Day: June 22, 2023

Police Investigate Early Morning Homicide In Trenton

June 22, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a homicide that occurred on Thursday June 22, 2023.   At approximately 7:00 a.m. Trenton Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Vine Steet on the report of a motor vehicle accident with an unresponsive person located in the vehicle.  The deceased victim Guillermo Sanchez was located at the scene and appeared to have a gunshot wound.  The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact MCHTF Detective Sergeant Roberto Reyes or Detective Elijah Phillips at 609-989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to

Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Names of the 2023 Trenton Homicide Victims

  1. 1/16/2023 Donnell Williams, 29, Trenton, Shooting.
  2. 2/12/2023 Stephanie Vil, 34, of Burlington, Shooting.
  3. 2/16/2023 Khalil Glanton, 23, Trenton, Stabbing.
  4. 3/24/2023 Harold Rosario, 19, Trenton, Shooting.
  5. 3/26/2023 Nyeisha Saunders, 41, Trenton, Shooting.
  6. 4/09/2023 Jhosse Tolentino, 23, Trenton, Shooting
  7. 4/12/2023 Jared Anderson, Trenton, Shooting (died May 29)
  8. 4/14/2023 Daniel Garvin, 46, Trenton, Shooting
  9. 4/20/2023 Ralph Conquest, 43, of Lawrence, Shooting
  10. 5/14/2023 Roger Martinez-Rodriguez, 27, Trenton, Stabbing
  11. 5/14/2023 Justin Reed, 24, of Ewing, Shooting (died May 22)
  12. 5/26/2023 Sherief Treadwell, 36, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 6/09/2023 Markell Biggs, 20, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 6/11/2023 Shaquan Brown, 23, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 6/15/2023 James Junior Journigan, Shooting
  16. 6/15/2023 Louis Washington, Trenton, Shooting, (died June 21)
  17. 6/19/2023 Ernest Denard, Stabbing
  18. 6/22/2023 Guillermo Sanchez, Shooting

(List current as of June 23, 2023)

Hamilton Police Bust Bronx, NY, Man In Catalytic Converter Theft

June 22, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–, Hamilton Police reported that on June 20, 2023, Patrol Officers were detailed to the area of Estates Boulevard off Yardville-Hamilton Square Road for a possible catalytic converter theft in progress. Upon arrival, officers saw an individual crouched down near a vehicle. Due to the area having high incidents of catalytic thefts recently, the officers identified themselves as police officers and approached the individual. The individual attempted to flee, but the officers were able to catch up to him, and after a brief struggle, the individual was placed under arrest. He was identified as Omar Fernandez, 31 years old, from the Bronx, New York. Officers located a Sawzall in the roadway and a floor-jack under a vehicle near where they initially encountered Fernandez. Fernandez was charged with Theft, Burglar’s Tools, Criminal Mischief, Obstructing Administration of Law, Resisting Arrest, and Aggravated Assault.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Russell Newborn at 609-581-4128 or email at or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

Hamilton Police continues to proactively investigate and deter catalytic converter thefts with the assistance of multiple other agencies, including the FBI.

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

Omar Fernandez, 31 years old, from the Bronx, New York. Fernandez was charged with Theft, Burglar’s Tools, Criminal Mischief, Obstructing Administration of Law, Resisting Arrest, and Aggravated Assault.

Family Success Institute Holds Rally at NJ Statehouse

Legislators and organizations request appropriation of funds to support family success

June 22, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Members of the Family Success movement, including elected officials; leaders of nonprofits, human service agencies and neighborhood initiatives; parents, teens and community stakeholders from across the state, recently held a rally at the New Jersey statehouse Annex to promote “family success” legislation.

Hosted by The Family Success Institute (FSI), a nonprofit that promotes transformational thinking and action in family policy, funding and practices, supporters of the Family Success movement called upon Governor Phil Murphy and the Legislature to appropriate $25.4 million in the FY 2024 budget, as called for in Assembly Bill 4819 & Senate Bill 2887 (A4819/S2887), the Community Recovery and Family Success Act. In addition to establishing a statewide Family Success Council to better support families, these funds will support community-based and directed Family Success services in every county in the State.

The Family Success legislation received several key endorsements from influential leaders, including the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus and Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ). Primary legislative sponsors of A4819/S2887 include Senator Nia Gill (D-Essex/Passaic), Senator Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth), Asm. Reginald Atkins (D-Union), Asw. Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic), Asw. Angela McKnight (D-Hudson) and Asw. Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Hunterdon/Mercer).

“Across the state, families are hurting. The COVID-19 pandemic amplified and worsened social insecurities such as excessive incarceration, lack of access to education, health care and child care, and much more,” said Assemblyman Atkins, the prime sponsor of A4819. “This bill is a tool that will help get New Jersey where it needs to be – leading the charge of proactive family success measures.”

After the rally, organizers delivered a petition to the offices of Governor Murphy, Senate President Nicholas Scutari and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, calling on the Governor and Legislature to pass A4819/S2887 quickly.

“For too long, our state’s family policies, funding and programs have focused on reacting to family distress instead of proactively investing in opportunities for positive family and community outcomes,” said Tim Carden, Executive Director, FSI. “The time for change is now – families are the bedrock of communities and the building blocks for our future. This legislation proactively empowers those families to succeed.”

Bills A4819/S2887 call for $71 million in spending over the next two years. In FY 2024, $25.4 million will support community-directed needs assessments, service planning and program start-up activities in all 21 counties. In FY 2025, the proposed $45.6 million balance of initial funding will support a growing volume of community-based and directed family success services.

“The state’s last budget included a projected $8 billion of spending for distress-related programs and services, responding to economic and social conditions fueled by a lack of funding to enable families to succeed,” said Tom Blatner, Co-Founder and Board President, FSI. “The proposed two-year investment of $71 million in family success is less than 1% of one year’s budgeted expenditures for distress-related remediation services – it’s a smart investment that will pay dividends for New Jersey families.”

For more information on the legislation, including a list of legislative co-sponsors, visit

Pictured left to right: Eliza Fink, communications director, Family Success Institute (FSI); Erica Harris DeValve, director of strategic initiatives, FSI; Charlie Venti, board member, FSI & board chair, Advocates for Children of New Jersey; Asm. Reginald Atkins (D-Union); Tim Carden, executive director, FSI; and Tom Blatner, co-founder and president, FSI.

Members of the Family Success movement, including Asm. Reginald Atkins (D-Union, center), prime sponsor of the Community Recovery and Family Success Act (A4819/S2887), rallied to support family success legislation in Trenton on Tuesday, June 20.

Family Success Institute Executive Director Tim Carden addressed the crowd during the Family Success Rally.

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Trenton, NJ Man Among, 23 MS-13 Members and Associates Indicted for Murders and Other Acts of Violence

Superseding Indictment Adds Charges Against Members and Associates of the Fulton Locos Salvatruchas Clique of MS-13, Including National Gang Leader Edenilson Velasquez Larin

Oscar Hernandez Baires (also known as “Pinky,” “Duende,” “Roco,” and “Renuente”) Age: 23 Trenton, New Jersey

June 22, 2023

A 48-count, superseding indictment was unsealed yesterda in federal court in Brooklyn charging 23 alleged members and associates of the violent transnational criminal organization La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the “MS-13,” with racketeering conspiracy and related offenses, including multiple murders and other acts of violence, drug distribution conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy.  The superseding indictment adds charges against defendant Edenilson Velasquez Larin, also known as “Agresor,” “Saturno,” and “Paco,” who is allegedly a national leader of the MS-13 and the Fulton Locos Salvatruchas (Fulton) clique, for his leadership role in allegedly ordering murders, drug distribution, and money laundering for the MS-13. 

The superseding indictment also adds charges against defendants Christian Alas Leon, Carlos Alvarado, Jose Arevalo Iraheta, Jose Espinoza Sanchez, Erick Galdamez Leon, Blanca Garcia, Jose Guevara Aguilar, Oscar Hernandez Baires, Keila Hernandez May, Jose Mejia Hernandez, and Erick Zavala Hernandez—all of whom are alleged members or associates of the Fulton clique.  Finally, the superseding indictment adds charges against Leyla Carranza for her alleged participation in the murder of Andy Peralta on April 23, 2018.  The superseding indictment also includes charges against defendants Oscar Flores-Mejia, Ramiro Gutierrez, Yonathan Hernandez, Victor Lopez, Tito Martinez-Alvarenga, Emerson Martinez-Lara, Tylor Salmeron and Ismael Santos-Novoa, all of whom were previously indicted and arrested.

Alas Leon, Carlos Alvarado, Arevalo Iraheta, Galdamez Leon, Guevara Aguilar, Mejia Hernandez, and Zavala Hernandez were arrested earlier this morning in New York, and are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn.  Hernandez Baires was arrested in New Jersey and will have his initial appearance in Brooklyn.  Carranza was arrested in Virginia and will have her initial appearance in the Eastern District of Virginia.  Garcia was arrested in Colorado and will have her initial appearance in the District of Colorado.  Espinoza Sanchez and Hernandez May were arrested in North Carolina and will have their initial appearances in the Middle District of North Carolina.  Velasquez Larin is in immigration custody in Ohio and will have his initial appearance in the Northern District of Ohio at a later date.  The remaining defendants are already in federal custody and will be arraigned on the superseding indictment at a later date.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), Ivan J. Arvelo, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York, and Keechant L. Sewell, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the arrests and charges.

“The murders and other crimes of violence allegedly committed by these defendants were brutal, cold-blooded, and utterly senseless,” stated United States Attorney Peace.  “This Office and our law enforcement partners are working tirelessly to dismantle the MS-13 at all of its levels, and we will not relent until this transnational criminal organization, its leaders, members, and associates are held accountable for the extreme violence and other criminal activity that they have perpetrated in our communities.”

Mr. Peace also thanked the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, Queens County District Attorney’s Office, Nassau County Police Department, and the United States Attorney Offices for the Northern District of Ohio, District of New Jersey, District of Colorado, and Middle District of North Carolina for their valuable coordination with the investigation.

“The defendants charged are alleged to have participated in heinous gang violence and criminal behavior that brought fear and terror to our communities.  The indictments today mark another success in our fight against the continued threat posed by MS-13.  The FBI Long Island Gang Task Force and our law enforcement partners are determined to eliminate the scourge of violence and criminal behavior brought by MS-13,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Driscoll.

“Transnational gangs, like MS-13, threaten our national security and the safety of our neighborhoods by ravaging our communities with violent crime and narcotics,” stated HSI New York Special Agent-in-Charge Arvelo.  “The individuals charged today are alleged to have committed numerous acts of senseless violence in the name of loyalty to their gang and now, thanks to the diligent investigative work of HSI New York and our partners at the FBI and NYPD, they will face federal prosecution for their crimes. This coordinated multi-agency law enforcement effort is the best means of disrupting MS-13’s illicit gang activity and undermining its ability to reign terror and violence in New York communities and elsewhere.”

“Today’s charges again show that NYPD investigators, in close collaboration with our law enforcement partners, are relentless in seeking justice against gangs – no matter when or where their brutal violence is carried out,” stated NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell. “I thank and commend Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI’s New York Field Office, and the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York for their vital work on this important case.”

Murder of Andy Peralta

Alleged MS-13 associates Juan Amaya-Ramirez and Oscar Flores-Mejia were previously charged with the murder of 17-year-old Andy Peralta in Kissena Park in Flushing, Queens on April 23, 2018.  The superseding indictment adds murder charges against Leyla Carranza, who allegedly lured Peralta to the park so that he could be murdered.  As detailed in court filings, the assailants fatally beat, stabbed and strangled Peralta.  Peralta’s killers photographed themselves posing over Peralta’s corpse while they displayed MS-13 gang signs with their hands.  The photo was found in Amaya-Ramirez’s iCloud account during a court-authorized search of the account.

Murder of Victor Alvarenga

In the early morning hours of November 4, 2018, MS-13 members shot and killed Victor Alvarenga near his home in Flushing, Queens.  Alleged MS-13 member Ramiro Gutierrez and others were previously charged for their roles in the murder.  The superseding indictment adds charges against alleged MS-13 members Edenilson Velasquez Larin, Jose Espinoza Sanchez, and Tito Martinez-Alvarenga.  As alleged, as a national leader for the MS-13 and a leader of the Fulton clique, Edenilson Velasquez Larin gave the order to kill Alvarenga, and the murder was overseen by Espinoza Sanchez.

Murder of Abel Mosso

Alleged MS-13 members Ramiro Gutierrez, Tito Martinez-Alvarenga and Victor Lopez were previously charged with the murder of Abel Mosso on a subway platform in Queens.  The superseding indictment charges Emerson Martinez-Lara and Ismael Santos-Novoa for their alleged roles as lookouts during the murder.  As alleged, in the early afternoon of February 3, 2019, Lopez and Martinez-Alvarenga followed Mosso, who they believed to be a member of the rival 18th Street gang, onto the No. 7-train at the Main Street station in Flushing, trailed by Gutierrez.  Lopez and Martinez-Alvarenga assaulted Mosso inside the subway car and then dragged him out onto the platform at the 90th Street station in Jackson Heights.  The defendants pulled out a gun, but Mosso wrestled it away.  Gutierrez shouted in Spanish, “Nobody get involved, we’re MS-13, we’re going to kill him.”  Gutierrez then grabbed the gun from Mosso and allegedly shot him multiple times, killing him.

Murder of Eric Monge

The superseding indictment adds charges for the murder of Eric Monge on September 6, 2020.  Alleged MS-13 member Oscar Hernandez Baires is charged with murdering Eric Monge, a fellow member of MS-13 who had previously assaulted Hernandez Baires.  As alleged, in the early morning hours of September 6, 2020, Hernandez Baires and another individual shot and killed Monge while he was seated in a parked car near his home in Queens.  Monge’s wife had just taken their young children into their residence and returned to the car to find parking when Hernandez Baires and the other individual opened fire.

Conspiracy to Murder Rival Gang Members

Beginning in late 2019, alleged MS-13 member Jose Espinoza Sanchez, who was a leader of the gang’s Fulton clique, learned that members of the rival 18th Street gang were increasing their presence in Elmont, New York, which is part of Fulton’s territory.  As leaders of the Fulton clique, Edenilson Velasquez Larin and Espinoza Sanchez allegedly ordered other MS-13 members, including alleged MS-13 members Jose Arevalo Iraheta, Oscar Hernandez Baires, and Erick Zavala Hernandez, to scour the Elmont neighborhood in search of 18th Street members to kill.  In the spring of 2020, Velasquez Larin allegedly arranged for Fulton members from Maryland to travel to New York to help Fulton members from New York find rival gang members in Elmont.  Alleged MS-13 member Jose Arevalo Iraheta and a Fulton member from Maryland ultimately found an individual they believed to be an 18th Street member and shot at him.

Attempted Murders in Summer 2021

On the evening of July 29, 2021, in Westbury, alleged MS-13 member Christian Alas Leon and others chased a member of the rival Latin Kings gang with machetes.  Alas Leon and another individual slashed the individual multiple times in his back and head with machetes before the victim managed to escape.

As retaliation for the machete attack, a different Latin Kings member stabbed an MS-13 member in the chest.  In response to that stabbing, members of the Fulton clique met at a public park in Hicksville and agreed to exact revenge by killing a Latin Kings member.  Velasquez Larin, the leader of the clique, participated in the meeting by telephone and allegedly gave the order to kill.  Shortly after the meeting in the park, on the evening of August 2, 2021, in Westbury, New York, alleged MS-13 member Galdamez Leon shot at a suspected Latin Kings member multiple times, and the victim sustained a gunshot wound to the ankle. 

Approximately one month later, on September 15, 2021, alleged MS-13 members Carlos Alvarado, Tylor Salmeron, and other individuals participated in the attempted murder of a different Latin Kings member who had provoked the MS-13 by posting on social media a mocking video of himself walking in Fulton territory in Westbury.  Alvarado and another individual shot the victim in the face.

Drug Distribution and Money Laundering

Edenilson Velasquez Larin, Christian Alas Leon, Carlos Alvarado, Jose Arevalo Iraheta, Jose Espinoza Sanchez, Erick Galdamez Leon, Jose Guevara Aguilar, Oscar Hernandez Baires, Jose Mejia Hernandez, Tylor Salmeron and Erick Zavala Hernandez are also charged with selling cocaine and marijuana to earn money for MS-13.  In addition, Velasquez Larin, Alas Leon, Alvarado, Espinoza Sanchez, Galdamez Leon, Blanca Garcia, Hernandez Baires, Keila Hernandez May, Mejia Hernandez and Zavala Hernandez are charged with money laundering in connection with the flow of tens of thousands of dollars from alleged MS-13 members to MS-13 leader Velasquez Larin.

The charges in the superseding indictment are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case was investigated as part of the ongoing efforts by the OCDETF, a partnership that brings together the combined expertise of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

Today’s charges are the latest in a series of federal prosecutions by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York targeting members of the MS-13.  Since 2003, hundreds of MS-13 members, including dozens of clique leaders, have been convicted on federal felony charges in the Eastern District of New York.  A majority of those MS-13 members have been convicted on federal racketeering charges for participating in murders, attempted murders and assaults.  Since 2009, this Office has obtained indictments charging MS-13 members with carrying out more than 65 murders in the district and has convicted dozens of MS-13 leaders and members in connection with those murders.  These prosecutions are the product of investigations led by our law enforcement partners.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Organized Crime and Gangs Section.  Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan Siegel, Michael W. Gibaldi, and Anna Karamigios are in charge of the prosecution, with the assistance of Paralegal Specialist Emily Moosher.

New Defendants:

Edenilson Velasquez Larin (also known as “Agresor,” “Saturno,” and “Paco”)
Age: 33
Thornton, Colorado

Christian Alas Leon (also known as “Pata de Chucho”)
Age: 24
Westbury, New York

Carlos Alvarado (also known as “Brayle” and “Danny”)
Age: 19
Westbury, New York

Jose Arevalo Iraheta (also known as “Splinter” and “Daniel”)
Age: 26 
Queens, New York

Erick Galdamez Leon (also known as “Truco,” “Burro,” and “Chicle”)
Age: 23
Westbury, New York

Blanca Garcia (also known as “Lisbeth”)
Age: 31
Thornton, Colorado

Jose Guevara Aguilar (also known as “Tranquilo,” “Malhechor,” and “Angel”)
Age: 24
Queens, New York

Oscar Hernandez Baires (also known as “Pinky,” “Duende,” “Roco,” and “Renuente”)
Age: 23
Trenton, New Jersey

Keila Hernandez May
Age: 35
Carrboro, North Carolina

Yonathan Hernandez
Age: 24
Hempstead, New York

Leyla Carranza
Age: 22
Richmond, Virginia

Jose Mejia Hernandez (also known as “Mismo” and “Timbre”)
Age: 21
Westbury, New York

Jose Espinoza Sanchez (also known as “Cable,” “Bleca,” “Clave,” and “Victor”)
Age: 24
Carrboro, North Carolina

Tylor Salmeron (also known as “El Duende”)
Age: 20
Westbury, New York

Erick Zavala Hernandez (also known as “Berry,” “Berro,” and “Alex”)
Age: 26
Queens, New York

Defendants Previously Indicted:

Juan Amaya-Ramirez (also known as “Cadaver”)
Age: 25
Fresh Meadows, New York

Oscar Flores-Mejia (also known as “Chamuco”)
Age: 23 
Elmhurst, New York

Ramiro Gutierrez (also known as “Cara de Malo”)
Age: 30
Flushing, New York

Victor Lopez (also known as “Curioso”)
Age: 24
Flushing, New York

Tito Martinez-Alvarenga (also known as “Imprudente”)
Age: 23
Flushing, New York

Emerson Martinez-Lara (also known as “Fugitivo” and “Adonay”)
Age: 24
College Point, New York

Ismael Santos-Novoa (also known as “Profe” and “Travieso”)
Age: 35
Flushing, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 20-CR-228 (S-2) (LDH)

Attorney General’s Office Investigating Vehicle Crash Resulting in the Death of a Motorcyclist in Springfield Township Who Was Being Followed by Police

June 22, 2023

SPRINGFIELD, NJ (BURLINGTON) – The Attorney General’s Office is investigating a vehicle crash that occurred in Springfield Township in Burlington County on June 20, 2023, while an off-duty member of the New Jersey State Police in an unmarked police vehicle followed an individual on a motorcycle with both traveling at high rates of speed – at times in excess of 100 miles per hour. The motorcyclist collided with an unrelated civilian vehicle, resulting in the death of the motorcyclist. During part of the incident a Springfield police officer was following behind the unmarked State Police vehicle. According to the preliminary investigation, the crash occurred near the intersection of Route 206 and Jacksonville-Jobstown Road in Springfield Township, N.J., shortly after 4:50 p.m.

The identities of the decedent and the other individuals are not being released at this time.

A 2019 law, P.L. 2019, c. 1, requires the Attorney General’s Office to conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody. It requires that all such investigations be presented to a grand jury to determine if the evidence supports the return of an indictment against the officer or officers involved.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.

Monmouth Medical Center Celebrates Groundbreaking at Vogel Medical Campus

New medical campus will bring world-class care and innovation close to home across Monmouth County

June 22, 2023

LONG BRANCH, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, celebrated the groundbreaking of the Vogel Medical Campus at Tinton Falls on Tuesday. The campus will offer seamless access to surgical and imaging services and comprehensive cancer care together with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“We are proud of the trust and confidence placed in us to transform healthcare in the region through the development of the Vogel Medical Campus,” said Eric Carney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus. “Together, we will continue to work with our patients, families, clinicians and partners to advance healthcare in our communities.”

Monmouth Medical Center has engaged in years of planning to reach this important milestone, working with local community members and partners to develop a new campus that will provide exceptional, patient-centered care close to home for more Monmouth County residents.

“Our collective investment in Monmouth Medical Center, through the Vogel Medical Campus, allows us to expand access to high-quality, equitable care to the residents of Monmouth County and beyond,” said Mark E. Manigan, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health. “It is our privilege to have the opportunity to care for the community, and we thank them for trusting us to be their partner in health and wellness.”

The five-story, 150,000-square-foot outpatient center, located at the historic Fort Monmouth Myer Center site, is set to open in 2025 and will honor Fort Monmouth’s legacy of innovation. The campus will leverage the very latest advancements in medical space planning and technology to provide easy access for patients and their loved ones and an ideal space for physicians to deliver the highest caliber of care.

The new medical campus is designed to enhance the patient experience by providing comprehensive same-day surgery, on-site specialty physician offices and advanced diagnostic imaging. Multiple floors will be dedicated exclusively to state-of-the-art cancer services, offering a comprehensive oncology clinic and centers for state-of-the-art infusion and radiation therapy treatment.

“We know that cancer doesn’t travel well, and patients shouldn’t have to leave the state or go far from home to receive the best care possible,” said Steven Libutti, MD, FACS, Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Senior Vice President of Oncology Services for RWJBarnabas Health. “As New Jersey’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, we are at the forefront of cancer research and care – transforming discoveries into clinical practice, advancing our understanding of a disease that impacts so many, and supporting our patients from prevention to treatment and survivorship.”

The Vogel Medical Campus will be built with patients and the community in mind. The park-like setting will feature expansive environmental considerations, such as water features and walking paths. The campus also reflects Monmouth Medical Center’s and RWJBarnabas Health’s ongoing commitment to Monmouth County.

“Our evolution is only made possible thanks to the community leaders and philanthropic supporters who work alongside us to bring Monmouth County’s residents what they need,” said Bill Arnold, Executive Vice President and President of the Southern Region, RWJBarnabas Health, and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. “With the development of the Vogel Medical Campus, we are entering a future where residents can stay close to home to receive world-class healthcare.”

Monmouth Medical Center is dedicated to providing timely updates with the community throughout this building process. For the latest information, please visit:

Breaking ground on the Vogel Medical Campus at Tinton Falls are, from left, Mary Anne Nagy, Chair of the Monmouth Medical Center Board of Trustees and Vice President of Student Life and Leadership Engagement, Monmouth University; Glenn Miller, Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer; Eric Carney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus; Mark E. Manigan, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health; Donor Sheldon Vogel; Bill Arnold, Executive Vice President and President of the Southern Region, RWJBarnabas Health, and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; John W. Doll, Chief Operating Officer, RWJBarnabas Health; Steven Libutti, MD, FACS, Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Senior Vice President of Oncology Services for RWJBarnabas Health; and Claire Knopf, Chair of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees.

Also participating in the ceremonial groundbreaking with RWJBarnbas Health, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Monmouth Medical Center senior leadership and board members are state, county and municipal elected officials, including shown at front, Tinton Falls Mayor and FMERA Board Member Vito Perillo.