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Ridgewood Man Sentenced to 65 Months in Prison for Robbery of New Jersey Bar, Carjacking, and Violent Kidnapping of Taxi Driver

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May 25,2018

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Ridgewod NJ,  A Bergen County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 65 months in prison for participating in the December 2015 robbery of a North Jersey bar and the violent carjacking and kidnapping that took place shortly afterwards, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Wilbur Jonathon Barahona, 22, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares to a three-count information charging him with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act Robbery, carjacking, and kidnapping. Judge Linares imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

Barahona admitted that on Dec. 25, 2015, he and others forcibly robbed a bar in Hawthorne, New Jersey, and subsequently fled with approximately $200 in cash.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 26, 2015, Barahona and others hailed a taxi in Paterson, New Jersey, and forcibly took the taxi from the driver. Barahona admitted that he and others forced the driver into the back of the vehicle and took over driving. Barahona also admitted that during the carjacking, other conspirators caused seriously bodily injury to the driver by hitting him in the head with a beer bottle and slicing his throat with a knife before eventually leaving him on the side of the road in New York. The taxicab driver survived.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Linares sentenced Barahona to five years of supervised release and fined $1,500.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Dennis Calo, and the Ridgewood and Hawthorne Police Departments, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elaine K. Lou and Karen D. Stringer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.

 

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Teaneck Man Charged with Attempted Murder, Weapons Charges, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Carjacking, and Armed Robbery in Englewood

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April 16,2018

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Englewood, NJ , Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of ODARI GREEN (DOB: 7/20/1980; single; and unemployed/delivery driver) of 289 Home Street, Teaneck, NJ for Attempted Murder, Weapons Charges, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Carjacking, and Armed Robbery. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Englewood Police Department under the direction of Chief Lawrence Suffern, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Michael Saudino, the Teaneck Police Department under the direction of Chief Glenn O’Reilly, the Maywood Police Department under the direction of Chief David Pegg, the New Jersey State Police under the direction of Colonel Patrick Callahan, and the Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Officer-In-Charge Captain Frank Aquila.

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that a shooting occurred at a private residence on West Palisade Avenue in Englewood, NJ. Responding Englewood Police Officers found two victims with multiple gunshot wounds. Two additional unharmed victims were interviewed and reported that Odari GREEN had attempted to shoot them, but his handgun malfunctioned.
Odari GREEN fled the scene of the shooting in a white Nissan Altima, which was later abandoned in Teaneck. He carjacked a female victim at gunpoint in Hackensack. Odari GREEN drove the victim’s vehicle into Maywood where he was observed by officers from the Maywood Police Department who pursued the vehicle onto the Garden State Parkway. They were joined in the pursuit by the New Jersey State Police. The pursuit ended in East Orange, where the State Police took Odari GREEN into custody, and a loaded handgun was recovered inside the carjacked vehicle.

Odari GREEN was arrested on April 10, 2018 and charged with four counts of Attempted Murder, N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1/N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a, a crime of the 1st degree; one count of Carjacking, N.J.S.A. 2C:15-2, a crime of the 1st degree; one count of Armed Robbery, N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, a crime of the 1st degree; two counts of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4A, a crime of the 2nd degree; one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4B, a crime of the 3rd degree; and five counts of Aggravated Assault by Pointing a Firearm, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(4), a crime of the 4th degree. Odari GREEN was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing on April 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Acting Prosecutor Calo would like to thank the Englewood Police Department, the Teaneck Police Department, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, the New Jersey State Police, the Maywood Police Department, and the Hackensack Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

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Ridgewood Man Awaits Sentencing For Armed Robbery, Carjacking, And Violent Kidnapping

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Two New York Men Get Over 12 Years In Prison For Armed Robbery, Carjacking, And Violent Kidnapping

July 7,2017

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Ridgewood NJ,  Two Rockland County, New York, men were sentenced to prison today for their roles in the December 2015 robbery of a North Jersey bar and the violent carjacking and kidnapping that took place shortly afterwards, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Guillermo Carrillo-Iraheta, 20, and Juan Chiliseo-Vega, 20, both of Suffern, New York, were sentenced to 150 and 168 months in prison, respectively. Both defendants previously pleaded guilty to separate informations charging them with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act Robbery, carjacking, and kidnapping. U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares imposed the sentences today in Newark federal court.

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

On Dec. 25, 2015, Guillermo Carrillo-Iraheta, Chiliseo-Vega and others robbed a bar in Hawthorne, New Jersey, and subsequently fled with approximately $200 in cash.

Afterwards, in the early morning hours of Dec. 26, 2015, Guillermo Carrillo-Iraheta, Chiliseo-Vega, and others hailed a taxi in Paterson, New Jersey, and forcibly took the taxi from the driver. Guillermo Carrillo-Iraheta, Chiliseo-Vega and others forced the driver into the back of the vehicle and took over driving. They also caused seriously bodily injury to the driver by hitting him in the head with a beer bottle and slicing his throat with a knife before eventually leaving him on the side of the road in New York. The taxicab driver survived.

In addition to the prison terms, Judge Linares sentenced both defendants to five years of supervised release.

Wilbur Jonathan Barahona, 21, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, and Jostin Reyes, 21, of Waldwick, New Jersey, have also pleaded guilty to their roles in the bar robbery, carjacking and kidnapping. Balmore Carrillo-Iraheta, 20, of Suffern, and Oscar Avalos-Cortez, 23, of New City, New York, pleaded guilty to their roles in the bar robbery. All four defendants await sentencing.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, investigators from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal, and the Ridgewood and Hawthorne Police Departments with the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elaine K. Lou and Karen D. Stringer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.

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Ridgewood Man Admits Robbery Of New Jersey Bar, Carjacking, And Violent Kidnapping Of Taxi Driver

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May 23,2017
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RidgewoodNJ,  A Ridgewood, New Jersey, man today admitted participating in the December 2015 robbery of a North Jersey bar and the violent carjacking and kidnapping that took place shortly afterwards, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Wilbur Jonathon Barahona, 21, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court to a three-count information charging him with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act Robbery, carjacking, and kidnapping.

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

Barahona admitted that on Dec. 25, 2016, he and others forcibly robbed a bar in Hawthorne, New Jersey, and subsequently fled with approximately $200 in cash.

Afterwards, in the early morning hours of Dec. 26, 2015, Barahona and others hailed a taxi in Paterson, New Jersey, and forcibly took the taxi from the driver. Barahona admitted that he and others forced the driver into the back of the vehicle and took over driving. Barahona also admitted that during the carjacking, other conspirators caused seriously bodily injury to the driver by hitting him in the head with a beer bottle and slicing his throat with a knife before eventually leaving him on the side of the road in New York. The taxicab driver survived.

The kidnapping charge carries a maximum potential penalty of life imprisonment. The carjacking charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 25 years in prison. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 16, 2017.

Balmore Carrillo-Iraheta, 19, of Suffern, New York, who previously was indicted for his role in the Hobbs Act Robbery of the Hawthorne bar, pleaded guilty before Judge Linares in Newark federal court on May 15, 2017, to one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act Robbery. All six men originally charged by complaint for their respective roles in the Hobbs Act Robbery, carjacking, and kidnapping have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, as well as the Ridgewood and Hawthorne Police Departments, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elaine K. Lou and Karen D. Stringer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense counsel: Carol Gillen Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark

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Police in Ridgewood investigate alleged kidnapping, carjacking

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December 27,2015
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Ridgewood NJ , the Ridgewood Police department is investigating an alleged kidnapping and carjacking that was reported early Saturday morning.

In a statement 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.

Ridgewood Police have so far withheld any further information about the incident .New York State Police are also working with police in Ridgewood, N.J.

According to the NJ State Police Carjackings are relatively rare in Bergen County.Only one car jacking was reported for Bergen County in 2013.In two in 2014.