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Wanted Man Tied to Teaneck, Englewood Burglaries
Posted on October 22, 2014 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

teaneck englewood burglary fugitiveA wanted man from North Carolina was recently connected to a series of burglaries in Bergen County, after a coordinated investigation conducted by detectives from the Teaneck and Englewood Police Departments.

According to Robert Carney, Teaneck’s Acting Police Chief, 42-year-old Antonio D. Singletary had been under surveillance in Bergen County after he was identified as the primary suspect in a string of burglary crimes.

Ultimately, Singletary was taken into custody in Englewood on Monday, October 20th and charged with five counts of burglary, four counts of theft, possession of burglary tools, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Detectives from Teaneck’s Anti-Crime Unit reportedly discovered a host of stolen items, including jewelry, coins, and electronics, while executing a search of his vehicle during Monday’s arrest. They also seized drug paraphernalia, which led to the aforementioned drug charges.

Official documents reveal that Singletary is also an active fugitive facing robbery charges in North Carolina, as well as multiple probation violations in Essex County, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. His criminal record reportedly lists arrests for burglary, robbery, and drug-related offenses, the earliest of which occurred in the 1990s.

Following his arrest, Singletary was being held at the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail totaling $125,000. Notwithstanding his pending criminal cases out-of-state, the crimes for which he is accused in New Jersey could result in a lengthy term of incarceration if he is ultimately found guilty.

For example, burglary is a generally a third degree felony, punishable by a 3 to 5-year State Prison term under N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2. As a result, the defendant in this case could be sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in New Jersey State Prison for the burglary charges alone.

For more information regarding this defendant, access the following article: Detectives nab fugitive accused in Teaneck, Englewood burglaries, police say

Potential Luring Incident Under Investigation in Ridgewood
Posted on October 21, 2014 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

ridgewood luring investigationAfter what may have been an attempted luring crime occurred in Ridgewood on Monday, October 20th, officers from the Ridgewood Police Department have launched an investigation into the incident.

According to Ridgewood authorities, a young female was walking on East Ridgewood Avenue in proximity of Hope Street at approximately 3:15 p.m. when she was approached by a driver in a black Ford Econoline van with New Jersey License Plates. The potential victim described the van as having runnings boards and backup sensors on the rear bumper and police have estimated that the van dates to between 2007 and 2013.

As for the potential suspect, the driver of the van was a male believed to be in his early 50’s, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, and 240 pounds. He allegedly asked the girl if she wanted some candy as he slowed down the vehicle and began to speak to her. He was accompanied by an additional occupant in the vehicle at the time; however, this younger male did not speak to the victim.

If investigators ultimately deem this an attempted luring incident and identify a suspect, he will likely be charged with a luring offense in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:13-6. This statute provides the following with regard to these crimes in New Jersey:

“A person commits a crime of the second degree if he attempts, via electronic or any other means, to lure or entice a child or one who he reasonably believes to be a child into a motor vehicle, structure or isolated area, or to meet or appear at any other place, with a purpose to commit a criminal offense with or against the child…”

Not only is luring a crime of the second degree, which entails a presumption of imprisonment between 5 and 10 years, it is also a sexual offense, which requires registration under Megan’s Law in addition to the potential for life-long community supervision.

Megan’s Law is detailed in the New Jersey Criminal Code in sections 2C:7-1 through 2C:7-21. This law, which was implemented on October 31, 1994, mandates sex offender registration for those convicted of a variety of sex crimes in New Jersey. Specifically, sex offender registration involves the disclosure of one’s address to local police, as well as continual updates to law enforcement officials regarding changes in address, occupation, or schooling.

With regard to the aforementioned case, the Ridgewood Police Department has requested that any and all information pertaining to this incident be forwarded to department officials at (201) 251-4536.

For additional information, access the following link: Ridgewood Police Investigate Possible Attempted Luring

Fort Lee Woman Allegedly Leaves the Scene after Hitting Pedestrian
Posted on October 20, 2014 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

fort lee leaving the scene, reckless drivingA woman from Fort Lee recently received numerous motor vehicle summonses, including leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and careless driving, after allegedly hitting a Cliffside Park resident with her car.

According to officials from the Fort Lee Police Department, 68-year-old Fort Lee resident Yap W. Moon was driving in the vicinity of Anderson and Aurora avenues on Sunday, October 19th when she allegedly hit a 40-year-old Cliffside Park man who was walking his dog. Per reports, Moon is accused of leaving the scene of the accident and failing to report it to authorities.

The victim received treatment for his injuries at Englewood Hospital & Medical Center; he and his dog are currently recovering. As for Ms. Moon, she was issued summonses for leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, and reckless driving.

In New Jersey, leaving the scene of an accident can result in a motor vehicle summons or a criminal charge, depending on the circumstances of the specific case. With regard to the summons issued to Ms. Moon, these offenses are governed under N.J.S.A. 39:4-129 and the penalties associated with a conviction for a violation of this section are highly variable. The critical determinant of penalties, per the dictates of N.J.S.A. 39:4-129, relates to the extent of damage or injury resulting from the accident. Specifically, penalties are more severe in cases involving the injury or death of another person, while those resulting solely in damage to another vehicle entail less serious consequences.

Since Sunday’s incident resulted in an injured victim, Moon could be facing a variety of penalties if she is ultimately found guilty. Her sentence could include: a county jail term of up to 180 days, a fine ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, a 1-year driver’s license suspension, and 8 motor vehicle points on her license.

Fort Lee driver charged with striking Cliffside Park man, leaving scene

Police Investigate Stabbing at Teaneck High School
Posted on October 17, 2014 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Student Prank VandalismLaw enforcement officials just announced that an 18-year-old male was stabbed during an altercation that occurred outside of Teaneck High School this week.

According to Detective Captain Glenn O’Reilly of the Teaneck Police Department, officers arrived at the school at approximately 9:19 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14th after being notified of an ensuing fight on Teaneck High School property. They reportedly discovered the injured victim, who is not a current student, and he subsequently received treatment for his injuries.

Teaneck Police are currently investigating this incident and have yet to determine the specific sequence of events which led to the stabbing. Further, they have not revealed whether any students at the high school have been identified in connection with the case.

If a suspect is, in fact, identified and charged for the stabbing, he or she could be facing charges for aggravated assault or attempted murder. If the defendant is accused of aggravated assault, said individual could be sentenced to serve up to 10 years in prison for second degree charges, with a minimum 8 ½ years of parole ineligibility mandated by the No Early Release Act (NERA).

On the other hand, charges for attempted murder are classified as first degree crimes, which are the most serious criminal offenses under New Jersey Law. As such, a conviction for a typical first degree crime entails a term of incarceration ranging from 10 to 20 years in State prison.

It remains to be seen if investigators ultimately charge someone in relation to this case, but it is clear that this individual would be facing extremely severe potential consequences.

For additional information, connect to the following link: Man, 18, stabbed outside Teaneck High School

Wyckoff Man Charged for Third Time in 4 Months
Posted on October 16, 2014 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

wyckoff burglary third chargeIn his most recent run-in with the law, a Wyckoff man was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia, after allegedly breaking into his grandmother’s Wyckoff residence.

The new allegations represent 23-year-old Arthur Garlick’s third criminal case since late July, when he was arrested for theft and then heroin possession the following day.

The theft charges originated from an incident involving the theft of Garlick’s grandmother’s vehicle. After a prolonged investigation conducted by Wyckoff Police, officials identified Arthur as the individual who stole the 88-year-old woman’s car. They accused him of subsequently selling it for $150 in heroin and $200 in cash.

The next day, Garlick was arrested again, this time by an officer from the Hawthorne Police Department, who charged him with heroin possession. The arresting officer reportedly seized three bags of heroin from Garlick after he was almost hit by a car while riding a bicycle.

With regard to the most recent charges against him, Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox announced that Garlick was arrested on Friday, October 10th at his grandmother’s home on Grandview Avenue. The investigating officers at the scene noted multiple signs of forced entry and then discovered Garlick asleep in a small storage building on the property. The defendant was then taken into custody and remained held at the Bergen County Jail with hit bail set at $5,000.

In New Jersey, burglary is typically considered a third degree felony, punishable by a 3 to 5-year New Jersey State Prison sentence. According to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, heroin possession is also a third degree crime, warranting the same penalties in addition to a fine of up to $35,000.

On the other hand, offenses involving theft can vary significantly in terms of the degree of the charges associated with a specific case. With respect to the charges against Garlick, he is accused of stealing an automobile, which is a distinct crime codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3. It is important to note that the grading and penalties for theft of a vehicle are not determined by the value of the alleged stolen property, like most theft offenses. Instead, this theft of an automobile is a third degree crime (at the minimum), and can also result in a 10-year driver’s license suspension.

For additional information pertaining to this ongoing story, access the following article: Heroin addict who sold grandmother’s car for heroin caught sleeping after breaking into her house, Wyckoff police say

Garfield Police Department Receives Terroristic Threats Call
Posted on October 15, 2014 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

garfield terroristic threats phone callOfficers from the Garfield and Bergen County Police are currently investigating an anonymous call made to the Garfield Police Department recently, during which an unidentified man threatened to conduct a shooting at the department’s headquarters.

According to Garfield Police Captain Darren Sucorowski, the aforementioned call was received at 4:24 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14th. A male whose identity remains unknown reportedly claimed that he would arrive at police headquarters with a firearm shortly thereafter, with the intention of killing everyone in the building.

The department alerted all of its employees to the potential threat after the man abruptly hung up. They then contacted the Bergen County Police Department for additional assistance. The investigation of this call is ongoing and if a suspect is ultimately identified, he may be charged with terroristic threats.

Under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3 of the State’s Criminal Code, these offenses are typically classified as third degree crimes, unless the alleged offense occurs during a county, state, or national emergency, in which case they are considered second degree felonies. With regard to this potential suspect, a conviction could mean a sentence to serve 3 to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison, as he would likely be charged with a third degree offense.

Law enforcement officials have requested that any information regarding this case be immediately provided to investigating detectives, who can be reached at (973) 478-8500.

To read more about this case, see the following article: Caller says he’s going to kill everyone inside Garfield police headquarters

Ridgefield Park Man Charged with Distribution of Child Pornography
Posted on October 14, 2014 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

ridgefield park distributing child pornographyA man currently living in Ridgefield Park has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, as Bergen County officials have accused him of distributing child pornography via the Internet.

According to Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli, 36-year-old Nazar Hasan, who has been living on Central Avenue in Ridgefield Park but is technically a citizen of Iraq, was arrested on Saturday, October 11th in connection with this case.

As mentioned above, Hasan is facing charges for endangering the welfare of a child, which specifically addresses offenses involving the possession and distribution of child pornography. Under this section of the New Jersey Criminal Code (N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4), charges for distribution of child pornography are considered more serious than those for possession of child pornography.

In terms of the distinction between the degrees of these charges, those for possession are classified as fourth degree felony-level offenses, which are punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 18 months. On the other hand, a conviction for distribution of child pornography can result in a term of incarceration ranging from 5 to 10 years, as these crimes are classified as second degree felonies.

With regard to Hasan’s case, he could be sentenced to serve a prison sentence for one or both charges, depending on the outcome of his case. If Hasan is ultimately found guilty of both crimes, the presiding judge will determine if his terms of imprisonment will be served concurrently (at the same time) or consecutively (one following the other). In addition to a prison sentence, Hasan may also be required to register as a sex offender under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.

For additional information, access the following article: Iraqi citizen distributed child pornography, Bergen prosecutor says

Ridgefield Officer Allegedly Injured by Man at Police Checkpoint
Posted on October 13, 2014 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

ridgefield agg. assault on pd at traffic stopFollowing a recent incident at a police checkpoint in Bergen County, a man is facing a multitude of charges including: aggravated assault on a police officer, eluding, hindering apprehension, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in bodily injury, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI, and driving with a suspended license.

During the series of alleged events, the defendant is accused of driving through a police checkpoint while dragging an officer with his vehicle, and subsequently causing numerous motor vehicle accidents as he attempted to flee the scene.

According to authorities, 25-year-old Hackettstown resident Denny Oh was driving his 2005 Honda Odyssey minivan when he was stopped at a police checkpoint in Bergen County. After Ridgefield Police Officer Kevin Nebbia ran a check on Oh’s driver’s license, he found that Oh had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. When he informed Oh that he would be taken into custody, Oh allegedly attempted to drive away and dragged Officer Nebia approximately 20 feet with his vehicle.

Oh reportedly continued driving, running a stop sign in Palisades Park and causing an accident with a Ford Expedition occupied by a woman and her 4-year-old son. The woman driving the Ford is said to have driven over a curb and collided with a building in an attempt to avoid a crash with Oh.

Officials say Oh continued to flee, as police officers from the Palisades Park and Ridgefield Police Departments pursued him. During this time, police say Oh struck two different police cars and drove his vehicle toward officers who were attempting to stop him. He was ultimately taken into custody by Ridgefield and Palisades Park police while fleeing on foot.

Oh is now being held at the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. Clearly, he will be subject to extremely severe penalties if ultimately convicted in this case. As for Officer Nebbia, who sustained injuries to to the head, back, and arm, he was released from Hackensack University Medical Center after receiving treatment.

For more details regarding this incident, view the following article: Police ID man accused of dragging Ridgefield police officer as he fled traffic stop

1 Suspect Killed, 3 Others Charged in Alleged Paramus Burglary
Posted on October 10, 2014 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

paramus burglary police shootingAfter a recent alleged burglary during which a Paramus Police Officer shot and killed one of the suspects, the three other men accused of participating in the crime are facing charges for armed burglary, weapons offenses, and resisting arrest.

Members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s Shooting Response Team are currently conducting an investigation of the incident, which occurred on Wednesday, October 8th at a T-Mobile store in Paramus. The four men reportedly involved in the alleged burglary include 20-year-old Miguel Reyes, 21-year-old Josue Felix, 24-year-old Hector Felix, and 25-year-old Nico Vega.

Josue and Hector Felix were arrested and charged along with Nico Vega at the time. Reyes, on the other hand, was shot by a responding officer from the Paramus Police Department after allegedly hitting the officer with a vehicle in an attempt to flee the scene. According to Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli, the officer fired his weapon after Reyes hit him with a 2015 Kia K900. He was declared deceased at Hackensack University Medical Center shortly thereafter.

The other three defendants, all of whom are from New York, appeared in Bergen County Superior Court before Judge Liliana Deavila-Silebi on Thursday, October 9th, at which time they all submitted pleas of “not guilty.” They are currently being held at the Bergen County Jail, with their bails set at $500,000 each on charges for armed burglary, conspiracy to commit armed burglary, and resisting arrest. They have also been charged with weapons offenses, which likely include possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

In New Jersey, burglary offenses are classified as second degree crimes under N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2 if the defendant is allegedly armed with or displays what appears to be a deadly weapon. Further, charges for possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose can be considered second, third, or fourth degree crimes according to N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4. The degree of these charges is contingent upon the specific weapon involved in the alleged offense.

Regardless of the degree of the weapons charges in this case or the findings associated with the other offenses for which the defendants have been accused, a conviction for armed burglary alone could result in a sentence of up to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. Unfortunately for Reyes, his death means he will never see the opportunity to defend himself in court.

For more information related to this matter, access the following article: Alleged accomplices charged after Paramus cop shoots burglary suspect

Update: Second Man Charged in Bergen County Theft Case Extradited to NJ
Posted on October 9, 2014 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

theft by deceptionAs a follow up to an ongoing case involving two defendants, one of whom is a former Palisades Park candidate for mayor, the second man charged in connection with the case was recently extradited to Bergen County from California.

These two men were originally arrested in late July and have been charged with theft by deception and money laundering, in connection with a case involving over $500,000 in stolen funds.

54-year-old Palisades Park resident Kiyoung Kim was arrested on Tuesday, July 29th for his alleged involvement in a fraudulent real estate operation, which officials believe he coordinated with 43-year old Los Angeles resident Shangsu Han. The two men are accused of stealing over $500,000 from a variety of Korean investors who believed they were purchasing shares in golf resort located in South Korea.

Kim and Han allegedly funded television and newspaper advertisements through their respective companies, Kousa dba Family Club and E2West Corp, offering the purchase of shares in the Nest Hill resort, which closed in 2005 and had no affiliation with the defendants. The purchases that resulted reportedly netted the men over $500,000 in funds, with the alleged victims receiving no return on their investments.

Detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office had been conducting a coordinated investigation into this case with the Los Angeles division of the FBI for four years before they ultimately charged Kim and Han. Now, the co-defendants will face charges for money laundering, theft by deception, and conspiracy to commit theft by deception in Bergen County Superior Court.

Although Han was arrested at the end of July, he just arrived in New Jersey on October 8th and is currently being held at the Bergen County Jail with his bail set at $100,000.

Kim and Han have likely been charged with second degree theft by deception, as N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4 classifies these crimes as such if the alleged amount stolen amounts to $75,000 or more. With this in mind, they could be sentenced to serve between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison if convicted of these charges.

In addition, if Kim and Han are found guilty of all of the crimes for which they have been accused, the presiding judge may impose consecutive sentences, meaning the defendants would be required to complete the prison term associated with one charge before beginning the terms associated with the others.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli has requested that any individuals with information regarding this case contact the White Collar Crimes Unit at the prosecutor’s office, as the investigation remains active. White Collar Unit detectives can be reached via phone at (201) 226-5678.

For additional information, see the following article: South Korean man brought to Bergen in $500,000 real estate ripoff with Palisades Park mayoral candidate