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Cops: Man Who Hit Pole Ran Down Woman Night Before

Dover resident has had several brushes with the law in the past month, including allegations that he harassed golf course workers, stole a truck and wielding an ax in a fast food restaurant.

A Dover man arrested on an outstanding warrant after his car struck a utility pole in Lake Hiawatha Sunday night is the same individual who struck and killed a Paramus woman in Pennsylvania the previous day, police said.

Philip Cise, 48, of Dover, was back on the road one day after striking Gabrielle Reuveni, 20, while she jogged Saturday near her family’s Poconos vacation home. The following night, police said, Cise plowed another vehicle into a utility pole in Lake Hiawatha.

According to Parsippany Police, Cise struck a pole near 98 N. Beverwyck Road Sunday just before 8:30 p.m.

Cise was uninjured and officers discovered he had an arrest warrant for allegedly harassing employees at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster. Cise was arrested and handed over to Bedminster Township Police.

Cise allegedly harassed workers at the country club on June 30 and again a week later, and police issued a warrant for his arrest on defying trespass and harassment charges, Bedminster Police Chief Pat Ussrey said.

"Then we heard bits and pieces of continued run-ins with the authorities by Mr. Cise in Rockaway Borough, Parsippany, Jefferson Township, and tragically in Pennsylvania," Ussrey said.

Cise also faces weapons charges after allegedly wielding an ax while demanding free food at a Rockaway McDonald's restaurant last Monday, according to NJ.com. Cise was processed and released, according to the report.

Cise was also arrested on July 7 for stealing a truck from a Jefferson Township driveway, according to police. The vehicle was recovered and returned to the owner, and Cise was released on bail, police said.

Cise is being held at Somerset County Jail. Bedminster Police are communicating with other jurisdictions in an attempt to combine charges to make it more difficult for Cise to make bail.

"Unfortunately, you can only work within the constructs of the system," Ussrey said.

Cise was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck in Palmyra, Pa., on Saturday when he crossed the double-yellow lines multiples time before hitting Reuveni, who was jogging on the shoulder of Pennsylvania State Route 507 around noon, according to Pennsylvania Trooper Michael Mulvey.

Reuveni was running on the shoulder of the road traveling south in the same direction as the truck struck when it hit her from behind, police said.

Authorities conducted a field sobriety test at the scene on Cise and he was examined by a drug recognition expert, police said. He was later taken to Wayne County Memorial Hospital for blood tests and released. Charges by the District Attorney’s office are pending the complete results.

Reuveni was a member of the 2011 National Champion women’s cross-country team, and an International Area Studies major at Washington University in St. Louis. She was also a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, according to Washington University's independent school paper, Student Life.

Her mother, Jacqueline, .

By Monday night, about 2,000 people had joined a Facebook page in memory of Reuveni. Friends shared photos, memories and condolences, even offering to host out of town guests for the funeral.

The Star-Ledger reported in 2001 that Cise, who then lived in Long Valley, was charged with threatening a Tewksbury police officer who confronted him while Cise was collecting money for the “Fire Fighter Phil Foundation” to raise money for 9/11 families.

Cise made news in 2010 when he attempted to raise money to turn an artist’s last painting into a 5-acre 9/11 memorial in Allamuchy. Cise was reportedly a volunteer firefighter in Summit who cleared debris from the World Trade Center site.

The artist told the Ledger in 2001 that she had severed her relationship with Cise. She died in 2007.

Cise was profiled in a Tennessee newspaper the first week of June, telling the reporter that he was in Rhea County to work on a book about 9/11.

CK July 16, 2012 at 05:34 PM
So this guy killed a girl in the Poconos on Saturday afternoon, hitting her with his car while suspected to be DWI and the next night he was driving drunk and had an accident? And the week before he was wielding a machete in a McDonalds? What's wrong with the system?
VG July 16, 2012 at 07:17 PM
This guy needs to be put away for good. What is wrong with the system? He obviously does not give a damn, and why should we. He is a total disgrace!
clyde donovan July 17, 2012 at 01:11 PM
If he had been held for psychiatric observation in the Rockaway ax-wielding episode, the young woman might still be alive.
JO July 17, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Why wasn't this person in jail or in a psychaitric hospital? A bright young woman was killed because of this obviously sick individual! The justice system should be ashamed and held responsible
William Paavola July 17, 2012 at 07:51 PM
It is up to the local judges to put this man in a psych hosp. If he was in NYC he would be headed to Bellevue.
VietNam Vet July 18, 2012 at 04:08 AM
I can't believe all the trouble this jerk has been in the last 10 years or more and nobody has locked him up and throwm away the key. They got him in Pa. but then they let him go the same day, something IS wrong here.
utoh October 07, 2012 at 03:46 AM
You can't tell me a person who is clearly known as a danger to himself and others could not have been put away before now. The law is intended to protect the public, if it doesn't work it needs to be fixed. How is this guy walking free? NO BAIL!
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