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Elderly Woman Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing Man in Lodi, New Jersey
Posted on February 1, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Lodi New Jersey Assault LawyersPolice in Lodi NJ arrested an elderly woman who allegedly stabbed a man and then locked herself in the bathroom.

According to authorities, the 68-year-old suspect was at a residence when she stabbed the male victim in the hand.

After the alleged stabbing, the suspect reportedly went into the bathroom and locked the door behind her. It was not until police arrived at the scene that she finally came out of the restroom.

According to police, the suspect told the victim that she wanted to kill him.

When police got to the residence, they placed the suspect under arrest.

Meanwhile, the victim was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center to receive medical treatment for his injuries.

The suspect has been charged with several criminal offenses, including aggravated assault. The suspect also faces charges for various weapons offenses because the alleged attack involved a knife.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the aggravated assault charges, she could be subject to significant penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:12:1b(2) classifies aggravated assault with a deadly weapon like a knife or a handgun as a third degree felony, while N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(1) classifies aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury as a second degree felony. Depending on the circumstances, the suspect in this case could be sentenced to as many as 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was due to be transported to the Bergen County Jail. However, the suspect was released from custody after posting a $30,000 bail amount. She has a pending court date to address the charges against her.

For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Lodi Woman, 68, Stabbed Man, Hid in Bathroom, Cops Say.”

Hasbrouck Heights NJ Man Accused of Downloading Child Pornography
Posted on January 31, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Hasbrouck Heights NJ Child Pornography SuspectPolice recently arrested a Hasbrouck Heights NJ man accused of downloading child pornography and possessing marijuana.

After receiving information that the 25-year-old suspect was using the Internet to download sexually explicit images of minors, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office started an investigation.

The prosecutor’s office’s computer crimes unit began to look into the suspect’s online activity.

A judge later approved the unit’s request to search the suspect’s residence in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. The search allegedly turned up evidence that the suspect had used the Internet to view the illegal images of minors.

Additionally, police allegedly found a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the suspect’s home.

The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with child endangerment for possession of child pornography. The suspect was also charged with multiple drug offenses, including simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After being arrested and processed, the suspect was released from police custody on his own recognizance. He has a pending court date to address the charges against him.

To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Hasbrouck Heights Man Faces Child Pornography, Drug Charges.”

Montvale NJ Man Allegedly Eludes Elmwood Park Police, Caught with Heroin
Posted on January 30, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Elmwood Park NJ Eluding AttorneysElmwood Park NJ police arrested a man who allegedly led police on a car chase and had 20 bags of heroin in his possession.

According to authorities, the 34-year-old suspect was driving a Honda Accord on Florence Place in Elmwood Park NJ when police officers attempted to pull over his vehicle for a traffic violation.

Instead of stopping his car, the suspect allegedly sped up and tried to flee the scene. The suspect, who lives in Montvale, reportedly led police on a car chase into Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

The chase went on for approximately one mile before the police officers were eventually able to stop the suspect’s vehicle.

During a subsequent search of the suspect’s car, police officers allegedly discovered 20 bags of heroin.

The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with eluding and heroin possession.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the eluding charges, he could be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2, eluding can potentially be classified as a second degree felony if the attempt to elude created a risk of death or injury to another person. A conviction for second degree eluding could result in a sentence of 5–10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was held in police custody on a $10,000 bail amount. The suspect was later released from custody after posting bail.

For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Montvale Man Caught with Heroin After Car Chase, Elmwood Park Police Say.”

Father, Son Charged After Police Find Thousands Worth of Marijuana at Upper Saddle River NJ Home
Posted on January 29, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Upper Saddle River NJ Marijuana SuspectPolice arrested five people on drug charges in Bergen County NJ after a lengthy investigation.

The investigation included the Upper Saddle River Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force. According to prosecutors, the investigation lasted three months.

Among the five people arrested were a father and son. The 19-year-old son allegedly sold marijuana, LSD, and narcotic mushrooms out of his home located on Pleasant Avenue in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

The 52-year-old father was arrested after police executed a search warrant at the residence and reportedly found drugs in the father’s personal bathroom. The drugs allegedly included LSD, mushrooms, and marijuana with a street value of approximately $2,000. Additionally, police said that they found scales and other drug paraphernalia in the bathroom.

The son has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute LSD, and possession with intent to distribute psilocybin mushrooms.

Meanwhile, the father was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The father was not present when the search was conducted; however, he later turned himself in to Upper Saddle River police.

After being arrested and charged, the son was transported to the Bergen County Jail. He is being held at the facility in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Sometime after the father turned himself in, he was released from police custody with a pending court date.

Police also arrested a few other people as a result of the investigation. While authorities were conducting surveillance of the suspects’ home, they allegedly saw two Allendale NJ residents drive away in a vehicle after buying drugs.

When police officers stopped the car, they reportedly discovered marijuana. Police also said that the two suspects were under the influence of marijuana at the time.

Both suspects were charged with possession of marijuana.

Additionally, police arrested a juvenile suspect from New York. Police believe that the juvenile is a major supplier of drugs. He was allegedly found in possession of two pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of roughly $6,000.

After being arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, the minor was released to the custody of a parent.

For more information, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Cops Say Drugs Sold at Bergen Home, Alleged Dealer’s Father Also Charged.”

Elmwood Park Police Look for Suspects in Assault, Robbery of 63-Year-Old Man
Posted on January 28, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Elmwood Park Robbery AttorneysPolice are searching for two men who allegedly robbed and assaulted an elderly person in Elmwood Park, NJ.

According to police, the 63-year-old victim parked his car shortly after midnight in the parking lot of the Elmwood Court development. The parking lot is located on River Drive in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. The victim was returning home for the night; he lives in the development.

After parking and getting out of his vehicle, the victim was allegedly attacked from behind by two men. The suspects reportedly punched the victim in the head and the face until he fell to the ground. The suspects then allegedly kicked the victim.

The suspects eventually reached into the victim’s pocket and took several items, including the victim’s wallet, iPhone, and knapsack.

After stealing the items from the victim, the suspects reportedly ran away and fled the area on foot. They were seen running toward River Drive.

The victim was disoriented after the attack. He managed to walk to a neighbor’s residence and knock on the door. When Elmwood Park police got to the scene, they found the victim suffering from injuries to his ribs and lacerations to both his head and face. The victim was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey.

Officers with the Elmwood Park Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit searched the area, but they were unable to locate the suspects.

The victim provided police with descriptions of the suspects. The assailants have been described as black men in their early 20s and standing approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall. The suspects were reportedly wearing black jackets and dark hats at the time of the attack.

If the suspects are eventually identified and captured, they could face significant criminal charges for aggravated assault and robbery.

Elmwood Park police are actively investigating the incident. Anyone with information about the suspects or the alleged theft is asked to contact investigators at 201-796-0700.

To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Elmwood Park Police Seek Men Who Beat, Robbed 63-Year-Old.”

Rutherford New Jersey Police Arrest Suspect in Stabbing at Bus Station
Posted on January 27, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Rutherford New Jersey Stabbing SuspectRutherford NJ police recently arrested a man in connection with a stabbing at a local bus station.

According to police, the attack occurred at a bus station located just outside a Union Avenue apartment complex. The suspect allegedly approached the 23-year-old victim, who was standing at the station while he waited for a bus.

The suspect and the victim reportedly began to argue with each other. Police said that the suspect and the victim knew each other before the incident.

At some point during the argument, the suspect allegedly took out a Smith & Wesson folding knife and stabbed the victim.

After the attack, the suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot. Rutherford police identified the 29-year-old suspect as the attacker. According to police, he is an unemployed resident of Rutherford, New Jersey.

Shortly after the incident, police issued a BOLO alert to surrounding police departments.

The suspect was apprehended when an off-duty Rutherford police officer saw a man matching the suspect’s description. The suspect was reportedly walking on Paterson Avenue in East Rutherford, NJ.

The officer, along with assistance from East Rutherford police, pursued the suspect and apprehended him without incident. According to police, the suspect had a knife in his possession at the time of the arrest; the knife was reportedly folded to replicate a credit card.

Police officers from the Rutherford Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department went to the suspect’s residence on Washington Avenue. Officers allegedly recovered the knife used in the attack.

According to police, the victim was stabbed four times. He suffered serious wounds to his stomach, his chest, and his arm. The victim was treated at the scene by Rutherford emergency responders and then taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. The victim was also treated at the hospital; he was later listed in stable condition.

The suspect has been charged with a number of criminal offenses, including third degree aggravated assault, third degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and fourth degree unlawful possession of a weapon.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was released from police custody with a pending court date.

For additional information about this case, view the NorthJersey.com article entitled “Update: Rutherford Stabbing Suspect Identified, Victim Listed in Stable Condition.”

Lodi NJ Teacher Faces DWI Charges After Allegedly Crashing into Patrol Vehicle, Seriously Injuring Police Officer
Posted on January 26, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Lodi NJ High School DWI SuspectA Lodi NJ high school teacher was charged with drunk driving after allegedly crashing his vehicle into a Bergen County police officer.

The suspect is reportedly a math teacher and track coach at Lodi High School in Lodi, New Jersey. According to police, the crash occurred on Route 46.

The 39-year-old victim, a patrol officer, pulled over his police cruiser on the shoulder of Route 46 westbound. The victim stopped his vehicle in order to assist another patrol officer with a broken radio.

The suspect allegedly drifted onto the shoulder of the highway and slammed his car into the back of the victim’s patrol vehicle.

After the accident, the suspect allegedly fled the scene. Police believe that the suspect was highly intoxicated at the time of the crash.

According to authorities, the accident left the police officer with a traumatic brain injury. He was listed in critical condition and required a hospital stay lasting nearly four months after accident. The officer’s injuries included a fractured skull and multiple broken ribs. Although the victim was released from the hospital in August, he is still undergoing intensive physical therapy.

Police eventually tracked down the suspect and placed him under arrest. The suspect has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), leaving the scene of an accident, and aggravated assault.

According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), the suspect has a prior conviction for driving under the influence.

The suspect was indicted by a Morris County grand jury in August. Shortly after the indictment, the suspect was suspended without pay from his job at Lodi High School.

The suspect pleaded not guilty to all of the charges in October. He is currently free on $150,000 bail.

Bergen County prosecutors offered the suspect a plea deal in November. The plea agreement would require the suspect to be sentenced to 7 years in New Jersey State Prison.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Teacher Charged with Seriously Injuring Bergen County Cop Due in Court.”

Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Teaneck NJ Gas Station
Posted on January 25, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Teaneck NJ Gas Station Robbery SuspectPolice in Teaneck NJ are looking for a man who allegedly robbed a local gas station at knifepoint.

According to police, the suspect entered the Exxon Station on 228 Teaneck Road, near Fort Lee Road, in Teaneck, New Jersey. The suspect then approached a station employee and pulled out a large kitchen knife.

The employee later told police that the suspect flashed the knife and demanded cash. After the employee gave the suspect approximately $160, the suspect reportedly left the station and fled the area on foot. According to the witness, the suspect headed westbound on Fort Lee Road.

Teaneck police were called to the scene a short time later. Officers with the Bergen County Police K-9 Unit canvassed the area; however, they were unable to locate the suspect.

Police officers also interviewed gas station employees. Witnesses provided police with a description of the suspect. The alleged robber has been described as a heavyset man in his 40s. He is reportedly balding. According to witnesses, the suspect was wearing a black long-sleeved sweatshirt with letters on both the chest and the left arm. Additionally, the suspect’s face was reportedly covered by some kind of material such as a bandana or a scarf.

Teaneck police recently released images taken from a security camera at the gas station. The surveillance footage reportedly shows the suspect around the time of the theft.

If the suspect is eventually identified and apprehended, he could face severe penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 classifies robbery as a first degree criminal offense when the offender uses a deadly weapon like a knife or a handgun. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges can potentially result in a sentence of 10–20 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Thankfully, no one was injured during the alleged robbery.

The Teaneck Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident is asked to contact investigators at 201-837-2600. Members of the public can also call the Tri-Community Crime Stoppers tip line at 201-488-4222.

To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Knife-Wielding Bandit Sought in Teaneck Gas Station Holdup.”

Ridgewood NJ Man Accused of Possessing Marijuana, High-Capacity Magazine
Posted on January 24, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Ridgewood NJ Weapons ChargesPolice arrested a man who allegedly had marijuana and a high-capacity magazine in his possession in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Authorities received a report of criminal activity at a home on Pershing Avenue in Ridgewood, NJ. Police then obtained a search warrant and dispatched officers to the scene. According to witnesses, SWAT units and K9 units went to the house.

Officers with the Ridgewood Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office executed the search warrant at the residence.

Once inside the house, police reportedly discovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and the high-capacity magazine.

The 23-year-old suspect was taken into custody and placed under arrest.

The suspect has been charged with a number of drug offenses, including marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession. He also faces weapons charges as a result of police allegedly finding the ammunition magazine in his home.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the drug charges or the weapons charges, he could face serious penalties.

After being placed under arrest, the suspect was transported to the Bergen County Jail. He is being held at the facility in lieu of $30,000 bail.

For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Ridgewood Man Had High-Capacity Magazines, Drugs, Police Say.”

Suspect Wanted for Alleged Armed Robbery of Bank in Lodi, NJ
Posted on January 23, 2015 by Travis Tormey | 0 Comments

Lodi New Jersey Bank Robbery SuspectPolice are searching for a suspect who allegedly robbed a bank in Lodi, New Jersey.

According to authorities, the suspect was wearing a tan trench coat when he entered the Capital One Bank branch on Essex Street in Lodi. Once inside the building, the suspect walked up to a bank employee and opened his trench coat; doing so allegedly revealed a black handgun with a brown handle.

After flashing the handgun, the suspect reportedly demanded that the teller hand over $50 and $100 bills from a cash drawer. However, the teller only gave the suspect a package of straps which are used to wrap currency.

The suspect then fled the scene on foot. After the suspect exited the building, bank employees contacted Lodi police.

Witnesses provided investigators with a description of the suspect. The suspect is reportedly a white or Hispanic male with a grey beard. According to witnesses, the suspect stands approximately 6-feet fall and is in his 50s or 60s. The suspect is said to have been wearing the long trench coat, a black wool hat, and dark sunglasses.

If the suspect is eventually identified and apprehended, he could face serious penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, robbery is classified as a first degree felony when the offender uses a deadly weapon such as a firearm or a knife. A conviction on first degree armed robbery charges can potentially result in a sentence of 10–20 years in New Jersey State Prison.

The Lodi Police Department is asking members of the public to assist with the investigation into the alleged robbery. Anyone who has information about the suspect or the incident should contact Lodi detectives at 973-473-7600.

For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Police: Bank Robber Demands Money, Escapes with Only Cash Wrappers in Lodi.”