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Phone Scammers Claim to Harm Victim’s Family


Phone Scammers Claim to Harm Victim’s Family

Trenton NJ, The New Jersey State Police are reporting during the last week, law enforcement agencies in New Jersey began investigating a phone scam that threatens to harm victims’ family members if money is not wired to the caller. The most recent incident was reported to the New Jersey State Police Perryville Station.

The details of each respective occurrence vary slightly, however, there are several factors common with all of the incidents. All of the calls are made from 331-240-1294 and a computerized voice claims to be watching the victim’s house. The message directs the victim to call the above number and threatens to harm their family if money is not wired as per their instructions.

If you receive a call like the one described, please notify your local police immediately. DO NOT, under any circumstance, call the number back or wire money to the caller.

The incidents are currently under investigation and there is no additional information available at this time.

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Joint Statement of New Jersey Law Enforcement Leaders : Numbers rarely tell the full story

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Trenton NJ, Every day, New Jersey’s 36,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our fellow residents. They do extraordinary work—often under challenging circumstances and often without the recognition they deserve.

Our police officers interact with the public millions of times each year, with interactions ranging from routine traffic stops to active shooters. In the overwhelming majority of cases, these officers handle the matter professionally and the interaction ends without incident.

From time to time, officers are confronted with situations where they have little choice but to use force against an individual who is not complying with a lawful order or who poses an immediate threat to themselves or others. Oftentimes, this use of force is a necessary and appropriate response to a dangerous situation.

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New Jersey State Police Serve Up Thanksgiving Safety Tips

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West Trenton, N.J. – Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the heaviest travel period of the year, beginning with millions of Americans hitting the road tomorrow. We want everyone traveling New Jersey’s busy roadways this holiday weekend to get to their destinations safely. To help motorists have an enjoyable and safe holiday, the New Jersey State Police offer the following safety tips:

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New Jersey State Police are Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Man Wanted for Robbing and Beating an Elderly Man

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Sayreville NJ, The New Jersey State Police is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man wanted for allegedly robbing and assaulting an elderly man in the Cheesequake Service Area on the Garden State Parkway in Sayreville, N.J.

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New Jersey State Police Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Living Woman

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Norwood NJ, New Jersey State Police  Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Living Woman

The New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit and Norwood Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a woman who does not know her own identity.

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NJ State Troopers Seize $375,000 worth of Heroin and Cocaine in Fair Lawn

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Fair Lawn NJ , The New Jersey State Police have arrested Wellingon Moya, 44, of New York, N.Y., and Douglas Watson, 41, of Hawthorne, N.J., and seized $375,000 worth of heroin and cocaine.

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U.S. Marshals Service and NJ Attorney General’s Office direct multi-agency collaboration targeting gang members in “Operation Summer in the City”

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August 6,2018

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Trenton NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and U.S. Marshal for the District of New Jersey Juan Mattos today announced that federal, state, and local agencies have united with the U.S. Marshals Service to help reduce gang violence across the state of New Jersey in Operation Summer in the City. The U.S. Marshals Service in the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force conducted this collaborative effort involving all levels of law enforcement as an extension of the U.S. Marshals Gang Enforcement Program. The initiative came out of a meeting between Attorney General Grewal and U.S. Marshal Mattos at which they discussed strategies for reducing violent crime across the state. This one week fugitive initiative during July targeted New Jersey’s gang members and most violent offenders. This operation resulted in the arrest of 166 fugitives, which included 61 documented gang members including 42 Bloods, 13 Crips, 3 Latin Kings, 1 Surenos, and 1 Trinitarios member.

Operation Summer in the City was conducted throughout the Cities of Newark, Trenton, Jersey City, and Camden from July 16 through July 20. The objective was to strategically target the State’s most dangerous fugitives in order to curb the violence in these cities, and have a direct impact on the quality of life for the residents in these communities. Marshals and task force officers focused on targeting fugitives with violent charges as well as documented gang members. Not only were some of New Jerseys most violent offenders apprehended during this operation, but law enforcement also seized guns, drugs, and money. Of these notable seizures, 11 firearms, 7.15 kg in narcotics, one vehicle, and $100,000 in cash were confiscated.

The U.S. Marshal for the District of New Jersey, Juan Mattos states, “The U.S. Marshals Service is thankful for the relationships that we have with our city, county, state, and federal law enforcement partners that worked tirelessly in sweltering and scorching conditions to make ‘Operation Summer in the City’ a huge success. We heard the public’s pleas for help and their expressions of gratitude for making their neighborhoods safer as a result of these arrests. We listened to you loud and clearly, and we will continue pursuing these violent fugitives that are hiding in every corner of your city.”
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal states, “Upon becoming Attorney General, I promised to make fighting violent crime a top priority, and this operation is part of delivering on that promise in a collaborative way. Law enforcement throughout New Jersey has a tremendous partner in the U.S. Marshals Service, and our strategy in ‘Operation Summer in the City’ was to conduct the type of operations that the U.S. Marshals conduct every day, but multiply our forces so we could blanket these four cities with deputy marshals and other law enforcement officers and target New Jersey’s most dangerous fugitives. This collaboration, including the tremendous work of our county prosecutors’ offices, who are prosecuting the overwhelming majority of these fugitives, is a great example of how we are working together to reduce and prevent violent crime in New Jersey. In fact, six-month data for 2018 shows a decline of 24 percent in shooting ‘hit’ victims in New Jersey compared to the same period in 2017, and a 23 percent decline in shooting murder victims, and I think that law enforcement is having a real impact in these declines by leveraging the great cooperative relationships we have fostered and sharing intelligence to address major causes of violence. Law enforcement agencies work best when they work together, and this sweep of gang members and violent offenders is an outstanding example.”

The U.S. Marshals Gang Enforcement Program is part of the Agency’s Organized Crime and Gangs Branch (OCAG). Through strategic fugitive investigations, the OCAG seeks to disrupt and destabilize criminal networks holistically, from the street level gangster to high-ranking leaders of the most notorious Transnational Criminal Organizations. In the state of New Jersey alone, the U.S. Marshals Service Gang and Regional Fugitive Task Forces have arrested 242 documented gang members from January through July of this year. In that same time frame, a total of 1,489 fugitives have been arrested by U.S. Marshals Task Forces in New Jersey and that number continues to grow, as each and every single day, some of the most violent offenders in the state are apprehended.

The full list of participating Law Enforcement agencies include:
United States Marshals
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
United States Postal Inspection Service
Homeland Security Investigations
ICE
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey
NJ State Police Gangs and Organized Crime Unit, Fugitive Unit, and K-9
New Jersey Parole
New Jersey State Police
New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice
New Jersey Department of Corrections
Port Authority Police Department
Essex County Sheriff’s Office
Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
Hudson County Sheriff’s Office
Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office
Union County Sheriff’s Office
Mercer County Sheriff’s Office
Trenton Police Department
Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office
Mercer County Prosecutors Office
Burlington County Sheriff’s Office
Ocean County Sheriff’s Office
Camden County Sheriff’s Office
Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office
Camden County Prosecutor’s Office
Deptford Police Department
Camden County Metro Police Department

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BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE AND NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE CREATE COLD CASE HOMICIDE UNIT AND IDENTIFY SUSPECT IN 1999 ENGLEWOOD, HOMICIDE

 

June 2,2018

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Hackensack NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo and Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today the creation of a Cold Case Homicide Unit (“the Unit”) within the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”) and the charging of a defendant in a 1999 cold case. The Unit is a joint effort between the BCPO under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the New Jersey State Police (“NJSP”) under the direction of Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, and is dedicated exclusively to the review of cold case homicides in Bergen County.

The Cold Case Homicide Unit is currently reviewing more than 90 cold cases dating back the 1950’s. The Unit resides within the BCPO Major Crimes Unit and consists of one Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sergeant, an on-loan Detective from the New Jersey State Police Major Crimes Unit, and a dedicated Senior Assistant Prosecutor.
In March 2018, as the result of the resubmission of evidence to the NJSP Office of Forensic Sciences and advancements in forensic technology, the Unit developed a suspect in the 1999 homicide of Hyo J. Lee (DOB: 10/17/65; employed at a nail salon). Ms. Lee left her home at 37 North Dean Street in Englewood just after midnight on Sunday, July 4, 1999 to go for a walk. She was sexually assaulted and murdered, and her body was found later that morning behind a dumpster in Englewood.

Upon review of the case file, members of the Cold Case Unit resubmitted evidence to the NJSP Office of Forensic Sciences in Hamilton, NJ, which was able to create a DNA profile of the killer. That newly developed DNA profile was uploaded to a national DNA database, and JOSE COLON, a.k.a., Luis Chavez, was identified. COLON had been arrested in Cleveland, Ohio in 1999 for a similar crime but in which the victim survived.
Jose COLON has been charged for the Englewood homicide with Murder and Sexual Assault and entered into a nationwide law enforcement database as a Fugitive from Justice. COLON was deported from the United States in 2005 to his native Nicaragua after serving time in Ohio State Prison for the 1999 Cleveland assault. The Unit is working with federal authorities and the United States Department of Justice to locate COLON and extradite him to the United States to stand trial for the murder.

“When a crime goes unsolved – especially a serious crime like murder or rape – justice is denied, victims and survivors lack closure, and a dangerous criminal may be left free to victimize others,” said Attorney General Grewal. “Beyond that, society is harmed, because our faith in justice and our sense of security under the rule of law are shaken. As New Jersey’s top law enforcement officer, pursuing justice for all is my top priority, and this new cold case unit is an outstanding example of law enforcement diligently pursuing justice.”

Acting Prosecutor Calo stated, “This Cold Case Homicide Unit is testament that the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office does not forget the victims of violent crimes no matter how much time passes, and that we will dedicate the energy and resources to bring justice to those victims whenever possible.”

In announcing the new unit with Acting Prosecutor Calo and the State Police, Attorney General Grewal discussed the importance of these specialized units and outlined a plan to encourage other counties to implement such units to focus personnel and resources on investigating and solving cold cases. In April, the Attorney General announced the creation of a panel, led by the Honorable Virginia Long, former Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, and former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Paul J. Fishman, to advise on establishing a statewide Cold Case Unit in the Attorney General’s Office, as well as a Conviction Review Unit, which would review credible claims of innocence regarding defendants convicted of serious crimes. The panel is expected to make recommendations by September.

Acting Prosecutor Calo additionally states that the charges against Jose COLON are only accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would like to thank the Englewood Police Department and the United States Department of Justice for their assistance with this investigation.

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Jersey Super trooper has all the Wrong Moves

April 23,2018

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Trenton NJ,  A New Jersey state trooper was indicted today for allegedly conducting improper stops of two female drivers for the purpose of pressuring them to begin a personal relationship with him. The trooper allegedly falsified records to cover up his actions.

The Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau today obtained a six-count state grand jury indictment charging Trooper Eric Richardson, 32, of Camden, N.J., with the following offenses:
Official Misconduct (2nd degree),
Criminal Coercion (3rd degree),
Tampering with Public Records or Information (3rd degree),
Falsifying or Tampering with Records (4th degree),
Wrongful Access/Disclosure of Information (2nd degree), and
Obtaining Information from a Motor Vehicle Record (4th degree).

Richardson was investigated by the New Jersey State Police Office of Professional Standards, which uncovered incidents involving two women whom Richardson allegedly pulled over and harassed about initiating an intimate relationship. He allegedly stopped each woman repeatedly and deactivated the dashboard camera in his car during some of the stops.

Richardson initially pulled over the first woman on Nov. 22, 2016, warning her that her windows were illegally tinted. Although her registration was expired, Richardson allegedly attempted to win favor with her by not towing the vehicle and letting her drive away. He allegedly followed her, however, and activated his lights to stop her a second time. He then allegedly pressured her to give him a phone number, persisting even after she said she was in a relationship. Later, Richardson sent numerous texts to the woman using the number he obtained. On Jan. 3, 2017, Richardson allegedly pulled the woman over again in Atlantic City. He allegedly falsely reported in the official computer dispatch log that he stopped to aid a motorist, when in fact he allegedly stopped the woman to ask if she still had the same number and was receiving his texts.

On Dec. 23, 2016, Richardson allegedly pulled over the second woman in Gloucester Township and threatened to arrest her if she did not give him her phone number. This is the basis for the criminal coercion charge. He allegedly pulled out his handcuffs and threatened to handcuff her. The woman’s license and registration were suspended, and there was a warrant for her arrest. After obtaining her phone number, Richardson released her, despite the active warrant. He allegedly told dispatchers and reported in the dispatch log that the driver he stopped on that occasion was a man. He allegedly communicated with the second woman via texts using the phone number he obtained.
The charges of wrongful access/disclosure of information and obtaining information from a motor vehicle record relate to an incident on May 8, 2017 when Richardson allegedly illegally accessed the FBI—Criminal Justice Information Services database on behalf of a male friend to do a “driver inquiry” on a woman the friend employed to determine if her driver history reflected any warrants or drug activity. Richardson allegedly photographed her driver history and texted it to his friend.

“Police are given great authority and are rightly held to the highest standards of integrity,” said Attorney General Grewal. “When officers abuse their authority, as alleged in this case, they must be held accountable. Public trust and public safety demand it.”

“We allege that the defendant used his authority as a police officer to harass two women and he then falsified official records to cover up his misconduct,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “These are serious charges.”

Richardson was suspended by the New Jersey State Police after being charged by complaint in this case on May 31, 2017. He remains suspended.

Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000, while third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000. Fourth degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
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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.