If Nathaniel McMartin had kept his composure, he might have walked away cleanly from a streetside encounter with Toms River police. But he ran, say police, and it changed everything.

Chief Mike Mastronardy says that McMartin was engaged in questioning on Adams Avenue by Patrolman Michael Foy Monday afternoon as Foy probed a report of two suspicious men in the vicinity.

According to police, McMartin instead bolted through a back yard, hopping a fence on Mystic Port Place.

When he was apprehended a short time later, say police, McMartin reasoned that he feared any possible warrants that might be lodged against him. He was placed in the Ocean County Jail on charges of obstruction and hindering apprehension.

According to police, there were no warrants issued for McMartin.