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2016 Press Releases

DECEMBER 16, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - BRIDGEWATER MAN ARRESTED IN SOMERVILLE ARMED ROBBERY

DECEMBER 13, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT CRACKDOWN TO BE CONDUCTED THROUGHOUT SOMERSET AND HUNTERDON COUNTIES AS PART OF STATEWIDE YEAR END CAMPAIGN

NEWS RELEASE
DECEMBER 12, 2016 - FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

DECEMBER 2, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - NARCOTIC INVESTIGATION YIELDS 20 GRAMS OF COCAINE

DECEMBER 2, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - NARCOTIC INVESTIGATION YIELDS 500 DECKS OF HEROIN AND 20 GRAMS OF COCAINE

NOVEMBER 3, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - NARCOTIC INVESTIGATION IN BRIDGEWATER RESULTS IN THE SEIZURE OF COCAINE AND HEROIN

NOVEMBER 2, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - DEFENDANT IN NORTH PLAINFIELD CARJACKING AND SHOOTING INDICTED

OCTOBER 31, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - HILLSBOROUGH SWAT STANDOFF ENDS PEACEFULLY

OCTOBER 28, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - POLICE IDENTIFY FAMILY FROM HILLSBOROUGH FIRE

OCTOBER 27, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - ARRESTS MADE IN BURGLARY & THEFT OF NBA GAME-WORN JERSEYS & NHL MERCHANDISE

OCTOBER 21, 2016
NEWS RELEASE- RARITAN MAN INDICTED ON TWO COUNTS OF MURDER

OCTOBER 14, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS APPREHENDED IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP

OCTOBER 12, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - NARCOTIC INVESTIGATION IN SOMERVILLE YIELDS ONE ARREST

OCTOBER 12, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - BALTIMORE MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN BRANCHBURG

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - “QUALITY OF LIFE” INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN THE ARREST OF NEW YORK WOMAN

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - SOMERVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH 3 COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - CRIME STOPPERS OFFERS REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST OF HOMICIDE DEFENDANT

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - POLICE IDENTIFY SUSPECT WANTED IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP HOMICIDE

AUGUST 19, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - PERTH AMBOY WOMAN ARRESTED IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP FOR CREDIT CARD SCHEME

AUGUST 19, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A MINOR

AUGUST 17, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - DEFENDANT RETURNED TO NEW JERSEY

 

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DECEMBER 16, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - BRIDGEWATER MAN ARRESTED IN SOMERVILLE ARMED ROBBERY


SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Somerville Borough Chief of Police Dennis Manning announced the arrest of Karriem Earp, age 26, of Route 28, Bridgewater Township, New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at approximately 12:41 p.m. Somerville Police responded to the Banner Food Store, located at 130 East Main St., on a report of an armed robbery. Responding officers met with a store employee who gave the officers a physical description of the suspect which was broadcast to additional patrol units.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that shortly thereafter a Somerville Officer observed an individual near Hamilton and Second Streets who matched the physical description of the suspect. The individual, later identified as Karriem Earp, failed to comply with verbal commands from the officer. Defendant Earp attempted to walk away from the officer and with the assistance of another patrol Officer they caught up to defendant Earp at which time a brief struggle ensued.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that during the struggle defendant Earp attempted to remove a “Ekol Botan” 9mm semi-automatic blank firing handgun from his waist area. The Officers removed the weapon from defendant and he was taken into custody without any injuries to the defendant or the themselves. A search incident to arrest yielded the proceeds from the convenience store robbery along with 100 glassine wax folds of suspected heroin.
Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that detectives from the Somerville Borough Police Department along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to conduct the investigation. As a result of the investigation defendant Earp was charged with 1st Degree Robbery, 4th Degree Possession of an Imitation Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose, 3rd Degree Hindering Apprehension, 3rd Degree Resisting Arrest, and 3rd Degree Possession of CDS (Heroin) with the Intent to Distribute.

Defendant Earp was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail by the Honorable Kathy C. Qasim, J.S.C. set at $100,000 cash or bond.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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DECEMBER 13, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT CRACKDOWN TO BE CONDUCTED THROUGHOUT SOMERSET AND HUNTERDON COUNTIES AS PART OF STATEWIDE YEAR END CAMPAIGN

SOMERVILLE, N.J. — Law enforcement officials from Somerset and Hunterdon Counties will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Between December 9, 2016 and January 1, 2017, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. “During the last five years New Jersey has experienced approximately 41,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 800 fatalities," said Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. “This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent.”

Last year, 29% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $37 billion annually.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2016 Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice for holiday season:

• Take mass transit, a taxi service, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
• Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life and inaction could cost a life.
• Always buckle-up. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.
• If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.
• Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

Law Enforcement Agencies participating in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties under Somerset County grant application include:

Bedminster
Bernards
Bernardsville
Bound Brook
Branchburg
Bridgewater
Far Hills
Flemington
Franklin- Somerset County
Green Brook
High Bridge
Hillsborough
Manville
Montgomery
North Plainfield
Peapack Gladstone
Raritan Borough
Readington
Somerville
South Bound Brook
Warren
West Amwell
Somerset County Sheriff’s Office

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NEWS RELEASE
DECEMBER 12, 2016 - FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Chief of Police Lawrence Roberts announced the arrest of Drew Robinson, age 21, of Sunflower Road, in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that information received from another law enforcement agency indicated that Drew Robinson was in possession of child pornography. An investigation was thereafter initiated by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit. The investigation revealed that defendant Robinson downloaded numerous child pornographic images on to an electronic device in his residence.


Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that on December 8, 2016, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Somerset County Prosecutor’s Detectives, along with members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Tactical Narcotics Team (T.N.T.) and the Franklin Township Police Department, executed a search warrant at defendant Robinson’s residence.
As a result of the search, over fifty images of child pornography were found on defendant Robinson’s laptop. The laptop was seized for further computer forensics examination.
Defendant Robinson was arrested without incident at his residence and he was charged with 3rd Degree, Possession of Child Pornography.
He was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail set by the Honorable Hector Rodriquez, J.M.C. at $35,000 cash only.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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DECEMBER 2, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - NARCOTIC INVESTIGATION YIELDS 20 GRAMS OF COCAINE

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Watchung Borough Chief of Police Joseph R. Cina announced the arrest of Rojhaun S. Gray, age 23, of Plainfield, New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force received information that on November 29, 2016 a black male, later identified as Rojhaun S. Gray, would be arriving at the Blue Star Shopping Center in Watchung Borough via a taxi cab and he would be in possession of crack cocaine.

At approximately 2:00 p.m. a surveillance team consisting of Task Force detectives observed a taxi arrive at the Blue Star Shopping Center parking lot. Defendant Gray was observed by detectives exiting the vehicle. As he started to walk across the parking lot detectives approached Gray and advised him of the ongoing narcotics investigation. Defendant Gray consented to a search of his person and voluntarily told detectives that he was in possession of crack cocaine, which he retrieved from inside his pants. The bag contained approximately twenty (20) grams of crack cocaine. Defendant Gray was placed under arrest without incident.

The seized Cocaine has an approximate street value of $2,000.

Defendant Rojhaun S. Gray was charged with 2nd Degree, Possession with the intent to Distribute CDS (Cocaine).

Defendant Gray was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail set by the Honorable John F. Richardson, J.M.C. at $200,000 cash or bond.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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DECEMBER 2, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - NARCOTIC INVESTIGATION YIELDS 500 DECKS OF HEROIN AND 20 GRAMS OF COCAINE

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Watchung Borough Chief of Police Joseph R. Cina announced the arrest of Waleed L. Hosley, age 43, of Irvington, New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force received information that on November 29, 2016 a black male, later identified as Waleed L. Hosley, would be at the Blue Star Shopping Center in Watchung Borough and would be in possession of heroin and crack cocaine.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. a surveillance team consisting of Task Force detectives observed defendant Hosley arrive at the shopping center in the front passenger seat of a green Buick Century. After defendant Hosley exited the vehicle and started to walk across the parking lot, detectives approached him and advised him of the ongoing narcotics investigation. Detectives conducted a search of defendant and recovered five hundred (500) decks of heroin from the jacket he was wearing. Detectives also located a clear plastic bag in his left front pants pocket that contained approximately twenty (20) grams of crack cocaine. Defendant Hosley was arrested without incident.

The heroin seized has an approximate street value of $3,500.00 and the cocaine seized has an approximate street value of $2,000.

Defendant Hosley was charged with 2nd Degree, Possession with the intent to Distribution CDS (Cocaine), and 3rd Degree, Possession with intent to Distribute CDS (Heroin).

Defendant Hosley was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail set by the Honorable John F. Richardson, J.M.C. at $200,000 cash or bond.
NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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NOVEMBER 3, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - NARCOTIC INVESTIGATION IN BRIDGEWATER RESULTS IN THE SEIZURE OF COCAINE AND HEROIN

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Bridgewater Township Acting Chief of Police Alfred Nicaretta, announced the arrest of Emil Greene, age 20, of Schindler Terrace Bridgewater, New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force received information that on November 2, 2016, an unknown black male would be in a white Dodge Stratus in the area of a convenience store located near Route 28 and that he would be in possession of a quantity of cocaine and heroin.

At approximately 7:50 p.m. a surveillance team observed the above mentioned vehicle, with a black male sitting in the front passenger seat. Detectives followed the vehicle and conducted a motor vehicle stop on Morgan Lane.

As the detectives approached the stopped vehicle they identified themselves as police officers. The front seat passenger, later identified as Emil Greene, was removed from the vehicle for questioning. Greene was found to be in possession of approximately 11 grams of cocaine and 114 wax folds of heroin. Greene was placed under arrest without incident.

Defendant Greene was charged with 3rd Degree Possession of CDS (Cocaine) and 3rd Degree Possession of CDS (Heroin).

Defendant Greene was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail set by the Honorable Judge John F. Richardson, J.M.C. at $15,000 cash only.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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NOVEMBER 2, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - DEFENDANT IN NORTH PLAINFIELD CARJACKING AND SHOOTING INDICTED

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson announced this morning a Somerset County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Sedean A. McCoy, age 30, of 5th Street, Plainfield, New Jersey. The indictment charges McCoy with 1st Degree Carjacking, 2nd Degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, 3rd Degree Aggravated Assault and 2nd Degree Eluding.

On June 24, 2016, at approximately 3:14 a.m. North Plainfield Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting that a person had been shot in convenience store parking lot located on Somerset Street. Responding patrol officers located a 44 year old Plainfield resident victim with a gunshot wound to the thigh portion of his right leg. The victim informed authorities that while he was inside his vehicle, an unknown male also entered the vehicle through the front passenger side door and produced a handgun. During a struggle between the victim and the assailant the gun discharged. The victim further advised officers that after being shot he was able to escape and the assailant drove away in his car. The victim was transported to an area trauma center, where he was treated and released.

Detectives from the North Plainfield Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit conducted the investigation. A video surveillance camera captured footage of the assailant who was observed inside the store moments before the shooting. A Plainfield Police Supervisor reviewing the surveillance footage, positively identified the suspect as Sedean A. McCoy.

On June 30, 2016 defendant McCoy was observed operating a motor vehicle within Plainfield. Plainfield Police Patrols attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on defendant McCoy, who ignored the officers and a motor vehicle pursuit was initiated. Officers attempted to stop defendant McCoy as he led officers from the Plainfield and Dunellen Police Departments on a pursuit through numerous jurisdictions in Union and Middlesex Counties. The defendant was able to elude the police patrols on Route 287.

On Friday, July 8, 2016, Marshals assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force, in North Carolina located defendant McCoy at a residence in Henderson, North Carolina. Defendant McCoy was apprehended without incident and subsequently extradited back to New Jersey.

The matter was presented to the Grand Jury by Acting Chief Assistant Prosecutor Robert J. Hawkes.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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OCTOBER 31, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - HILLSBOROUGH SWAT STANDOFF ENDS PEACEFULLY

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Hillsborough Township Chief of Police Darren Powell announced that on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at approximately 10:06 a.m. Hillsborough Township Police received a call reporting that John R. Alcalde, age 25, of Amwell Road, Hillsborough Township, New Jersey had discharged a firearm out of his bedroom window.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that responding officers spoke with family members who were safely outside of the residence. Police were unable to make contact with defendant Alcalde who had barricaded himself inside the residence. Hillsborough Township Police immediately established a perimeter and activated the Somerset County Emergency Response Team which consisted of the County SWAT Team, Hostage Crisis Negotiators, Tactical Emergency Medical Personnel, the Somerset County Communications Mobile Command Center, and the Hillsborough Township Office of Emergency Management Command Post.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that at approximately 12:29 p.m. defendant Alcalde presented himself to SWAT Officers from his bedroom window. Officers gave defendant Alcalde verbal commands and he subsequently exited the residence unarmed and was taken into custody by SWAT Officers without incident.

Defendant Alcalde was charged with Engaging in Threatening/Violent Behavior; Creating a Hazardous/Dangerous Condition; and Possession of CDS (Marijuana under 50 grams) all Disorderly Person Offenses. He was released on his own recognizance pending a Hillsborough Township Municipal Court appearance on November 15, 2016.

NOTE: We are required by the Rule of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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OCTOBER 28, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - POLICE IDENTIFY FAMILY FROM HILLSBOROUGH FIRE

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Hillsborough Township Chief of Police Darren Powell announced that authorities have positively identified the individuals who were found in the Hillsborough Township fire on Monday, October 24, 2016.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that at approximately 9:52 p.m. Hillsborough Township Police responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls of an active structure fire at the Hillsborough Garden Apartments located on Farm Road, Hillsborough, New Jersey. Responding Officers upon arrival came upon a fully engulfed fire from an upstairs unit. Officers immediately conducted an evacuation of adjoining units by alerting residents of the active fire.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that Emergency Fire and Rescue Units were activated and responded to the fire scene. Responding agencies consisted of:

- Hillsborough Fire 36 and 36 Ladder
- Hillsborough Emergency Medical Service Units
- Hillsborough Woods Road Fire 37-102 and 37-103
- Neshanic 48 Fire
- Hillsborough 38-151
- Raritan Borough Fire
- Somerset County Communications OEM
- Hillsborough Township OEM
- Red Cross

The fire was subsequently contained, at which time firefighters from Hillsborough Fire 36 were able to make entry into the second floor unit and discovered a resident who was deceased. Two additional deceased residents were subsequently recovered from the same apartment unit.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that detectives from the Hillsborough Township Police Department along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit, the Arson Task Force, New Jersey State Fire Investigators/K-9, Hillsborough Township Fire Inspector, and Investigators from the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office responded to conduct the fire investigation. The three decedents were transported to the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office for a post-mortem examination and positive identification.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office with the assistance of a forensic odonatologist were able to positively identify the deceased residents located within the apartment unit. They are identified as Vinod B. Damodaran, age 44; Sreeja Thekkekoical-Sasi, age 38; and Aardra V. Nair, age 13. The decedents, are identified as husband, wife and daughter.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson along with the investigators and first responders extend their sincere condolences to the surviving family members and friends. The circumstances involving the fire, cause and manner of death, is an active investigation pending further studies by investigators and the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

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OCTOBER 27, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - ARRESTS MADE IN BURGLARY & THEFT OF NBA GAME-WORN JERSEYS & NHL MERCHANDISE

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Branchburg Township Chief of Police David Young, announced the arrest of Mohamed Benhalima, age 28, of Ford Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.; John P. Schnell, age 37, with a last known address of Whitney Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Ryan G. McDermond, age 28, with a last known address of Parnell Drive, Cherry Hill, N.J.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Tuesday morning December 29, 2015, Branchburg Police responded to a complaint of burglary and theft at MeiGray Group, located at 185 Industrial Parkway in Branchburg Township. MeiGray Group holds an exclusive contract with the NBA to act as the authenticator and retailer of game-worn NBA jerseys. MeiGray reported the loss of more than 400 game-worn NBA jerseys along with NHL merchandise valued at approximately $850,000.00. Specifically, MeiGray lost authentic game-worn NBA jerseys belonging to the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Lakers. The jerseys had been worn by notable NBA players Koby Bryant, Steve Nash, Kevin Garnett, Rudy Gay, and Andre Iguodala.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated detectives with Branchburg Township, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Burglary Task Force, and Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation joined together and conducted a lengthy investigation.

On September 23, 2016, criminal Complaints were filed in the Superior Court in Somerset County charging each of the defendants with 3rd Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Theft, and 2nd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Theft. The complaints were originally filed under Seal pending the arrest of the defendants.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Tuesday afternoon, October 18, 2016, detectives with Branchburg Township, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Burglary Task Force, and Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested defendant McDermond without incident on Monroe Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the defendant was turned over to Philadelphia Police pending extradition to New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Friday morning, October 21, 2016, detectives arrested defendant Mohamed at his residence in Brooklyn, New York. That afternoon, a separate team of detectives arrested defendant John Schnell in midtown Manhattan, New York. Mohamed and Schnell were both arrested without incident and turned over to New York City Police pending extradition to New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated the successful investigation and arrest of the defendants was the result of a joint law enforcement operation involving Municipal, County and Federal law enforcement. Following the burglary and theft at MeiGray, Branchburg Police Detective Edward Edgar received a tip that stolen NBA Jerseys were being offered for sale over several internet sites. Detective Edgar confirmed the tip, retrieved several of the stolen jerseys, and ultimately obtained the seller’s internet address and cellular telephone number. During the next several months, Detectives served numerous Subpoenas and Court Orders on cellular telephone companies, internet providers and sites, shipping companies, and financial institutions, which ultimately led to the identification of the three defendants.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson and Chief Young would like to acknowledge the significant investigative support provided by State law enforcement authorities and the FBI. The investigation is continuing.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson said the charges are currently pending a Grand Jury presentation. Since the defendants are incarcerated out-of-State, bail has not been set in New Jersey.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in Court.

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OCTOBER 21, 2016
NEWS RELEASE- RARITAN MAN INDICTED ON TWO COUNTS OF MURDER

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson announced yesterday a Somerset County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Ramon Cadiz, also known as “Ray”, age 52, of First Avenue, Raritan Borough, New Jersey.

The indictment charges defendant Cadiz with two counts of 1st Degree Murder, two counts of 3rd Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, two counts of 1st Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, and one count 2nd Degree Sexual Assault.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Friday, December 11, 2015, at approximately 3:15 p.m. the Raritan Borough Police Department responded to 46 First Avenue regarding concerns for the welfare of the occupants of the residence. The officers entered the residence and proceeded to the second floor master bedroom and located the deceased body of Kim Streath, age 15. Officers cleared the residence and preserved the house as a crime scene awaiting the arrival of crime scene detectives.

Detectives from the Raritan Borough Police Department in conjunction with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit responded to conduct the investigation. Detectives located the deceased body of Sandrar Guiseppe, age 51, Kim Streath’s mother, on the first floor of the residence.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that as a result of the investigation detectives identified defendant Ramon Cadiz as a suspect. A statewide police broadcast was issued for defendant Cadiz and the vehicle which he was believed to be operating.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that just before midnight North Brunswick Police located the suspect’s vehicle parked in a secluded area on Petunia Drive in the Colony Oaks Apartment Complex. At approximately 4:00 a.m. Somerset County detectives approached the subject vehicle and encountered defendant Cadiz sleeping in the front driver’s seat. Defendant Cadiz was placed under arrest without incident.

Defendant Cadiz is currently lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail having been previously set at $2,000,000.00 by the Honorable Julie M. Marino, Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court.
Acting Assistant Prosecutor Frank P. Kolodzieski, II presented the case to the Grand Jury.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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OCTOBER 14, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS APPREHENDED IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Chief of Police Lawrence Roberts announce the arrests of Ibrahim Sesay, age 22, Jovano A. Clarke, age 22, Maahya S. Walker, age 20, all of whom reside in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m. the Franklin Township Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from a 20 year old male reporting that he had been robbed by two males in the area of Townsend Court. Responding officers met with the victim who told officers that the unknown males, who were armed with handguns, assaulted him by striking him on his head with the handguns. The suspects then took his backpack and cellular telephone. The victim refused treatment at the scene for a laceration to his forehead.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that Franklin patrol units conducted a motor vehicle stop near the intersection of Beekman Road and Route 27 based on the victim’s description of the actors and their vehicle. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as defendants Ibrahim Sesay, Jovano Clarke, and Maahya Walker. During the motor vehicle stop officers observed two handguns which were seized. The three occupants were placed under arrest without incident.

Franklin Township detectives along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to assist in the investigation. A Somerset County Superior Court Search Warrant was subsequently obtained for the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle the victim’s backpack and cellular telephone were located inside the vehicle.

Each defendant was charged with 1st Degree Robbery, 2nd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and 2nd Degree Possession of a Handgun without a Permit to Carry. Bail for each defendant was set at $100,000.00 cash only by Honorable Angela Borkowski, J.S.C. and all three defendants were lodged in the Somerset County Jail.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson commends the response of the Franklin Township Police Officers, which resulted in the successful arrests of the armed defendants without further injury or incident.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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OCTOBER 12, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - NARCOTIC INVESTIGATION IN SOMERVILLE YIELDS ONE ARREST

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Somerville Borough Chief of Police Dennis Manning announce the arrest of Stephen Bunner, age 31, of East High Street Somerville, New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated on October 11, 2016, at approximately 12:40 p.m. members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force along with members of the Somerville Police Department executed a Superior Court search warrant on defendant Bunner’s residence.

The search resulted in the seizure of approximately 57 grams of cocaine, 250 wax folds of heroin, approximately 6.8 grams of Psilocybin Mushrooms, 2 tabs of LSD, 8 Suboxone films, 3 Alprazolam pills, 1 Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine pill, a quantity of Marijuana (under 50 grams), 3 digital scales, empty plastic bags, and empty glass vials. Detectives also seized $6,344.00 in U.S. currency. Bunner was placed under arrest at his residence without incident.

The seized cocaine has an estimated street value of $4,560.00 and the heroin has an estimated street value of $1,500.00.

Defendant Bunner was charged with 2nd Degree Possession of CDS (Cocaine) with the Intent to Distribute, 3rd Degree Possession of CDS (Heroin) with the Intent to Distribute, 3rd Degree Possession of CDS (Psilocybin Mushrooms), 3rd Degree Possession of CDS (LSD), 3rd Degree Possession of CDS (Suboxone), 3rd Degree Possession of CDS (Alprazolam), 3rd Degree Possession of CDS (Amphetamine), Possession of CDS (Marijuana) under 50 grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, both Disorderly Persons Offenses.

Defendant Bunner was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail set at $75,000 with 10% to apply by the Honorable William Kelleher, P.J.M.C.

NOTE: We are required by the Rule of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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OCTOBER 12, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - BALTIMORE MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN BRANCHBURG

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Branchburg Chief of Police David Young announce the arrest of Raheem Bin Newman, age 25, of Newcastle Road, Windsor Mill, Maryland.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated on Monday, October 10, 2016 at approximately 9:22 a.m. the Branchburg Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call at the Edgewood Trailer Park, on Kenbury Road for a report of a male who was acting erratic and threatening to kill the property manager. Responding patrol units located the individual who was identified as Raheem Bin Newman. As officers attempted to place Newman into custody he resisted arrest and assaulted one of the officers. Defendant Newman was subsequently arrested and transported to the Branchburg Police Department for processing.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated a check with the Baltimore City Police Department revealed defendant Newman was a wanted suspect in a murder and attempted murder which had occurred on or about October 9th in the City of Baltimore, Maryland. Defendant Newman’s vehicle was transported to the Branchburg Police Department where it was secured. Based on statements made by defendant Newman to Branchburg authorities a K-9 sniff was conducted of the vehicle for possible explosive materials; however, it was later determined that the vehicle did not contain any explosive materials.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated detectives from the Branchburg Police Department along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit responded to assist in the on-going investigation.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated detectives from the Baltimore Police Department responded to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office for their on-going homicide investigation.

Defendant Newman was charged with 3rd Degree Resisting Arrest, 4th Degree Resisting Arrest and 3rd Degree Terroristic Threats. Bail was set at $40,000, cash only, by Branchburg Municipal Court Judge William Kelleher.

Baltimore City Police have charged defendant Newman with 1st and 2nd Degree Murder, 1st and 2nd Degree Attempted Murder, two counts of 1st and 2nd Degree Assault, Weapons Charges, and Reckless Endangerment for the incident that occurred on October 9, 2016 in the City of Baltimore. Defendant Newman was lodged in the Somerset County Jail in default of bail pending extradition proceedings to Maryland.

NOTE: We are required by the Rule of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - “QUALITY OF LIFE” INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN THE ARREST OF NEW YORK WOMAN

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Hillsborough Township Chief of Police Darren Powell announce the arrest of Kuihna Chang, age 56, of Sandford Avenue, in Flushing, New York.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that on September 28, 2016, at approximately 7:56 p.m. an undercover detective assigned to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force entered JK Acupuncture and Massage, located at 249 Homestead Road Unit #12, in Hillsborough Township where he met with Chang. During this meeting, Chang offered to perform a sexual act upon the detective in exchange for U.S. currency. Once the proposition was made Task Force detectives along with members of the Hillsborough Police Department entered massage parlor and placed defendant Chang under arrest.

Chang was transported to the Hillsborough Police Department where she was processed and charged with Prostitution, a Disorderly Persons Offense. Chang is to appear in Hillsborough Township Municipal Court on October 11, 2016.

NOTE: We are required by the Rule of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - SOMERVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH 3 COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Somerville Borough Chief of Police Dennis Manning announce the arrest of Deshawn Swindell, age 21, of Hamilton Street, Somerville, New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that on September 14, 2016, Somerville Police received a report of a sexual assault. The victim told the responding officers that an unknown male actor had threated her with a weapon while committing a sexual act against her within the jurisdiction of Somerville.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that on September 16, 2016, Somerville Police received another report of a sexual assault. The victim told the responding officers that an unknown male suspect displayed a knife and then sexually assaulted her within the jurisdiction of Somerville. After the assault the male actor robbed the victim of her cellular phone before the victim escaped from the area.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson stated that on September 17, 2016, Somerville Police Department received a report from a third sexual assault victim. The victim reported that she was sexually assaulted by an unknown male within the jurisdiction of Somerville. The victim was able to get away from her assailant and she was able to obtain help from a local resident. The Good Samaritan contacted the Somerville Police Department on the victim’s behalf.

Detectives assigned to the Somerville Police Department in conjunction with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes Unit conducted the investigation. Through the investigation detectives identified defendant Deshawn Swindell as the person responsible for the three sexual assaults.

On September 18, 2016, at approximately 7:00 p.m., defendant Swindell was arrested without incident. Defendant Swindell was charged with 1st Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, 1st Degree Robbery, 2nd Degree Sexual Assault, 3rd Degree Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, and Possession of CDS (Marijuana) under 50 grams, a Disorderly Persons Offense.

Defendant Swindell was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail set by the Honorable Robert E. Reed, Pr.J.C. at $300,000.00 cash only

Acting Prosecutor Robertson, Acting Chief Fodor and Chief Manning request anyone with information regarding these incidents to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Somerville Police Department (908)725-0331 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - CRIME STOPPERS OFFERS REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST OF HOMICIDE DEFENDANT

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson announces that Crime Stoppers of Somerset County, Inc. is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the whereabouts and arrest of Isaiah J. Bell, aka “Ike”. On September 6, 2016 defendant Bell was charged in Somerset County Superior Court with 1st Degree Murder.

On Monday, September 5, 2016, at approximately 11:23 a.m. a Franklin Township Patrol Unit came upon a single motor vehicle crash which occurred on the north side of Route 27 in North Brunswick, New Jersey. At 11:24 a.m. Franklin Township Police received a 9-1-1 call reporting shots fired in the vicinity of Westminster Road, which is in close proximity to the aforementioned motor vehicle crash.

The officers investigating the motor vehicle crash noted that the driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as James M. Kargbo, was bleeding profusely. Mr. Kargbo was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – New Brunswick where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.

During the course of the investigation detectives ascertained that Mr. Kargbo and Isaiah J. Bell, aka “Ike” were involved in a physical altercation in the area of Coventry Lane and Westminster Road. During the altercation Mr. Kargbo sustained injuries which would prove to be fatal. After the altercation defendant Bell fled from the area in a 4 door sedan, which was recovered. Mr. Kargbo, entered his vehicle which his 6 year old son was sitting in, and attempted to drive onto Route 27. Mr. Kargbo’s vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a nearby medical building.

The 6 year old was not injured in the crash and was released to a family member.

Mr. Kargbo’s death was determined to be a homicide by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Newark, N.J.

At this time detectives are searching for the whereabouts of defendant Bell.

Defendant Bell last known address is Brooks Blvd. in Manville, N.J. He is described as being 21 years old, 6’1”, 160 lbs., with brown eyes and brown hair.

Tipsters interested in collecting the reward must call the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - POLICE IDENTIFY SUSPECT WANTED IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP HOMICIDE

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Chief of Police Lawrence Roberts announce that the investigation into the death of James M. Kargbo, age 24, is continuing.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson states that on Monday, September 5, 2016 at approximately 11:23 a.m. a Franklin Township Patrol Unit came upon a single motor vehicle crash which occurred on north side of Route 27 in North Brunswick, New Jersey. At 11:24 a.m. Franklin Township Police received a 9-1-1 call reporting shots fired in the vicinity of Westminster Road, which is in close proximity to the aforementioned motor vehicle crash.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson states that officers investigating the motor vehicle crash noted that the driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as James M. Kargbo, was bleeding profusely. North Brunswick and Franklin Township Police Officers performed life saving measures along with Emergency Medical Personnel from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – New Brunswick. Mr. Kargbo was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – New Brunswick where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.

Franklin Township Patrol Officers along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit, the Franklin Township Police Detective Bureau, and the North Brunswick Detective Bureau responded to the intersection of Coventry Lane and Westminster Road to conduct the investigation.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson further states that during the course of the investigation detectives ascertained that Mr. Kargbo and Isaiah J. Bell aka “Ike” were involved in a physical altercation in the area of Coventry Lane and Westminster Road. During the altercation Mr. Kargbo sustained injuries which would prove to be fatal. After the altercation defendant Bell fled from the area in a 4 door sedan, which was recovered. Mr. Kargbo, entered his vehicle which his 6 year old son was sitting in, and attempted to drive onto Route 27. Mr. Kargbo’s vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a nearby medical building.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson states that the 6 year old was not injured in the crash and was released to a family member.

This morning a post mortem examination was conducted on Mr. Kargbo by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Newark, N.J. The cause and manner of death was determined to be a homicide by sharp force injury to the victim’s chest.

At this time detectives are searching for the whereabouts of defendant Bell who has been charged with 1st Degree Murder. Detectives are urging defendant Bell to surrender to law enforcement authorities.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson, Acting Chief Fodor and Chief Roberts request anyone with information regarding this incident or defendant Bell’s whereabouts to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department (732) 873-2300.

Those individuals with information requesting to remain anonymous should call the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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AUGUST 19, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - PERTH AMBOY WOMAN ARRESTED IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP FOR CREDIT CARD SCHEME

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Chief of Police Lawrence Roberts announce the arrest of Veronica Cardoza, age 37, of Division Street, Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson states that an investigation conducted by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigation Unit and the Franklin Township Police Department revealed that between March 2015 and December 2015, Veronica Cardoza, an employee of Forever Collectibles, in Franklin Township, had fraudulently credited numerous credit cards belonging to relatives and friends. The total amount fraudulently credited was in excess of $89,000.

The investigation also revealed that the defendant’s brother-in-law, Francisco Reynoso-Batista, age 44, also of Division Street, in Perth Amboy, N.J., had knowingly received credits to his personal credit card and to a credit card in the name of his mother.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson states that on August 17, 2016, at approximately 3:00 p.m. defendant Cardoza was arrested in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Detectives are currently searching for defendant Francisco Reynoso-Batista.

Both defendant Cardoza and Reynoso-Batista have been charged with 2nd Degree Theft by Deception.
Defendant Cardoza was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail set by the Honorable Thomas C. Miller, J.S.C at $35,000 cash or bond.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson, Acting Chief Fodor and Chief Roberts request anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of defendant Reynoso-Batista to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Special Investigations Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department (732)873-5533.

Individuals wanting to remain anonymous should call the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”.

All Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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AUGUST 19, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A MINOR

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Franklin Township Chief of Police Lawrence Roberts announce the arrest of Felipe Dasilva, age 45, of Dayton Avenue, Franklin Township, New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson states that on August 11, 2016, it was reported to the Franklin Township Police that the victim, under the age of 13 and known to the defendant, had been sexually assaulted by Felipe Dasilva on June 24, 2016, within the jurisdiction of Franklin Township.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson states that as a result of an investigation conducted by detectives assigned to Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit and the Franklin Township Police Department defendant Dasilva was arrested on August 17, 2016.

Defendant Dasilva has was charged with 2nd Degree Sexual Assault, and 3rd Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Dasilva was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail set by the Honorable Kathy C. Qasim, J.S.C. at $100,000.00 cash only.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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AUGUST 17, 2016
NEWS RELEASE - DEFENDANT RETURNED TO NEW JERSEY

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Acting Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Bridgewater Township Chief of Police Manuel Caravela announce the arrest and extradition of Cody Masiello, age 18, of U.S. Highway Route 22, Bridgewater Township, New Jersey.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson states that on July 18, 2016, Bridgewater Township Police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a carjacking in a corporate parking deck. Responding officers spoke with the victim who stated that while he was seated in his vehicle, two males approached him. The victim described one as a black male and the other suspect as a white or Hispanic male. The victim stated that the black male knocked on the driver’s side-door window and while pointing a black handgun at his head he order the victim to exit his vehicle. Once the victim exited the vehicle both suspects entered the vehicle and fled the area.

Acting Prosecutor Robertson states that as a result of the investigation, defendant Masiello and a juvenile co-defendant were identified as the actors responsible for the armed carjacking. On July 29, 2016, the juvenile defendant was arrested at his residence.

On August 5, 2016 at approximately 5:45 p.m. Troopers assigned with the Pennsylvania State Police Swiftwater Patrol Unit responded to a Spring Street residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Defendant Masiello was arrested outside of the residence and lodged in the Monroe County Jail. On August 10, 2016 defendant Masiello waived extradition back to New Jersey.

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 defendant Masiello was transported back to New Jersey by detectives assigned to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Fugitive Task Force. He was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail to be set.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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