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Multi State Task force Arrests Alleged Ridgewood Carjack and kidnappers

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February 9,2016
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Ridgewood NJ , back in December the Ridgewood Police department investigated an alleged kidnapping and carjacking that was reported early Saturday morning.

At the time the Ridgewood Police said that the “vehicle in question” has been located near the Thruway in Bergen County, N.J, and an investigation is ongoing. .The victim has also been recovered suffering only minor injuries.At the time the Ridgewood Police withheld further information about the incident .And we were told New York State Police are also working with police in Ridgewood, N.J.

Today it is being reported that two men wanted in connection with this carjacking, kidnapping and robbery were arrested by members of a task force comprised of federal, state, county and local authorities. Including FBI and ICE, investigators from the New Jersey State Police, New York State Police and Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, and members of the Ridgewood, Mahwah, Hawthorne and Waldwick Police departments .

Jostin Vidal Reyes of Waldwick and Wilbur J. Barhona of Ridgewood, both 20, were taken into custody Monday following more than a month and a half of intensive work.
Authorities and other sources said Reyes and Barhona got into a cab in Paterson around in the early a.m. hours of Dec. 26 for a ride to Waldwick. Sources say the two decided to rob the cabby and kidnap him once they reached Ridgewood and as previously reported ditched him on the New York Thruway.

The pair now face various counts of robbery, aggravated assault, cajacking, kidnapping ,weapons offenses and are being held pending $400,000 bail each in the Bergen County Jail.

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Threatening message puts Waldwick Middle School-High School on Lock Down

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Threatening message puts Waldwick Middle School-High School on Lock Down

January 14,2016

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Waldwick NJ, A threatening message found written on a bathroom wall at the Waldwick Middle School-High School triggered a response from several northwest Bergen County police departments on Thursday morning, 01/14. Personnel from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office also responded. The school was completely locked down while a search of the entire facility was conducted. No immediate threat was located. Anxious parents waited outside in the frigid weather for their children to be released from the building.

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Community Outreach Series Presents “Staying Safe in Cyberspace” by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Cybercrime Division

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Community Outreach Series Focuses on Well-being

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Schools 2015-2016 parent/peers series consists of eight engaging presentations throughout the school year. Co-sponsored by The Valley Hospital, with support from The Foundation, adults are invited to attend these programs on creating balance in children’s lives.

Click here for the series flyer..

First up is “Staying Safe in Cyberspace” by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Cybercrime Division. This program will take place on Wednesday, October 28 from 7-9 p.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium.

Click here for the program flyer.
Click here for the press release from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
Click here for the tip sheet handout, “Internet Safety for Our Children,” from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.