Day: May 5, 2021

Robbinsville Township, April 2021 Police Blotter

May 5, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township April 2021 Police Blotter:


  1. DWI
    Date: April 1, 2021
    Time: 0056
    Location: Hutchinson Road
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Mark Pasierb Age 57
Robbinsville, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Failure to Maintain Lane
Open Container of Alcohol

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: April 2, 2021
    Time: 0102
    Location: Andover Place
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Gabriel Hernandez Age 20
Hamilton, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Failure to Maintain Lane

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. Burglary/Theft
    Date: April 11, 2021
    Time: 1108
    Location: A&M Market
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Kevin Corrigan

Victim reported that during overnight hours an unknown person(s) removed between $15,000-$20,000 in landscape and power equipment from a locked trailer on the property.


  1. Trespassing
    Date: April 12, 2021
    Time: 1804
    Location: Trails End Motel
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman James Pica

Accused: Keasia McCoy Age 54
Lawrence, NJ
Charged: Trespassing

Charged and transported to Mercer County Workhouse on Contempt Charges


  1. Burglary/Theft
    Date: April 19, 2021
    Time: 0822
    Location: 19 Woodside Road
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Kevin Corrigan

Victim reported a pressure washer, several catalytic converters and a vehicle removed from his business.


  1. Theft/Burglary
    Date: April 21, 2021
    Time:1222
    Location: Jersey Strong
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Allison Ricci

Accused: Jordan Iturrey Age 26
Elizabeth, NJ
Charged: Theft
Burglary
Trespassing

Charged and released pending Court


  1. Hindering Apprehension
    Date: April 25, 2021
    Time: 1420
    Location: I-195
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Thomas Septak

Accused: Wayne Morris Age 33
Trenton, NJ
Charged: Eluding
Obstruction
Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle
Careless Driving
Unlicensed Driver
Charged and released pending Court.


  1. Narcotics
    Date: April 28, 2021
    Time: 1435
    Location: I-195
    Reporting Officer: Sergeant Scott Kivet

Accused: Joseph Sawyer Age 54
Hamilton, NJ
Charged: Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of CDS Paraphernalia
CDS in a Motor Vehicle
Unregistered Vehicles

Charged and released pending Court.


All accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.


Lakewood Man Sentenced To 8 Years For Robbery

May 5, 2021

TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on May 5, 2021, Elioenai Aguinaga, 32, of Lakewood, was sentenced by the Honorable Rochelle Gizinski, J.S.C., to eight years New Jersey State Prison as a result of a previously entered guilty plea to Robbery in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1a(2). This sentence is subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act, N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7.2, meaning that Aguinaga will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence before he may be considered for parole eligibility. Aguinaga pled guilty to the charge before Judge Gizinski on January 27, 2021.

On March 26, 2020, Officers of the Lakewood Township Police Department were summoned to Taylor’s Pharmacy on Madison Avenue for a report of a robbery. Responding Officers learned that a male suspect had entered the pharmacy, brandished a semi-automatic handgun at the store clerk, and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect took approximately $130 and fled the pharmacy.

A subsequent investigation by the Lakewood Township Police Department Detective Bureau ultimately determined that Aguinaga was, in fact, the individual who committed the robbery at Taylor’s Pharmacy on March 26th. On April 25, 2020, Aguinaga was arrested by Officers from the Lakewood Township Police Department. He has been lodged in the Ocean County Jail since the date of his apprehension.

Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Kaitlyn Burke who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as the diligence and resolve exhibited by Officers of the Lakewood Township Police Department and Detective Bureau in their investigation of this matter which resulted in Aguinaga’s guilty plea, and ultimately the lengthy state prison sentence imposed today.


Toms River Couple Charged With Promoting Prostitution And Money Laundering

May 5, 2021

TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on April 28, 2021, and April 29, 2021, Wayne Lefkowitz, 56, of Toms River, and Guihua Cui, 51, also of Toms River, were each charged with Promoting Prostitution in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1b(2), as well as and two counts of Money Laundering in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25. Lefkowitz and Cui are a married couple.

A year-long investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Squad and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit revealed that a business known as Spa 1800, located on Lakewood Road in Toms River, was owned and operated by Lefkowitz and Cui. Although the spa appeared to be operating as a legitimate business, individuals patronizing the spa were offered sexual favors in exchange for money. Additionally, the investigation revealed that Lefkowitz and Cui would deposit monetary proceeds from the spa into several different bank accounts in an attempt to avoid transaction reporting requirements under New Jersey state law.

On April 28, 2021, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Squad, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Internal Affairs Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Squad, Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Toms River Township Police Department Patrol Division, and New Jersey State Police, executed court-authorized search warrants on Spa 1800 and Lefkowitz’s and Cui’s residence on McCormick Drive in Toms River. Detectives also executed court-authorized seizure orders on bank accounts held by Lefkowitz and Cui. Lefkowitz and Cui were each charged on summonses pending a future court date.

Prosecutor Billhimer commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Squad, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Internal Affairs Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Squad, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Homeland Security/Intelligence Squad, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Toms River Police Department Patrol Division, and New Jersey State Police, for their cooperative assistance in connection with this investigation.

The press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Brick Township Man Sentenced To 2 Years Probation And 10 Days Community Service For Animal Cruelty

May 5, 2021

TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on May 5, 2021, Quintin Alec-Manning, 22, of Brick Township, was sentenced by the Honorable Guy P. Ryan, J.S.C., to a two-year term of probation as a result of a previously entered guilty plea to Animal Cruelty in violation of N.J.S.A. 4:22-17c(1). Alec-Manning was also sentenced to perform ten days of community service, and is prohibited from owning or working with animals during the term of his probation. The State argued for Alec-Manning to serve 90 days in the Ocean County Jail as a condition of probation. Alec-Manning pled guilty to the charge before Judge Ryan on March 15, 2021.

On May 29, 2019, Officers from the Toms River Township Police Department were notified that a motor vehicle struck five geese in the parking lot of the Indian Head Plaza in Toms River, causing their death. A subsequent investigation by the Toms River Police Department identified Alec-Manning as the individual who purposely hit the geese with his motor vehicle. On May 30, 2019, Alec-Manning was arrested, charged, and released on a summons pending future court appearances.

Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Toms River Township Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife, for their combined assistance in connection with this investigation, ultimately resulting in Alec-Manning’s guilty plea and today’s sentence.


Minor Damage After Resident Burns Sage In Apartment Building

May 5, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Fire Department responded to a reported apartment fire at 101 South Warren Street just after 12 p.m. Smoke and fire was reported on the 3rd floor and an all hands was called for sending additional equipment to the scene. It was found that the resident was burning sage on the windowsill with some minor extension to the windowsill. Fire was quickly extinguished and residents were allowed to return to their building. Luckily there was only minor damage to the windowsill.

No further information is available.


Trenton Man Arrested for Lying to Police in Connection to Homicide of Kaheem Carter

May 5, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that a Trenton man has been arrested and charged with lying to police during the investigation into Kaheem Carter’s April murder.

The investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force led to the arrest earlier this week of Isaiah Ellis, 19, Emmitt Littles, 24, and Isaiah Porter, 25, for the fatal shooting.

On Tuesday afternoon, May 4, 2021, Xzavier Williams, 23, was arrested at his Trenton residence by HTF members.  He was released on a summons pending future court proceedings.  Williams is charged with giving false information to law enforcement officers, a third-degree crime.

At approximately 1:50 a.m. on April 15, 2021, Trenton police were dispatched to the area of 1137 Hamilton Avenue on a report of shots fired.  Responding officers located the victim, later identified as 22-year-old Kaheem Carter, laying on the ground on Cunningham Alley near the intersection of South Walter Avenue.  Carter was unresponsive and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Thirteen .40 caliber shell casings were located nearby, as was a large, black garbage bag filled with clothing, sneakers and boots that matched the style of the victim’s clothing.   HTF detectives canvassed various locations in Trenton and secured video surveillance footage from around the time of the murder.  A review of the footage showed two unknown individuals in the approximate area just prior to the shooting and running away from the scene.  A silver 2007 Mercury Montego was also identified canvasing the area of Cuyler Avenue and Cunningham Alley near where the murder occurred.  That vehicle came back registered to Isaiah Porter.  Through the review of additional video and witness interviews, detectives were able to identify the three suspects.

The murder remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective John Menafra at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



Related MidJersey.news stories:

UPDATE: Three Men Arrested in Murder of Kaheem Carter

MidJersey.news breaking news story here (posted at 2:33 am): BREAKING: Male Found Shot Dead Near Post Office On Hamilton Ave.

UPDATE: Shooting Homicide in Trenton Under Investigation