Day: August 11, 2020

Trenton Man Arrested For Aggravated Assault After Striking Police Officer With Vehicle And Fleeing Scene

August 11, 2020

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–The Bordentown Township Police Department announces that Jason Spencer, age – 34, of South Broad St. Trenton NJ was arrested for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer after striking a Township officer with his vehicle and fleeing the scene.

This incident originated on 8/10/20 at 5:15 pm after Ptl. Joshua Gardner of the BTPD effectuated a motor vehicle stop of a tractor-trailer on Rising Sun Rd. in the area of the Petro Truck Stop. Once Ptl. Gardner received the truck driver’s credentials he began walking back to his patrol vehicle which was parked behind the tractor-trailer with its emergency lights activated. At that point a 2020 Buick Regal operated by Jason Spencer drove by him at a high rate of speed and its passenger side mirror struck Ptl. Gardner’s right forearm. Spencer did not stop after striking the officer and fled the scene. Ptl. Gardner quickly ran back to his patrol vehicle after being struck, pursued the Buick and apprehended Spencer without incident behind a warehouse on Hedding Rd. Spencer was then charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer along with violations of the NJ move over law, reckless driving, careless driving, speeding, leaving the scene of a collision and failure to report a collision and was committed to the Burlington County Jail.

Ptl. Gardner sustained minor injuries as a result of this incident and was treated at RWJ University Hospital Hamilton and released.

Chief Pesce releases the following statement: “This incident underscores the inherent risk our officers face on a daily basis while performing their duties. Ptl. Gardner could have been seriously or critically injured and this is a sobering reminder that all drivers must SLOW DOWN and MOVE OVER when approaching an emergency vehicle.”

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Neptune Man Arrested For Attempted Murder

August 11, 2020

FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A Neptune Township man was arrested and charged for his role in an attempted murder in Asbury Park in May, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Ryan Taylor, 29, of Neptune Township, was arrested and charged with first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, second degree Certain Person Not to Possess a Weapon, second degree Armed Burglary, and third degree Hindering Apprehension.

Asbury Park Police Department responded to a report of shots fired on May 15, 2020, around 10:33 p.m., in the area of the Asbury Park Village housing complex located on Atkins Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located a 26-year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune Township where he was treated and later released.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Asbury Park Police Department revealed the victim was standing in the courtyard of the apartment complex when two men approached the group of people, including the victim and began shooting. Taylor was later identified as one of the shooters, the second shooter has not been identified.

Anyone with information regarding the case can reach out to Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Ramon Camacho at (800)-533-7443 or Asbury Park Police Detective Cynthia Yost at (732)-774-1300.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about a crime can submit a tip to Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tip-line at 1-800-671-4400; or by downloading and using the free P3 Tips mobile app (available for iOS and Android –

If convicted of Attempted Murder, Taylor faces up to 20 years in a New Jersey state prison subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.

If convicted of Possession of Weapon for an Unlawful purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Certain Persons Not to Possess a Weapon and Armed Burglary, Taylor faces a sentence of five to ten years in state prison, on each charge. If convicted of Hindering Apprehension, Taylor faces a sentence of three to five years in prison. 

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Bogner.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

Updated Quarantine Advisory Issued for Individuals Traveling to New Jersey, Bringing New Total to 33 States and Territories

33 States and Territories Include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands, and Wisconsin

August 11, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or territory. In addition to the Virgin Islands, the updated advisory includes two additional states Hawaii and South Dakota – with Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio, and Rhode Island removed from the list, bringing the total to 33 states and territories. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

As of Tuesday, August 11, there are currently 33 states and territories that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Minnesota; Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; Nevada; Oklahoma; Puerto Rico; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Virgin Islands; and Wisconsin

“To protect the steady progress we’ve made on our road back, we need everyone who has traveled to one of these impacted states or territories to practice self-responsibility,” said Governor Murphy. “I strongly encourage all individuals arriving from a hotspot to proactively get a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine to reduce transmission across our state.”

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. 
It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here.