Special News Release - May 12, 2022

Chief Matthew P. Geist announced that Acting Lieutenant Thomas Carroll, the Records / Service Division Commander with the Middlesex Police Department, graduated from the Spring 2022 Session of the prestigious New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Command and Leadership Academy in May 2022.
 
“We are very proud of A/Lieutenant Carroll for having completed this very challenging and demanding course of study”, said Chief Geist. “His hard work during these past four months is certain to benefit him as an individual and, in turn, benefit our organization. We are committed to furthering the professionalism of the Middlesex Police Department through programs like this.”
 
The 14-week academy was developed in 1993 by the NJSACOP in collaboration with the United States Military Academy at West Point and provides a unique blend of theory and application. Throughout the course, officers are challenged to take various leadership theories they are taught and devise real world solutions to the complex problems presented to them.
 
The highly competitive program aims to fashion officers into police leaders who can meet challenges in the law enforcement community. The primary focus of the program is on personnel and their work environments. Participants study theories on behavior, motivation, conflict management, decision making, and communication.
 
Participation in the Command and Leadership Program is based on applicants successfully completing a competitive selection process.
 
A/Lieutenant Carroll has served with the department since 2004.

Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair

The Middlesex County College Police Department, the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office invite you to attend our joint law enforcement recruitment event.
The event will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, between 2-7 P.M. in the West Hall of Middlesex County College. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes. Free parking is available in Lots 1 and 2.

News Release – April 29, 2022

March 31, 2022 @ 5:50 A.M.  – An employee of Bamco, 30 Baekeland Avenue, reported the theft of six catalytic converters, valued at $12,000.00. Officer Paul Cerreto investigated.

April 1, 2022 @ 7:32 A.M. – A resident of the Hamiltonian Apartments reported that she was harassed by a neighbor. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.

April 2, 2022 @ 8:22 P.M. – Brayan E. Gamboa, 31, of Middlesex was charged with Simple Assault following an argument that occurred in the parking lot of the Dollar Tree, 680 Union Avenue. Officer Robert Dangler investigated.

April 6, 2022 @ 11:05 A.M. – A United States Postal Service mail carrier reported that multiple mail trays were stolen from his mail truck. The mail truck was reportedly parked on Marlborough Avenue at the time of the theft. Initially investigated by Officer Scott Mulford, the investigation was later turned over to the United States Postal Inspection Service.

April 7, 2022 @ 12:28 P.M. – A resident reported that she was scammed out of $531,539.00. A male claiming to be a representative with Apple called the resident about addressing an issue with her laptop computer. The male then deceived the resident into making several wire transfers, under the guise that a hacker was attempting to access her bank accounts. Officer Scott Mulford and Detective Daniel McCue are investigating.

April 8, 2022 @ 6:53 P.M. – A resident of Stephenson Avenue reported that while he was driving on Stephenson Avenue, an individual threw an object at his vehicle, denting a door. Officer Paul Cerreto investigated.

April 9, 2022 @ 9:44 A.M. – A resident of Dunellen reported that he was robbed in the area of Warrenville Road and West Second Street. He reported that while he was on foot, two men exited a vehicle and approached him. After one of the males reportedly told him that he had a gun, he turned his wallet over to them.  Officer Scott Mulford and Detective Daniel McCue are investigating.

April 9, 2022 @ 6:03 P.M. – A 15 year old male reported that he was robbed on the 600 block of Drake Avenue. He reported that while he was standing near the roadway, a man exited a vehicle, approached him and demanded all of his property. After the juvenile turned over his wallet, the actor reentered the vehicle and fled the area. Officer Paul Cerreto and Detective Daniel McCue are investigating.

April 9, 2022 @ 11:10 P.M. – A tow truck driver reported that while he was attempting to tow a vehicle at The View Apartments, the owner of the vehicle arrived on location and physically interfered to prevent him from doing so. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.

April 10, 2022 @ 3:45 A.M. – Bryan S. Morales-Remache, 25, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Boulevard. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.

April 14, 2022 @ 5:27 P.M. – A resident of Hampton Gardens reported that an unknown individual attempted to enter her locked vehicle at some point the previous evening, causing $612.35 in damage. Officer George Pilesky investigated.

April 19, 2022 @ 9:38 A.M. – An employee with the Middlesex Borough Department of Public Works reported numerous broken windows and punctured tires to a backhoe that was parked in Mountain View Park. Officer George Pilesky investigated.

As is the case with all defendants, charges are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact A/Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Distracted Driving - U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Enforcement Initiative

(Middlesex, NJ) — For the month of April, the Middlesex Police Department will be participating in the annual New Jersey “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” Distracted Driving campaign. “Our officers will be conducting patrols to target distracted drivers who text or talk on a cell phone, or engage in similar conduct that takes their attention away from the road. Recent statistics show that one in five drivers do so distracted, contributing to nearly half of the motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey” said Chief Matthew P. Geist.
A 2021 study by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety and Rowan University found the following:
• At any given time, more than 20% of motorists on the selected roadways were driving distracted.
• Driver distraction was higher on weekdays than on weekends.
• Handheld cellphones were the leading type of distraction on both weekends and weekdays.
• Receiving calls, texting, eating/drinking, and grooming were higher on weekdays than on weekends.
• Talking to passengers was higher on weekends than on weekdays.
• Roads with traffic signals experienced more distractions from “grooming and eating/drinking” than roads without traffic signals, while the latter had a greater proportion of “talking to passengers” events.
• The overall rate of distractions was greater during “peak hours” of 9AM to 12PM and 3PM to 6PM.
• An increase in speed limit significantly increased distracted driving, while an increase in the number of lanes significantly decreased it.

It is illegal in New Jersey to operate a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device. Violating this law subjects motorists to fines of $200 to $400 for a first offense and could increase to $800 with the addition of three insurance points in subsequent violations.

News Release – March 30, 2022

March 15, 2022 @ 1:49 P.M. – An employee of the Petroleum 19 gas station, 309 Lincoln Boulevard, reported that an individual utilized counterfeit currency to obtain $45.00 worth of gasoline. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.

March 21, 2022 @ 2:10 A.M. – Jacob A. Rivera, 23, of South Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash in the area of Union Avenue and Melrose Avenue. Officer Marc Arancio investigated.

March 21, 2022 @ 10:07 P.M. – A resident of First Street reported that she was a victim of fraud. The resident first received an email containing an invoice from what she initially believed was a legitimate company. She contacted the telephone number listed in the email and spoke with a male who requested her personal information, which she provided. She was then instructed to purchase Target gift cards at a CVS Pharmacy and provided the caller with the PIN numbers, realizing afterward that she had been scammed. The resident suffered a reported loss of $3,000.00 as a result of the fraud. Officer George Pilesky investigated.

March 23, 2022 @ 8:13 P.M. – Heather T. Griffith, 34, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Mountain Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

March 29, 2022 @ 6:22 P.M. – A resident of Gramercy Gardens reported the theft of a package from the front porch of his residence. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.

As is the case with all defendants, charges are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact A/Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release – Middlesex Police Make Arrest in Overdose Death - March 25, 2022

Chief Matthew P. Geist of the Middlesex Police Department announced an arrest in connection with the drug overdose death of a 32-year old Middlesex Borough resident.

Jessica A. Simmonds, 29, of Franklin Twp., Somerset, was arrested and charged with Strict Liability for a Drug Induced Death and for Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance for providing the Fentanyl that killed the 32- year old man. Strict Liability for a Drug Induced Death is a first-degree crime.

The victim was found deceased in his home in December, 2021. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be the result of the toxic effects of Fentanyl.

An investigation by Detective Daniel McCue of the Middlesex Borough Police Department, with assistance from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, revealed that the defendant sold the Fentanyl to the victim, which caused his death.

Simmonds was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center pending a detention hearing to be scheduled in Superior Court in New Brunswick.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Daniel McCue of the Middlesex Borough Police Department at (732) 356-1900 ext. 312.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against defendants are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact A/Lieutenant Chad Corner at (732) 356-1900 extension 330 or at ccorner@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – March 15, 2022

February 19, 2022 @ 8:20 P.M. – A resident of Sheridan Avenue reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Toyota Prius. The reported loss was $5,500.00. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

February 20, 2022 @ 7:14 P.M. – A resident of Rock Lane reported she was assaulted by an acquaintance. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.

February 24, 2022 @ 8:32 A.M. – A caller on Lincoln Boulevard reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Ford F-350 pick-up truck. The reported loss was $650.00. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.

February 24, 2022 @ 4:17 P.M. – A resident of First Street reported the theft of an Apple iPhone SE, valued at $650.00, from the Watchung Elementary School playground. The phone was later returned to its owner. Officer Anthony Painchaud and Detective Sergeant Thomas Falk investigated.

February 24, 2022 @ 6:58 P.M. – A resident of A Street reported a burglary and theft of cash from the residence. Officer Anthony Painchaud and Detective Daniel McCue are investigating.

February 25, 2022 @ 7:50 A.M. – A resident of Cap Lane reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Ford E-450 Superduty Dutchmen RV. The reported loss was $1,799.00. Officer George Pilesky investigated.

March 1, 2022 @ 12:42 P.M. – Mia S. Roach, 23, of South Plainfield was charged with Harassment following a report of an unruly customer at Papa John’s Pizza, 710 Union Avenue. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

March 1, 2022 @ 4:09 P.M. – James H. Hardy, 69, of Plainfield, was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Greenbrook Road and Whitney Drive. Officer Robert Dangler investigated.

March 2, 2022 @ 11:28 A.M. – A BMW 530i, previously reported stolen to the New York City Police Department, was recovered on Second Street. Officer George Pilesky investigated.

March 4, 2022 @ 1:00 A.M. – James E. Spears, 28, of Dunellen was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Mountain Avenue. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.  

March 11, 2022 @ 8:51 A.M. – A faculty member reported a vandalized shed at Hazelwood Elementary School. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.

March 11, 2022 @ 7:58 P.M. – An employee of Delta Gas, 26 Lincoln Boulevard, reported that an individual utilized counterfeit currency to obtain $45.00 worth of gasoline. Officer James Morley investigated.

 

As is the case with all defendants, charges are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact A/Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – February 18, 2022

February 1, 2022 @ 10:41 A.M. – A resident of the Hamiltonian Apartments reported that he was harassed by an acquaintance. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.

February 2, 2022 @ 7:20 P.M. – An employee of Papa John’s Pizza, 710 Union Avenue, reported the theft of an Apple iPhone 13, left in an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of the business. The reported value of the cell phone was $1,300.00. Officer Paul Cerreto investigated.

February 6, 2022 @ 2:32 A.M. – Sean P. Dowling, 23, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash in the area of Voorhees Avenue and Sheridan Avenue. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

February 11, 2022 @ 8:21 P.M. – Sandra Ordonez, 42, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Bound Brook Road and Fourth Street. Officer Paul Cerreto investigated.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendants are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact A/Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release - Fatal Industrial Accident - February 9, 2022 @ 0831 Hours

Police headquarters received a 9-1-1 call from an employee at Bridgewater Disposal, 1 South Raritan Avenue, Middlesex, NJ, reporting that an individual was pinned under a piece of machinery. Responding officers located the victim, business owner Kenneth Buratti, age 67, of Piscataway, pinned by a hydraulic arm attached to a garbage collection truck that he had been performing maintenance work on. Mr. Buratti was pronounced deceased at the scene. Representatives from the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office and United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) responded to assist in the investigation. The Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office, Middlesex County Urban Search and Rescue Team, and the Middlesex Fire Department all responded for scene support.

Special News Release – February 1, 2022

Chief Matthew P. Geist announced that Acting Lieutenant Chad Corner, the Administration Division Commander with the Middlesex Police Department, graduated from the Fall 2021 Session of the prestigious New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Command and Leadership Academy in January 2022.

“We are very proud of A/Lieutenant Corner for having completed this very challenging and demanding course of study”, said Chief Geist. “His hard work during these past four months is certain to benefit him as an individual and, in turn, benefit our organization. We are committed to furthering the professionalism of the Middlesex Police Department through programs like this.”

The 14-week academy was developed in 1993 by the NJSACOP in collaboration with the United States Military Academy at West Point and provides a unique blend of theory and application. Throughout the course, officers are challenged to take various leadership theories they are taught and devise real world solutions to the complex problems presented to them.

The highly competitive program aims to fashion officers into police leaders who can meet challenges in the law enforcement community. The primary focus of the program is on personnel and their work environments. Participants study theories on behavior, motivation, conflict management, decision making, and communication.

Participation in the Command and Leadership Program is based on applicants successfully completing a competitive selection process.

A/Lieutenant Corner has served with the department since 1997.

News Release – February 1, 2022

January 16, 2022 @ 2:03 A.M. – Shrey M. Buddha, 27, of Woodbridge was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash on Sycamore Road. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

January 18, 2022 @ 10:50 A.M. – Nataly V. Valencia, 34, of Bound Brook and Maria P. Valverde, 29, of Bridgewater were both arrested and charged with Attempted Shoplifting and Conspiracy after attempting to shoplift $313.33 worth of merchandise from the CVS Pharmacy, 1252 Bound Brook Road. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.

January 19, 2022 @ 8:22 P.M. – A resident of Lincoln Boulevard reported he was assaulted by an acquaintance. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

January 20, 2022 @ 11:54 A.M. – A resident of Grandview Street reported his unlocked vehicle was unlawfully entered. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

January 24, 2022 @ 11:03 A.M. – A resident of Harris Avenue reported she was harassed online by an acquaintance. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.

January 29, 2022 @ 8:18 P.M. – Alejandro Ramirez, 65, of Edison was arrested and charged with Trespassing after it was determined that he unlawfully entered a vacant gas station at 140 Union Avenue. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.

January 30, 2022 @ 1:16 A.M. – Gregory P. Zambardi, 47, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief after it was determined that he damaged a glass door at Ellery’s Grill, 701 Lincoln Boulevard. Officer Paul Cerreto investigated.

January 30, 2022 @ 1 P.M. – Sarfraz Amin, 45, of Somerville was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief. Through investigation, it was determined that in December of 2021, Mr. Amin scratched another patron’s vehicle in the parking lot of the Route 28 Farmer’s Market, 700 Union Avenue. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.

January 30, 2022 @ 5:18 P.M. – Wilmer L. Cortez, 25, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash in the area of Union Avenue and Cook Avenue. Officer Paul Cerreto investigated.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendants are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact A/Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

EXTREME RISK PROTECTIVE ORDERS SEMINAR

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office will be holding a Seminar on Extreme Risk Protective Orders on February 10, 2022 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. The seminar will take place at the Middlesex County College, David B. Crabiel Hall, 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, New Jersey.

This statute provides procedures through which family or household members or law enforcement may apply for an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) against a person who poses a danger of causing body injury to self or others by possessing a firearm.

The seminar will be presented by Deputy Bureau Chief Jeffrey J. Barile and Deputy Attorney General Claudia Demitro from the NJ Attorney General Division of Criminal Justice along with Assistant Prosecutor Judson Hamlin from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Please click the link below to register for the seminar:

Extreme Risk Protective Orders (ERPO’s) Public Forum 2022 Survey (surveymonkey.com)

Youth Bias Task Force Roundtable - January 26, 2022

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office will be holding a roundtable on combatting biases among young people on Thursday, February 17, 2022 between 6:30-8:30 P.M.

The topics will include teaching effective responses to hate crimes, creating a learning experience through discussion for students, parents and school officials, and opening lines of communication between school officials and the community.

Special News Release – January 24, 2022

STRUCTURE FIRE

On Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 3:21 P.M., the Middlesex Police Department received numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting a smoke condition at the Middlesex Village Apartments. Police arrived and discovered a working structure fire in apartment 51B, which was unoccupied. Residents in adjacent units were quickly evacuated.

The Middlesex Fire Department responded and promptly extinguished the fire. The damage caused by the fire rendered apartments 51B and 51A uninhabitable, displacing three residents.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time but it is not believed to be suspicious.

The Dunellen Fire Department, Finderne Fire Department – Bridgewater Township, Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office, Middlesex Borough Office of Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services from Bound Brook and Dunellen also responded. No injuries were reported.

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact A/Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – January 14, 2022

December 31, 2021 @ 2:04 A.M. – Daniela A. Cuervo-Restrepo, 26, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Bound Brook Road and Second Street. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

January 1, 2022 @ 1:23 A.M. – Danny L. Arroyo-Villalva, 44, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Jill Court. Officer James Morley investigated.

January 2, 2022 @ 11:40 P.M. – Francis A. Grausso, 56, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a single motor vehicle crash in the area of Bound Brook Road and Warrenville Road. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

January 3, 2022 @ 4:16 P.M. – Kurt Holloway, 33, of Edison was charged with shoplifting $161.21 worth of merchandise from the CVS Pharmacy, 1252 Bound Brook Road. Officer Robert Dangler investigated.

January 4, 2022 @ 8 P.M. – Jessica L. Heinold, 38, of Middlesex was charged with four counts of Theft By Deception following a check fraud investigation conducted by Officer Robert Dangler.

January 6, 2022 @ 8:47 P.M. – A resident of Gramercy Gardens reported that a package was stolen off of his porch the day prior. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.

January 7, 2022 @ 3:07 P.M. – A resident of Jay Place reported that a package was stolen off of her porch the day prior. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

January 11, 2022 @ 10:30 A.M. – A resident of Lincoln Boulevard reported the theft of her wallet and an unauthorized withdrawal of $360.00 from her account at a local bank. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.

January 13, 2022 @ 12:38 A.M. – Anthony V. Rizzolo, 26, of Green Brook was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Union Avenue and Valentine Street. Officer James Morley investigated.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendants are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact A/Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – January 3, 2022

December 14, 2021 @ 11:56 A.M. – A borough resident reported he was assaulted during a dispute by an individual on Elmwood Avenue. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.

December 15, 2021 @ 3:30 P.M. – Maurice R. Sanders, 42, of Bridgewater was charged with two counts of Burglary, two counts of Theft and two counts of Criminal Mischief. Through investigation, Detective Sergeant Thomas Falk determined that during the early morning hours of December 11, 2021, Mr. Sanders burglarized Luca’s Pizza, 115 Harris Avenue and Quick Stop, 518 Bound Brook Road. Officer Paul Steffanelli and Officer Bryan Rodrigues assisted with the investigation.

December 23, 2021 @ 4:35 P.M. – A resident of Stephenson Avenue reported an unknown male stole a package from her porch. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated. 

December 24, 2021 @ 12:05 A.M. – Anthony J. Rusin, 36, of Raritan was arrested and charged with DWI following an investigation of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Union Avenue and Valentine Street. Officer James Morley investigated.

December 24, 2021 @ 1:01 P.M. – A borough resident reported a theft of checks, which were later forged and cashed. Officer Robert Dangler investigated. 

December 24, 2021 @ 10:35 P.M. – A resident of Benart Place reported multiple rings, valued at $13,000.00, were stolen from her residence. Officer James Morley investigated. 

December 25, 2021 @ 12:58 P.M. – Marco V. Garita-Loria, 25, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with Possession of a Prescription Legend Drug and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following an investigation of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Drake Avenue and Madison Avenue. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.

December 26, 2021 @ 11:17 A.M. – Andre D. Thomas, 25, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with shoplifting $180.58 worth of merchandise from the Acme Supermarket, 125 Bound Brook Road. Mr. Thomas was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendants are merely accusations and he or she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact A/Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

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