Category: Mercer County

Pagans Motorcycle Club Leader Pulled Over In Mercer County, NJ, Admits To Illegally Possessing A Firearm

Law enforcement pulled the vehicle over in Mercer County, New Jersey. Law enforcement recovered a loaded Ruger P345 .45 caliber handgun from a front-seat compartment in the vehicle.


NEWARK, NJ — A Suffolk County, New York admitted today to illegally possessing a firearm, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Keith Richter, a/k/a “Conan,” 62, of Bay Shore, New York, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an Information charging him with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Richter is the national president of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club (the “Pagans”)—an outlaw motorcycle gang known by law enforcement to engage in illegal activity including narcotics trafficking, weapons trafficking, and violent crimes.

On or about February 20, 2021, the Pagans hosted a party in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While Richter was traveling from the party to his home in Suffolk County, New York, law enforcement pulled the vehicle over in Mercer County, New Jersey. Law enforcement recovered a loaded Ruger P345 .45 caliber handgun from a front-seat compartment in the vehicle. As a result, law enforcement obtained a warrant for Richter’s arrest, which was executed on February 26, 2021.

Richter was previously convicted of felony offenses, including conspiracy to commit murder and aggravated assault in aid of racketeering, for which he served a sixteen-year term of imprisonment.

The offense to which Richter pleaded guilty carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 3. 2021.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Newark Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Toby C. Taylor; special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson; the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Timothy D. Sini; the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of William A. Daniel; and the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensured that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Frazer, R. Joseph Gribko, and Samantha C. Fasanello, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.

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Defense counsel: James R. Froccaro, Jr., Esq., Port Washington, New York


Related article here:

Eleven Members Of The Pagan’s Motorcycle Club Charged With Narcotics Distribution, Firearms Offences and Violent Crimes In Aid Of Racketeering


Seasonably Warm Weather Today, Smoke Returns

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–National Weather Service reports that there will be seasonably warm weather today with a high of 87F and passing shower in the southern half of the region.

Check out Air Now “Fire and Smoke Map” showing our area in relation to the forest fires out west. It does not seem as bad as last week but there could be enhanced sunrises and sunsets depending on how dense the smoke is at the time in the upper atmosphere. These maps were from the Air Now government website this morning.




Courtyard by Marriott, Hamilton’s Fourth Hotel Opens

July 27, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin and Councilman Anthony Carabelli, Jr. welcomed Courtyard by Marriott with a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting on July 9th 2021. Also in attendance were Associate Director of Economic Development, Kate Kane, Chair of SHOP Hamilton, Jay Dugan, and President and CEO of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber, Hal English. 

“We are excited to have Courtyard by Marriott open in Hamilton, expanding the accommodations we are able to offer travelers visiting our area both for business and leisure,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. 

This is the second hotel that The Briad Group has brought to Hamilton Township, bringing the total number of hotels in Hamilton Township to four. The new hotel offers an upscale dining experience with a restaurant and bar onsite including a beautiful patio complete with lounge style furniture and fire pits. The Hotel also provides guests with a state of the art fitness center with peloton bikes, putting green turf and a salt water indoor pool. The new lobby experience offers engaging technology and inviting flexible spaces to work and relax including media pods. In addition, the hotel has a 624-square foot meeting room equipped with audio visual equipment.

The Briad Group, headquartered in Livingston, NJ, is best known for being experts in various divisions within the hospitality industry – their quick-service division operates Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers restaurants; lodging, which develops and operates hotels under the Marriott and Hilton brands; and their newest ventures, unique rooftop and lounge experiences which include the Bradford Rooftop in Bridgewater, NJ, the Concourse Club in Wood-Ridge, NJ, and Techobesso and Love Story in San Diego, CA.

Visit www.hamiltonnj.com/economicdevelopment to learn of the new businesses that have recently opened or have relocated to Hamilton and read up on why Hamilton is a great place for businesses to call home! To learn more about Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton, visit their website www.briad.com/event/courtyard-by-marriott-hamilton.

Courtyard Hamilton

530 US Route 130

Hamilton, New Jersey 08691


Dunkin’ of Philadelphia Awards Six South Jersey Students with Academic Scholarships

July 27, 2021

Philadelphia, PA. (July 26, 2021) – Dunkin’ and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, in partnership with Scholarship America, today announced the recipients of its twelfth annual Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program. The program helps high school seniors and college students in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware pursue a part-time or full-time undergraduate degree at the institution of their choice.

From over 900 applicants, Dunkin’ and Scholarship America selected 25 students to receive a $2,000 academic scholarship to an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school of their choice for fall 2021. Dunkin’s Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program was open to current part-time and full-time undergraduate students and high school seniors. Dunkin’ awarded a total of $50,000 to the 25 recipients who were selected based on their academic records, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall commitment to their schools and local communities.

To date, the Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program has awarded $500,000 in scholarships to 300 outstanding high school seniors and college students. The program was founded in 2009 by Dunkin’s Philadelphia-area franchisees as a way to ease the financial burden of college for students throughout the region.

“On behalf of my fellow Philadelphia franchisees, we are honored to award these 25 exceptional students with the 2021 Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarships,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman. “We are proud to continue the tradition to further students’ educational goals in our community as well as celebrate a major milestone this year: providing over half a million dollars to our local students since the program’s inception in 2009!”

The 2021 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Cherry Street Pier. More details on the awards ceremony to come in the following weeks.

The 2021 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship recipients are as follows: (Six South Jersey below out of 25 total) Photos provided by: Dunkin Scholarship Program:

Atlantic County 

Recipient: Abigail Smith

Hometown: Hammonton, NJ

High School: Hammonton High School

University: Stockton University

Bio: Abigail Smith is a recent graduate from Hammonton High School, where she was the National Honor Society Vice President. In addition, Smith was a Team Captain for Field Hockey and Track & Field and earned nine Varsity Letters in three sports throughout high school. In her free time, Abigail enjoyed participating in a variety of service-oriented clubs. This fall, Abigail will attend Stockton University, where she plans to pursue a degree in Health Sciences. 


Burlington County

Recipient: Amanda Neve

Hometown: Browns Mills, NJ

High School: Pemberton Township High School 

University: University of Miami

Bio: Amanda Neve is a recent graduate from Pemberton Township High School and Rowan College at Burlington County, Class of 2021, where she received her Associate’s Degree in Biology. Neve graduated with high honors in high school and college and graduated top 10 in her class at Pemberton Township High School. This fall, Amanda will attend University of Miami, where she plans to pursue a degree in Biochemistry And Molecular Bio. 


Camden County 

Recipient: Raphael Littwin

Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ 

High School: Cherry Hill High School West

University: University of Pennsylvania

Bio: Raphael Littwin is a recent graduate from Cherry Hill High School West, where he was the Valedictorian of his graduating class. Littwin was involved in Student Government, Peer Leaders, National Honor Society, and a member of the Varsity Volleyball Team. Raphael also held leadership positions throughout high school, including DECA Chapter President, Principal’s Advisory Council Member, Spanish Honor Society President, and Jewish Student Union President. This fall, Raphael will attend the University of Pennsylvania.


Cape May County 

Recipient: Julia Knopp

Hometown: Ocean View, NJ

High School: Ocean City High School 

University: Northeastern University

Bio: Julia Knopp is a recent graduate from Ocean City High School where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Knopp was a member of the National Honor Society and a 4-Year Varsity Spring Track Athlete. In her free time during the summer, Julia worked at an ice cream shop. 


Gloucester County

Recipient: Kelly Wei

Hometown: Sewell, NJ

High School: Washington Township High School

University: Brown University

Bio: Kelly Wei is a recent graduate from Washington Township High School. She held leadership roles during high school, including Class Charge of Class Council Executive Board, Asian American Club President, Yearbook President, Co-President of Freshmen Transition, Secretary of Business Education Honor Society. Wei was also a member of the National English Honor Society. Kelly was awarded Senior Hall of Fame recipient. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and boba. This fall, Kelly will attend Brown University, where she plans to pursue a degree in Computer Science.


Mercer County

Recipient: Alyssa Deevey

Hometown: Robbinsville, NJ

High School: Robbinsville High School

University: Ramapo College of New Jersey

Bio: Alyssa Deevey is a recent graduate from Robbinsville High School, where she was a four-year Principal Honor Roll Student. Deevey participated in Field Hockey and Lacrosse. Alyssa enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, the beach, community service, and church in her free time. Alyssa is a current employee at Dunkin’. 

This fall, Alyssa will attend Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she plans to pursue a degree in Nursing.  


Note: All photos provided by Dunkin Scholarship program.


Trenton Resident Arrested In July 1 Ewing Shooting

July 27, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Police said, that on July 1, 2021, at 10:25 p.m. Ewing Township police responded to shots fire in the 300 Block of Berwyn Avenue. The first responding officers observed a male victim that appeared to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Police using information developed during the investigation, Detective Nicholas Muscente signed a criminal complaint against the alleged shooter, identified as Nydirah L. Leary of Trenton, NJ Leary is charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Possession of a Weapon, and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

With the assistance of the New Jersey State Police, Leary was subsequently arrested on July 24, 2021.

Anyone with any information concerning this incident is asked to contact Detective Nicholas Muscente at (609) 882-1313 x 7596 or Ewing Police Tip Line at (609) 882-7530, police say not to use the tip line for emergencies that require immediate response.


Related MidJersey.News story here: 21 Year Old Trenton Man Shot In Ewing



Trenton Firefighters Save Row Of 5 Attached Homes

July 27, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:20 a.m. Trenton Fire Department responded to 511 Centre Street for a house fire, a large column of smoke could be seen for miles. Upon arrival firefighters were met with heavy fire on the exterior of the structure that was extending into the attached 5 row homes. Firefighters knocked down the exterior fire and advanced hand lines inside, fire extended into the common attic area. After an aggressive interior attack firefighters were able to bring the fire under control saving severe damage to most of the row of homes.

Signal 22 responded to the scene for rehab with cold drinks and water due to the high heat and humidity. Surrounding township fire departments covered the city until crews were completed their assignment.

Note: originally stated was 2 alarm but was a 1 alarm plus extra not a full 2-alarm fire.



Trenton And Pemberton Men, Indicted for Shooting At Pemberton Police Officer

July 26, 2021

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that two men have been indicted for shooting at the patrol vehicle of a Pemberton Township police officer seven years ago in the Sunbury Village section of Pemberton Township.

Tayron Brown, 24, of Trenton, was indicted on charges of Attempted Murder (First Degree), Conspiracy to Commit Murder (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree), Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Second Degree) and Aggravated Assault (Third Degree).

Brown’s co-defendant, Kavon Carter, 23, of Pemberton Township, was indicted on charges of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree) and Aggravated Assault (Third Degree).

The indictment was returned July 16 and signed by Prosecutor Coffina. An arraignment will be held soon in Superior Court. Brown is presently incarcerated in New Jersey state prison, and Carter is in the Burlington County Jail, both for unrelated offenses.

Brown and Carter were initially charged in September 2019, however the opportunity to seek an indictment was delayed because grand juries were not convened during the pandemic.

The investigation revealed that an officer was parked along Lemmon Avenue on September 24, 2014, when a bullet fired in his direction struck the roof of the marked patrol vehicle, approximately six inches above the officer’s head.

The investigation was conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Pemberton Township Police Department. Brown and Carter are being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Mike Angermeier, supervisor of the BCPO Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force.

An indictment is an accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.


BREAKING: Massive Search In Hamilton For Missing Person

July 26, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:18 p.m. last night (July 25, 2021) the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to assist Hamilton Township Police Department in a search for a missing Hamilton Township person when splashing noises were heard in the water in Gropp’s Lake. Hamilton Township Fire Department responded and searched the lake with three boats and other firefighters searched the shore line. Hamilton Township Police searched the shore lines as well as other neighborhoods surrounding the lake. The New Jersey State Police was on I-195 in the area of the lake with several cars searching the highway.

At 1:00 a.m. NJ State Police were summoning a NJ State Police Helicopter and West Windsor Police was contacted for a drone to help with the search.

At 1:38 a.m. Hamilton Police requested EMS to respond to Tartear Drive the opposite side of I-195 from Gropp Lake. A person was found in the woods meeting the description for a person missing from Hamilton Township.

Patient located at 1:40 a.m. Hamilton Township fire telling boats to return to shore. EMS confirms patient located at 1:44 a.m.

This is a “Breaking News” report and once official information is received from Hamilton Township Police the story will be updated. Information contained in this report is from on scene reporting.

NOTE: This is a different incident than the missing person that was reported earlier that person has been located. No word on exactly what went on at the lake except for fire/ems radio traffic indicating they had a patient in the woods near the drain pipe for the lake.


Trenton Police Investigate Reported Shooting On Hudson Street

July 25, 2021 — Updated 7/28/2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Trenton Police, Trenton EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched to the area of 58 Hudson Street near Tyler for a reported shooting victim at 9:28 p.m. Trenton EMS arrived on scene at 9:33 p.m. and packaged the patient and transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center at 9:46 p.m. EMS called for a “Trauma Alert” while en route to the hospital.

Updated information from TPD on 7/28/2021

Trenton police said that they responded to a male shot at 58 Hudson Street and found a male shot numerous times. Trenton Fire Department, TEMS and paramedics treated and transported the victim with non-life-threating injuries to Capital Health Regional Medical Center. Police located numerous casings and three vehicles were struck by gunfire. There was no suspect information available. Trenton Police Shooting Response Team is continuing the investigation with Detective Cipriano and Sergeant Garcia. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trenton Police Department.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

UPDATE: Missing Person Found Safe

*UPDATE — FOUND SAFE IN OHIO*

July 25, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On July 25, 2021, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Sharps Ln. on a missing juvenile.  Officers were advised that 16 year old Joshua E. Stamat, was last seen at the residence by his mother at approximately 02:00 AM on this date. Further investigation revealed that Joshua Stamat may have made his way via the NJ Transit Rail Line to the Pennsauken Train Station, and then to the Philadelphia Train Station by 08:00 AM this morning.  Possible destinations Joshua may be heading to, may be Wisconsin, Washington DC, or Ohio.  Joshua Stamat may also utilize bus lines to travel to his destination.

Joshua E. Stamat is described as a white male, 5’11” tall, 145 lbs., pure white colored hair, reddish colored eyes, and was wearing black prescription sunglasses.  Joshua was last seen wearing black pants, a black hoodie with “American Eagle” written in white lettering on the front, a black back pack, and black and red Nike sneakers.  Joshua also walks with a slight limp.  Joshua Stamat also uses the name Chad English.   

Hamilton Police Detectives are asking for the publics’ assistance with any information regarding the whereabouts of Joshua Stamat.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Juvenile Detective Stacy Pollard at (609) 581-4026 or via email at spollard@hamiltonpd.org or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.


Hamilton firefighters free person from vehicle after crash

July 24, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Multiple people were injured after a crash involving two cars, Saturday afternoon.

The crash happened just before 5:00 pm at the intersection of West Park Avenue and Lafayette Avenue. Hamilton firefighters were dispatched to the scene for possible entrapment. Crews arrived and performed a “door pop” to free the a from the vehicle. Two people were transported to the hospital.

Hamilton Police are investigating the crash.


Overturned Vehicle On Old Trenton Road In West Windsor

July 23, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 4:10 p.m. the West Windsor Police Department and West Windsor Emergency Services responded to Old Trenton Road and Cottonwood Drive for an overturned vehicle. West Windsor and Princeton Junction Fire Companies were also dispatched to the scene but recalled due to no entrapment and no services needed. There were no injuries that needed transportation to the hospital reported in the accident.

West Windsor Police Department is investigating.

Trenton Woman Admits To Distributing Fentanyl That Killed Woman From Englishtown

July 23, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Trenton, New Jersey woman today admitted distributing fentanyl that caused the death of a Monmouth county woman, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Tarashanna Blake, 33, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an information charging her with one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl relating to the overdose death of a Monmouth County woman.

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On May 15, 2018, a 39-year old woman from Englishtown, referred to in court as Victim-1, texted Blake seeking to buy heroin. Blake and Victim-1 discussed the “stamp” or “brand” of heroin Blake was selling and the purchase price. They agreed to meet at a location around Englishtown to complete the sale. Blake obtained the “CAMEL”-stamped heroin and traveled to the agreed upon location and sold to Victim-1 a controlled substance packaged like heroin, which was later determined to be fentanyl. That afternoon, Englishtown police responded to a location in Englishtown on a report of an overdose death of a female. Upon their arrival, Englishtown police discovered Victim-1, and in Victim-1’s possession were several wax folds of suspected heroin stamped “CAMEL” and empty wax folds stamped “CAMEL.” Laboratory analysis of these wax folds bearing the “CAMEL” stamp determined the substance to be fentanyl, a much more potent narcotic than heroin. An autopsy of Victim-1 found her cause of death to be acute fentanyl toxicity.

For distributing and possessing fentanyl, Blake faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, and, because the offense resulted in death, she is subject to significant sentencing enhancements. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 3, 2021.

Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig credited special agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson; detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Lori Linskey; the Englishtown Police Department, under the direction of Peter S. Cooke Jr.; and Trenton Police Department’s Narcotics Task Force, under the direction of Acting Police Director Steve Wilson, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan L. O’Neill, of the Office’s Health Care Fraud Unit.

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Defense counsel: Laura C. Sayler Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark


Trenton Police Street Crimes Enforcement Yields Nine Arrests, Six Guns in Five days

Charges Include Attempted Homicide and Aggravated Assault with a Gun

July 23, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Interim Police Director Steve E. Wilson today announced that from July 17, 2021 through July 21, 2021, the Trenton Police Department (TPD) arrested nine individuals and seized multiple shotguns and handguns with high-capacity magazines and hollow-point rounds.

  • Timothy Dearolf, 63, of Trenton, was arrested on July 17, 2021 and charged with making terroristic threats, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

    At around 6:00 p.m. the TPD Street Crimes Unit (SCU) and patrol units went to 322 Rusling Street in response to a report of someone coming out of that building and threatening a Best Buy employee with a gun. During the investigation, detectives detained Dearolf while patrol officers spoke to the victim. A search warrant at the property produced a Mossberg Model 500 12 GA Pump Shotgun and a Harrington and Richardson Break-Action Style 12 GA Shotgun along with a green military style ammunition can containing an assortment of ammunition.

  • Caliph Stroman, 21, of Trenton, was arrested on July 17, 2021 and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a defaced firearm, unlawful possession of a high capacity magazine, hindering apprehension, obstructing the administration of law, and resisting arrest.

    At around 2:00 p.m., while SCU Detectives were conducting an investigation in the area of 800 Greenwood Avenue, Stroman allegedly attempted to conceal himself while hiding a black cross-body bag that he was wearing. When detectives attempted to stop him, he fled on foot, discarded the bag and attempted to scale a fence. Stroman was unable to scale the fence and was apprehended. Officers searched the bag and found a defaced Canik Mod 2 TP9SA 9mm Semi-Automatic handgun, a high-capacity magazine, 18 rounds of ammunition, and $3,852 in cash.

  • Kevin Williams, 31, and Clyde Clark, 35, both of Trenton, were arrested on July 18, 2021. Williams was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a high-capacity magazine, and unlawful possession of hollow-point ammunition. Clark was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a high-capacity magazine, aggravated assault, and criminal mischief.

    At around 1:00 a.m. SCU Detectives responded to the area of 613 Hoffman Avenue on a single round ShotSpotter activation. Williams and Clark were found in the area and detained. Williams allegedly had in his possession a Smith and Wesson M&P Bodyguard .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun with a high-capacity magazine loaded with hollow-point ammunition. Clark was found with a Taurus Model G2C 9mm semi-automatic handgun with a high-capacity magazine loaded with ammunition. Officers also seized $3,611.00 in cash.

  • James L. Brown III, 18, and Jacquis L. McIntosh, 19, both of Trenton, were arrested July 20, 2021 and each charged with criminal attempt homicide, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school. Brown was also charged with obstructing the administration of law and resisting arrest.

    Brown and McIntosh were arrested in connection with a murder attempt that occurred on North Anderson and Culbertson on May 21, 2021. On that date at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Trenton Communications Bureau received a call reporting several males fighting and a male shot. The victim was transported to Capital Health Regional Hospital and survived. When Brown and McIntosh were arrested on July 20, both were found in possession of a distributable amount of crack-cocaine.

  • Kaliek Merritt, 26, his brother Jefferson Merritt, 31, and Eva Rodriguez-Berrios, 29, all of Trenton, were arrested on July 21, 2021 and each charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of hollow-point ammunition. Kaliek Meritt was also charged with hindering apprehension.

    At around 5:30 p.m., SCU detectives conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of 623 Prospect Street for multiple violations. Kaliek Merritt, Rodriguez-Berrios and Jefferson Merritt were found to be in possession of a Ruger Model LCP .380 Auto Cal. semi-automatic handgun magazine loaded with hollow-point ammunition. All three occupants were taken into custody without incident.

Director Wilson credited SCU detectives under the direction of Captain Darren Zappley with the investigations leading to these charges.

These charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


RGV MMP Brings Closure to the Family of a Deceased Man Found in Delaware River, Trenton, New Jersey

MMP agents and the RGV Joint Forensic Center (JFC), successfully identify the male as Israel Mario Luciano-Alvarado.

Read MidJersey.news story here: June 30, 2020 BREAKING: Body Recovered From Delaware River In Trenton

July 22, 2021

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector (RGV) Missing Migrant Program (MMP) assisted in the identification of a deceased Guatemalan migrant found in the Delaware River in New Jersey. 

On June 30, 2020, an unidentified Guatemalan male was found deceased in the Delaware River.  The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) requested assistance from RGV MMP with their efforts in identifying the subject.  NJSP provided fingerprint images of the individual to the Border Patrol to begin the process. 

Border Patrol’s database contains the biometric information for over 200 million people that are otherwise unavailable to other law enforcement agencies.  MMP agents and the RGV Joint Forensic Center (JFC), successfully identify the male as Israel Mario Luciano-Alvarado. The successful identification was confirmed through collaboration with the family, via the Guatemalan Consulate.

This is only one of the many successes of MMP’s “reunification” mission.  Although the program strives to save lives through the deployment of rescue beacons and location placards throughout the RGV’s area of responsibility, the successful identification of decedents provides closure to mourning families. The collaboration of our local, state, and federal partners is a force multiplier in successfully completing the mission of the Border Patrol as well as of many of the agencies we work with.     

RGV Sector Chief Brian Hastings stated, “The dedication of this team shows the underlying commitment to challenging situations and compassionate efforts made by both MMP and the investigators with the NJ State Police.”

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection.  Follow us on Twitter @CBPRGV@USBPChiefRGV and @USBPDepChiefRGV.



Tractor trailer pulls down poles and wires, causes road closure in Hamilton

July 22, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– A tractor trailer hitting wires and pulling down utility poles is to blame for a street closure in Hamilton today.

The incident occurred just before 10:00 am. Multiple 911 calls were received by Hamilton and Robbinsville Police Departments stating that there was a serious crash on George Dye Road. Police arrived and located a Ferrari Foods truck that had struck wires between Route 33 and Nottingham Way. There were no reported injuries.

The section of George Dye Road was shut down for majority of the day while PSE&G responded to the scene for immediate repairs. At least two poles were damaged and multiple wires were brought down.


Serious Crash On Route 29 At Lower Ferry Road In Ewing Township

July 22, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:00 p.m. a two vehicle rear end type crash occurred on Route 29 and Lower Ferry Road. Originally reported the next block towards Trenton near Afton Ave, the Trenton Fire Department was already on the road and responded over to the scene. EMS from Ewing Township and Capital Health paramedics were on scene treating a patient from the car that was rear ended at the traffic light. The person was transported to the local hospital but it appeared that there were no life-threatening-injuries in the crash.

The Ewing Township Police Department is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.


Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

City of Trenton Unveils Banner Celebrating Athing Mu in Tokyo Olympics

July 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The City of Trenton today unveiled a banner on the front of City Hall celebrating Athing Mu, a Trenton native who is representing the United States in the 800-meter dash at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.

The event took place on the front steps of City Hall this morning. Mayor Gusciora was accompanied by Trenton City Council, Senator Shirley K. Turner, Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, Assistant Superintendent Hope Grant, Mercer County Commissioner Samuel Frisby, and dozens of children from the Capital Area YMCA, along with Coach Al Jennings and Coach Bernice Mitchell, who coached Mu in high school.

“We are truly proud of Athing’s accomplishments, and she is a terrific inspiration to our youth,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Today’s event is a reflection of the Capital City’s unwavering support, and we will continue to cheer her on throughout the Games. Trenton makes champions, and the whole world will witness it next week in Japan.”

Athing Mu was born in Trenton and is a graduate of Trenton Central High School. She is a middle-distance runner who ran for the Trenton Track Club with Coach Al Jennings. Mu was named the 2020 National High School Indoor Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News.

She now attends Texas A&M, where she holds the U-20 Indoor 400m NCAA record of 49:57 and 800m (1:57:73). On June 27, Mu won her first US outdoors title in the final 200m of the 800m setting a world-leading record and securing the second-fastest time in American history with 1:5607. The combination of her 400m speed and the tactical acumen that she displayed at her qualifying race for the US Olympic team makes her a favorite to win gold in Tokyo.

The banner will hang outside the front of City Hall for the duration of the Olympics.



UPDATE: Quick Response To Route 1 Crash Saves Man’s Life In West Windsor

July 22, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police were detailed to a serious motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 1 North just prior to Carnegie Center Boulevard at 1:13 p.m. on July 21, 2021.

Police said that Sgt. Brodowski was first on scene and determined that Vehicle #1, a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze driven by a resident of Franklin Park, NJ, was traveling behind Vehicle #2, a 2018 Audi Q7.  Vehicle #2, which was slowing for a red light, was rear-ended by Vehicle #1.  Vehicle #1 left no traces of trying to stop or slow down prior to impact. 

Driver #1 of the Chevrolet Cruze was found to be unconscious and injured upon arrival.  Sgt. Brodowski had to break the driver’s side window in order to extricate Driver #1 from the wreckage and began life saving efforts.  Driver #1 had been unrestrained and smashed his face into the front windshield and had no pulse and was not breathing. 

Firefighters and EMS from West Windsor Emergency Services and Capital Health Paramedics arrived and took over the care of Driver #1. 

Driver #1 was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center as responding First Responders were able assist the man 1 in regaining a pulse.  He sustained non-life-threatening injuries to his head/face as a result of the collision. 

Vehicle #2’s two occupants were uninjured in the collision.     

The incident is still under investigation by the WWPD Traffic Unit.  If anyone has any pertinent information to share, please contact Traffic Sgt. Bal at Bal@westwindsorpolice.com or (609) 799-1222.  

Responding to the scene were:  West Windsor Police Department, West Windsor Division of Fire & Emergency Services Squad #45, Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company Station #44, West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company Station #43, Princeton Emergency Services – First Aid and Rescue Squad, Capital Health Paramedics, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team.

Yesterday’s MidJersey.news story here: Serious Crash On Route 1 In West Windsor


East Windsor Police Blotter

July 22, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Reminder defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.

  • Obstruction of Justice

Location: Mercer Street/ Airport Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520

Time/Date: 12:20 PM, 7-15-2021

The officer was detailed to the area for a report of possible theft of construction equipment.  The investigation revealed that the defendant was caught by the construction workers and unsuccessful in taking the equipment.  Furthermore, the defendant provided false information to the officer, attempting to conceal his identity.  The defendant has been charged and released pending court action. 

Defendant:            John Patrick Cassidy

                              Plainsboro, NJ 08536

                              19 Years of Age

Charges:                Obstruction of Justice

Arresting Officer: PO Robert Galvin #106

  • Motor Vehicle Theft

Location: 150 Milford Road, East Windsor, NJ

Time/Date: 1:30 PM, 7-15-2021

The officer was detailed to the area for a report of a stolen motor vehicle.  Investigation revealed that two (2) National Tree Company employees removed the car keys from an employee backpack and stole the vehicle from the warehouse parking lot.  The vehicle was located in front of the defendant’s residence located in Ewing, NJ.   The defendant’s have been charged pending arrest and court action.

Defendant:            Danjulo O. Scott

                              Ewing, NJ

                              22 Years of Age

Charges:                Motor Vehicle Theft

                              Conspiracy

Defendant:            Hysson A. Jones

                              Ewing, NJ

                              18 Years of Age

Charges:                Motor Vehicle Theft

                              Conspiracy

Arresting Officer: Detective Robert Davison #86

  • Drugs

Location: Route 130 North/ Old Cranbury Road/ Days Inn

Time/Date: 8:51 AM, 7-21-2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 130 North and Old Cranbury Road after observing a vehicle speeding.  During the investigation, suspected crack/cocaine were located in the vehicle.  Continued investigation led officers to the Days Inn where additional suspected crack/cocaine were located in the defendant’s hotel room.  The driver and passenger were arrested and later released pending court action. 

Defendant:            Joshua Shane Martinez          

                              New York, NY

                              24 Years of Age

Charges:                Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

                              Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle

                              Speeding

Defendant:            Celine Marie Mendoza

                              Brooklyn, NY

                              24 Years of Age

Charges:                Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Arresting Officer: PO Thomas Nicola #119


Developing: 9-1-1 Call Sparks Massive Search Of Peddie Lake In Hightstown

July 21, 2021

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Hightstown Police were investigating a 9-1-1 call earlier for a missing teenager. It escalated around 5:50 p.m. when the Hightstown Fire Company was dispatched to the Peddie Lake in the area of Main Street for a “water rescue” due to the nature of the call mutual aid was dispatched from several area fire departments and rescue squads.

The search concentrated around the Peddie Lake Bridge on East Ward Street. Hightstown Police and Peddie Security searched the area and the banks of the lake and the school campus. Fire Departments deployed boats to search the area of the bridge. The Mercer County Sherriff’s Office searched with their drone.

After approximately a two hour search with boats, divers, drones and by foot along the lake nothing was found at the lake. The search was called off just before dark.

Responding departments include: Hightstown Fire Company, Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Plainsboro Fire Department, Trenton Fire Department, Hamilton Township Fire Department, West Windsor Fire Company, East Windsor Fire Company, Hightstown EMS, Robbinsville EMS, East Windsor EMS, Signal 22 and others.

Hightstown Police are continuing the investigation.

Update: Hightstown Police say they are investigating this as a false call. The investigation is still active and when more information becomes available they will let us know.


Serious Crash On Route 1 In West Windsor

UPDATE: Quick Response To Route 1 Crash Saves Man’s Life In West Windsor

July 21, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–West Windsor Police and West Windsor Emergency Services responded to a serious MVA on U.S. Route 1 near Carnegie Boulevard around 1:00 p.m. The crash also sent Capital Health Paramedics and the Princeton First Aid and Rescue squad to the scene. The victim was rushed to the hospital by medical personnel.

West Windsor Police sent a notice to avoid the area of Route 1 North Bound at Carnegie Boulevard for an accident investigation.

West Windsor Police are investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Once official information becomes available the story will be updated.






Vehicle Crash On Spruce Street In Trenton

July 21, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department and TEMS responded to a vehicle crash at the intersection of Spruce Street and Pennsylvania Avenue at 9:42 a.m. TEMS treated at least one person on scene and it was unclear if anyone was transported to the hospital.

Trenton Police Department is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.


Overturned Dump Truck On Route 31 At The Circle In Hopewell

July 21, 2021

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 8:30 a.m. a dump truck traveling north on Route 31 lost control and turned over at the circle. The truck’s load spilled on the side of the highway and caused traffic delays in the area. Hopewell Township Police, Hopewell Township Fire Departments and EMS responded to the scene. It was unclear if anyone was injured.

Hopewell Township Police are investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.




Cold Front Brings Severe Thunderstorms, Relief From Smokey Haze On The Way

NJ DEP Issues “CODE ORANGE” Air Quality Alert For Mercer and Burlington Counties

July 21, 2021

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ (BURLINGTON)– The National Weather Service Mount Holly has issued a severe thunderstorm watch and now several warnings throughout the area as a cold front moves though the area. The good news is that this should provide relief from the hazy skies created by wildfire smoke in our area that was picked up by the jet stream. Once the thunderstorms move through the area the weather should improve.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued a code orange air quality alert Wednesday for Mercer and Burlington Counties.

A code orange air quality alert means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children…people suffering from asthma… heart disease or other lung diseases…and the elderly. The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.

Related MidJersey.News story here:

Smoke From Western Wildfires Picked Up By Jet Stream And Brought To Our Area






Air Quality Alert

NJZ015-019-027-220400-
Mercer-Northwestern Burlington-Southeastern Burlington-
850 AM EDT Wed Jul 21 2021

...AIR QUALITY ALERT IS IN EFFECT FOR WEDNESDAY JULY 21...

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has
issued a code orange air quality alert Wednesday for Mercer
and Burlington Counties.

A code orange air quality alert means that air pollution
concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for
sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children...people
suffering from asthma... heart disease or other lung
diseases...and the elderly. The effects of air pollution can
be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.

For more information on ground-level ozone and fine
particles...visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/

$$



TRAFFIC ALERT: Ewing Township, Lower Ferry Road, Tractor Trailer Takes Down Wires

July 21, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This afternoon a tractor trailer on Lower Ferry Road took wires down closing the roadway. Avoid the area until repairs can be made. Ewing Township Police, Ewing Township Fire Department, West Trenton Fire Company on scene.

Avoid Lower Ferry Road between Parkside Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue.




Trenton Animal Shelter to Host Free Rabies and Parvo Vaccine Clinic for City Dogs at Unity Square Park July 24

July 21, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced that the Trenton Animal Shelter and Trenton Animals Rock will be hosting a free rabies and parvo vaccine clinic for city dogs at Unity Square Park on Hamilton Avenue in Trenton on July 24 between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The clinic will offer vaccines for rabies and parvovirus, a dangerous gastro-intestinal illness that has been on the rise in Trenton over the last few months. There is no registration for the clinic, but dog owners must have a valid Trenton I.D. to qualify.

“In recent months, it has become increasingly clear that vaccines are just as important for our canine companions as they are for us,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Trenton Animals Rock and the Trenton Animal Shelter are taking incredible steps to ensure the health and safety of all city pets, and we thank them for making these services available at no charge to our residents.”

In addition to the July 24 event, ongoing vaccine clinics are available for all City dogs at the Trenton Animal Shelter on 72 Escher Street every Thursday and Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Trenton Animals Rock is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that has worked with the City of Trenton since June 2018. It provides funding for medical care, training, and boarding for injured, abandoned, and abused dogs, and is the key entity connecting homeless dogs to households throughout New Jersey and beyond.

Since Trenton Animals Rock began managing the shelter’s behavior assessment and foster program in June 2019, the euthanasia rate at the shelter decreased from 47 percent to less than 10 percent, putting the shelter on track to become a no-kill shelter for the first time.

Any residents with questions about Parvo or the vaccine can contact Officer Jose Munoz at 609-989-3254 or jmunoz@trentonnj.org.


TPD Pursues and Apprehends Two Suspects Involved in Weekend Shooting

Responding Officers Save Victim’s Life by Transporting Him Directly to Emergency Room

July 21, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Interim Police Director Steve E. Wilson today announced that two Trenton men have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault and numerous weapons charges following a shooting and ensuing car chase that took place early Sunday morning.

Hassan Wheeler, 28, and Jarron R. Colvin, 27, both of Trenton, were arrested on July 18, 2021.

Wheeler was charged with criminal attempt homicide, aggravated assault shooting, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a handgun for unlawful purpose, possession of prohibited weapons and devices, and being a person prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Colvin was charged with complicity to criminal attempt homicide, complicity to aggravated assault, complicity to aggravated assault, complicity to unlawful possession of a handgun, complicity to possession of weapon for unlawful purpose, and complicity to possession of weapons and devices.

On Sunday, July 18, 2021, at 2:00 a.m., patrol officers and detectives from the Street Crimes Unit heard several gunshots in the area of Locust Street and Chambers Street. Officer Nelson Nieves and Rudy Lopez observed a male victim collapse on Chambers Street near Locust Street.

Officers also observed a vehicle fleeing from the area on Chambers Street and notified other units. Street Crimes Unit Detectives Michael Gettler and Gregory Woods – already in the area on an unrelated gun arrest – located the suspect vehicle and attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop. A motor vehicle pursuit ensued throughout the City of Trenton and came to an end in Hamilton Township after the suspect vehicle struck a parked car.

Two suspects exited the vehicle. Wheeler was immediately taken into custody by Detective Cornell Huff. Colvin fled on foot and was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit and found hiding under a pick-up truck.

Meanwhile, Officer Nieves and Rudy Lopez transported the victim to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center. The victim had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was listed in critical but stable condition.

“On behalf of the TPD and the city of Trenton, I commend the officers and detectives for their outstanding work in this case,” said Director Wilson. “Not only did they quickly pursue and apprehend two dangerous suspects who were involved in a brazen late-night shooting, they also ensured that the victim got the medical attention he desperately needed.”

These charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. This is an ongoing investigation.



Hamilton And Trenton Men Indicted In Offences Related To Murder Of Omar Billups In Trenton

July 21, 2021

A Mercer County grand jury returned an 11-count indictment this week charging Quintin Thompson and Emoni Henderson with offenses related to the murder of Omar Billups in Trenton in November 2020 and a subsequent burglary in Hamilton Township, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Thompson, 25, of Hamilton, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree felony murder, one count of first-degree robbery, one count of third-degree theft by unlawful taking, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.  Both Thompson and Henderson, 23, of Trenton, are charged with one count of third-degree burglary, one count of third-degree theft by unlawful taking, one count of fourth-degree possession of hollow-nose bullets and one count of fourth-degree possession of a large capacity ammunition magazine.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department.  At approximately 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2020, Trenton police were dispatched to an apartment at 326 Centre Street on report of a male that was shot.  Upon arrival, they located the victim, later identified as Billups, on the living room floor with blood coming from the back of his head.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The victim’s cellphone and keys were not found inside the apartment during a subsequent search.

During the course of the investigation, task force detectives located area surveillance footage from various sources and spoke with witnesses.  They learned that Billups had been driving a white Jeep Cherokee rental vehicle and that Billups had been with Thompson in that vehicle on Friday afternoon, November 28.  The white Jeep Cherokee was located and secured by police on South Westfield Avenue on December 4.

Further investigation by detectives tied a second vehicle to Billups’ homicide. At approximately 5 p.m. on Friday, a black Mitsubishi Uplander was seen arriving at the Winding Brook Apartment Complex on Bradford Drive in Hamilton.  An individual with similar physical characteristics to Thompson is seen exiting the Mitsubishi and walking toward one of the buildings.  That individual returns a short time later and gets back in the Uplander, which then leaves the area.

On November 29, 2020, around 9:10 a.m., Hamilton police responded to an apartment on Bradford Avenue for a reported burglary. When a resident returned from work Saturday morning, she found someone had rummaged through the belongings in the bedroom.  The only item missing was a shoe box that belonged to Billups containing a large unspecified amount of cash.  Further investigation revealed that Billups had a key to the Bradford Avenue apartment.  Both Thompson and Henderson are charged in connection to the burglary and theft of cash in Hamilton.

Thompson is being held in the Mercer County Correction Center pending trial.

Assistant Prosecutor Michael Grillo presented the case to the grand jury.

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



Related MidJersey.News stories here:

BREAKING: Chaos Continues In City, Shooting Murder Makes #39, And 2 Critical After Stabbing All This Morning

December 14, 2020 Hamilton Man Arrested for the Murder of Omar Billups

Deja Vu: Man Walks Away From Trenton Psychiatric Hospital Again; Last Time Was About A Month Ago


UPDATE: Had been located and returned to TPH


July 21, 2021

TRENTON – EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 7:48 a.m. Ewing Police dispatch was notified by NJ Human Services Police that a male walked away from Trenton Psychiatric Hospital (TPH). The investigation revealed that Angel Sariol, 03/30/1972, 6′ 1″ 173 pounds, short hair, last seen wearing a dark blue t-shirt, light blue jeans, and white sneakers, walked away from the facility at approximately 7:32 AM, heading toward Cadwalader Park. Sariol was being held at TPH on a non-criminal hold. Information received from Human Services Police is that Sariol is not considered a danger to the public. Human Services Police have entered Sariol into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as a missing person. Sariol has ties to Bergen and Union counties. If you see Angel Sariol, please do not approach him, and call 9-1-1

The man also walked away on June 14, 2021 and you can find that MidJersey.News article here: Police Looking For Man Who Walked Away From Trenton Psychiatric Hospital




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Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Press Release from March 27, 2018 as found on the Ridgewood Blog website:

March 27,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Hackensack NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of ANGEL SARIOL (DOB: 3/30/1972; single; and employed as a custodian) of 22-24 Ward Street, Apartment 2H, Hackensack, NJ, on charges of Terroristic Threats and False Public Alarm. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and members of the Rochelle Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Robert Flannelly.

From Monday, March 19, 2018, through Wednesday, March 21, 2018, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit received information from no fewer than 19 municipal police departments in Bergen County about a substantially similar series of phone calls that they received during that three-day period from an anonymous caller. During many of these calls, the unknown caller stated that police officers from those towns would be murdered. The ensuing investigation, led by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and Rochelle Park Police Department, revealed that Angel SARIOL used technology to disguise his calling line identity and placed the phone calls.

As a result of the investigation, Angel SARIOL was arrested in Hackensack on Thursday, March 22, 2018 and charged with one count of False Public Alarm, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-3B, a 2nd degree crime; one count of Terroristic Threats During a State of Emergency, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3A, a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Terroristic Threats, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3A, a 3rd degree crime. Angel SARIOL was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a hearing in Central Judicial Processing Court on March 23, 2018.

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would like to thank the Rochelle Park Police Department, Hackensack Police Department, Hasbrouck Heights Police Department, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and Union City Police Department for their assistance with this investigation. In addition, Acting Prosecutor Calo would also like to thank all the agencies that provided investigative leads in this matter, including:

Wood-Ridge Police Department
Hasbrouck Heights Police Department
Paramus Police Department
Park Ridge Police Department
Wyckoff Police Department
Elmwood Park Police Department
Maywood Police Department
Rochelle Park Police Department
Waldwick Police Department
Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department
Saddle River Police Department
Harrington Park Police Department
Woodcliff Lake Police Department
Hackensack Police Department
Oradell Police Department
Demarest Police Department
Saddle Brook Police Department
River Edge Police Department
Weehawken Police Department (Hudson County)