lesson for today thanks so very much....have a good day....
John Stranahn December 16, 2012 at 04:05 PM
None of you know the facts lol. I was there I do know them..


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