Category: Middlesex County

South Brunswick Police Stop An Unconscious Intoxicated Driver On Route 522 And Prevent Tragedy

November 21, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–On Saturday November 19, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. South Brunswick Police Officers Justin Samuels, Gagan Chopra, Christine Harris and Sgt. William Merkler were able to chase down an unconscious driver in a moving vehicle and able to get it stopped preventing a tragedy. The vehicle traveled Route 522 for approximately a half mile before officers got it stopped. Officers were able to block the vehicle in, smashed the side window, an get the driver out from behind the wheel. The driver, a 28-year-old from Scranton, PA, was found to be intoxicated and was arrested.

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Operation Eagle Eye Busts Eight Men And One Juvenile In Multiple Child Porn Investigations In Middlesex County

November 18, 2022

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today, that thanks to multiple agencies diligent hard work and dedication to public safety, eight men and one juvenile were arrested and charged for their involvement in multiple child pornography investigations, Operation Eagle Eye.

As a result of Operation Eagle Eye led by the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit of The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, with assistance from, the New Jersey State Police, East Brunswick Police Department, Edison Police Department, Carteret Police Department, Monroe Police Department, New Brunswick Police Department, Old Bridge Police Department, Perth Amboy Police Department, Piscataway Police Department, Plainsboro Police Department, Sayreville Police Department, and the Spotswood Police Department, a juvenile male was charged on November 1, 2022, and eight men were arrested without incident and charged over the course of two days, November 17, 2022, and November 18, 2022.

Albert Leonardis, 37, of Edison was charged with one count of second- degree Distribution of Child Pornography, one count of third-degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files), and one count of second- degree Storing and Maintaining Items Depicting the Sexual Exploitation or Abuse of Children Using a File Sharing Program.

Christopher Hernandez, 18, of New Brunswick, was charged with one count of third-degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files).

Alexander Antoini De Oliveria, 39, of Old Bridge, was charged with one count of second-degree Distribution of Child Pornography, one count of second-degree Storing and Maintaining Items Depicting the Sexual Exploitation or Abuse of Children Using a File Sharing Program, one count of second-degree Possession of Child Pornography (over 1000 files).

Joseph Marino, 40, of Carteret was charged with one count of third- degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files), one count of second-degree Distribution of Child Pornography, and one count of second- degree Storing and Maintaining Items Depicting the Sexual Exploitation or Abuse of Children Using a File Sharing Program.

Paul Rubbe, 62, of Piscataway, was charged with one count of third- degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files).

Edward Gicherman, 81, of Monroe, was charged with one count of third-degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files) and one count of second-degree Storing and Maintaining Items Depicting the Sexual Exploitation or Abuse of Children Using a File Sharing Program.

Abhishek Pandya, 25, of Edison, was charged with one count of third- degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files) and one count of second-degree Distribution of Child Pornography.

Christopher Nicol, 20, of Plainsboro, was charged with one count of third-degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files).

A juvenile male, 17, of Woodbridge, was charged with an act of juvenile delinquency for offenses which if committed by an adult would constitute as third-degree Possession of Child Pornography (under 1000 files).

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit of The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-5924.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Leonardis, Hernandez, Antoini De Oliveria, Marino, Rubbe, Gicherman, Pandya, Nicol, and the juvenile male are merely accusations, and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.



Truck Driver Suffers Serious Injuries In Route 1 Crash

November 10, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police report that yesterday November 9, 2022, 10:11 a.m., a truck traveling Route 1 south swerved onto Promenade Boulevard to avoid a car and overturned. The plywood on the truck spilled onto the roadway and struck four vehicles. The 53-year-old truck driver suffered serious injuries.


Sayerville, NJ Man Arrested For Posting A Manifesto Containing Threats To Attack A Synagogue And Jewish People

November 10, 2022

A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man was arrested today for transmitting via the internet a manifesto containing threats to attack a synagogue and Jewish people, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Omar Alkattoul, 18, of Sayreville, New Jersey, was arrested this morning and is charged by complaint with one count of transmitting a threat in interstate and foreign commerce on or about Nov. 1, 2022. He is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jessica S. Allen in Newark federal court.

“No one should be targeted for violence or with acts of hate because of how they worship,” U.S. Attorney Sellinger said. “According to the complaint, this defendant used social media to send a manifesto containing a threat to attack a synagogue based on his hatred of Jews. Along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, we acted swiftly to respond to the alleged threat. There is nothing the U.S. Attorney’s Office takes more seriously than threats to our communities of faith and places of worship. Protection of these communities is core to this office’s mission, and this office will devote whatever resources are necessary to keep our Jewish community and all New Jersey residents safe.”

“When we learn of credible threats to our community – whether based in hate toward religion, race, sexual orientation, or gender – we call on law enforcement and community partners to assist in identifying and mitigating that threat,” Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy said. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts among our Joint Terrorism Task Force Members, a potentially harmful situation was averted. I would like to commend and show our appreciation for the resources from the District of New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney’s Office, New Jersey State Police, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the Sayreville Police Department, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Let it be known that when a threat of violence comes to our attention, the FBI and our partners will respond to keep the public safe.”

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

On Nov. 1, 2022, Alkattoul used a social media application to send an individual a link to a document entitled “When Swords Collide” and admitted to this individual that he wrote the document, stating: “It’s in the context of an attack on Jews.” According to a second individual, Alkattoul also sent the document to at least five other people using another social media application. In the document, Alkattoul wrote the following:

I am the attacker and I would like to introduce myself. . . I am a Muslim with so many regrets but I can assure you this attack is not one of them and Insha’Allah many more attacks like these against the enemy of Allah and the pigs and monkeys will come.

I will discuss my motives in a bit but I did target a synagogue for a really good reason according to myself and a lot of Muslims who have a brain. Let’s be aware of the fact that the Jews promote the biggest hatred against Muslimeen even in the west. The Jews are in fact a very powerful group in the west which is why western countries today shill for them on top of the murtadeen in Saudi Arabia and every Arab country.

This attack was just to remind the Jews that as long as 1 Muslim remains in this world they will never live a pleasant life until the Muslims in Palestine, Syria, West Africa, and South Asia are living a pleasant life. The Jews support terror against the muslimeen and they always have . . . . So the motive of this attack is hatred towards Jews and their heinous acts and I don’t want anyone to tell me for a second that “not all Jews support terror against Muslims” yes they do! They have since day one. Their Torah justifies their acts and let’s keep in mind it was a Jew that tried to kill the nebi SAW.

The charge of transmitting a threat in interstate and foreign commerce is punishable by a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI and task force officers of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest. He also thanked agents of the FBI Field Office in Tampa, Florida, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge David Walker; the FBI Field Office in New York, under the direction of Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll; and the FBI Washington Field Office, under the direction of Assistant Director in Charge Steven D’Antuono; as well as the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, under the direction of Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin; the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone; and officers of the Sayreville Police Department, under the direction of Chief Daniel Plumacker.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan Peck, Christopher Amore, and Benjamin Levin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s National Security Unit, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Counterterrorism Section of the National Security Division.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Defense counsel: Timothy Donahue Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark






Truck Burns On NJ Turnpike In Cranbury

November 10, 2022

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Last night around 11:30 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the New Jersey Turnpike outer roadway at mile post 70.6 south bound for a well involved truck fire. Upon arrival firefighters quickly knocked down the flames. Firefighters from Hightstown, Cranbury, Monroe Township and Millstone Township were called to the scene. Firefighters remained on location until 12:42 a.m. No other information is available at this time.



Juvenile Taken into Custody for Sayreville Aggravated Sexual Assault On 68-Year-Old Woman

An act of juvenile delinquency for offenses which if committed by an adult would constitute as Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, Burglary, and Theft.

October 31, 2022

SAYERVILLE, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Acting Chief Daniel Plumacker of the Sayreville Police Department announced today that a juvenile male has been taken into custody and charged with an act of juvenile delinquency for offenses which if committed by an adult would constitute as Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, Burglary, and Theft.

Today, October 31, 2022, between Midnight and 12:30 A.M., a 68- year-old female victim was sexually assaulted in her residence. The suspect entered the victim’s apartment located on Swider Drive in Parlin, New Jersey, woke her, sexually assaulted, and deprived her of belongings before fleeing the scene.

This is an active and ongoing investigation anyone with information or surveillance footage of the area is asked to call Detective Lauren Leyva of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit 732-745-4499 or Detective Jeff Taylor of the Sayreville Police Department at 732-525-5450.


Jamesburg Man Sentenced To 70-Years Total, For Double Murder and Aggravated Arson

Jaree Kitchen, 24, was sentenced to 60 years pursuant to the No Early Release Act for the two counts of Murder and 10 years for the charge of Aggravated Arson, to run consecutively, for a total of 70 years.

October 28, 2022

JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today that Jaree Kitchen, 24, has been sentenced for the crimes of murder, aggravated arson, and weapons offenses.

On November 6, 2019, at approximately 3:19 a.m., Jamesburg Police officers responded to 7 Sheridan Street in Jamesburg for a report of a house fire. Upon arrival, officers observed visible flames exiting the structure of the house. The Jamesburg Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the fire. A subsequent investigation conducted by Sergeant Kevin Wilson, Detective Sergeant Jason Muller and Detective Jim Dennis of the Jamesburg Police Department and Sergeant Deon McCall of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, founded that Kitchen had recently returned to Jamesburg from Georgia to live with his father, Clifford Kitchen Jr., but soon after his arrival the father and son began having significant issues. This erupted into a physical altercation that resulted in Jaree Kitchen fatally stabbing both his father and another resident of the home, Gregory Fisher to death on November 4, 2019. On November 6, 2019, in an effort to destroy and cover up the murders that occurred within the home, Jaree Kitchen set the residence of 7 Sheridan Street on fire.

Kitchen was subsequently indicted for two counts of first-degree Murder, second-degree Aggravated Arson, two counts second-degree Desecrating Human Remains, two counts of third-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, two counts of fourth-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and two counts of fourth-degree Tampering with Evidence.

Following the presentation of evidence by Assistant Prosecutors Amber Gibbs and Caitlin Lavery, Kitchen was convicted by a jury on June 1, 2022. Kitchen was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas J. Buck, today, October 28, 2022. Kitchen was sentenced to 60 years pursuant to the No Early Release Act for the two counts of Murder and 10 years for the charge of Aggravated Arson, to run consecutively, for a total of 70 years.

Jaree Kitchen, 24, Jamesburg, Photo from Facebook


Indicted Man In Jail Charged in Connection with Murder for Hire Plot To Create Doubt On His Current Plainsboro Murder Charges

Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Saal was soliciting an inmate who he believed was being released from jail in the near future to commit a murder which would exonerate Saal, for $15,000.

October 27, 2022

NORTH BRUNSWICK – PLAINSBORO, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today that a man was charged in connection with a murder for hire plot.

In August of 2019, Kenneth Saal, 30, formerly of Lindenwold, in Camden County, was charged with murdering Carolyn Byington, 26, of Plainsboro, in her apartment when she went home for lunch. Saal was Byington’s coworker. Plainsboro Police responded to Byington’s home after they were asked by her other coworkers to do a wellness check on her. When police arrived on scene at approximately 5:57 pm, they found Byington, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Saal was later indicted for first-degree murder, burglary in the second degree, endangering an injured victim, hindering one’s own apprehension, burglary, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, all third-degree crimes. The indictment also includes charges of stalking and tampering with evidence, both fourth-degree crimes. Saal is scheduled for trial in December of 2022 for the above crimes.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office received a letter on or about October 13, 2022, alleging that Saal was conspiring to commit a copycat murder to create doubt about his guilt.

An investigation by Detective Walter Kelley of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Saal was soliciting an inmate who he believed was being released from jail in the near future to commit a murder which would exonerate Saal, for $15,000.

Saal was charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit Murder, second-degree conspiracy to tamper with a witness, and second-degree conspiracy to hinder his own prosecution. Saal is being housed at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center and is scheduled for a detention hearing in Middlesex County Superior Court on Friday, October 28, 2022.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kelley of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3330.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Saal are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Monroe Fire Chief District No. 2 Charged with Theft

October 26, 2022

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today that the Monroe Fire Chief of District No. 2 was charged with theft.

In February 2022, Fire Commissioners of Monroe Fire District No. 2 noticed discrepancies with their financial invoices, where taxes were being paid on items, when they were a tax-exempt entity. This led to an internal investigation where Chief James Carbin III, 55, of Clarksburg, was found to have been purchasing personal items with the fire department’s funds.

Carbin was placed on administrative leave in April of 2022, and is currently suspended without pay

An investigation led by Detective Marcus Goode of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that from 2019 to 2022, Carbin had purchased at least $2173.20 worth of personal items using the fire department’s money. During the investigation, it was discovered that Carbin also directed on-duty firefighters under his supervision to complete work outside of their job duties for his personal benefit.

Carbin was charged with third-degree theft by deception and third- degree theft of services.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Goode of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4274.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Carbin are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Election Fraud Arrest Reported In Middlesex County

A campaign worker for a City Council candidate, filled out the mail-in ballot for the undercover detective and, in exchange, gave the detective a $20 Shop Rite gift card.

October 26, 2022

PERTH AMBOY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today that a campaign worker for a Perth Amboy City Council candidate has been arrested and charged with bribery.

On the week of October 17th, detectives from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Perth Amboy Police Department received a tip that a campaign worker Ana Camilo, 62, of Perth Amboy, was canvassing a neighborhood in Perth Amboy and offering to complete mail-in ballots in exchange for gift cards.

In response, an undercover detective, posing as a Perth Amboy voter, met with Camilo. It was determined that Camilo, a campaign worker for a City Council candidate, filled out the mail-in ballot for the undercover detective and, in exchange, gave the detective a $20 Shop Rite gift card. Camilo was arrested immediately after the meeting and was found in possession of the mail-in ballot.

Camilo was charged with third-degree bribery in official or political matters. Camilo was charged on a summons and released the day of the arrest.

New Jersey election law prohibits the offering of any inducements for voting for a particular candidate. Please visit the Middlesex County Clerk’s website for any questions regarding mail-in ballots at www.middlesexcountynj.gov.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Shadi Zaiton of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4263.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Camilo are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.



U.S. Attorney’s Office Has Reached A Settlement With New Jersey Transit  

Agrees to make Newark Penn, Princeton Junction, MetroPark, Trenton, and New Brunswick stations accessible to individuals with disabilities.

October 18, 2022

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey has reached a settlement with New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) to resolve findings that its intercity rail stations are not accessible to individuals with disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

“This Office is committed to ending unlawful barriers to inclusion and equality in our society,” U.S. Attorney Sellinger said. “For too long, people with disabilities have been deprived of equal access to intercity rail stations operated by NJ Transit. In ways large and small, people with disabilities were denied full access to transportation services – whether it was the lack of access to restrooms, no signs, bad ramps, poor access to elevators, or that parking spaces were just too small for those who needed wheelchair access. Through this resolution, we are holding NJ Transit to its obligation to provide accessible transportation services to all. To their credit, NJ Transit has swiftly recognized these deficiencies and already begun to bring its intercity rail stations into compliance with the ADA.”

Under the agreement, New Jersey Transit has committed to make five intercity rail stations – Newark Penn, Princeton Junction, MetroPark, Trenton, and New Brunswick – accessible to individuals with disabilities. New Jersey Transit must modify multiple portions of the rail stations and their access points, including physical modifications to multiple platforms, waiting areas, parking lots, and restrooms.

This matter was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Division, which U.S. Attorney Sellinger created in 2022. The Division’s sole focus is to enforce federal civil rights laws, including the ADA, with the goal of protecting and upholding the civil rights of those in our community. Individuals who believe they may have been victims of discrimination may file a complaint with the Civil Rights Division at http://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/civil-rights-enforcement/complaint or call the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Hotline at (855) 281-3339. Additional information about the ADA can be found at www.ada.gov, or by calling the Department of Justice’s toll-free ADA information line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD).

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael E. Campion, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Division.

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Under the agreement, New Jersey Transit has committed to make five intercity rail stations – Newark Penn, Princeton Junction, MetroPark, Trenton, and New Brunswick – accessible to individuals with disabilities. New Jersey Transit must modify multiple portions of the rail stations and their access points, including physical modifications to multiple platforms, waiting areas, parking lots, and restrooms.

NJ State Police Seek To Identify Suspects Who Stole Cell Phone At NJTP Service Area In Cranbury

October 15, 2022

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The New Jersey State Police is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a woman who allegedly stole a cell phone from a convenience store located on the New Jersey Turnpike, Molly Pitcher Service Area in Cranbury Township, Middlesex County.

On Friday, October 14th, at approximately 3:30 p.m., an Hispanic female suspect and an Hispanic male associate entered the convenience store and removed a cell phone from a display before exiting the store. The Hispanic couple then entered what appeared to be a gray Nissan sedan with an unknown license plate and fled the service area southbound on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Troop “D” Cranbury Station Detective Bureau at 609-409-1609.

Anonymous tips are welcome.



Police Respond To Schools Around The State On Multiple Swatting Incidents This Morning

October 14, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police quickly responded to Hamilton High School West this morning on an apparent “swatting” incident. The school was quickly placed on lockdown as police checked the school to make sure everyone was safe.


New Jersey State Police reported, “The New Jersey State Police has been made aware of numerous active shooter threats targeting various school districts throughout the state.

Several schools have been placed on lockdown and after thorough investigations by local, state, and county authorities, the threats have proven to be unfounded.

The Regional Operations Intelligence Center is currently monitoring the situation and has not deemed any of the threats as credible.

The State Police and our law enforcement partners take all threats seriously and will utilize every asset at our disposal to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, administrators, and the public.

We urge everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency.”


Hamilton Police say that on October 14 2022 at 10:02 a.m. Hamilton Police Dispatch received a telephone call from a person with a thick Middle Eastern or Indian accent stating “there are people trying to get into the door of Hamilton West”.  The School Resource Officer along with several responding police units searched Hamilton High School West after initiating a “Lock Down” of Hamilton High School West.  After the incident was deemed safe, the “Lockdown” was lifted.

Hamilton Police gained information that other municipalities were affected by the same type of call with a party having a similar accent.  Hamilton Police along with the Hamilton Twp. Board of Education determined the phone calls were hoax calls.

No injuries were reported during the incident, no suspicious parties were located in or around Hamilton High School West.  Police Units remained on scene until the situation was calm.


Swatting is defined as: “The action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address.”


In a letter to parents from Hamilton Township Schools Superintendent Scott R. Rocco, Ed.D. stated:

Today, there were two calls made to 911 that indicated an incident was happening at Hamilton High School West. This resulted in a large police presence inside and outside of the school. It also resulted in the school being put into a shelter in place for one of the calls and a lock down for the other call. 

Neither of these calls were real. They have been deemed a hoax. Neither of these calls were generated inside of our school. At no time were any of our students or staff in any danger. Although that is a relief, it does not lessen the fear or scared feelings of our students and staff.

I have been informed that this same situation has happened to other schools in New Jersey today. 

I would like to thank the faculty and staff of Hamilton High School West for their efforts in ensuring our students’ safety and I would like to thank our Hamilton Township Police Department for their quick response and constant presence.  

We take school safety very seriously in our district. We have safety plans and we practice those plans. Our police department also works collaboratively with us in our planning, drills, and situations that arise in our district. That being said, our best safety measures are when our students, staff, and community say something if they see, hear or know of a problem. Please continue to do so.


Toms River Police said in a Facebook Post, “A short time ago Toms River Police dispatch received a phone call regarding a potential shooting at High School North. Officers responded and the school was locked down as a precaution. The call was deemed unfounded and is being investigated as a swatting incident. We are requesting no one respond to the school as there is no active threat.”


Monmouth County Sherriff’s Office reported, ** POLICE ACTIVITY ** Freehold Twp- Biotechnology High School & Monmouth County Career Center – Kozloski Road Freehold Twp – there is no threat or danger to students.


Jackson Township Police reported, “About an hour ago Jackson Police dispatch received a phone call regarding a potential shooting at Jackson Liberty High School. We had already received information via the FBI that a handful of schools within New Jersey were experiencing the same calls from the same suspect prior to this phone call.

Regardless school security and our School Resource Officer sought out the location given by the caller, and it was deemed not to be a threat as the location given by the caller was inaccurate. Due to the totality of the circumstances, the decision was made not to put the school in lockdown. The call was deemed unfounded and is being investigated as a swatting incident. We are requesting no one respond to the school as there is no active threat.”


Barnegat Police Department made several reports on Facebook, “We received an unfounded report of a “shooter” in the Barnegat High School. Officers were quickly on scene and in the building and have found no indications or reports of anything occurring. Bengal Blvd will be closed as we continue to ensure the security of the building. All other district schools were placed in shelter in place status as a precautionary measure. Parents who are responding to the area are asked to go to the Collins school where we will provide any additional information. It appears that at least one other district in the county has received a similar “report”. Again, we have significant resources on scene to ensure the safety of the kids and staff at BHS and there are no indications that anything has occurred. Updates to follow. –Chief”

The students from BHS are being evacuated and will be bussed to the Collins school for reunification with parents. While we believe this was a swatting incident, officers continue to follow-up with secondary searches of the building. Again, the students and staff are safe and we have significant resources on scene to ensure it stays that way. –Chief

BHS evacuation is complete. Officers have completed the secondary search of the first floor and are wrapping up the second floor. Once that’s done, we’ll open up Bengal Blvd. The school district will then bus any driving-age BHS kids from the Collins school reunification point back to get their cars if needed. Very much appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation.– Chief


Freehold Township Police Reported, “At 10:13am, the Freehold Township Police Department responded to the Biotech High School for a possible report of shots fired. This incident was deemed to be a hoax and is currently under investigation. As part of the response both the Biotech High School and neighboring Career Center were locked down and both buildings were cleared by officers from Freehold Township, Freehold Borough, and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. All students and staff are safe. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective George J. Baumann at 732-252-1950.”


Message from East Brunswick Schools Superintendent Dr. Valeski:

October 14, 2022

Good Morning East Brunswick Community,

This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with a very important message regarding an incident at our high school this morning…and I want to assure everyone that every student and every staff member is safe.

Our 911 police dispatch operator received a phone call reporting an incident occurring at our high school that required immediate police assistance.  This warranted a large police response to the high school and the building was immediately placed in a “Shelter in Place” status.  Central Elementary School also exercised a “Shelter in Place” because of it’s close proximity to the high school. 

Members of our district Central Office leadership responded to the building to support the HS administration.

Ultimately, the call was determined to be a hoax, also known as SWATTING, but the continuous training with our students, staff, administrators, security team and EBPD was evident today.


Lower Township Police in Cape May County reported, “Lower Cape May Regional High School is in a shelter in place for what we believe is a HOAX. Law Enforcement is conducting a search of the school to confirm.”


Other towns with swatting incidents this morning were Newark at Weequhaic High School and another Paterson.


The scene this morning at Hamilton High School West in Mercer County, NJ


South Brunswick Police Searching For Man In Connection Of $24,000. Stolen Tools At Hotel Construction Project On Route 1

October 13, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police say they are no longer searching the area off Route 1 for the burglary suspect.  The incident began at 11:30 a.m. when staff at the Sonesta Suites at 4375 Route 1 reported finding numerous tools in a guest’s room. The tools were believed to have been stolen from several commercial shipping containers at the hotel overnight. The hotel is in the process of being remodeled and several contractors have items stored in the containers in the parking lot. In addition to the containers, two vehicles were broken into and items stolen. Police had earlier taken reports of over $24,000 in tools stolen overnight.

As police were responding, the victims of the thefts, who were staying only rooms away confronted the suspect, Travis Mollett age 33 of Dayton, Ohio who was renting the room. Mollett was working for a commercial painting contractor out of Ohio doing work in the area. Mollett fled when police arrived and a perimeter was set up to attempt to locate him. Two K9 dogs from the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office tracked Mollett’s sent along Route 1 headed south. After an extensive search of the wooded areas behind the hotel, the search was called off at 3:30 pm.

Detectives assisted by the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office obtained a search warrant for the hotel room. Detectives recovered numerous stolen tools and equipment from the hotel room. Detectives are following several leads to locate Mollett. When located he will be charged in connection to the thefts.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Brunswick Police at (732) 329-4646.



West Windsor Music Instructor Busted Viewing And Sharing Child Pornography

Jose Sanchez, 58, of Monroe, NJ, is charged with third-degree possession of child pornography and second-degree file sharing of child pornography. 

October 11, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that an investigation into online child exploitation has resulted in the arrest of a Monroe Township man.

Jose Sanchez, 58, of Monroe, NJ, is charged with third-degree possession of child pornography and second-degree file sharing of child pornography.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Sanchez pending trial.

In September 2022, detectives with the prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit received information from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office that an individual in Mercer County was uploading child pornography.  An investigation was initiated and on October 7, 2022, detectives with ICAC executed a search warrant at a residence in West Windsor.  It was determined that Sanchez, a music instructor who provides lessons to children from a private studio in West Windsor, was viewing and sharing child pornography.  Sanchez was arrested without incident and his electronic devices were seized for forensic examination.

Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000.  Third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Prosecutor Onofri urged anyone with information about suspected improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children to please contact his Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit at 609-989-6568 or the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force tip line at 888-648-6007.

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


Jose Sanchez, 58, of Monroe, NJ, is charged with third-degree possession of child pornography and second-degree file sharing of child pornography.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Sanchez pending trial.


Update: South Brunswick Police Make Arrests in Double Stabbing Case

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–On October 8, 2022, at approximately 7:50 p.m., the South Brunswick Police Department received a call from a man seeking medical assistance at the Home Depot, located at 4095 Route 1.

Upon arrival, Patrol Officer Tyler Harpster located the victim, who was found to have suffered multiple stab wounds. The victim, a 19-year-old South Brunswick man, stated that he had been stabbed in the parking lot following an altercation, and had made his way inside the store seeking help.

Additional officers responded to the scene and checked the area for possible actors. They were unable to locate the actors, but located a second victim, a 20-year-old South Brunswick man, with knife wounds, not far from Home Depot.

Both victims were transported to the hospital for treatment of their wounds.

Police processed the scene for evidence and Detective Rick DeLucia continued investigating the case through the weekend. Two individuals were identified as suspects, and after developing probable cause, James Romer, an 18-year-old man, and a 17-year-old male, both from South Brunswick, were arrested and charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, and weapons offenses. Mr. Romer was lodged in the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center, and the 17-year-old male was lodged in the Juvenile Detention Center.

Chief Raymond J. Hayducka praised the efforts of patrol officers on scene and detectives who followed up the case. “Their diligent work led to the arrest of two individuals and put the case to rest.”

Anyone with information on the case may contact Detective Rick DeLucia at (732)329-4646.

Original MidJersey.news story here:


Developing: 2 Stabbed In Area Of Home Depot In South Brunswick

UPDATE:

October 8, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Authorities have confirmed that two victims have been stabbed near the Home Depot on Wynwood Drive and Route 1 around 8:48 p.m. Details are still sketchy at this time if the victims were in the store or outside the store when the incident occurred.

South Brunswick Police, EMS and Paramedics are still on scene at the time of this report. Mutual aid paramedics were called to the scene from Captial Health in Mercer County.

This is a developing story check back for details.

Acting AG Platkin Announces 11-Year Prison Sentence for Middlesex County Man Convicted of Illegally Transporting Guns from Georgia into New Jersey

Investigation by NJSP and ATF Led to Seizure of Five Handguns and an Assault Weapon

Barrett R. Griffin, III, 33, of North Brunswick, NJ, was sentenced to an aggregate term of 11 years in prison, including a period of 6.8 years of parole ineligibility

September 27, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today announced that a Middlesex man was sentenced to 11 years in state prison for illegally transporting handguns into New Jersey for unlawful sale. The conviction stems from an investigation by the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that led to the seizure of five handguns and an assault rifle transported to New Jersey from Georgia. 

Barrett R. Griffin, III, 33, of North Brunswick, NJ, was sentenced to an aggregate term of 11 years in prison, including a period of 6.8 years of parole ineligibility, in a hearing before Superior Court Judge Mark P. Tarantino in Burlington County on September 9, 2022. Griffin pleaded guilty on July 18, 2022 to second-degree transporting firearms into the state for unlawful sale or transfer and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

“Keeping illegal weapons out of our state and off our streets is paramount to public safety,” said Acting Attorney General Platkin. “We are aggressively targeting those responsible for the proliferation of guns and gun violence in our communities, and that includes gun traffickers who illegally transport weapons into our state and put them in the hands of criminals.”

“The prison sentence handed down to this defendant sends a clear message that we have zero tolerance for gun trafficking in New Jersey,” said Director Pearl Minato, of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We will continue to work with law enforcement partners throughout New Jersey and beyond to stop the illegal flow of firearms into our state and hold accountable all those who profit from it.”

Griffin was arrested earlier this year following an investigation by NJSP and the ATF. During the course of the investigation, a motor vehicle stop was made on the car Griffin was driving on the New Jersey Turnpike in Mount Laurel, NJ on February 7, 2022. Following a search of the vehicle, detectives seized five handguns, one assault rifle, and four large capacity ammunition magazines from the vehicle’s trunk.

Deputy Attorney General Karen M. Bornstein prosecuted the case for the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Cassandra Montalto and Bureau Chief Lauren Scarpa Yfantis.

The investigation was conducted by the New Jersey State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Defense Attorney

Fatima Agosto, Esq., Burlington County Public Defender’s Office.



South Brunswick Police Investigate Fatal Monday Night Crash

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police continue to investigate the fatal Monday night crash that claimed the life of a 21-year-old Monroe woman. At 10:32 p.m., South Brunswick Police received multiple 911 calls of an overturned van on Route 130 near Deans Rhode Hall Road. Officers arrived and found a 2003 Ford Econoline van had been traveling Route 130 southbound being driven by Eli Szmer a 32-year-old male from Monroe. Mr. Szmer for unknown reasons lost control of his vehicle and crossed the grass divider, the northbound lanes of travel then struck the guardrail off the northbound shoulder of the highway. The force of the collision caused the van to flip over. A female front seat passenger, Cassidy Cutler aged 21 of Monroe was killed in the crash and pronounced at the scene. Szmer and Cutler were the only two occupants of the van. Szmer was uninjured in the crash.

In addition to the South Brunswick Police, the Monmouth Junction First Aid Squad, Monmouth Junction Fire Department, New Jersey State Department of Transportation and the Middlesex County Medical Examiner responded to the crash. Route 130 was closed in both directions for five hours.

 The investigation is currently ongoing by the South Brunswick Police Traffic Safety Bureau. PFC Mike Leung is the lead investigator in the crash. Anyone with information should contact PFC Leung at (732) 329-4000 ext. 7472.


NY Man Charged In Armed South Brunswick Carjacking

September 16, 2022

A New York man was charged for an armed carjacking committed in South Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Jashawn Robinson, 21, of Queens, New York, is charged by complaint with one count of carjacking and one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. He will appear for his initial appearance at a later date.

According to the documents filed in this case:

On Aug. 29, 2021, at approximately 11:15 a.m., as two victims approached their vehicle parked in a motel parking lot to leave, Robinson ran up behind one of them, pointed a gun directly at her, and forcefully pulled her away from the vehicle. Robinson fired one round of ammunition from his gun into the air. Robinson then pointed his gun at the second victim, who had his hands in the air and was backing away from the vehicle. Robinson then entered the vehicle and drove away. The carjacking, including Robinson’s discharge of the firearm, was captured on video surveillance.

On Sept. 27, 2021, law enforcement officers located the carjacked vehicle parked on a residential street in Queens, New York, and established surveillance. The officers observed Robinson approach and enter that vehicle. As law enforcement officers converged and surrounded the vehicle, Robinson repeatedly tried to get away, including hitting parked cars and almost hitting law enforcement personnel. Robinson was removed from the vehicle and arrested.

The count of carjacking carries a maximum potential penalty of 15 years in prison. The count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence is punishable by a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, which must run consecutively to any term of imprisonment imposed on any other charge. Both charges each carry a potential fine of up to $250,000.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Field Division, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews; and the South Brunswick Police Department, under the direction of Chief Raymond J. Hayducka, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked the U.S. Marshals Service, the New York City Police Department, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance with this case.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Agnew of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Gasparian, Chief of the General Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Students Escape Serious Injuries In South Brunswick Crash

September 7, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police reported that three Mercer County students received minor injuries when their vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer on Route 130 near Melrich Road around 8:00 a.m. this morning. Police advised of traffic delays in the area and the injuries were minor in nature.



Serious Crash With Injuries On NJ Turnpike In Cranbury, NJ

September 5, 2022

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A serious crash occurred this evening on the New Jersey Turnpike North Bound Outer Lanes in Cranbury, New Jersey near an emergency turnaround for the Molly Pitcher Service Area. A medical helicopter was called to the scene but was canceled due to proximity since the local trauma center is a short drive to New Brunswick. There were reports of other injuries and trauma alerts were called. All victims were transported to RWJ University in New Brunswick. Cranbury Fire Company, Hightstown Fire Department, Cranbury First Aid, Robbinsville EMS, Capital Health Paramedics with MSU, and Capital Allentown EMS responded to the crash. Google Maps reported a 4-mile delay going north bound in the outer roadway from Exit 8 to the area of the Molly Pitcher Service Area.

Sgt. Alejandro Goez of the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that the accident was reported at 5:38 p.m., north bound at mile post 71.5 in the outer roadway in Cranbury Township. Two vehicles were involved and there is one serious injury reported at this time. The victim was taken to RWJ, University Hospital in New Brunswick.

The right lane is currently closed for the accident investigation.








Victims Identified In Murder-Suicide

September 2, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Robert Hubner of the Woodbridge Police Department announced today supplementing yesterday’s press release, involving law enforcement’s response to an apparent murder/suicide involving a husband and wife that occurred yesterday afternoon on Soren Street in the Fords section of the Township.

At approximately 4:37 p.m., Woodbridge Police officers responded to a 911 call regarding an unresponsive female laying on the front lawn in front of a residence. Upon arrival, officers located the female, who was later identified as Lynn Jasper, 69 of Fords. It was determined that she had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Jasper was pronounced at the scene.

Woodbridge police, along with multiple other law enforcement agencies, then attempted to determine if the anyone was still in the residence. Officers entered and James Jasper, 66, of Fords, was located deceased with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

This investigation is active and being investigated as a murder/suicide. Authorities have determined that there is no threat to the public. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Perry Penna of the Woodbridge Police Department at (732) 602-7326 or Detective Ryan Tighe of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4335.


Head of Sayreville Democratic Party Charged with Bribery

September 2, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today that Thomas V. Pollando, the Sayreville Borough Democratic Chairman, has been arrested and charged with accepting bribes.

Over a several week period in July and August 2022, Detectives from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office were conducting electronic surveillance of a business in Sayreville. While conducting surveillance, detectives observed Pollando accept several thousands of dollars in cash, and state that he would attempt to use his political clout to influence an ongoing criminal case.

An investigation conducted by Sergeant Joseph Celantano and Detective Shadi Zaiton of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined Pollando, has influence and strong ties to the community. Pollando was a former Sayreville Borough council president, current vice- chairman of the Middlesex County Planning Board, long-time president of the Sayreville Athletic Association. Pollando also holds a seat on the Sayreville Economic & Redevelopment Authority and is currently employed with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Pollando, 72, of Parlin, was subsequently arrested after leaving the business and was found in possession of the cash payment. Pollando was charged with second-degree bribery in official matters, and second-degree receipt of unlawful benefit by public servant for official behavior. Pollando was charged on a summons and released the day of the arrest.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Zaiton of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4263.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Pollando are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


A statement from Middlesex County Board of Commissioners Director Ronald G. Rios

regarding the allegations against Middlesex County Planning Board Member Thomas Pollando

“We are deeply troubled by the allegations against Planning Board Member Thomas Pollando. Actions like those alleged are fully unbecoming of anyone in public service. We urge him to resign as soon as possible to give the boards he is currently affiliated with time to regroup and rebuild.”



Police Investigate Murder-Suicide In Woodbridge

August 31, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Robert Hubner of the Woodbridge Police Department announced today that the Woodbridge Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office responded to a shooting on Soren Street.

Today, at 4:37 p.m. Woodbridge Police officers responded to Soren Street after receiving a 911 call about an unresponsive female laying on a front lawn. Upon arrival, it was determined two people were deceased at the scene.

At this stage of the investigation and based upon what is known to law enforcement at this point, the incident is being investigated as a murder/suicide. Authorities have determined that there is no threat to the public.


TRAFFIC ALERT: Avoid Route 1 In South Brunswick Due To A Serious Crash

TRAFFIC ALERT – 8:15 PM SERIOUS CRASH ON ROUTE 1 AT INDEPENDENCE WAY, CAR UNDER TRACTOR TRAILER. ROADWAY SHUT DOWN AND DIVERTED.

August 23, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Around 8:15 p.m. the South Brunswick Police Department, Fire Departments and EMS responded to Route 1 and Independence Way for reported vehicle that collided with the rear of a tractor trailer.

South Brunswick Police are advising that Route 1 will be closed in the area for the next several areas. Please seek alternate route.

TRAFFIC ALERT – 8:15 PM SERIOUS CRASH ON ROUTE 1 AT INDEPENDENCE WAY, CAR UNDER TRACTOR TRAILER. ROADWAY SHUT DOWN AND DIVERTED.



Serious Crash Involving RV In South Brunswick; Three Injured, One Flown To Trauma Center By NJSP Helicopter

August 23, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Police reported at 1:35 p.m. South Brunswick Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 522 and New Road. The crash involved an RV and a sedan. The RV struck a traffic light stanchion and the sedan ended up fifteen yards off the highway into the woods. One person in the RV had to be extricated by the Monmouth Junction Fire Department.

The driver of the RV was taken by New Jersey State Police medical helicopter to the trauma center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The two occupants of the sedan were taken by South Brunswick EMS to Penn Medicine Princeton Hospital for treatment.

Police say that all the injured are being evaluated at the two hospitals.

The Kendall Park and Kingston fire departments along with the Middlesex County Hazmat team assisted at the crash location.

The investigation into the crash remains active. Anyone with information is asked to contact South Brunswick Police Traffic Safety Bureau PFC Jason Gassman at (732) 329-4646.

The roadway was closed until 5:00 p.m. for the investigation and roadway cleanup.


Photos provided.



GoFundMe Set Up For 19-Year-Old Killed In Robbinsville Motorcycle Crash On I-195

Nearly 300 donors have contributed $18,000 to honor the memory of the victim, 19-year-old Mohammad Abbas of Perth Amboy, who was tragically killed when he was fatally struck by a truck while riding his motorcycle to the mosque.

Ali-Ahmed Shah, Mohammed’s friend, wrote in the GoFundMe, “Mohammad was a loving son, brother, cousin, and friend to everyone who was lucky enough to know him. He graduated a few months ago from John F. Kennedy High School in Iselin, NJ. The positive energy and vibe he brought to the classroom with his magnetic personality is something his classmates will forever cherish.”

To view the GoFundMe, please visit: https://gf.me/v/c/vnkt/in-loving-memory-of-agha-mohammad-raza-abbas


The GoFundMe Reads:

In the early evening of Sunday, August 14, 2022, 19-year-old Mohammad Abbas was on his way to the mosque on his motorcycle, until he was involved in an accident and lost his life.

Mohammad was a loving son, brother, cousin, and friend to everyone who was lucky enough to know him. He graduated a few months ago from John F. Kennedy High School in Iselin, NJ. The positive energy and vibe he brought to the classroom with his magnetic personality is something his classmates will forever cherish.

Mohammad was also an active member of his Muslim community. He would always assist with setting up and cleaning up at his local center. His presence at the center never went unnoticed, whether with his radiant smile during a happy occasion or being at the forefront of the Azadaari during sad ones. His final act was going from one majlis to another, genuinely exemplifying the dedication and love he had for serving the Ahlul Bayt (a.s).

A few friends from John F. Kennedy High School and the Astaana Youth Group have come together to start this initiative of setting up a fund in his name. The funds raised will be sent to a charity of the family’s choice.

We ask you to keep Mohammad and his loving family in your prayers. Any monetary donation you can make would be greatly appreciated. We are grateful for all the love and support.

Thank you.

Astaana Youth Group

Heather

Gianna

Michelle





Man Charged in Sexual Assault of Woman on D & R Canal State Park, Near Plainsboro-South Brunswick Border

PLAINSBORO, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, Chief Fred Tavener of the Plainsboro Police Department, and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announce today, that a Raritan man has been charged in connection with an attack of a female victim that occurred in the area of Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park on the border of Plainsboro and South Brunswick Townships on September 28, 2021.

An investigation determined that on September 28, 2021, between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.., an adult woman was walking on a path adjacent to the park when she was approached by an individual armed with a knife. The male dragged her into a wooded area, demanded money and forcibly sexually assaulted her. After an extensive investigation by members of law enforcement, including but not limited to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Plainsboro Police Department, South Brunswick Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, and Raritan Borough Police, the male who attacked the victim was determined to be Rogelio Calyeca Postrero, 38, of Raritan, New Jersey.

Calyeca Postrero was charged with first-degree Kidnapping, two counts of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, second-degree Sexual Assault, first-degree Robbery, third-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and fourth-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Calyeca Postrero is being held in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing on Friday, August 19, 2022.

On August 5, 2022, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office charged Calyeca Postrero with two counts of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault in connection with separate attacks that occurred in Bridgewater on July 18, 2021, and Franklin Township on May 16, 2022.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Christopher Pennisi of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3600, Detective Patrick Miller of the Plainsboro Police Department at (609) 799-2333, or Detective Dominick DeLucia of the South Brunswick Police Department at (732) 329-4000. Tips may also be submitted to www.middlesextips.com .

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Calyeca Postrero are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.



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