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Travis J. Tormey, Esq.

Man Accused of Committing Bank Robbery in Lyndhurst, New Jersey

Posted in Theft Offenses

Lyndhurst NJ Bank Robbery SuspectPolice are trying to identify and locate the man who committed a bank robbery in Lyndhurst, NJ.

According to authorities, the suspect walked into the M&T Bank on Lewandowski Street in Lyndhurst New Jersey and confronted a bank teller. The suspect reportedly covered his face by wearing a white towel over his head, as well as sunglasses.

The suspect reportedly handed the bank employee an empty plastic bag and ordered him to hand over cash or be shot. The suspect allegedly informed the employee that he had a handgun that he would use to shoot him.

After getting an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect exited the bank and ran from the area on foot.

The bank worker triggered an alarm, prompting the Lyndhurst Police Department to dispatch cops to the scene.

Thankfully, nobody was hurt during the robbery. When the robbery went down, there were no customers in the bank.

A number of different law enforcement agencies worked together on the investigation into the bank robbery, including the Lyndhurst Police Department, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Investigators recently released a description of the bank robbery suspect. He has been described as a white male between the ages of 25 and 35 and with a medium build.

If police are able to identify and capture the suspect, he would probably be subject to criminal charges for robbery. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, robbery is usually classified as a second degree crime. A conviction on second degree robbery charges could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Police Searching for Lyndhurst Bank Robber.”

Volunteer Firefighter in Saddle Brook NJ Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman

Posted in Sex Crimes

Bergen County Sexual Assault ChargesA volunteer firefighter in Saddle Brook New Jersey faces criminal charges for sexually assaulting a woman at a local residence.

According to Bergen County prosecutors, the suspect committed the sexual offense at a house in Saddle Brook, NJ. Afterwards, the victim went to Hackensack University Medical Center and told doctors that she needed help because she had just been sexually assaulted. Hospital officials immediately contacted local law enforcement, which opened an investigation into the suspect and the sex crime allegations.

The suspect is a 40-year-old male from Saddle Brook, New Jersey. He reportedly volunteers with the Saddle Brook Township Fire Department, where he previously served as chief.

Bergen County NJ detectives investigated the suspect and eventually determined that he probably committed the sex crime. The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with multiple criminal offenses, including sexual assault and terroristic threats.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the sexual assault charges, he would face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, sexual assault is a second degree felony. A conviction on second degree sexual assault charges could result in the suspect being sentenced to 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

After being arrested and charged in the case, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He later secured his release from police custody by posting $25,000 bail.

For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Former N.J. Fire Chief Charged in Sex Assault, Prosecutors Say.”

North Arlington NJ Man Allegedly Stole Work Van, Caught on Garden State Parkway

Posted in Theft Offenses

Hazlet NJ Auto Theft LawyersNJ State troopers recently arrested a North Arlington man accused of stealing his employer’s van and driving it on the Garden State Parkway in Hazlet, New Jersey.

New Jersey State Police got a call about the stolen vehicle around 1:30 p.m. and notified troopers to look for a Ford work van. Police dispatchers told officers that the van was likely traveling northbound on the GSP in the area of milepost 109.

The suspect’s former boss first contacted the Howell Township Police Department to report the van as stolen. The victim told law enforcement that the suspect was fired from his job and then allowed to go to the work van to pick up his personal belongings. Instead of simply getting his possessions, however, the suspect allegedly stole the van and sped off.

Roughly 30 minutes after allegedly taking the van, the suspect was seen on the GSP in the vicinity of milepost 116 in Hazlet, NJ.

The suspect, a 47-year-old North Arlington NJ man, was subsequently pulled over and arrested without further incident. He faces criminal charges for receiving stolen property.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect secured his release from police custody on his own recognizance with a summons to appear in court so that he can address the criminal charges.

For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “N.J. Man Charged with Stealing Former Boss’s Van.”

Man Who Kidnapped, Murdered New Milford NJ Woman Denied in Bid for Parole

Posted in Homicide, Sex Crimes

New Milford NJ Murder ConvictionA man convicted of kidnapping and then brutally killing a New Milford NJ woman is going to stay in prison after his parole was denied for a sixth time.

Christopher Righetti kidnapped the 20-year-old victim from the Paramus Park Shopping Center on August 31, 1976. He then raped her before stabbing her with a knife and killing her. Righetti stabbed the victim six times, with the stab wounds ultimately causing the victim’s death.

Paramus NJ police investigated the homicide and eventually linked Righetti to the murder by tracing his purchase of the knife to a hardware store located in Paramus, NJ.

Righetti is now 56 years old. He has spent several decades behind bars in Northern State Prison in Newark NJ. During that time, Righetti has come up for parole six times. However, each time a New Jersey state parole board has denied his parole and stated that he should not be released from prison.

Righetti came up for parole just three years ago and was recently up for parole again because of a loophole in that law that allows early release for prisoners who receive credits in prison. The legal loophole has since been closed by the NJ state legislature.

At Righetti’s most recent parole hearing, the victim’s brother stated that he believed Righetti would commit more murders if he was ever released from prison.

After his latest parole bid was denied, Righetti returned to prison. He will remain behind bars on a life sentence that he received for the homicide.

For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Man Convicted of Killing New Milford Woman Denied Parole, Report Says.”

Rutherford NJ Man Convicted of Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend’s Dad in Wallington, New Jersey

Posted in Assault Offenses, Weapons Offenses

Rutherford New Jersey Assault Law FirmA man from Rutherford New Jersey will almost certainly be spending a very long time in prison after he was convicted of violently assaulting the father of his ex-girlfriend in Wallington, New Jersey.

According to Bergen County authorities, the suspect was formerly the boyfriend of the victim’s daughter. The couple broke up, prompting the suspect to go to her father’s home in Wallington NJ. At some point, a verbal altercation between the two spilled over into violence, with the suspect attacking the victim and causing severe physical injuries.

Police arrested the suspect after the assault and charged him with a number of criminal offenses, including, including attempted murder, aggravated assault, burglary, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, hindering apprehension, and altering or destroying computer data.

The suspect did not reach a plea agreement with Bergen County prosecutors, which is why the case headed to trial in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack, NJ. After multiple trials, a Bergen County jury came back with a guilty verdict on several of the criminal charges.

Now that the suspect has been convicted in the case, his bail has been revoked. He will remain in the Bergen County Jail until after he serves any sentence handed down by the superior court judge later this year.

Since the suspect has been behind bars for approximately five years while awaiting trial, he will receive credit for time already served.

For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Rutherford Man Found Guilty of Beating Ex-Boyfriend’s Dad, Report Says.”

Fairview NJ Police Arrest West New York Man Who Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Underage Girl

Posted in Sex Crimes

Sexual Assault Charges in Fairview NJFairview NJ police recently nabbed a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a juvenile at a local home.

The victim is a 12-year-old girl from Fairview, New Jersey. She told her parents that the suspect inappropriately touched her at a residence in Fairview. The girl’s parents then notified the Fairview Police Department and filed an official report. Fairview police then reached out to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, with both law enforcement agencies subsequently conducted a joint investigation into the alleged sex crime.

Fairview NJ police officers and Bergen County detectives talked to the victim and reportedly learned he committed the sexual offense on at least one occasion.

Police eventually arrested the suspect, who is said to be a 25-year-old construction worker from West New York. He now faces numerous sex crime charges, including sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, and endangering the welfare of a child.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the correctional facility on a massive bail amount of $250,000.

To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Construction Worker Held in Sex Assault of 12-Year-Old.”

South Hackensack Police Arrest Lodi NJ Man Accused of Car Burglaries, Thefts

Posted in Property Crimes, Theft Offenses

South Hackensack NJ Burglary ChargesA Lodi NJ man was arrested after allegedly attempting to break into a parked vehicle in South Hackensack, NJ. Authorities later connected the suspect with several other burglaries and theft crimes committed throughout Bergen County, New Jersey.

South Hackensack police placed the suspect under arrest around 2:30 a.m. The South Hackensack Police Department received a call about a suspicious man in the neighborhood and sent police officers to the area. When police officers arrived at the scene, they reportedly came across the suspect in the process of committing a car break-in.

A South Hackensack police captain later said that the suspect was caught “in possession of six car batteries, which are believed to be from break-ins that occurred in other jurisdictions.”

The 31-year-old suspect, who lives in Lodi, NJ, has been charged with multiple crimes, including eight counts of burglary and eight counts of theft of movable property.

If the suspect is eventually convicted of the most serious charges of burglary, he would face severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is usually classified as a third degree felony. A conviction for third degree burglary could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was transported to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail on a $10,000 bail amount.

For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Lodi Man Charged with Stealing 6 Car Batteries, Cops Say.”

Lyndhurst NJ Couple Allegedly Sold Cocaine, Heroin from Home

Posted in Drug Crimes, Weapons Offenses

Lyndhurst New Jersey Drug Crime SuspectsLyndhurst New Jersey police recently arrested two local residents who allegedly possessed an illegal handgun and a large amount of illegal drugs at their residence.

The Lyndhurst Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office started a joint investigation into the husband-and-wife suspects after getting a tip about illegal drug activity at the home, which is located on Summit Avenue in Lyndhurst, NJ.

Gurbir S. Grewal, acting Bergen County NJ prosecutor, stated that the investigation resulted in solid evidence showing that the suspects sold illicit narcotics from their Lyndhurst house. Lyndhurst investigators eventually obtained a search warrant to enter the residence.

Before Lyndhurst NJ cops executed the search warrant, they conducted surveillance and reportedly saw a 24-year-old Rutherford woman exiting the house and leaving in a motor vehicle. Police soon pulled over the suspect and allegedly found her in a possession of a small quantity of heroin. The woman was then arrested and charged with possession of heroin.

Bergen County detectives and Lyndhurst police officers later raided the Lyndhurst NJ home and allegedly discovered heroin, cocaine, and drug packaging materials. The detectives also reportedly found an illegal firearm inside the residence.

The suspects, a 38-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman who are believed to be married, were placed under arrest. They face numerous criminal charges, including distribution of heroin, distribution of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and illegal handgun possession.

After being placed under arrest and processed, the male suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. Meanwhile, the female suspect was released on her own recognizance.

To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Lyndhurst Couple Sold Heroin from Home, Cops Say.”

Police Investigate Domestic Violence Homicide at Home in Carlstadt, New Jersey

Posted in Domestic Violence, Homicide

Carlstadt NJ Domestic Violence AttorneysA standoff with Carlstadt police ended when a local man reportedly turned a gun on himself and committed suicide. It is believed that the suspect shot and killed his wife earlier in the night.

The violent situation unfolded at the home of the suspect and the victim, who were married and had one child together.

According to authorities, the 45-year-old suspect brandished a handgun and used the firearm to kill his wife just outside their shared home on Union Street in Carlstadt, NJ.

After receiving a report of gunshots in the area, the Carlstadt Police Department sent police officers to the scene.

The suspect reportedly barricaded himself inside the residence as members of the Bergen Regional SWAT Team tried to negotiate with him and get him to come outside.

At one point, the suspect gave Carlstadt NJ cops permission to go to the front lawn of the house and retrieve the body of the victim.

Meanwhile, Carlstadt police officers got the couple’s three kids safely out of the house. Carlstadt police reportedly helped the children hop over a fence located in the backyard.

After several hours and with the negotiations appearing to go nowhere, the suspect reportedly used the handgun to take his own life.

It is believed that the suspect may have committed suicide moments before police entered the residence. According to witnesses at the scene, loud sounds of grenades could be heard immediately prior to the end of the standoff.

The domestic violence incident ultimately had a tragic outcome, but at least the three children were unharmed.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is actively investigating the incident and trying to determine what happened. There is no indication at this time that the victim had filed for a restraining order against the suspect.

For more information about this case, view the Patch.com article, “Bergen Husband and Wife Dead in Murder-Suicide: Prosecutor.”

Fairview NJ Police Arrest West New York Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Underage Girl

Posted in Sex Crimes

Sexual Assault Charges in Fairview NJPolice in Fairview New Jersey arrested a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Fairview Police Department began to look into allegations of a sex crime after the victim’s family came forward to allege that the suspect sexually assaulted the young girl. The victim’s parents first contacted Fairview police, which then reached out to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for assistance with the investigation.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit conducted a detailed investigation into the sexual offense allegations and determined that enough evidence existed to link the suspect to the alleged sexual assault of the juvenile victim.

The suspect allegedly committed the sex crimes on multiple occasions at a residence in Fairview, New Jersey.

The suspect is a 25-year-old man who lives in West New York, New Jersey. He has been charged with a number of crimes, including sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, and child endangerment.

After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was moved to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He was being held at the jail on a $250,000 bail amount.

To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Construction Worker Held in Sex Assault of 12-Year-Old.”