Cai Maver's Family History


This is the New York Times Article from Sunday, Dec. 19, 1965, a few days after the robbery. It is formated as closely as possible to the original article. It should be noted that William was always resentful of people thinking that he was promoted to Lieutenant because of the robbery. As this article states, he actually had already been accepted for the position based on his high scores on the neccesary tests, not because of his role in preventing the robbery.



Victim of Bandits in Newark
Paralyzed by Bullet

Special to The New York Times
NEWARK, Dec. 18-A police sergeant who was wounded trying to prevent a robbery at a savings and loan association was promoted to lieutenant today while he lay paralyzed from the waist down in a hospital bed.
Two suspects in the holdup were arrested after Newark Mayor Hugh S. Addonizo witnessed the escape of five gunmen yesterday and gave chase in his official car, siren wailing.
The getaway car crashed into a utility pole one block from the holdup site. One of the bandits fired a shot through the windshield of the Mayor's car, narrowly missing him. The robbers got away with $8,700.
The police officer, William Maver, 38, was shot in the back by a lookout for the holdup men when the policeman tried to prevent the robbery, at the Robert Treat Savings and Loan Association on Clinton Avenue.
Doctors Hesitant
Doctors in Beth Israel Hospital hesitated to remove the bullet, which lodged near the aorta, the main artery leading from the heart. Rupture of the aorta could be fatal.
Lieutenant Maver finished first in recent civil service examinations for that rank.
Lawyers for the two suspects contended there was evidence that the police had coerced statements from their clients.
At the arraignment late last night, one suspect, James E. Washington, appeared with blood flowing from a cut above his right eye and with a scratch below it. The other, Alvin Dickins, had a bump at the base of his skull.
The lawyers, William P. Reis

and Leonard I. Weinglass, declared that their clients had been denied the right to counsel before the police investigation.
Mr. Reis attorney for Washington, said he would move for suppression of his client's statement to the police. He said Washington told him he had been beaten and threatened.
Mr. Weinglass, representing Dickens, said he would continue to look into his client's arrest before proceeding. Dickins had asked for medical attention several times during the six-hour investigation, but was ignored, according to Mr. Weinglass.
A suspect's right to counsel during the early stage of a criminal investigatlon has been the subject of extensive legal debate recently. In New Jersey the general interpretation is that the police must honor a suspect's request for counsel, but need not inform him of his right to be represented by a lawyer.


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