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Hackensack Police Release Suspect Photos after Incident at Local Restaurant
Posted on October 24, 2014 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

hackensack dine and ditch caseLaw enforcement officials are attempting to identify two suspects who reportedly left a Hackensack restaurant without paying their bill and then struck the business manager with a vehicle while fleeing the scene.

The Hackensack Police Department recently released surveillance images of two men, who remain unidentified, after they were recorded at a local Applebee’s at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14th. The suspects allegedly consumed roughly $100 worth of food and beverages before leaving the restaurant with their bill unpaid.

As the suspects proceeded to exit the premises, the restaurant’s manager followed them into the parking lot, at which point they are accused of hitting him with a black Cadillac SUV. The manager did not sustain serious injuries, but the men were able to successfully flee the scene and remain at large.

Officers from the Hackensack Police have requested that any information regarding this incident be forwarded to the department at 201-646-7777. If investigators ultimately identify and charge suspects in this case, they could be facing charges including theft and assault by auto.

In addition, these defendants could face criminal charges for hindering apprehension or prosecution, which is governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3. According to this statute,

“A person commits an offense if, with purpose to hinder his own detention, apprehension, investigation, prosecution, conviction or punishment for an offense or violation he or she…prevents or obstructs by means of force or intimidation anyone from performing an act which might aid in his discovery or apprehension or in the lodging of a charge against him.”

The allegations involving these men fleeing the scene and injuring a victim who was attempting to stop them could most certainly constitute hindering offenses as defined by New Jersey Law.

For more information regarding this ongoing investigation, access the following article: Hackensack police seek diners who dodged Applebee’s bill, hit manager with pickup truck

Bergenfield Police Call Leads to Arrest on Assault Warrant
Posted on October 23, 2014 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

assaultThe Bergenfield Police Department recently received notification of a dispute that ultimately led to the arrest of a man from Teaneck with an outstanding warrant for simple assault charges.

According to Bergenfield Detective Captain Cathy Madalone, a citizen contacted the police department at approximately 2:00 a.m. on October 23rd to report an incident. The caller, who remains unidentified, also disclosed that the other party involved currently had a warrant for his arrest.

41-year-old Teaneck resident Frank Otis Saunders was wanted on charges for simple assault, according to the caller. After officials verified this fact, Saunders was taken into custody and held at the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. State documents reveal that his lengthy criminal record includes charges for robbery, aggravated assault, and rioting, in addition to parole and probation violations.

In New Jersey, simple assault is typically classified as a disorderly persons offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(a). Disorderly persons offenses entail penalties including a county jail sentence of up to 6 months and a maximum fine of $1,000.

However, there are multiple other factors that can influence a simple assault case. For example, if the alleged simple assault was committed during a mutual fight or scuffle, this is considered a petty disorderly persons offense. A petty disorderly persons offense is relatively less serious, as it is punishable by a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

It is also important to note that if a defendant is accused of simple assault in connection with a domestic violence incident, a restraining order may be issued in addition to criminal charges.

To read more about this case, access the following article: Bergenfield police nab Teaneck ex-con on assault, warrant charges

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