Hackensack New Jersey Criminal Law Blog

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Travis J. Tormey, Esq.

Cliffside Park NJ Police Search for Man Who Allegedly Stole from Church Donation Box

Posted in Theft Offenses

Cliffside Park NJ Theft SuspectCliffside Park NJ police is searching for a man who allegedly stole cash from the donation box at a local church.

According to law enforcement, the suspect committed the theft offenses at least twice at Church of Epiphany in Cliffside Park, NJ.

The two theft crimes occurred in the same month. The suspect, an unidentified man, allegedly entered the Cliffside Park church and stole an unspecified amount of money from a donation box.

Cliffside Park Police Department detectives are actively investigating the theft crimes and trying to identify the culprit. So far, law enforcement has not been able to determine the identity of the suspect.

Detectives obtained video surveillance images that reportedly show the suspect committing one of the donation box thefts. Cliffside Park NJ police recently released the surveillance photos.

If Cliffside Park police can identify and apprehend the suspect, he would probably be subject to criminal charges for theft of movable property.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the theft crimes should call Cliffside Park NJ detectives at 201-945-3600.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man Reportedly Stole from North Jersey Church Twice in a Month.”

River Vale Law Enforcement Investigates Car Crash That Injured Young Bicyclist

Posted in Traffic Violations

River Vale Traffic Law FirmRiver Vale NJ police are investigating an auto accident that resulted in a child suffering minor injuries.

The car crash happened in the afternoon on Rivervale Road, not far from Holdrum Middle School in River Vale, New Jersey. Authorities have not revealed whether the young victim attends the middle school as a student.

According to law enforcement, a 44-year-old Emerson man was operating a motor vehicle and driving along Rivervale Road when he slammed into the victim, an 11-year-old boy. The child was reportedly riding his bike on the side of the street just before the accident occurred.

The motorist stopped and reportedly dialed 911 to alert local law enforcement. River Vale NJ police officers and emergency medical responders went to the accident site. Paramedics then transported the accident victim to Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley. Doctors later issued a statement and indicated that the young victim sustained minor injuries in the car accident.

The River Vale Police Department is currently investigating the car accident and trying to determine whether the driver should be issued any traffic citations for reckless driving, careless driving, or speeding.

For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Boy Struck by Car Taken to Hospital with Minor Injuries.”

Registered Nurse Accused of Sexually Assaulting Physically Helpless Victim in Wyckoff, NJ

Posted in Sex Crimes

Wyckoff NJ Sex Crime SuspectA registered nurse from Maywood New Jersey was recently placed under arrest and charged with sexually assaulting a mentally incapacitated victim in Wyckoff, NJ.

The suspect is a 51-year-old man who lives in Maywood, NJ and who works as a registered nurse in Bergen County. He may have been hired to take care of the victim, a mentally incapacitated individual, in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

According to Bergen County prosecutors, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim on at least one occasion. Authorities described the victim as “physically helpless.”

The suspect faces criminal charges for aggravated sexual assault, a very serious sexual offense that could result in severe criminal penalties. If the suspect is ultimately convicted of aggravated sexual assault, he could potentially be sentenced to years in NJ State Prison.

Moreover, a conviction on aggravated sexual assault charges could lead to the suspect being required to register as a convicted sex offender under Megan’s Law.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was moved to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He was being held at the Hackensack jail in advance of a detention hearing.

For additional information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Man Sexually Assaulted ‘Physically Helpless’ Victim, Officials Say.”

Hackensack NJ Firefighter Faces Charges for Prescription Drug Distribution

Posted in Drug Crimes

Hackensack NJ Drug Crime SuspectA Hackensack NJ firefighter was placed under arrest and charged with illegal distribution of prescription drugs.

The suspect is a 35-year-old resident of Hackensack, NJ. He also works for the Hackensack Fire Department. According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect illegally distributed prescription painkillers “in and around” Hackensack, NJ.

The suspect has been accused of unlawfully selling oxycodone, a powerful painkiller, throughout Hackensack, NJ. Police opened an investigation after getting reports that the suspect sold drugs that led to an overdose on May 6 in Oakland, NJ.

The Hackensack Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office worked together on the investigation into the suspect and ultimately made the decision to arrest him.

If the suspect goes to trial and is convicted on the drug offense charges, he could be at risk of being sentenced to years in New Jersey State Prison.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was released from police custody on his own recognizance.

For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “N.J. Firefighter Accused of Dealing Oxycodone.”

Leonia NJ Woman Accused of Promoting Prostitution at Spa

Posted in Sex Crimes

Leonia New Jersey Prostitution AttorneysA Leonia NJ woman was arrested and charged with promoting prostitution in Neptune, New Jersey.

The suspect is a 42-year-old resident of Leonia, NJ. She reportedly operates Good Day Spa, which is located along Route 33 in Neptune Township, NJ.

According to law enforcement, the Leonia woman promoted prostitution involving other female employees at the spa. Those employees allegedly charged customers for sexual services.

Neptune NJ police officers conducted an undercover sting operation and eventually determined that enough evidence existed to place the suspect under arrest. Police also arrested a second suspect, a 48-year-old Flushing NY woman.

Both women face criminal charges for promoting prostitution, a very serious criminal offense that carries significant punishments.

After being placed under arrest and processed, the two suspects were released on their own recognizances. They will need to appear in court at a later date to answer the sexual offense charges against them.

In the meantime, the Neptune Township Code Enforcement Office is reportedly investigating the case and determining whether the spa business should remain operational.

For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “2 Women Charged with Promoting Prostitution at N.J. Spa.”

Hackensack Police Involved in Fatal Standoff with Murder Suspect

Posted in Homicide

Hackensack New Jersey Homicide LawyersA Hackensack NJ man wanted as a suspect in a recent homicide was reportedly killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a standoff with police.

The suspect was a resident of Hackensack, New Jersey. He was wanted as the possible culprit in the shooting death of Jacqueline Dicks, a conductor with the MTA.

According to law enforcement officials, the suspect possibly shot and killed the victim during the late-night hours.

Hackensack NJ detectives investigated the homicide and identified the suspect. Authorities then dispatched a SWAT team to his house on First Street in Hackensack, New Jersey. When police officers and SWAT team members got to the home, the suspect reportedly refused to leave. Moreover, he reportedly barricaded himself inside the residence.

After negotiations with police that lasted hours, the suspect reportedly used a gun to shoot himself. He was later pronounced dead at the scene by medical officials.

Prior to the suspect’s death, detectives with the Hackensack Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the murder of Dicks.

To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Suspected Killer of MTA Conductor Commits Suicide During N.J. Standoff: Report.”

Mahwah NJ Homeowner Faces Criminal Charges for Forgery, Theft

Posted in Theft Offenses

Mahwah New Jersey Theft AttorneysMahwah New Jersey police officers arrested a local man who reportedly committed fraud when he kept $60K worth of high-end merchandise mistakenly delivered to his home.

The suspect is a 50-year-old man who bought an expensive home located in the Rio Vista section of Mahwah, NJ.

According to law enforcement officials, the suspect got nine packages in the mail from H.L. James, a luxury brand. The packages were reportedly supposed to be delivered to the previous owner of the Mahwah residence. Among the items included in the boxes was an alligator skin duffel bag, a passport wallet, and a backpack.

The high-end apparel is believed to have a total retail value of approximately $60,000.

The Mahwah Police Department got involved after the person who was supposed to receive the H.L. James shipments contacted authorities. The victim told law enforcement that FedEx tracking indicated that the items had been signed for by someone at her old house in Mahwah, New Jersey.

Mahwah NJ cops investigated the possible fraud incident and determined that the suspect might have used a false name to sign for the packages.

The suspect was arrested and charged with a number of crimes, including theft and forgery.

After being processed at Mahwah NJ police headquarters, the suspect was released with a pending court date to address the charges against him.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man in Million-Dollar Home Kept $60K in Goods Delivered by Mistake, Cops Say.”

Paramus NJ Police Arrest Man Accused of Shoplifting Watches at Garden State Plaza

Posted in Theft Offenses

Paramus Theft Crime ChargesParamus New Jersey detectives recently arrested a man who allegedly shoplifted merchandise from the Macy’s in the Westfield Garden State Plaza. Police officers identified the suspect after being shown a post on Facebook.

The suspect is a 49-year-old man from Paramus, New Jersey. According to law enforcement, the suspect stole several expensive Tommy Hilfiger watches from the Macy’s located inside the GSP.

Detectives with the Paramus Police Department were called to the scene to investigate the shoplifting incident and looked at surveillance video images. However, it wasn’t until a Macy’s security guard saw the suspect allegedly selling the watches online that authorities were able to determine the suspect’s identity.
Paramus NJ detectives and officers with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office viewed the Facebook post and reportedly recognized the suspect from his photo.

When police officers arrested the suspect, they reportedly located stolen merchandise in his motor vehicle.

The suspect was arrested and charged with multiple counts of shoplifting, possession of burglary tools, and receiving stolen property. If he is ultimately convicted on the very serious theft crime charges, he could be subject to severe criminal penalties.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was moved to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey.

For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Facebook Post Leads to Arrest of Alleged Macy’s Shoplifter.”

Little Ferry NJ Mom, Kids Allegedly Distributed Oxycodone

Posted in Drug Crimes

Little Ferry NJ Drug ChargesFour members of a family in Little Ferry NJ were recently arrested and charged with prescription drug offenses.

The suspects are a 56-year-old Little Ferry NJ woman and her three adult kids. The kids include a 38-year-old male, a 34-year-old male, and a 21-year-old female.

According to Bergen County prosecutors, the suspects distributed Oxycodone throughout Little Ferry, New Jersey.

Detectives with the Little Ferry Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the suspects for a couple of months after getting reports of illegal drug sales. Investigators reportedly learned that the mother obtained Oxycodone pills through a valid prescription and then used her children to illegally distribute the prescription drugs.

Little Ferry NJ police officers arrested three of the suspects – the three kids – while they were allegedly in the process of selling 55 Oxycodone pills outside their home.

The mom was placed under arrest later that day.

After being arrested and charged, the suspects were released from police custody. They will need to appear in court on May 17 to address the very serious criminal charges against them.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “This Whole Family Just Got Popped for Peddling Pills, Police Say.”

Bergen County Buildings Evacuated Due to Bomb Threats

Posted in Threat Crimes

Bergen County NJ Threat Crime LawyersPolice recently evacuated multiple Bergen County facilities after getting bomb threats.

The first threatening call was received around 10:00 a.m. The Bergen County Justice Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College in Paramus were said to be the targets.

As soon as authorities learned about the bomb threats, police officers were dispatched to the sites so that they could evacuate the buildings and make sure that no one got hurt.

At least three buildings were evacuated, including the Bergen County courthouse, Bergen Community College, and a Bergen County NJ administrative building.

A spokesperson with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office later issued a statement and indicated that police officers and bomb squads conducted sweeps of the buildings before anyone was allowed back inside. According to law enforcement officials, bomb squads found no bombs or bomb-making materials at any of the locations.

Detectives with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office are currently investigating the situation and trying to determine the identity of the person who reportedly called in the threats. The person responsible could potentially be arrested and charged with crimes such as terroristic threats and making a false public alarm.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Several Bergen County Facilities Evacuated After Bomb Threats.”