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Bayonne NJ Woman Accused of Making Up Story About Rape and Kidnapping
Posted on March 2, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Bayonne New Jersey Rape SuspectThe defense attorney for a man accused of kidnapping and raping a Bayonne NJ woman is arguing in court that the victim concocted the whole story.

The defendant, a 45-year-old from Jersey City, faces charges for aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping, criminal restraint, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses.

The charges stem from an incident in August 2013. The defendant met the victim at Hudson County Plaza in Jersey City, New Jersey. The defendant assisted the woman in the parking lot when she needed to get her keys out of a locked vehicle.

At some point during their initial encounter, the defendant told the victim that he was a supervisor in Hudson County. He also offered to help the woman get a job with the county.

The following day, the woman brought her resume to the defendant. According to the victim, the defendant flirted with her and asked her out on a date; she made up an excuse not to go.

A few days later, the defendant contacted the victim again. He asked her to meet him at Hudson Lanes, near the Bayonne/Jersey City border, so that the two of them could discuss the job opportunity.

The two parties met at the bowling alley. The defendant later took the victim to his home on Stevens Avenue in Jersey City.

The defendant then allegedly lured the victim into his residence. Once inside the house, the defendant allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened the victim.

According to prosecutors, the defendant spent the next several hours raping the victim.

The victim eventually got hold of the knife and stabbed the defendant in the neck. A struggle ensued, during which they both tumbled down a flight of stairs. The victim stabbed the defendant multiple times and then ran upstairs; a resident in another apartment dialed 911 and called for help.

The defendant’s version of events is substantially different. The defendant has argued at trial that the sex with the victim was consensual.

When the victim took the witness stand during trial, things got heated. The defense attorney accused the victim of making up “this story about rape.” The victim responded forcefully that the defendant had, in fact, kidnapped and raped her.

To learn more about this case, read the article entitled “Attorney Accuses Bayonne Woman of Fabricating Rape ‘Story’ After Stabbing Jersey City Defendant.”

Rochelle Park NJ Police Looking for Man Who Allegedly Robbed Community Bank
Posted on March 1, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Rochelle Park NJ Bank Robbery SuspectRochelle Park NJ police are searching for the suspect in a recent bank robbery.

According to law enforcement, the robbery occurred at the Community Bank of Bergen County located on Rochelle Avenue in Rochelle Park, New Jersey.

The suspect entered the bank during the morning hours and asked if he could cash coins. He then exited the bank before returning a short time later, at which point he approached a bank teller. The suspect then allegedly ordered the bank teller to place an undisclosed amount of cash into a plastic bag. The bag was red and had a logo which read “Against All Odds.”

A bank customer saw what was happening and took a quick picture of the suspect with her cell phone.

After getting the money from the teller, the suspect exited the bank and fled the scene. He reportedly drove away in a silver-colored sedan and headed east on Central Avenue.

Rochelle Park police officers got to the bank a short time later and spoke with witnesses. Customers in a diner located next to the bank said that they noticed the suspect acting suspiciously before he entered the bank.

The suspect has been described as a black or Hispanic man. He is somewhere between the ages of 25 and 28, and he stands roughly 6 feet tall. At the time of the bank robbery, he was wearing a black bubble jacket, a black hat with a Miami Heat logo, and bright blue sneakers.

If the suspect is eventually identified and apprehended, he will be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, robbery is typically classified as a second degree felony. This means the suspect could potentially be sentenced to 5–10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

The Rochelle Park Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in the case. Anyone who has information about the suspect or the robbery is asked to contact investigators at 201-843-1515.

For additional information about this case, go to the article entitled “Woman Snaps Picture of Bank Robbery Suspect.”

Police Believe Same Person Robbed Glen Rock NJ Bank and Connecticut Bank
Posted on February 28, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Glen Rock NJ Bank Robbery SuspectGlen Rock NJ detectives are searching for a woman suspected of robbing a local bank.

A woman wearing a red wig walked into the Glen Rock Savings Bank located at 250 Lincoln Avenue and allegedly stole more than $100,000.

During the commission of the robbery, the suspect shoved a long-barreled handgun in the face of a bank teller and demanded that the teller hand over cash.

Afterwards, police canvassed the area in search of the suspect. A K-9 unit was able to trace the robber’s scent to a parking lot located on Rodney Street. Police believe that the suspect’s getaway vehicle was probably parked there.

The suspect tossed the wig and the gun during her escape from the bank.

Thankfully, no one was injured during the armed robbery.

Bank employees later provided Glen Rock police with a description of the suspect. The suspect stood approximately 5-foot-7 tall, weighed roughly 100 pounds, and had a medium build. In addition to wearing the wig, the suspect was reportedly wearing oversized black sunglasses, a black coat, black gloves, and white leather boots. She also carried a large purse.

Now investigators believe that they may have caught a break in the case. Police are looking into a possible connection between the Glen Rock bank robbery and another bank robbery committed in Connecticut a month earlier.

According to detectives, there were a number of similarities between the two robberies. The woman who robbed the Greenwich Bank and Trust Company in Greenwich CT also had a large gun. Additionally, the Connecticut bank robber was wearing a red wig.

The Glen Rock Police Department has asked for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information about the suspect or the theft is asked to contact detectives at 201-670-3948 or 201-670-3947.

For more information about this case, read the article entitled “Wig-Wearing Bank Robber May Be Linked to Connecticut Heist, Report Says.”

Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Distributed Cocaine and Marijuana in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Posted on February 27, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Hasbrouck Heights NJ Cocaine ChargesHasbrouck Heights NJ police arrested a local man who allegedly sold cocaine and marijuana out of his home.

Authorities had been investigating the 48-year-old suspect for three months before finally arresting him. The joint investigation included the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force.

While conducting surveillance of the suspect’s house, police allegedly saw a 44-year-old Summit NJ man enter the residence.

After the man left the house and got into his car, police followed him.

Officers eventually stopped the vehicle and conducted a search. During the search, police allegedly discovered several grams of crystal methamphetamine. Police also reportedly found $8,000 in cash.

As a result, the man was placed under arrest and charged with illegal drug possession. He was later released from custody on his own recognizance. He has a pending court appearance.

Later that same night, police entered the main suspect’s home. During a search of the residence, police allegedly found 350 grams of cocaine, more than a pound of marijuana, and anabolic steroids. Police also allegedly found $30,000 in cash.

The suspect was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. According to Bergen County prosecutors, the suspect could face additional charges.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He is being held at the facility on a $75,000 bail amount.

For additional information about this case, read the article entitled “Hasbrouck Heights Man Charged with Dealing Pot, Cocaine.”

Hackensack NJ Man Charged with Impersonating Fake Twin Brother to Get Out of Traffic Tickets in Rochelle Park
Posted on February 26, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Hackensack NJ Traffic Ticket AttorneysRochelle Park NJ police arrested a man who allegedly posed as his own twin brother so that he could avoid having to pay traffic tickets.

According to authorities, the 58-year-old suspect continually tried to postpone court dates in Rochelle Park since last summer.

The suspect was required to appear in court to answer a number of traffic tickets he had received in Rochelle Park, New Jersey. A patrol officer pulled over the suspect on July 31, 2014 and issued him five motor vehicle summonses.

The suspect kept telling municipal court officials, including a municipal court judge and numerous court clerks, that his actual name was “Tony.” As a result, the suspect claimed, the court was insisting that the wrong man appear. The suspect said that it was actually his twin brother who had been ticketed in Rochelle Park.

Remarkably, the suspect does not have a twin brother.

According to court officials, the suspect also claimed that he was legally blind.

Authorities uncovered the suspect’s alleged deception when the officer who issued the traffic citations saw the suspect in Maywood Municipal Court.

Officials later looked at the suspect’s driver’s license and used a fingerprint scan to determine the suspect’s real identity. The fingerprint scan proved that the twin brother, named “Tony,” did not exist.

As a result of the ruse, the suspect now faces serious criminal charges. Among the charges are hindering apprehension and false swearing. Additionally, the suspect faces charges for resisting arrest because he allegedly resisted when police officers first placed him under arrest.

After being arrested and processed, the suspect was taken to Bergen County Jail in Hackensack NJ. He is being held at the facility in lieu of $20,000 bail.

The Rochelle Park police chief stated that this case is an “example of the extremes people will go to escape justice.”

For more information about this case, check out the article entitled “N.J. Man Posed as Fake Twin Brother to Get Out of Tickets, Report Says.”

Woman Accused of Driving Drunk, Trying to Hit Elmwood Park NJ Police Car
Posted on February 25, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Elmwood Park NJ DWI AttorneysElmwood Park NJ police arrested a woman after she allegedly hit a police car and then tried to flee the scene.

An Elmwood Park police officer pulled behind the 21-year-old suspect on Route 46 East. The suspect was driving on the highway around 3 a.m.

At some point, the suspect allegedly backed up and struck the police officer’s vehicle. Immediately after making contact with the patrol car, the suspect reportedly fled the scene.

The suspect didn’t get very far; the Elmwood Park police officer pulled over her vehicle a quarter-mile away from the scene of the accident.

Thankfully, no one was injured as a result of the collision. However, the officer’s patrol car sustained damage.

Police officers investigated the accident and determined that the suspect was drunk at the time.

The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). The suspect was also cited for numerous traffic violations, including leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving, failure to maintain lane, unsafe backing, and driving without a seatbelt.

If the suspect is convicted on the DWI charges, she could potentially have her driver’s license suspended for an extended period of time.

The Bergen County Police Department conducted an investigation into the accident. This is standard policy for any traffic accidents which involve local law enforcement.

For further information about this case, access the article entitled “Woman Charged with DWI After Allegedly Backing into E.P. Police Car.”

Hasbrouck Heights NJ Drug Bust Nets $26K in Cocaine, Marijuana, Meth
Posted on February 24, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Drug Bust in Hasbrouck Heights NJA drug bust in Hasbrouck Heights NJ resulted in the arrests of two suspects and the seizure of a large quantity of drugs.

Police conducted a three-month-long investigation into alleged drug activity at a residence in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.

As part of the investigation, the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force were conducting surveillance of the residence.

At some point, police reportedly observed a man arrive at the residence. The man left the house a short time later.

Police stopped the man’s vehicle and allegedly found him in possession of several grams of crystal methamphetamine. Police also reportedly seized roughly $8,000.

Police then entered the residence and allegedly discovered 350 grams of cocaine, more than one pound of marijuana, and a large amount of anabolic steroids. Police also allegedly found $30,000 in cash.

Prosecutors estimate that the total value of the drugs seized from the residence is $26,000.

The alleged buyer in the case was arrested and charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine. He was later released from police custody on own recognizance.

The other suspect was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Since the cocaine distribution charge is classified as a first degree felony, the suspect could be subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison if he is convicted.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He is being held at the facility in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Prior to the charges being presented to a Bergen County grand jury, the investigation will continue. As a result, it is possible that prosecutors will pursue additional charges against the main suspect.

To learn more about this case, check out the article entitled “Cops Seize $26K Worth of Drugs in Bergen County Drug Bust.”

Women Allegedly Shoplifted, Pepper-Sprayed Guards at Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus NJ
Posted on February 23, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Paramus Garden State Plaza Robbery ChargesParamus New Jersey police recently arrested two women who were allegedly shoplifting at the Westfield Garden State Plaza.

According to officials, a security guard observed the two suspects stealing more than $500 worth merchandise from the Lord & Taylor at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, New Jersey.

When security officers approached the suspects and tried to detain them, the suspects reportedly resisted. One of the suspects allegedly pepper-sprayed the security guards during the attempted escape.

The two suspects, who hail from Paterson NJ, then tried to make their way out of the department store.

The suspects were eventually apprehended by a Paramus NJ police officer. At the time of the arrest, the suspects were reportedly in possession of a Michael Kors handbag, Steve Madden shoes, and Nine West shoes.

Meanwhile, the guards who got pepper-sprayed were okay after receiving medical treatment for chemical exposure to their faces and hands.

The suspect who allegedly used the pepper spray has been charged with robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The other suspect has been charged with robbery.

The suspect facing the most serious charges was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, where she is being held in lieu of $2,500 bail.

For additional information about this case, go to the article entitled “Woman Pepper-Sprays Guards in Garden State Plaza Shoplifting, Police Say.”

Autopsy Finds That Husband Strangled Wife, then Killed Himself at Couple’s Closter NJ Home
Posted on February 22, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Closter New Jersey Murder SuicideAn autopsy revealed that a Closter NJ woman was strangled and stabbed to death by her husband in an apparent murder-suicide.

The bodies of the 27-year-old husband and 41-year-old wife were found by neighbors in the home the couple shared at 595 High Street in Closter, New Jersey. A next-door neighbor, who is a first responder, performed CPR on the couple. Emergency responders then took the couple to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, where they were both officially pronounced dead.

Medical examiners conducted an autopsy and determined that the female victim died as a result of strangulation and a single stab wound to her chest. The husband died as a result of a self-inflicted stab wound to his chest.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has been investigating the case. However, they have yet to determine a motive for the apparent murder.

The deaths have rocked the quiet, suburban neighborhood. Many neighbors expressed shock and dismay at the possible murder-suicide.

The couple was married in May 2014, just a few months after their young son was born. The son they leave behind is now 15 months old. He was reportedly found at the scene of the killings.

The husband reportedly worked at J.P. Morgan in New York, while the wife worked as an administrative assistant at the Joseph Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.

According to authorities, the couple’s young son is currently being cared for by his paternal grandparents.

For more information about this case, check out the article entitled “Wife Stabbed, Strangled in Closter Muster-Suicide, Autopsy Shows.”

Fair Lawn NJ High School Student Accused of Home Burglary During Lunch Hour
Posted on February 21, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Fair Lawn New Jersey Burglary ChargesFair Lawn New Jersey police arrested an 18-year-old high school student who allegedly burglarized a home.

According to authorities, the suspect is a student at Fair Lawn High School. During his lunch period, the suspect allegedly left school grounds and went to a nearby home.

The suspect reportedly broke into the residence, which is located on Burbank Street in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The home is roughly one block away from the high school.

Once inside the home, the suspect allegedly stole Xanax medication.

Fair Lawn police were notified of the burglary shortly after the break in. When police officers got to the scene, they investigated and saw that someone had gained access to the home by entering through an unlocked window.

Back at the high school, a school resource officer reportedly saw the suspect attempting to throw the stolen medication on the gym floor. With assistance from school security guards, the resource officer detained the suspect.

The suspect was later placed under arrest. Police officers questioned the suspect, who allegedly admitted to the burglary.

The suspect has been charged with burglary and theft of movable property.

Sometime after being arrested and processed, the suspect was released from custody on his own recognizance.

For further information about this case, see the article entitled “High School Student Burglarized Home During Lunch Break, Fair Lawn Police Say.”