News Release – December 15, 2023

December 8, 2023 @ 11:04 A.M. – The proprietor of U.S. Gas, 101 Bound Brook Road reported the theft of 14 car batteries, valued at $420.00. Officer April Menditto investigated.

December 8, 2023 @ 12:08 P.M. – A Piscataway resident reported that two of the tires to their vehicle were slashed while left unattended in the parking lot of 333 Cedar Avenue. Officer April Menditto investigated.

December 8, 2024 @ 5:45 P.M. – Lorenza Menjivar Menjivar, 48, of South Plainfield was arrested and charged with Theft of Mislaid Property. Through his investigation, Officer Daniel Gurell determined that on November 23, 2023, Ms. Menjivar Menjivar stole an iPhone 14 Pro Max inside of the Superfood Fresh Supermarket, 738 Union Avenue while another patron left it unattended.

December 9, 2023 – Miguel J. Perkins, 28, of Elizabeth was charged with five counts of Burglary. Through their investigation, Officer Marc Arancio, Officer Paul Muldowney, Officer Robert Dangler and Officer Joseph Centola determined that during the overnight hours of December 6, 2023, Mr. Perkins unlawfully entered and attempted to unlawfully enter numerous vehicles on Beechwood Avenue, Hazelwood Avenue and Lucia Street.

December 10, 2023 @ 2:11 A.M. – Diego Perez-Pinto, 44, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

December 11, 2023 @ 5:47 P.M. – An employee of U.S. Gas, 101 Bound Brook Road reported the theft of $49.01 worth of gasoline. Officer Ryan Skow investigated
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December 12, 2023 @ 11:19 A.M. – The proprietor of Superior Paving and Masonry reported the theft of a BWise 20-foot equipment trailer, a New Holland L328 skid steer and a Wacker Neuson RD12 asphalt ride-on roller from an unsecured parking lot at 141 Lincoln Boulevard. All of the equipment, reportedly valued at $51,000.00, was recovered in Plainfield. Officer Paul Muldowney, Officer Ryan Skow and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

December 13, 2023 @ 11:00 A.M. – Eugene G. Buccellato, 62, of North Babylon, NY was arrested and charged with Money Laundering for facilitating a direct deposit scheme that resulted in a $2,123.27 loss to Cellgain, 200 Wood Avenue in August of 2023. Officer April Menditto and Detective Scott Mulford investigated.

December 13, 2023 @ 4:30 P.M. – Javier Vasquez, 42, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Unlawful Taking Of Means Of Conveyance, in connection with a 2019 Kia Optima that was stolen earlier that morning on the 300 block of Clinton Boulevard. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.

December 13, 2023 @ 10:50 P.M. – A resident of Oak Drive reported the theft of a package, which contained two iPhone 15 Pro cell phones. The total reported loss was $2,098.00. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

December 14, 2023 @ 10:15 A.M. – A Kenworth T66 semi truck, previously reported stolen to the Union Township Police Department, was recovered on the 700 block of William Street. Officer Colin DeVincenzo 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – November 22, 2023

November 5, 2023 @ 8:52 P.M. – Heriberto Romero, 47, of Perth Amboy was arrested and charged with DWI following a welfare check on River Road. Officer Ryan Skow investigated.

November 9, 2023 @ 11:37 A.M. – Officer April Menditto investigated a report of spray-painted graffiti on a storage building at Simchock Field. The Middlesex Department of Public Works later remediated the damage.

November 10, 2023 @ 8:15 A.M. – A resident of Venice Avenue reported they were scammed out of $30,000.00 through a bogus investment scheme by an individual who claimed to be an Instagram influencer. Officer Jamie Marczak and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

November 11, 2023 @ 2:46 A.M. – Cesar Valdez-Hernandez, 46, of Raritan was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

November 11, 2023 @ 7:45 P.M. – An employee of CVS Pharmacy, 1252 Bound Brook Road reported that two females shoplifted makeup products from the business. Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.

November 13, 2023 @ 3:01 A.M. – Julio R. Castilloveitia, 31, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash on Lincoln Boulevard. He was subsequently charged with Terroristic Threats for remarks that he made after his arrest. Officer Christian Dulin and Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

November 14, 2023 @ 3:21 P.M. – A resident of the Middlesex Village Apartments reported they were scammed into sending $15,000.00 in funds through Bitcoin ATMs by an individual pretending to be an Amazon representative. Officer Joseph Centola and Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.

November 15, 2023 @ 12:52 P.M. – A resident of Mountain View Terrace reported they were scammed into wiring $2,500.00 in funds by an individual pretending to be a PSE&G representative. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

November 17, 2023 @ 12:29 P.M. – A resident of Barbara Place reported an overnight theft of a Yamaha motorcycle, valued at $9,973.89 The motorcycle was reportedly left unattended in the driveway at the time of the incident. Officer Paul Muldowney 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release - November 10, 2023

Middlesex Police Charge Owner of Illegal Cannabis Dispensary

Chief Matthew P. Geist announced that the Middlesex Police Department charged an owner of an unauthorized cannabis dispensary that was located through police investigation in Middlesex Borough.

Christopher L. Twine, 36, of Piscataway was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana and Money Laundering. The charges stem from an investigation that was conducted by Officer Colin DeVincenzo and Detective Scott Mulford, who determined that Mr. Twine was operating an unlicensed business, “Queen City Petro,” at 555 Bound Brook Road. Officers seized 23.3 pounds of suspected raw marijuana, suspected marijuana-infused food products and over $17,000.00 in U.S. currency, in addition to various items believed to have been used to facilitate the operation.

“Illegal dispensaries attempting to circumvent state and borough regulations must be held accountable to the law,” stated Chief Geist. “This comprehensive and on-going investigation by our officers and Detective Mulford is integral to our mission of safeguarding our community from unregulated products and business practices.”

This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mulford at (732)356-1900 ext. 359.
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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – November 8, 2023

October 20, 2023 @ 3:17 P.M. – A resident of Hancock Street reported they were defrauded out of $39,000.00, after an unauthorized transfer was made from their bank account. Officer April Menditto and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

October 23, 2023 @ 3:02 P.M. – A resident of Roosevelt Drive reported they were defrauded out of $2,000.00. The resident reported the incident was initiated by phone, by an individual who they believed was a McAfee computer security software representative. The individual instructed them to withdraw funds from their bank account and deposit the money into a Bitcoin ATM to rectify a supposed billing issue. After doing so, the resident realized they were scammed. Officer Daniel Gurell and Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan are investigating.

October 23, 2023 @ 9:37 P.M. – A resident of Seneca Avenue reported a burglary and theft of cash, jewelry, designer brand bags and video game consoles. Officer Marc Arancio and Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan are investigating.

October 24, 2023 @ 2:57 P.M. – Robin Pena, 32, of Perth Amboy was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property, following a motor vehicle stop on Harris Avenue. During the course of the stop, it was learned that Mr. Pena was operating a motor vehicle that had been reported stolen to the Rahway Police Department. Mr. Pena was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility. Officer Jamie Marczak and Officer Scott Christofides investigated.

October 24, 2023 @ 7:14 P.M. – A resident of Voorhees Avenue reported their child’s BMX bicycle, reportedly valued at $300.00, was stolen from Haverstick Park. The bicycle was later recovered and returned to the owner. Officer Christian Dulin and Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

October 26, 2023 @ 12:35 P.M. – An employee of CVS Pharmacy, 1252 Bound Brook Road reported that three suspects shoplifted $760.18 worth of men’s electric razors from the store. Officer Robert Dangler and Officer Joseph Centola investigated.

October 26, 2023 @ 1:42 P.M. – Christina Sblendorio, 32, of Fanwood was arrested and charged with Hindering, following a welfare check that was conducted in front of CVS Pharmacy, 1252 Bound Brook Road. Ms. Sblendorio was released on her own recognizance. Officer Robert Dangler and Officer Joseph Centola investigated.

October 27, 2023 @ 1:11 P.M. – The proprietor of Schifano Construction, 1 Smalley Avenue reported the theft of ten E-Z Pass transponders from company vehicles and approximately $25,000.00-$30,000.00 in fraudulent transactions. Officer Colin DeVincenzo and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

October 28, 2023 @ 12:18 A.M. – Nicholas A. Magou, 35, of Mountainside was arrested and charged with DWI, following a motor vehicle stop on Greenbrook Road. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

November 1, 2023 @ 1:17 A.M. – Belarminio Sanchez Medina, 59, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI, following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.

November 4, 2023, @ 7:42 A.M. – A resident of Bonnie Brook Terrace reported the theft of a BMW X3 from their driveway. The vehicle was reportedly left unlocked and unattended, with a key fob inside at the time of the incident. It was recovered in Green Brook. Officer Robert Dangler and Officer Joseph Centola 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – October 20, 2023

October 6, 2023 @ 2:27 A.M. – Osvaldo I. Aldana, 54, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Boulevard. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

October 11, 2023 @ 6:41 A.M. – A resident of Second Street reported criminal mischief to their vehicle. It was determined that during the previous evening, an unknown individual(s) used a BB gun to damage multiple windows and a mirror. The cost of repairs was reported to be $2,202.34. Officer Bryan Rodrigues and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

October 11, 2023 @ 6:46 A.M. – An individual reported that he was physically assaulted over a parking spot at 288 Lincoln Boulevard. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

October 11, 2023 @ 8:58 P.M. – A resident of Fairview Avenue reported a PSE&G scam. The resident reported receiving a call from who they believed was a PSE&G representative, instructing them to respond to a local 7-Eleven to rectify a billing issue. The resident then withdrew cash and used a Cash App barcode that was provided to them by the suspect to send the funds. After doing so, the resident realized it was a scam. The reported loss was $298.00. Officer Christian Dulin and Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan are investigating.

October 13, 2023 @ 2:32 P.M. – A proprietor of a Baekeland Avenue business reported a lost E-ZPass transponder and $4,500.00 in fraudulent E-ZPass transactions. Officer Scott Christofides and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

October 14, 2023 @ 2:11 P.M. – Rashmeen Q. Casey, 41, of Plainfield was charged with Trespassing. Through his investigation, Officer Jamie Marczak determined that Ms. Casey unlawfully entered JVD Towing, 1003 Lincoln Boulevard to retrieve belongings from a vehicle.

October 19, 2023 @ 9:39 A.M. – A resident of The Lofts reported criminal mischief to their vehicle. It was determined that during the previous evening, an unknown individual(s) placed a rock on the hood of their vehicle, resulting in a dent. Officer Colin DeVincenzo is investigating.

October 19, 2023 @ 6:00 P.M. – Marwan A. Abdelazeez, 23, of East Brunswick was charged with Fraudulent use of a Credit Card. Through his investigation, Officer Jamie Marczak determined that on September 22, 2023, Mr. Abdelazeez used a lost credit card which belonged to a Baekeland Avenue business to fuel his personal vehicle.

October 20, 2023 @ 1:03 A.M. – Gautama Reid, 46, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Washington Avenue. Officer Christian Dulin 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release - October 19, 2023

Middlesex Police Charge Suspects in Catalytic Converter Thefts

Chief Matthew P. Geist announced that the Middlesex Borough Police Department has charged both Omar Fernandez, 31, and Gabriel M. Burgos, 31, both of the Bronx, NY with 20 counts of Theft, 19 counts of Criminal Mischief, 19 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Theft and 19 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Mischief. The charges stem from a rash of catalytic converter thefts, totaling $33,544.79, which occurred in Middlesex Borough between December of 2022 and February of 2023. The suspects primarily targeted Honda vehicles on the west side of town during the overnight hours.
 
Over the course of the following eight months, Detective Scott Mulford continued to investigate the incidents, ultimately coordinating with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Teaneck Police Department to identify Fernandez and Burgos as suspects.
 
“We recognize how frustrating the dramatic surge in catalytic converter thefts has been for our community,” stated Chief Geist. “We combat the victimization of our residents with an active and visible patrol force, backed by the professional and cutting edge investigations of our detectives. This investigation highlights the importance of our law enforcement partnerships while legislators continue to work to address this state and nationwide epidemic. I commend Detective Mulford and our entire Detective Bureau for their pursuit of justice in this investigation. We will employ this same pursuit of anyone who endeavors to victimize our community.”
 
While these suspects have been identified and each charged with 77 counts of the listed crimes, we urge our residents to lock their cars and houses, remain vigilant, and report suspicious activity to the police department. This investigation is active and ongoing.
 
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mulford at (732)356-1900 ext. 359.
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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – October 6, 2023

September 23, 2023 @ 3:48 P.M. – A Bound Brook resident reported an overnight theft of a wallet from a motor vehicle. The vehicle was reportedly parked on Lorraine Avenue and unlocked at the time of the incident. Officer James Morley investigated.

September 25, 2023 @ 2:18 P.M. – The proprietor of a Baekeland Avenue business reported fraudulent credit card transactions, totaling $3,558.36. Officer Jamie Marczak is investigating.

September 28, 2023 @ 1:07 P.M. – A resident of Stephenson Avenue reported they were defrauded into making $5,878.85 worth of Zelle payments after a phone scammer convinced them that their bank account was compromised. Officer Robert Dangler and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

September 28, 2023 @ 3:43 P.M. – Marcelino Perez, 79, of Kearny was charged with Theft. Through his investigation, Officer Robert Dangler determined that Mr. Perez stole several items of merchandise, valued at $156.00, from a Lincoln Boulevard business.

September 28, 2023 @ 3:51 P.M. – A proprietor of a Bound Brook Road business reported that an irate customer used profane language and spit on the floor after an issue with a transaction. The customer, who left the business prior to police arrival, was later identified and was notified that they were not permitted to return to the business. Officer Paul Muldowney 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – September 21, 2023

September 7, 2023 @ 11:39 P.M. – A resident of Lincoln Boulevard reported they were assaulted by an acquaintance on Bound Brook Road. Officer Anthony Painchaud is investigating.

September 8, 2023 @ 7:18 P.M. – A resident of Drake Avenue reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Nissan NV. The reported loss was $1,500.00. Officer James Morley and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

September 8, 2023 @ 10:38 P.M. – Jason A. Pohero, 51, of Somerset was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Greenbrook Road. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

September 9, 2023 @ 2:04 A.M. – Juan C. Gonzalez Meneses, 37, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash on Lincoln Boulevard. Officer Anthony Painchaud and Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.

September 11, 2023 @ 10:37 A.M. – Andrew Robinson, 63, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Shoplifting. An investigation conducted by Officer Colin DeVincenzo, Detective Scott Mulford and Detective Paul Cerreto determined that on August 29, 2023, Mr. Robinson stole over $3,015.00 worth of eyeglasses and sunglasses from Your Eyes and You, 1326 Bound Brook Road. Mr. Robinson was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility.

September 13, 2023 @ 8:48 A.M. – A proprietor of a Wagner Street business reported an overnight burglary and theft of tools from three work vans. The total reported loss was $17,393.73. Officer Paul Muldowney and Detective Paul Cerreto are investigating.

September 14, 2023 @ 1:56 P.M. – An Acura TL that was reported stolen to the New Brunswick Police Department was recovered at a business on Bound Brook Road. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.

September 17, 2023 @ 11:40 P.M. – Efrain Quijano-Agustin, 40, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on South Lincoln Avenue. Officer Christian Dulin 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – September 5, 2023

August 7, 2023 @ 4:39 P.M. – A proprietor of a Cedar Avenue business reported the theft of a refrigerated box trailer, valued at $65,000.00. Through investigation, it was determined that the theft occurred on July 28, 2023. The trailer was later recovered in Ridgefield by the New Jersey State Police. Officer Paul Steffanelli and Officer Amanda Basso conducted the initial investigation, which was later turned over to Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan.
 
August 11, 2023 @ 1:44 A.M. – Kathleen A. Connell, 26, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash on Bound Brook Road. Officer Anthony Painchaud and Officer Christian Dulin investigated.
 
August 13, 2023 @ 6:29 P.M. – A resident of North Plainfield reported a road rage incident that occurred on Lincoln Boulevard. The reporting party alleged that the other involved driver spit at their vehicle. Officer April Menditto investigated.
 
August 14, 2023 @ 2:54 P.M. – A proprietor of a Bound Brook Road business reported they were deceived in the amount of $11,541.47 through fraudulent credit card transactions. Officer Joshua Pham conducted the initial investigation, which was later turned over to Detective Paul Cerreto.
 
August 17, 2023 @ 6:16 P.M. – A resident of Cook Avenue reported the theft of two dog shampoo bottles, stolen from a package that was delivered to their mailbox. The reported loss was $95.00. Officer April Menditto investigated.
 
August 19, 2023 @ 2:14 P.M. – A resident of Lake Ariel, PA reported the theft of a work laptop from an unlocked and unattended motor vehicle. The vehicle was reportedly parked in a parking lot on Bound Brook Road at the time of the incident. The reported loss was $2,500.00. Officer April Menditto investigated.
 
August 19, 2023 @ 7:36 P.M. – A resident of the Middlesex Village Apartments reported the theft of a license plate from a Honda CRV. The vehicle was reportedly parked in the Middlesex Village Apartments parking lot at the time of the incident. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.
 
August 19, 2023 @ 10:03 P.M. – Samuel Bolvito-Cuxun, 39, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.
 
August 19, 2023 @ 11:50 P.M. – Maximus Trujillo, 21, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.
 
August 22, 2023 – Edinson Rodriguez Sime, 32, of Lindenhurst, NY was charged with Theft By Deception, stemming from a PSE&G scam. Through his investigation, Detective Scott Mulford determined that Rodriguez Sime was responsible for defrauding a local business out of $2,109.43.
 
August 24, 2023 @ 8:28 P.M. – A proprietor of a Lincoln Boulevard business reported the theft of scrap metal, valued at $100.00. Officer Jamie Marczak and Officer Amanda Basso investigated.
 
August 26, 2023 @ 8:59 A.M. – A resident of Gramercy Gardens reported the theft of power tools from the toolbox of their motor vehicle. The toolbox was reportedly locked at the time of the incident. The total reported loss was $3,150.00. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.
 
August 28, 2023 @ 10:31 A.M. – A Hazelwood Elementary School official reported painted-graffiti on a school shed. Officer Jamie Marczak and Officer Amanda Basso investigated.
 
August 28, 2023 @ 12:39 P.M. – A resident of Dunellen reported the theft of a toolbox from the bed of a pickup truck. The reported loss was $300.00. Officer Jamie Marczak and Officer Amanda Basso investigated.
 
August 29, 2023 @ 5:27 P.M. – The proprietor of a Bound Brook Road business reported the theft of eight pairs of eyeglasses, valued at $3,015.00. Officer Colin DeVincenzo and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.
 
August 31, 2023 @ 5:37 P.M. – A resident of Piscataway reported the theft of their purse while they were a patron at a Bound Brook Road business. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.
 
September 3, 2023 @ 12:00 A.M. – William Martin Gomez Morales, 36, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.
 
September 3, 2023 @ 1:57 A.M. – Miles M. Mayo, 31, of Caldwell was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue. Officer Christian Dulin 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release - August 30, 2023

Resident Charged and Arrested in Child Pornography Investigation

Middlesex Police Chief Matthew P. Geist announced that a Middlesex resident has been arrested and charged for his involvement in a child pornography investigation.

Walter E. Ciancia, 50, of Middlesex was arrested on August 17, 2023, without incident and charged with third-degree possession of child pornography. Ciancia was later remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility.

After receiving a cyber-tip from the New Jersey State Police and the Passaic County Sheriffs Office, detectives from the Middlesex Borough Police Department initiated a comprehensive investigation involving electronic surveillance and technical expertise, which identified Ciancia and led to his apprehension. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Unit assisted with the investigation, which was coordinated over a three month period of time. Chief Geist stated, “The youth of our community are the hope of our nation, it is paramount that we protect them from victimization and bring to justice those who violate these ideals. I am proud of the tireless efforts of our detectives who fervently engaged their skills and experience in this investigation.”

The investigation is active and ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732)356-1900 ext. 351
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charge is merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release - August 9, 2023

Middlesex Police Charge Vandalism Suspects

Chief Matthew P. Geist announced that the Middlesex Police Department has charged a 15-year-old Green Brook resident with Criminal Mischief, Conspiracy and Trespassing; a 14-year-old Green Brook resident with Conspiracy and Trespassing; and a 15-year-old Basking Ridge resident with Conspiracy in connection with numerous acts of vandalism that occurred in Middlesex on July 21, 2023.

On July 21, 2023, at 8:30 P.M., officers responded to the area of Green Brook Road for a report of three juveniles vandalizing street signs. Officer Marc Arancio investigated and determined that a total of seven street signs in the area contained fresh graffiti.

On July 22, 2023, at 12:05 P.M., Officer April Menditto responded to the SuperFood Fresh Supermarket, 738 Union Avenue and investigated a report of graffiti on an outside meat refrigerator and on an additional street sign. Through her investigation, Ofc. Menditto determined that the additional report was related to the incident from the previous evening.

Detective Scott Mulford conducted a follow-up investigation and learned that during the same evening, unbeknownst to the business, two of the three juveniles accessed the roof of the Dunkin’ Donuts, 580 Union Avenue and defaced both the roof itself and the store’s HVAC system.

After coordinating with the Green Brook Police Department and the Warren Township Police Department, Det. Mulford was able to identify the suspects. A total of $3,965.00 in property damage was reported.

“The support of our Mayor and governing body in the effort to return our department to full staffing has also reinvigorated our Investigations Division. This allowed Detective Mulford, supported by our other detectives and our active and visible patrol force, to aggressively investigate these offenses that are a degradation to the quality of life in our town,” stated Chief Geist. “Our mission is to serve our community and support their quality of life; these are the things that make Middlesex Borough a great place to live and work.”

This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Mulford at (732)356-1900 ext. 359.
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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – August 8, 2023

July 20, 2023 @ 12:55 P.M. – An employee of a business on the 200 block of Lincoln Boulevard reported spray-painted graffiti on the rear of their building. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

July 22, 2023 @ 12:00 P.M. – Alexandra Miclescu, 22, of Queens, NY was charged with Theft, stemming from a distraction scam that occurred at the Middlesex Shopping Center on June 6, 2023. Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.

July 23, 2023 @ 5:57 A.M. – Salvatore Cardinale, 47, of Hackensack was arrested and charged with DWI following an investigation into a disabled vehicle on Union Avenue. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

July 26, 2023 @ 3:30 A.M. – A resident of the 200 block of Giles Avenue reported that while they were home, an unknown intruder attempted to enter their residence. The suspect fled prior to police arrival. Officer Ryan Skow and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

July 26, 2023 @ 6:22 P.M. – A resident of the 300 block of Market Street reported they were assaulted by an acquaintance outside of the CVS Pharmacy, 1252 Bound Brook Road. Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.

July 28, 2023 @ 1:54 P.M. – An employee of a business on the 500 block of Bound Brook Road reported that a former employee made fraudulent transactions using a company credit card, stole a piece of company equipment and stole additional funds from the business. The total reported loss was $1,597.95. Officer Colin DeVincenzo is investigating.

July 28, 2023 @ 3:20 P.M. – A resident of the 1200 block of Bound Brook Road reported the theft of a bicycle, valued at $150.00. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

July 29, 2023 @ 4:10 A.M. – The proprietor of a business on the 700 block of Cedar Avenue reported the theft of a box trailer, which was later recovered in New York City. Officer James Morley investigated.

August 1, 2023 @ 11:31 A.M. – A proprietor of a
business on the 600 block of Lincoln Boulevard reported spray-painted graffiti on numerous property gates. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

August 1, 2023 @ 3:55 P.M. – A Piscataway resident reported that they were assaulted by a co-worker at their place of employment on the 500 block of Cedar Avenue. Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.

August 1, 2023 @ 5:08 P.M. – The proprietor of a business on the 100 block of Wood Avenue reported that a tire to a company vehicle was intentionally flattened. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

August 5, 2023 @ 2:50 A.M. – Damar S. Briggs, 44, of Newark was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

August 5, 2023 @ 9:31 P.M. – Joyce A. Rudolph, 68, of Bridgewater was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

August 5, 2023 @ 10:26 P.M. – An employee of Exxon, 1353 Bound Brook Road reported a theft of $54.02 worth of gasoline. It was later determined that the suspect(s) stole a license plate from a nearby vehicle parked on Dogwood Drive and later used it while committing the theft at the Exxon. Officer Robert Dangler and Officer Christian Dulin 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release - August 4, 2023

Chief Matthew P. Geist announced that the Middlesex Police Department has charged both Brayan M. Renteria Acosta, 19, of Rockford, IL and Brandon Zabala Hernandez, 21, of College Point, NY with two counts of Burglary, two counts of Theft, two counts of Criminal Mischief and two counts of Conspiracy in connection with two burglaries that occurred in Middlesex this January.

On January 6, 2023, at 10:39 P.M., a resident of the 400 block of B Street called 9-1-1 to report that their home was burglarized. Sergeant Daniel McCue and Officers Marc Arancio, Anthony Painchaud and Joshua Pham responded to the scene. The investigating officers determined that the residence had been ransacked and that $30,291.19 in cash and jewelry were stolen.

On January 13, 2023, at 11:49 P.M., a resident of the 700 block of Drake Avenue called 9-1-1 to report that their home was burglarized. Sergeant Daniel McCue, Officer Bryan Rodrigues and Detective Paul Cerreto responded to the scene. The investigating officers determined that the residence had been ransacked and that $21,500.00 in cash and luxury purses were stolen.

Over the course of the following six months, the Middlesex Police Department Detective Bureau continued to investigate both incidents, ultimately coordinating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and the Loves Park Police Department (IL) to identify Renteria Acosta and Zabala Hernandez as suspects. Renteria Acosta is currently lodged at the Winnebago County Jail in Illinois on related charges.

“The relentless efforts of our detectives in the pursuit of justice for the victims of our community should be commended,” stated Chief Geist. “The sophistication of these criminal investigations is only bested by our coordination with law enforcement agencies from across the country and the employment of modern investigation techniques by our detectives.”

This investigation conducted by Detective Scott Mulford is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mulford at (732)356-1900 ext. 359.
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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release - July 29, 2023

Middlesex Police Chief Matthew P. Geist announced that a fatal crash took place on South Avenue and is under investigation.

Today, July 29, 2023, at approximately 6:57 A.M., the Middlesex Police Department responded to the area of South Avenue and Howard Street after a 9-1-1 caller reported that a vehicle struck a pedalcyclist.
An investigation led by Sergeant Mark Melchiorre and Officer Colin DeVincenzo revealed that a Jeep Patriot rear-ended a pedalcyclist while both were traveling west on South Avenue.
The pedalcyclist succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced at the scene. The driver of the Jeep Patriot declined medical attention.
The Middlesex Fire Department assisted with the road closure, which lasted approximately five hours. The Piscataway Police Department assisted with the crash investigation.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Melchiorre at (732)356-1900 ext. 338 or Ofc. DeVincenzo at (732)356-1900 ext. 363.

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – July 21, 2023

July 7, 2023 @ 2:07 P.M. – An employee of a Lincoln Boulevard business reported two unsuccessful attempts were made to deposit fraudulent company checks. Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.
 
July 7, 2023 @ 3:23 P.M. – An employee of the Dollar General, 294 Lincoln Boulevard reported a shoplifting of detergent and deodorant. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

July 8, 2023 @ 2:40 P.M. – Danielle M. Welliver, 41, of Somerville was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Runyon Avenue and Smalley Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

July 9, 2023 @ 3:08 A.M. – Rapp H. Ware, 52, of High Point, NC was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

July 9, 2023 – Byron J. Contreras, 27, of Plainfield was charged with Theft. Through investigation, Officer Colin DeVincenzo determined that on June 23, 2023, Mr. Contreras left Tim Kerwin’s Tavern without paying for a $50.00 tab.

July 11, 2023 @ 2:26 P.M. – A proprietor of a Union Avenue business reported a fraud. The reporting party stated that they received a text message from an individual claiming to be from a government agency, threatening to suspend their business license. The reporting party was convinced to wire $12,800.00 to Hong Kong in order to supposedly rectify the issue. After doing so, they realized it was a scam. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.

July 15, 2023 @ 1:04 A.M. – Carlos E. Calderon Vides, 36, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.

July 15, 2023 @ 3:06 A.M. – Ricardo Espana, 29, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following an investigation into a suspicious vehicle parked on the 900 block of Lincoln Boulevard. Officer April Menditto investigated.

July 17, 2023 @ 1:01 A.M. – An employee of Quick Chek, 107 Harris Avenue reported a theft of $59.00 worth of gasoline. Officer James Morley investigated.

July 17, 2023 @ 9:13 P.M. – John Gaffi, 59, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Mountain Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com. 

News Release – July 6, 2023

June 21, 2023 @ 11:41 A.M. – A resident of Harris Avenue reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Volkswagen Jetta. The reported loss was $1,800.00. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.
 
June 22, 2023 @ 3:46 A.M. – A resident of Lincoln Boulevard reported a “sextortion” scam. The resident reported the suspect contacted them on Instagram and later threatened to send a compromising video to their family and friends unless they received payment. The reported loss was $350.00. Officer April Menditto investigated.
 
June 23, 2023 @ 11:00 A.M. – An employee of Tim Kerwin’s Tavern, 353 Bound Brook Road reported that a patron walked out of the establishment without paying for a $50.00 tab. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

June 26, 2023 @ 3:55 A.M. – A resident of the Foxhall Condominiums reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Mitsubishi Outlander. The reported loss was $1,200.00. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

June 26, 2023 @ 7:39 A.M. – A resident of the Hamiltonian Apartments reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Honda Civic. The reported loss was $1,000.00. Officer Robert Dangler and Officer Amanda Basso investigated.

June 26, 2023 @ 8:08 A.M. – A resident of the Hamiltonian Apartments reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Honda CRV. The reported loss was $1,771.43. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

June 26, 2023 @ 8:13 A.M. – A resident of the Foxhall Condominiums reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Mitsubishi Outlander. The reported loss was $4,000.00. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.

June 26, 2023 @ 9:27 A.M. – A resident of the Hamiltonian Apartments reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Honda Accord. The reported loss was $1,891.08. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

June 26, 2023 @ 2:18 P.M. – The proprietors of a Bound Brook Road business reported a PSE&G scam. They reported they received a call from an individual claiming to be affiliated with PSE&G, advising them that they were delinquent on payments and that their electricity would be turned off. After being instructed to make multiple Zelle payments, they realized it was a scam. The reported loss was $2,109.43. Officer Robert Dangler and Officer Amanda Basso investigated.

June 26, 2023 @ 7:27 P.M. – While conducting a welfare check, Officer Daniel Gurell arrested Arthur F. Long, 57, of Green Brook on active warrants that were issued by the Green Brook, Bound Brook, Bernards and Piscataway Municipal Courts.

June 26, 2023 @ 9:27 P.M. – Carolyn Starr, 56, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash on Mountain Avenue. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.

June 27, 2023 @ 9:51 A.M. – A resident of Decatur Avenue reported that four of their business checks were forged and deposited in the amount of $32,101.52. Officer Robert Dangler and Officer Amanda Basso investigated.

June 28, 2023 @ 3:51 P.M. – A resident of Sheridan Avenue reported the theft of a laptop from an unlocked motor vehicle. It was unknown where the theft occurred. The reported loss was $208.00. Officer Joshua Pham investigated.

June 28, 2023 @ 10:29 P.M. – A resident of Union Avenue reported the theft of a Volkswagen Atlas. It was unknown how the suspect(s) gained entry to the vehicle or obtained an ignition key. The reported loss was $30,000.00. Officer Christian Dulin and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

June 29, 2023 @ 4:15 P.M. – An employee of Papa John’s Pizza, 710 Union Avenue reported that a customer attempted to pay for a pizza with a counterfeit bill. Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.

June 30, 2023 @ 3:23 P.M. – Najia A. Bangs, 31, of Bayshore, NY was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension following a motor vehicle stop on Mountain Avenue. Officer Robert Dangler and Officer Amanda Basso investigated.

June 30, 2023 @ 4:30 P.M. – A resident of the Hamiltonian Apartments reported the theft of an adaptive cruise control sensor from a Honda CRV. The reported loss was $700.00. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

July 2, 2023 @ 11:12 P.M. – While investigating a suspicious vehicle on Lincoln Boulevard, Officer April Menditto arrested Derrick St-Vil, 35, of Plainfield for active warrants that were issued by the Scotch Plains and Irvington Municipal Courts.

July 3, 2023 @ 3:00 A.M. – An employee of Quick Chek, 107 Harris Avenue reported that a customer paid for fuel with a counterfeit bill. Officer April Menditto investigated.

July 3, 2023 @ 9:46 P.M. – A resident of Bound Brook reported his son’s bicycle was stolen outside of the Quick Chek, 107 Harris Avenue. The reported loss was $300.00. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

July 4, 2023 @ 8:09 P.M. – A resident of Runyon Avenue reported the theft of a bicycle. The reported loss was $40.00. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

July 5, 2023 @ 12:11 A.M. – Andrew Hajjar, 40, of Brooklyn, NY was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on South Lincoln Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – June 21, 2023

June 5, 2023 @ 7:21 P.M. – A resident of South Lincoln Avenue reported the theft of a radar sensor from a Honda Accord. The reported loss was $2,000.00. Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.

June 6, 2023 @ 4:37 P.M. – A resident of Plainfield reported the theft of a gold necklace, taken by two unknown individuals during a “distraction scam” that occurred at the Middlesex Shopping Center. The reported loss was $3,000.00. Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.

June 7, 2023 @ 1:40 P.M. – An employee of Somerset Savings Bank, 1305 Bound Brook Road reported an unknown individual made a fraudulent withdrawal of $700.00. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

June 8, 2023 @ 7:16 A.M. – A resident of Stephenson Avenue reported the theft of a wallet and cash from an unlocked motor vehicle. The total reported loss was $160.00. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

June 8, 2023 @ 3:42 P.M. – Two residents of Florida reported they fell victim to a “grandparent bail scam.” The couple reported the fraud was initiated when they received a phone call from who they believed was their grandson, advising them he had been arrested after a car crash. Soon after, they received another phone call, from an individual identifying themself as their grandson’s attorney, requesting $8,900.00 in cash to bail their grandson out of jail. The couple then withdrew $8,900.00 from a local financial institution and turned it over to an unknown driver who arrived at their location. After doing so, the couple realized they were scammed. Officer Robert Dangler and Detective Paul Cerreto are investigating.

June 8, 2023 @ 4:52 p.m. – A resident of Hampton Gardens reported the theft of an adaptive cruise control sensor from a Honda CRV. The total reported loss was $1,250.00. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

June 9, 2023 @ 11:25 A.M. – Shane W. Rebuth, 45, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Criminal Mischief following an investigation into a road rage incident. Mr. Rebuth was released on his own recognizance. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

June 11, 2023 @ 7:59 A.M. – Two residents of the Hamiltonian Apartments reported catalytic converter thefts, from a Honda CRV and a Honda Accord. Both reported losses were $2,500.00. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

June 11, 2023 @ 9:02 A.M. – During the course of conducting a welfare check, Officer Jamie Marczak arrested Jason W. Labruzza, 46, of Piscataway on an active warrant issued by the Centre County Sheriff’s Office (PA). Mr. Labruzza was charged as a Fugitive from Justice and remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center to await an extradition hearing.

June 11, 2023 @ 4:59 P.M. – A resident of Weiss Drive reported an unknown driver wielded a baseball bat during a road rage incident. Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.

June 11, 2023 @ 5:00 P.M. – A resident of Gramercy Gardens reported the theft of a front collision sensor from a Honda CRV. The reported loss was $1,500.00. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

June 12, 2023 @ 8:16 A.M. – A resident of the Foxhall Condominiums reported the theft of a radar sensor from a Honda CRV. The reported loss was $1,776.44. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.

June 13, 2023 @ 2:06 P.M. – The proprietor of National Dust Control, 200 Blackford Avenue reported a check mailed out by the business in the amount of $5,340.12 was later altered and deposited into an unknown account. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.

June 13, 2023 @ 6:25 P.M. – A resident of Gramercy Gardens reported the theft of an adaptive cruise control sensor from a Honda CRV. The total reported loss was $2,070.00. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.

June 14, 2023 @ 1:22 P.M. – An Uber driver reported that they were physically assaulted by a passenger. Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.

June 15, 2023 @ 8:06 A.M. – A resident of Harris Avenue reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Mitsubishi Outlander. The reported loss was $1,500.00 Officer Scott Christofides investigated.

June 15, 2023 @ 9:55 A.M. – The proprietor of Koba Corporation, 60 Baekeland Avenue reported thefts and fraudulent deposits of numerous checks that were intended for the business. The checks were believed to have been intercepted while in transit. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

June 15, 2023 @ 11:53 P.M. – Maurice L. Boyd, 52, of Somerset was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Sheridan Avenue. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

June 16, 2023 @ 9:07 P.M. – James W. Grant 3rd, 63, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Sheridan Avenue. Officer Joshua Pham investigated.

June 20, 2023 @ 3:10 A.M. – Officers from the Middlesex Borough Police Department were summoned to 600 block of Clinton Avenue to assist a 26 year old male, identified as Samuel Riyad, who appeared to be under the influence of illicit drugs. Upon arrival, an officer began speaking with Riyad, who, without provocation, struck the officer in the face with a closed fist. Upon the arrival of two additional officers, Riyad continued to attempt physical harm. The responding officers were able to gain control and compliance from Riyad, who was then transported by ambulance to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Riyad was charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault on Police Officers and was later transported to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center.

June 20, 2023 @ 5:46 A.M. – A resident of Howard Avenue reported the theft of a license plate from a Mercedes C300. Officer Marc Arancio 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – June 5, 2023

May 22, 2023 @ 7:40 A.M. – An employee of BAMCO Inc., 30 Baekeland Avenue, reported the theft of six catalytic converters from company vehicles. The total reported loss was $15,000.00. Officer Scott Christofides conducted a preliminary investigation, which was later turned over to the Detective Bureau.

May 22, 2023 @ 2:58 P.M. – Zulqernai Hussain, 35, of Edison was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash on Shepherd Avenue. Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.

May 24, 2023 @ 1:08 P.M. – A resident of Gramercy Gardens reported falling victim to a “fake check” scam. The resident stated that the fraud was initiated after they began communicating with a stranger on Instagram. The stranger reportedly instructed the resident to deposit a $1,000.00 check into their checking account and send back two $500.00 transfers through Venmo and Zelle. After doing so, the resident was contacted by their bank and was notified that the check had bounced. The resident suffered a loss of $1,000.00 as a result of the incident. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.

May 24, 2023 @ 9:57 P.M. – Matthew J. Kravcak, 40, of Hillsborough, was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Route 28. Officer James Morley investigated.

May 25, 2023 @ 2:31 P.M. – A resident of Drake Avenue reported falling victim to a “housing” scam. The resident reported the fraud was initiated after they located a Craigslist advertisement for an apartment sublease in Newark. The resident proceeded to communicate with the author of the listing solely through email and was instructed to send two wire transfers totaling $6,000.00 in order to receive the keys to the apartment. After doing so, the resident realized they were scammed. Officer Robert Dangler investigated.

May 26, 2023 @ 11:21 P.M. – Francis E. Omowole, 24, of Edison was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS and Distribution of CDS following a motor vehicle stop on Greenbrook Road. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

May 29, 2023 @ 1:45 P.M. – A resident of June Way reported the theft of a catalytic converter from an Acura MDX. The incident reportedly occurred at some point during the prior month. The total reported loss was $2,000.00. Officer April Menditto investigated.

June 1, 2023 @ 6:56 A.M., 7:53 A.M., 8:36 A.M., 11:17 A.M., 5:49 P.M., 7:38 P.M. – Six residents, of Pierrepont Avenue, South Lincoln Avenue, Mountain Avenue, Giles Avenue, Bonnie Brook Terrace and Washington Avenue, reported overnight thefts of catalytic converters. The reported losses ranged from $761.99 to $2,500.00. Officers Jamie Marczak, Colin DeVincenzo and Daniel Gurell investigated.

June 1, 2023 @ 11:29 P.M. – A resident of Plainfield reported numerous fraudulent charges to their debit card, one of which occurred at the QuickChek in Middlesex, 107 Harris Avenue. Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.

June 3, 2023 @ 9:45 A.M. – A resident of Giles Avenue reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Honda Accord. The incident reportedly occurred at some point during the prior three days. The total reported loss was $600.00. Officer Paul Steffanelli 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – May 25, 2023

April 12, 2023 @ 11:27 P.M. – Famous Rivera, 47, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Boulevard. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.
 
April 22, 2023 @ 2:23 A.M. – Jessica E. Rendon, 30, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.
 
April 22, 2023 @ 11:52 A.M. – Erik L. Chito Sailema, 21, of North Plainfield was arrested and charged with Hindering following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road. Officer April Menditto investigated.
 
April 22, 2023 @ 2:22 P.M. – A resident reported falling victim to a “romance scam.” The resident reported that after accepting a friend request from a stranger on Facebook, the two began communicating and entered what the resident construed to be a dating relationship. The suspect later claimed to be out of the country for business and in need of money. The resident was then convinced to purchase gift cards totaling approximately $1,000.00 and provided the suspect with the card numbers. After the resident stopped sending funds to the suspect, the suspect threatened to share compromising photographs of the resident with their Facebook friends. The resident then reported the incident to the police. Officer Paul Steffanelli and Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan are investigating.
 
April 30, 2023 @ 3:39 A.M. – Deborah N. Parra-Calderon, 26, of Manville, was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.
 
May 1, 2023 @ 11:04 A.M. – A proprietor of a Wood Avenue business reported vandalism to three work van tires. The total value of the damage incurred was reported to be $844.17. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.
 
May 3, 2023 @ 8:20 P.M. – Two residents of Grant Avenue reported a burglary and theft of two motorcycles. The total reported loss was $15,200.00. Officer Marc Arancio and Detective Paul Cerreto are investigating.
 
May 5, 2023 @ 1:09 A.M. – Carlos F. Ramos, 33, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Warrenville Road. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.
 
May 8, 2023 @ 8:55 P.M. – A resident of The Lofts reported an overnight theft of a wallet from an unlocked vehicle. The total reported loss was between $44.00-$54.00. Officer Christian Dulin and Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan are investigating.
 
May 12, 2023 @ 11:44 A.M. – Mark S. Dobies, 64, of Dunellen was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash in the area of Hazelwood Avenue and Grant Avenue. Officer Joshua Pham investigated.
 
May 13, 2023 @ 2:25 A.M. – Andy A. Cash, 23, of Somerset was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.
 
May 15, 2023 @ 1:58 P.M. – A resident of Greene Avenue reported numerous fraudulent transfers were made from their savings account, totaling $44,980.00. Officer April Menditto and Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan are investigating.
 
May 17, 2023 @ 6:18 A.M. – A resident of Beechwood Avenue reported an overnight theft of a catalytic converter from a Hyundai Tucson. The total reported loss was $5,000.00. Officer Ryan Skow investigated.
 
May 17, 2023 @ 2:59 P.M. – A resident of Green Brook reported they fell victim to a PSE&G scam. The victim reported they received a call from an individual who claimed to be affiliated with PSE&G and told they had an outstanding bill of $300.00. After being instructed to visit a 7-Eleven and send $300.00 in cash through a Cash App barcode, the reporting party realized they were scammed. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.
 
May 17, 2023 @ 7:30 P.M. – A resident of Piscataway reported that their wallet was stolen while left unattended at McDonald’s, 125 Bound Brook Road. The total reported loss was $220.00. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.
 
May 18, 2023 @ 9:24 P.M. – A resident of Clinton Avenue reported the theft of a motorcycle, valued at $5,000.00. The resident reported that they posted an advertisement for the motorcycle on Facebook Marketplace and made arrangements for a buyer to visit their residence. The buyer arrived and handed the resident $5,000.00. After the resident went to retrieve the title, the buyer drove off on the motorcycle. The resident then realized the $5,000.00 they had received was counterfeit. Officer Christian Dulin and Detective Paul Cerreto are investigating.
 
May 21, 2023 @ 12:31 A.M. – The manager of 7-Eleven, 99 Lincoln Boulevard, reported the theft of scratch off New Jersey Lottery tickets. The total reported loss was $2,782.00. Officer Ryan Skow and Detective Paul Cerreto are investigating.
 
May 22, 2023 @ 1:24 A.M. – Esteban Mejia, 43, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road. Officer Bryan Rodrigues 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – April 10, 2023

March 22, 2023 @ 9:14 A.M. – An employee of the Middlesex Borough Board of Education reported spray-painted graffiti near the Middlesex High School football field. After Officer Jamie Marczak investigated, DPW remediated the graffiti.
 
March 22, 2023 @ 5:38 P.M. – A resident of Harris Avenue reported the theft of a Glock 22 .40 cal S&W handgun from their residence. The firearm was reportedly valued at $850.00. Officer Christian Dulin and Detective Paul Cerreto are investigating.
 
March 22, 2023 @ 8:58 P.M. – Two acquaintances each reported that they were harassed by one another while at a Park Brook Gardens residence. Officer Marc Arancio investigated.
 
March 25, 2023 @ 8:38 A.M. – A Wood Avenue business proprietor reported an overnight burglary and the theft of a 2019 Porsche Cayenne, a 2022 Cadillac CT5 and numerous key fobs. The total reported loss, including the damage sustained as a result of forced entry made by the suspects, was $172,000.00. Both vehicles were later recovered in Newark. Officer Daniel Gurell and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.
 
March 29, 2023 @ 11:58 P.M. – Nicholas B. Borzon, 55, of Metuchen was arrested for an active warrant issued by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office during the course of a motor vehicle stop, conducted by Officer Bryan Rodrigues.
 
April 2, 2023 @ 2:19 A.M. – Oscar I. Moreno-Mugartegui, 46, of South Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.
 
April 3, 2023 @ 7:04 A.M. – A 2021 Chevrolet Express van, reported stolen out of Bound Brook, was recovered on Bonnie Brook Terrace. Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.
 
April 6, 2023 @ 10:23 P.M. – Christian R. Miller, 50, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Runyon Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release - March 24, 2023

Middlesex Police make multiple arrests of Pharmacy Burglary Suspects

Chief Matthew P. Geist announced that two arrests were made on Thursday, March 23, 2023 in connection with a significant burglary that occurred at Boro Hall Pharmacy on February 28, 2023, with theft proceeds in the amount of $28,471.03. These arrests were the result of a joint investigation with the Cranford Police Department and the Manalapan Township Police Department, with assistance provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Response Team, and the New Brunswick Police Department.

  • Luis Jaquez, 22, of New Brunswick, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Burglary through Forcible Entry, Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, and Criminal Mischief.
  • Eric Rodriguez, 26, of New Brunswick, was arrested and charged with Burglary through Forcible Entry, Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, and Criminal Mischief.
  • Jose Taveras, 29, of New Brunswick, was charged with Burglary through Forcible Entry, Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, and Criminal Mischief.
  • Fernando Azcona, 27, of Hightstown, was charged with Burglary through Forcible Entry, Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, and Criminal Mischief.

Jaquez and Rodriguez were remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center pending a detention hearing to be scheduled in Superior Court in New Brunswick. Taveras and Azcona remain at large.

 “The quick results of this ongoing investigation show our officers’ commitment to protecting our community, apprehending suspects, and intercepting stolen prescription medications, which help to feed the drug epidemic that persists in New Jersey,” said Chief Geist. “The collaboration of Middlesex Police Officers Marczak and Gurell, Detective Scott Mulford, the other members of our Investigations Division, and police agencies across three counties made these arrests possible. I commend their efforts and those made by our active and visible patrol force every day in Middlesex Borough.” 

The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Mulford of the Middlesex Borough Police Department at (732) 356-1900 ext. 359.      

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 Lieutenant Thomas Falk at (732) 356-1900 x 340 or at tfalk@middlesexpd.com. 

News Release – February 27, 2023

January 25, 2023 @ 11:48 A.M. – An employee of Metro Glass, 560 Lincoln Boulevard reported that a company check was altered and fraudulently cashed in the amount of $21,117.24. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

January 25, 2023 @ 7:21 P.M. – Kelly N. Thompson-Dunmore, 19, of Plainfield was arrested for an active warrant issued by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office during the course of a suspicious vehicle investigation at Victor Crowell Park, initiated by Officer Joshua Pham and Officer Anthony Painchaud.

January 26, 2023 @ 2:50 P.M. – An employee of Quick Chek, 107 Harris Avenue reported the theft of $75.51 worth of gasoline. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

January 27, 2023 @ 8:00 A.M. – Soje I. Rivera, 26, of Newark was charged with Shoplifting. Through investigation, it was determined that on January 20, 2023, Ms. Rivera shoplifted $255.66 worth of merchandise from SuperFood Fresh Supermarket, 738 Union Avenue. Officer Scott Christofides and Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan investigated.

January 27, 2023 @ 7:36 P.M. – A customer of Mastercraft 1 Auto Body, 122 Bound Brook Road reported that their vehicle was stolen from the business at some point the previous evening. The vehicle, which was reportedly left unlocked with its ignition key inside, was later recovered in Plainfield. Officer Ryan Skow investigated.

January 28, 2023 @ 3:05 P.M. – A resident of Sherman Avenue reported they were scammed out of $4,500.00 by an unknown fraudster who contacted them by telephone and claimed that their Navy Federal Credit Union account was compromised. Officer April Menditto investigated.

January 30, 2023 @ 8:29 A.M. – An employee of the Middlesex Borough Department of Public Works (DPW) reported spray paint on the flood wall near Cap Lane. After Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated, DPW remediated the graffiti.

January 30, 2023 @ 9:36 A.M. – The proprietor of Layla Transportation, 300 Lincoln Boulevard reported that a forged check was created in the business’ name and an attempt was made to cash it in the amount of $13,900.00. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.

February 1, 2023 @ 12:21 P.M. – The property owner of 277 Lincoln Boulevard reported a burglary and theft of a Yale brand forklift, reportedly valued at $5,000.00. Officer April Menditto and Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan are investigating.

February 2, 2023 @ 2:30 P.M. – John Jimenez, 34, of Basking Ridge was arrested and charged with Burglary and Simple Assault. Through their investigation, Officer Paul Steffanelli and Officer Daniel Gurrell determined that on February 1, 2023, Mr. Jimenez entered a secure Amazon warehouse at 65 Baekeland Avenue and assaulted an employee.  Mr. Jimenez was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility.

February 2, 2023 @ 11:56 P.M. – Franklin B. Toaquiza Toaquiza, 23, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Hallock Avenue. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.

February 6, 2023 @ 12:00 P.M. – A resident of Vogel Place reported that they were defrauded out of $750.00. The resident stated that they were contacted by telephone by an individual identifying themself as an employee of Homeland Security, claiming that their identity was compromised. The resident reported they were instructed by the caller to purchase Target gift cards at a nearby Walgreen’s and provide them with the card and access numbers. After doing so and releasing the funds, the resident realized they were scammed. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.

February 8, 2023 @ 12:19 P.M. – While on patrol, Officer Joshua Pham located spray paint on the flood wall near Legion Place. After he completed his investigation, DPW remediated the graffiti.

February 11, 2023 @ 1:39 P.M. – Christian M. Chiassom, 41, of New Brunswick was arrested and charged with Shoplifting, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon and Canice S. Harris, 50, of Berlin was arrested and charged with Conspiracy, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon and Possession of a Prescription Legend Drug following a shoplifting investigation at the CVS Pharmacy, 1252 Bound Brook Road. Mr. Chiassom was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility and Ms. Harris was released on her own recognizance. Officer Paul Steffanelli, Officer Richard Szymczak and Officer Daniel Gurell investigated.

February 12, 2023 @ 2:34 A.M. – Mohammed F. Ahmed, 30, of Iselin was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Second Street. Officer James Morley investigated.

February 12, 2023 @ 4:19 A.M. – A resident of Stephenson Avenue reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Honda Pilot. The reported loss was $1,000.00. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.

February 14, 2023 @ 5:53 A.M. – A resident of Voorhees Avenue reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Honda Pilot. The reported loss was $400.00. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

February 14, 2023 @ 9:15 A.M. – A resident of Lincoln Boulevard reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Honda Fit. The reported loss was $600.00. Officer Ryan Skow investigated.

February 14, 2023 @ 9:46 A.M. – A resident of Fairview Avenue reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Mitsubishi Outlander. The reported loss was $4,000.00. Officer Ryan Skow investigated.

February 14, 2023 @ 10:48 A.M. – While on patrol, Officer Colin DeVincenzo located spray paint on cement in the area of Bound Brook Road and Marshall Place. After he completed his investigation, DPW remediated the graffiti.

February 16, 2023 @ 2:45 P.M. – A resident of Edgeworth Street reported the theft of two license plates. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

February 18, 2023 @ 3:26 P.M. – A resident of D Street reported the theft of their child’s bicycle. Officer Joshua Pham investigated.

February 20, 2023 @ 8:47 P.M. – A resident of Lincoln Boulevard reported they were assaulted by an unknown assailant in front of their residence. Officer Ryan Skow, Officer April Menditto, Detective Scott Mulford and Detective Paul Cerreto are investigating.

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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release - February 24, 2023

Chief Matthew P. Geist announced that Lieutenant Thomas Falk, the Administration Division
Commander with the Middlesex Police Department, graduated from the Fall 2022 Session of the
prestigious New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Command and
Leadership Academy and attended a graduation ceremony on February 23, 2023.

“This is a fantastic achievement for Lieutenant Falk,” said Chief Geist. “We are proud of the
rigorous work and study he invested into this very challenging curriculum. His success benefits
out organization and bolsters our commitment to furthering the professionalism of the Middlesex
Police Department.”

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.

Lt. Falk has served as a member of the Middlesex Police Department since 2005, and we offer
congratulations to him upon completion of this program.

A Letter To Our Community - January 27, 2023

In the ever-increasing speed of the world around us, driven by technology and information sharing, we in Middlesex are fortunate enough to still enjoy the small town feel of our community. It is because of our connection to the community that I am taking this opportunity to address an incident of national attention that occurred 1,100 miles away in Memphis. A criminal investigation into the death of Tyre Nichols is active and ongoing, and five officers of the Memphis Police Department have been criminally charged for their involvement.

Our police department has made significant strides at every level from recruiting and training, to enhancing our transparency and accountability with the community we serve. Our daily operations are all functions of our core values of integrity, professionalism, and respect. These are intrinsic values for our officers and staff and are at the heart of how we are called to serve. There is no tolerance for anything less than the highest values and traditions of our police department, and each and every officer of the Middlesex Borough Police Department is held to these standards.

Built upon these values, our officers are equipped with training and technology to enhance their abilities to address the needs of our community and continually bolster the public trust. Our department attended over 500 hours of training in two, nationally recognized programs titled Integrating Communications Assessment and Tactics (ICAT), which focuses on key tools, skills, and options used for de-escalation; and Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, which supports our department values of building a culture of peer intervention that prevents harm. With the support of our Mayor and Council, we have invested in SafeFleet body worn cameras for all of our sworn law enforcement officers. This new equipment and training ensures that Middlesex Borough Police Department officers have the resources needed to handle evolving situations.

The policy of the Middlesex Borough Police Department mandates review of our officers’ body worn camera footage to be used as a training tool and to ensure the high standards of our department. These meaningful reviews are completed on three levels of increasing oversight and scrutiny for any situations where our officers have no choice but to use some level of force to overcome resistance and protect life and property of those we serve. Last year we handled 25,557 calls for service. During eight of these calls, our officers used force to intervene in mental health crises and an act of domestic violence.

Despite this making up 0.00031% of our responses, each use of force employed was carefully investigated and found that our officers are meeting or exceeding the values and standards of the police department and the guidelines of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.

While I may not have answers for the incident that took place by law enforcement in Memphis, my officers, my command staff, and I assure our community that we continue to hold ourselves as community servants, bringing peace and good order, and we strive to be worthy of the public trust. For information about our police department, I encourage you to visit our webpage at https://www.middlesexpd.com or to contact me at 732-356-1900 ext. 324.

Sincerely,

Matthew P. Geist
Chief of Police

News Release – January 24, 2023

January 5, 2023 @ 8:19 P.M. – A resident of Runyon Avenue reported they were a victim of fraud. The resident stated they received a call from an individual claiming to be a member of the Mexican Cartel, threatening to hurt their family member unless they paid a supposed debt. The caller then convinced the resident to travel to a nearby town and wire $1,900.00 to secure their family member’s release. After doing so, the resident learned that their family member was never in danger and that they were scammed. Officer James Morley investigated.

January 6, 2023 @ 10:42 P.M. – A resident of B Street reported a burglary and theft of cash and jewelry from their residence. The total reported loss was $30,291.19. Officer Joshua Pham and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

January 8, 2023 @ 9:06 P.M. – Allison M. Negron, 27, of Elizabeth was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Greenbrook Road and Whitney Drive. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

January 10, 2023 @ 11:55 A.M. – A resident of Lorraine Avenue reported their Target credit card was used to make a fraudulent $500.00 purchase. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

January 10, 2023 @ 4:52 P.M. – A resident of Tree Top Road reported they were a victim of fraud. The resident reported that they were contacted through LinkedIn by an individual offering a cryptocurrency investment opportunity. After transferring funds over the course of several months, the individual ceased all communications and the resident realized they were scammed. The total reported loss was $91,842.00. Detective Paul Cerreto and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

January 10, 2023 @ 11:50 P.M. – An employee of 7-Eleven, 1280 Bound Brook Road reported a theft of Pedigree dog food cans, valued at $6.38. Officer James Morley investigated.

January 11, 2023 @ 8:08 P.M. – A resident of the Middlesex Village Apartments reported the theft of several packages. The total reported loss was $90.79. Officer Marc Arancio investigated.

January 13, 2023 @ 5:50 P.M. – A resident of Stephenson Avenue reported a theft of a catalytic converter from a Honda CRV. The reported loss was $1,000.00. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

January 13, 2023 @ 11:52 P.M. – A resident of Drake Avenue reported a burglary and a theft of cash and luxury purses from their residence. The total reported loss was $21,500.00. Officer Bryan Rodrigues and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

January 17, 2023 @ 3:17 P.M. – A resident of Chestnut Street reported a theft of a catalytic converter from a Honda Odyssey. The reported loss was $9,000.00. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.

January 18, 2023 @ 2:47 A.M. – A resident of Venice Avenue reported a theft of a catalytic converter from an Acura TL. The reported loss was $594.79. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

January 18, 2023 @ 8:06 A.M. – A resident of Venice Avenue reported a theft of a catalytic converter from a Honda Accord. The reported loss was $1,000.00. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

January 18, 2023 @ 11:00 A.M. – A resident of the Middlesex Village Apartments reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Honda Accord. The reported loss was $1,000.00. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

January 19, 2023 @ 4:00 P.M. – A school official reported a bicycle theft at the Middlesex High School. The bicycle was later recovered and returned to its owner. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

January 21, 2023 @ 11:57 P.M. – Anthony C. Delacruz, 41, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of South Lincoln Avenue and Martin Street. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

January 22, 2023 @ 12:16 A.M. – Barbara A. Dunn, 68, of Hillsborough was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle complaint on New Street. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

January 22, 2023 @ 9:41 A.M. – The proprietor of SuperFood Fresh Supermarket, 738 Union Avenue reported an unidentified suspect shoplifted $255.66 in products from the store. 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 Detective Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – January 6, 2023

December 20, 2022 @ 9:42 A.M. – A resident of Orchard Road reported they were scammed out of $905.96 by what was later determined to be a fictitious loan company. Officer April Menditto investigated.

December 26, 2022 @ 1:02 A.M. – Meagan L. Ackermann, 30, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Mountain Avenue and William Street. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

December 29, 2022 @ 4:25 P.M. – A resident of Pennsylvania reported their credit card was used to make numerous fraudulent food delivery purchases, totaling $418.36. Officer Joshua Pham investigated.

January 2, 2023 @ 6:58 P.M. – A resident of Beechwood Avenue reported the theft of a Yamaha motocross motorcycle, valued at $3,500.00, from an unlocked shed. It was later recovered in Plainfield. Officer Joshua Pham and Detective Scott Mulford are investigating.

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 Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – December 21, 2022

December 3, 2022 @ 12:26 A.M. – Bryan R. Roberts, 42, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Union Avenue and Judson Drive. Officer James Morley investigated.

December 9, 2022 @ 12:08 P.M. – A resident of Louis Avenue reported she was scammed out of $450.00 while attempting to buy concert tickets on Facebook. Officer April Menditto investigated.

December 10, 2022 @ 11:41 A.M. – An employee of Quick Chek, 107 Harris Avenue reported a disorderly customer at the business. Officer April Menditto investigated.

December 14, 2022 @ 7:14 A.M. – A resident of Edgeworth Street reported that his vehicle was vandalized overnight. Officer Robert Dangler investigated.

December 15, 2022 @ 1:44 P.M. – A resident reported graffiti to a building on the 600 block of Bound Brook Road. Officer Paul Muldowney 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 Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 351 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release – December 3, 2022

STRUCTURE FIRE

On Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 9:31 A.M., the Middlesex Police Department received numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting a fire at 625 Lincoln Boulevard. Police officers arrived and confirmed a working structure fire at the mixed-use building, which consists of numerous businesses and apartments. All occupants of the building were safely evacuated.

The Middlesex Fire Department quickly responded to the scene and requested a second alarm activation. The Middlesex Fire Department, assisted by firefighters and equipment from the Dunellen, Bound Brook, Bridgewater, Piscataway, South Plainfield and Franklin Township Fire Departments had the fire under control within forty minutes.

The Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office, Middlesex Borough Office of Emergency Management, Middlesex Borough Rescue Squad, Emergency Medical Services from Hackensack Meridian Health at JFK Hospital, Middlesex Borough Construction Official and PSE&G also responded. No injuries were reported.

The damage caused by the fire rendered Classic Cuts Barbershop, Boulevard Café & Deli and the apartments above the businesses uninhabitable. Silvia’s Pupuseria was temporarily closed and a third apartment was vacated as utilities to the building remain off. The 11 displaced residents received assistance from the Middlesex Borough Office of Emergency Management, the American Red Cross and other community members.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office but is not believed to be suspicious at this time.

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

News Release – December 2, 2022

November 4, 2022 @ 5:23 P.M. – The proprietor of Boro Hall Pharmacy, 565 Bound Brook Road reported that an individual used a stolen credit card to purchase several items, resulting in a $502.77 loss to the business. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

November 14, 2022 @ 4:03 P.M. – Luis A. Calderon-Menjivar, 41, of South Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DWI following a report of an erratic driver in the area of Bound Brook Road and Locust Avenue. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

November 18, 2022 @ 3:46 P.M. – A resident reported he was deceived out of $999.99 after he was convinced by an individual, posing as a Microsoft employee, to purchase a fictitious computer security system. The fraud was initiated by a pop-up advertisement on the resident’s desktop computer, instructing him to call a phone number for assistance. After doing so, the suspect persuaded the resident to fax him a check, which was then cashed. The resident realized afterward that he had been scammed. Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

November 23, 2022 @ 8:30 A.M. – The proprietor of K J Supplies, 826 Lincoln Boulevard reported the theft of 75 pallets, valued at $500.00, that occurred the previous weekend. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

November 23, 2022 @ 11:39 A.M. – Khyion X. Mayer, 28, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with two counts of Forgery. Through his investigation, Officer Paul Steffanelli determined that Mr. Mayer presented counterfeit currency to two separate local businesses. Mr. Mayer was released on his own recognizance.

November 26, 2022 @ 7:25 P.M. – An individual reported graffiti to a building in Mountain View Park. Officer Joshua Pham investigated and contacted the proper authorities to remediate the graffiti.

November 27, 2022 @ 8:52 P.M. – An employee of CVS Pharmacy, 1252 Bound Brook Road reported that two individuals used counterfeit currency while making two transactions, resulting in a loss of $346.01 to the store. Officer Marc Arancio 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 Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – November 14, 2022

November 4, 2022 @ 4:14 A.M., 4:40 A.M., 6:14 A.M. – Three residents of Runyon Avenue reported motor vehicle burglaries that occurred overnight. All of the involved vehicles were left unlocked and unattended. Each of the vehicles were ransacked but nothing was reportedly stolen. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

November 4, 2022 @ 4:14 P.M. – A resident of the Hamiltonian Apartments reported an overnight theft of a wallet from their vehicle. The vehicle was left unlocked and unattended. The reported value of the wallet was $100.00. Officer April Menditto investigated.

November 12, 2022 @ 9:22 P.M. – Claire S. Floyd, 23, of Stirling was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Zoar Place. Officer Anthony Painchaud 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 Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – November 1, 2022

October 21, 2022 @ 7:55 A.M. – The proprietor of Green Effects Landscaping reported an overnight theft of tools from an unlocked storage locker of a vehicle. The vehicle was reportedly parked in a commercial lot at 730 South Avenue at the time of the incident. A hedge trimmer, handheld leaf blower, chainsaw, cut off saw and two gas cans were reported stolen. The total reported loss was $3,050.00. Officer Jamie Marczak and Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

October 21, 2022 @ 12:19 P.M. – The superintendent of the Hampton Gardens Apartments reported the theft of copper pipes, reportedly valued at $1,027.69. Officer Jamie Marczak and Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

October 21, 2022 @ 3:15 P.M. – A resident of Grove Avenue reported an overnight theft of tools from an enclosed trailer. The trailer was reportedly parked in front of the resident’s home at the time of the incident and displayed signs of forced entry. Two chainsaws and two drill drivers were reported stolen. The total reported loss was approximately $2,000.00. Officer Jamie Marczak and Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

October 24, 2022 @ 1:15 A.M. – A resident of the Hamiltonian Apartments reported the theft of an electric bicycle from the side of their front porch. The bicycle was reportedly left unlocked and unattended at the time of the incident. Officer Ryan Skow investigated.

October 28, 2022 @ 10:06 A.M. – A resident of Judson Drive reported an overnight theft of a bicycle from their driveway. The bicycle, valued at $800.00, was later recovered in the area of the Middlesex Public Library. Officer Scott Christofides and Officer Joshua Pham 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 Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release – October 28, 2022

MIDDLESEX POLICE DEPARTMENT PARTICIPATING IN NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY ON OCTOBER 29

On Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Middlesex Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills or medicinal patches for disposal to Middlesex Police Headquarters at 1101 Mountain Avenue. (The DEA will not accept liquids or needles). The service is free and anonymous – no questions are asked.

Chief Matthew P. Geist stated, “The partnerships of this initiative are doing great things to address this public health and safety issue and the epidemic of prescription drug abuse that plagues the United States. This collection does not take much effort in comparison to the value it adds to the safety of our community.” Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 744,082 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 7,634 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010.

In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, there are many other ways to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs every day, including the 11,000 authorized collectors that are available all year long. For more information, visit DEA’s
year-round collection site locator.

The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. More information is available here: https://www.fda.gov/…/where-and-how-dispose-unused…
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 29 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.

News Release – October 24, 2022

October 2, 2022 @ 5:18 P.M. – A resident of Pond Avenue reported she fell victim to a “romance scam.” The resident stated she began communicating with someone she met through social media and was led to believe they were in the military, stationed overseas. The resident reported this person convinced her to send money in the mail and through Bitcoin under the guise of assisting them with importing a parcel of gold bars. After doing so, she realized she had been scammed. The reported loss was $7,400.00. Officer Robert Dangler investigated.

October 9, 2022 @ 11:05 A.M. – An employee of 7-Eleven, 1280 Bound Brook Road reported an incident involving a disorderly customer. Through investigation, it was determined that a male entered the store, concealed potato chips inside of his sweatshirt and was confronted by an employee. The male yelled at the employee, threw food at a cigarette display and pushed a rack of bananas onto the floor prior to exiting. Officer Paul Steffanelli and Officer April Menditto investigated.

October 18, 2022 @ 9:47 P.M. – A resident of Harris Avenue dialed 9-1-1 and reported he located a female trespassing on his property. Officers responded and apprehended Jenein E. White, 36, of Union. Ms. White was charged with Trespassing and was released on her own recognizance. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.

October 19, 2022 @ 11:32 A.M. – An employee of the Valero gas station, 302 Lincoln Boulevard, reported the theft of $30.00 worth of gasoline. Officer Jamie Marczak 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 Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – October 6, 2022

September 19, 2022 @ 7:53 P.M. – Christina M. Zaleski, 39, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a welfare check that was conducted in the area of Stout Avenue and Emerson Avenue. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.

September 20, 2022 @ 4:48 P.M. – A resident of Bound Brook reported an internet fraud. After completing an application for an apartment listed for rent in Middlesex, the victim reported she was later contacted through text messages by an individual claiming to be the property owner. The victim reported she then made an appointment to tour the apartment and paid both an application fee and a security deposit. After doing so, she realized she had been scammed. The reported loss was $1,140.00. Officer Jamie Marczak and Officer Christopher Colon investigated.

September 20, 2022 @ 8:28 P.M. – Francisco Enriquez, 34, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash in the area of Harris Avenue and Hooker Street. Officer Paul Cerreto and Officer Christian Dulin investigated.

September 21, 2022 @ 12:20 A.M. – A resident of Voorhees Avenue reported a motor vehicle burglary. The resident reported that while the burglary was in progress, he yelled at the suspects, who then fled the area. Nothing was reportedly stolen from the vehicle, which was unlocked and unattended at the time of the incident. Officer James Morley investigated.

September 21, 2022 @ 5:21 A.M. – An employee of Petroleum 19, 145 River Road reported an overnight burglary at the business. It was determined that the suspect(s) smashed an office window and removed cash. Officer James Morley and Detective Sergeant Daniel McCue are investigating.  

September 22, 2022 @ 6:26 P.M. – A resident of Fairview Avenue reported that a juvenile damaged his vehicle. The juvenile was identified and turned over to a guardian. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

September 23, 2022 @ 9:30 A.M. – A resident of Greenbrook Road reported the theft of a package from his front porch. The reported loss was $330.00. Officer Jamie Marczak and Officer Christopher Colon investigated.

September 25, 2022 @ 1:08 A.M. – Elvin O. Lopez-Mejia, 30, of Dunellen was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Warrenville Road and Anne Street. Officer Bryan Rodrigues 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 Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – September 21, 2022

August 30, 2022 @ 7:00 A.M. – Residents of Ashland Road, Chestnut Street and B Street reported motor vehicle burglaries that occurred overnight. All of the involved vehicles were left unlocked and unattended at the time the incidents occurred. Items that were reported stolen included a dash camera, a GPS unit, spare change and credit cards. Officer Paul Steffanelli and Detective Sergeant Daniel McCue are investigating.

August 30, 2022 @ 5:00 P.M. – A resident of Bound Brook Road reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Honda CRV. The reported loss was $1,000.00. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.

September 3, 2022 @ 4:24 A.M. – Lised D. Naranjo, 27, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash in the area of Marlborough Avenue and Howard Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

September 13, 2022 @ 1:44 A.M. – A resident of Mountain Avenue reported a burglary. Through his investigation, Officer Richard Szymczak determined that the suspects entered a fenced-in yard, gained entry to a shed and attempted to steal a Yamaha Raptor ATV and a Can-Am ATV. The suspects were ultimately unsuccessful and fled the area after they were interrupted by the resident.

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 Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release - Pedestrian Struck By Motor Vehicle - September 7, 2022

On Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 12:12 PM, Police Headquarters received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a pedestrian had been struck by a motor vehicle near the Middlesex Post Office on Hawthorne Avenue. Officer Paul Steffanelli, Officer Jamie Marczak, and Officer Colin DeVincenzo arrived to find the victim, an 87 year old female, lying in the roadway, trapped underneath the vehicle. The officers, with the assistance of five Good Samaritans who jumped into action, were able to lift the vehicle and free the victim from beneath. The victim sustained injuries to her hips and pelvis and was treated by emergency medical personnel and paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson EMS, who later transported her to RWJ University Hospital, New Brunswick.
 
Chief of Police Matthew P. Geist stated, “The quick response of our officers and the selfless efforts of the bystanders brought timely aid to the pedestrian victim. As always, we encourage our motoring public to drive with caution and be aware of pedestrians and pedalcyclists around our shops and businesses. There is no time this is more evident than during the return to school of our Middlesex students.”
 
Chief Geist encouraged anyone with information on yesterday’s crash to contact Sergeant Mark Melchiorre at (732) 356-1900 ext. 338.
 
Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact Lt. Thomas Falk at (732) 356-1900 extension 340.

News Release – August 27, 2022

August 8, 2022 – Bobbie Gaddy, 79, of Middlesex was charged with Failing to Provide a Living Animal with Necessary Care, stemming from a report received that a dog was outside in extreme heat, without adequate food or water. Sergeant George Pilesky, the Humane Law Enforcement Officer for the Middlesex Borough Police Department, investigated.
 
August 12, 2022 @ 1:01 P.M. – A resident of Marlborough Avenue reported a fraud attempt. The resident received a phone call from an unknown male who identified himself as an attorney. The male advised the resident that his grandson was arrested after an accident and needed $8,900.00 to post bail. The resident withdrew the requested amount from a bank and was instructed to turn over the money to an “associate,” who visited the resident’s home. The resident grew suspicious and refused to turn over any of the money. The resident then called his grandson and confirmed that he was never arrested. Officer Paul Steffanelli and Officer Christian Dulin investigated.
 
August 13, 2022 @ 9:23 A.M. – A resident of Voorhees Avenue reported a theft of a passport and cash from her unlocked motor vehicle. The total reported loss was $409.00. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.
 
August 18, 2022 @ 11:02 P.M. – A business owner on Lincoln Boulevard reported that his property was burglarized and that four ounces of marijuana, reportedly valued at $350.00, was stolen. Officer Jamie Marczak and Detective Sergeant Daniel McCue are investigating.
 
August 19, 2022 @ 6:24 A.M. – A resident of Lincoln Boulevard reported that approximately two weeks prior, his vehicle was unlawfully entered. Nothing was reported to have been stolen. Ofc. Jamie Marczak investigated.
 
August 22, 2022 @ 7:09 P.M. – Felix R. Chango Melendez, 32, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a report of a motor vehicle crash in the area of Bound Brook Road and South Lincoln Avenue. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.
 
August 23, 2022 @ 12:19 A.M. – Officer Jamie Marczak, Officer Bryan Rodrigues and Officer Joshua Pham responded to the 7-Eleven, 99 Lincoln Boulevard for a report of an armed robbery. It was determined that an unknown male approached a gas station attendant, brandished a firearm and demanded cash. After receiving a sum of money, the suspect fled the area on foot. Detective Sergeant Daniel McCue will be conducting a follow up investigation.
 
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 Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.

News Release – August 10, 2022

July 25, 2022 @ 10:24 A.M. – A resident of Shepherd Avenue reported the theft of a package from his driveway. The reported value was $79.99. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.
 
July 28, 2022 @ 6:20 A.M., 7:52 A.M., 7:43 P.M. – Two residents of Lincoln Boulevard and one resident of Harris Avenue reported motor vehicle burglaries that occurred the previous evening. All three vehicles were left unlocked and unattended at the time the incidents occurred. Items that were reported stolen included wallets and loose change. Officer Richard Szymczak, Officer Scott Mulford and Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.
 
July 28, 2022 @ 11:10 A.M. – A resident of Union Avenue reported that he was deceived into purchasing a stolen Honda CRV. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.
 
July 29, 2022 @ 10:33 A.M. – A resident of Pond Avenue reported internet fraud. The resident stated that she began communicating with an individual who claimed to be a member of the United States Army. She added that eventually he requested money from her so that he could “return home.” The resident then wired him $12,150.00, under the guise that he would eventually pay her back. The resident realized afterward that she had been scammed. Officer George Pilesky investigated.
 
August 1, 2022 @ 8:17 P.M. – Two juveniles reported that their bicycles were stolen while left unsecured and unattended on South Avenue. The reported values of the bicycles were $650.00 and $600.00, respectively. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.
 
August 4, 2022 @ 9:28 P.M. – A resident of Grandview Street reported that he received threatening text messages from an unknown individual. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.
 
August 5, 2022 @ 9:36 A.M. – A resident of Washington Avenue reported that an unknown male used his lost credit card to make fraudulent purchases at several local businesses. Officer Scott Christofides and Officer Christopher Colon 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 - Vehicle And Structure Fire - August 3, 2022

On Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 09:19 hours, Lt. Thomas Falk observed heavy black smoke, discovered a vehicle fire on the property of 4 Smalley Avenue, Middlesex, NJ, and requested the Middlesex Fire Department to respond. The fire originated in the engine compartment of a truck that was on the property and spread to three other vehicles and the structure of a business, American Power Cord Corporation. The Middlesex Fire Department arrived on scene and requested a second alarm activation. Fire companies from the Dunellen Fire Department, Green Brook Fire Department, Bound Brook Fire Department, Finderne Fire Company, Green Knoll Fire Company, River Road Fire Company, New Market Fire Company, North Stelton Fire Company, Elizabeth Avenue Fire Company, Somerset Fire and Rescue Company, and South Plainfield Fire Department, along with staff from the Middlesex County Bureau of the Fire Marshal, the Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Unit, and the Middlesex County Department of Emergency Management arrived to assist. Emergency Medical Services from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Hackensack Meridian Health at JFK Hospital also responded.
 
Chief of Police Matthew P. Geist stated, “Lt. Falk’s efforts in locating the fire and initiating the dispatch of our fire department show the importance of an active and visible patrol force. The quick arrival of our police officers, the Middlesex Fire Department and the assisting fire companies from our surrounding communities helped to minimize the spread of the fire and ensured the protection of the surrounding property. I applaud the work of the firefighters and responders who worked in the extreme heat to extinguish the fire.”
 
The incident is under investigation by the Middlesex County Bureau of the Fire Marshal.
Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact Lt. Thomas Falk at (732) 356-1900 extension 340.

News Release – July 27, 2022

July 12, 2022 @ 1:24 A.M. – While conducting a school check, Officer Jamie Marczak located graffiti on a brick wall of Hazelwood Elementary School. Ofc. Marczak ensured that the proper authorities will remediate the graffiti.
 
July 12, 2022 @ 8:08 A.M. – A resident of Park Brook Gardens reported that earlier in the morning, at approximately 4:30 A.M., he was assaulted by an unknown male in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Officer George Pilesky investigated.
 
July 13, 2022 @ 2:01 A.M. – A resident of North Lincoln Avenue reported that she received harassing text messages from an unknown individual(s). Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.
 
July 17, 2022 @ 2:33 P.M. – A resident of Plainfield reported the theft of an Apple Watch. The watch was reportedly inside of his vehicle, parked in a tow yard on Lincoln Boulevard at the time of the theft. The reported value was $409.00. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.
 
July 17, 2022 @ 10:22 P.M. – Omar Rios, 30, of Brooklyn, NY was charged with Simple Assault and Disorderly Conduct following an altercation at Endzone Lounge & Liquors, 425 Bound Brook Road. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.
 
July 18, 2022 @ 6:07 P.M. – Temitope O. Ajibade, 42, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash at the Exxon gas station, 1353 Bound Brook Road. Officer Robert Dangler investigated.
 
July 19, 2022 @ 6:00 P.M. – A resident of Lincoln Boulevard reported a fraud attempt. She reported that while using the internet, her computer froze and a phone number appeared on the screen, instructing her to call for assistance. After the resident called the phone number, an unknown male advised her that he needed her personal and financial information to resolve the issue. The resident ultimately determined that she was speaking with a scammer and did not suffer any financial loss. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.
 
July 20, 2022 @ 7:17 A.M. – The proprietor of Hi-Lite Electrical Services, 424 Lincoln Boulevard reported the theft of two catalytic converters from a Chevrolet C4500 truck. The total reported value was $3,200.00. Officer George Pilesky investigated.
 
July 20, 2022 @ 8:10 A.M. – The proprietor of R &R Irrigation, 283 Lincoln Boulevard reported a burglary to a fenced in area of the property and an attempted theft of two catalytic converters from an Isuzu NPR truck. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.
 
July 20, 2022 @ 10:19 A.M. – A resident of Lonanbe Drive reported the theft of a Honda CRV. The vehicle was reportedly parked in front of the victim’s residence at the time of the theft. The reported value was $17,000.00. Officer George Pilesky investigated.
 
July 21, 2022 @ 4:50 A.M. – A resident of Voorhees Avenue reported an online acquaintance threatened to share compromising photographs and videos of him with his family and friends unless payment was made in the amount of $2,000.00. The resident complied with the suspect’s demand, however, the suspect then continued to blackmail him, demanding additional payment. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.
 
July 22, 2022 @ 9:11 P.M. – A resident of Vogel Place reported a burglary and theft of cash, jewelry, designer bags and clothing from her residence. The total reported value was $50,470.00. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.
 
July 23, 2022 @ 4:06 P.M. – Jaime R. Barge, 49, of Kenilworth was arrested and charged with DWI, Possession of CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle crash in the area of Bound Brook Road and North Lincoln Avenue. Officer Robert Dangler 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 – July 13, 2022

June 21, 2022 @ 12:16 P.M. – A resident of Fairfield Avenue reported the theft of a fan guard cover from a central air conditioning unit, valued at $50.00. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.
 
June 23, 2022 @ 6:34 P.M. – While on patrol, Officer George Pilesky located graffiti on the flood wall adjacent to Cap Lane. Ofc. Pilesky ensured that the proper authorities will remediate the paint damage.
 
June 28, 2022 @ 12:48 A.M. – Jose A. Gutierrez-Rodriguez, 28, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Bound Brook Road and Garden Place. Office Jamie Marczak investigated.
June 28, 2022 @ 10:04 P.M. – While on patrol, Officer Jamie Marczak located graffiti in the men’s bathroom at Mountain View Park. Ofc. Marczak ensured that the proper authorities will remediate the paint damage.
 
June 30, 2022 @ 10:19 P.M. – Following an investigation on Fitsimmons Avenue, Brian T. Dugan-Doyle, 34, of Bethlehem, PA was arrested and charged with DWI. Officer Marc Arancio investigated.
 
July 2, 2022 @ 10:10 A.M. – A resident of Seneca Avenue reported that several tools, valued at $300.00, were stolen from his motor vehicle at some point overnight. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.
 
July 5, 2022 @ 2:07 P.M. – The proprietor of Middlesex Liquors, 1323 Bound Brook Road reported a shoplifting of Hennessy Cognac and Remy Martin VSOP. The total reported loss was $113.90. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.
 
July 6, 2022 @ 1:18 A.M. – A juvenile reported that his backpack, containing various items, was stolen in the area of Ashland Road and Oak Drive. The total reported loss was $185.00. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.
 
July 6, 2022 @ 10:33 A.M. – A resident of Second Street reported that she received harassing phone calls from an unknown individual. Officer George Pilesky investigated.
 
July 6, 2022 @ 4:39 P.M. – A resident of Runyon Avenue reported that softball equipment, valued at $2,592.68, was stolen from the front porch of her residence. Officer George Pilesky investigated.
 
July 7, 2022 @ 11:20 A.M. – A vehicle stolen out of North Carolina was recovered at a business on William Street. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.
 
July 9, 2022 @ 6:16 P.M. – An employee of CVS Pharmacy, 1252 Bound Brook Road reported a shoplifting of allergy medication. The total reported loss was $1,592.53. Officer Robert Dangler 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 – June 25, 2022

June 9, 2022 @ 9:20 P.M. – A resident of South Lincoln Avenue reported that an unknown individual(s) used a rock and a brick to vandalize her pool, causing $810.00 in damage. Officer James Morley investigated and determined that a juvenile was responsible for the criminal mischief.
 
June 13, 2022 @ 7:35 A.M. – A resident of Edward Avenue reported that an unknown individual(s) entered her motor vehicle and removed cash. The vehicle was reportedly unlocked and unattended at the time of the theft. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.
 
June 14, 2022 @ 2:33 A.M. – Dajuan O. Hester, 29, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property. Through their investigation, Officer Jamie Marczak and Officer James Morley determined that Mr. Hester was in possession of an item that was stolen from a motor vehicle on Chestnut Street. He was released on his own recognizance.
 
June 20, 2022 @ 2:36 P.M. – The proprietor of Van-Con Inc., 195 South Avenue reported the theft of 13 catalytic converters from Chevrolet Express 4500 passenger vans that were parked in a storage lot. The total reported loss was $26,000.00. Officer Robert Dangler 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 - Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash - June 20, 2022

On June 19, 2022 at 1:11 pm, the Middlesex Police Department received a 911 call reporting that a person on a “bike” was struck by a vehicle on NJS 28 (Bound Brook Road) at Fairfield Avenue. Patrol officers arrived on location, closed the roadway between Clay Avenue and Stephenson Avenue, and began speaking with the involved drivers and witnesses. The driver of a Suzuki motorcycle, identified as Ramon Sanchez, 28, of Dunellen, NJ, was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital by the Middlesex Borough Rescue Squad under the care of a Flight Nurse and Flight Medic from the New Jersey State Police NorthSTAR helicopter. While at the hospital, Mr. Sanchez succumbed to his injuries. The Middlesex Police Department Fatal Accident Reconstruction Team responded. The investigation revealed that Mr. Sanchez was traveling west on Bound Brook Road and struck a Hyundai Tucson, which was entering onto NJS 28 from Fairfield Avenue. The Middlesex Fire Department responded and established a landing zone at Mountain View Park for the NJSP helicopter. The Middlesex Fire Department Fire Police assisted the NJ DOT with the road closure until the vehicles were removed.
 
The Middlesex Police Department asks anyone who witnessed this crash or has information that may aid in the investigation to contact A/Sgt. Melchiorre at 732-356-1900 extension 338.
 
Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact Lt. Thomas Falk at (732) 356-1900 extension 340

News Release – June 9, 2022

May 25, 2022 @ 3:17 P.M. – An employee of Quick Chek, 107 Harris Avenue reported the theft of $40.00 worth of gasoline. Officer George Pilesky investigated.
 
May 28, 2022 @ 2:23 A.M. – John C. Jenkins, 20, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Cedar Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.
 
May 28, 2022 @ 9:23 P.M. – An employee of CVS Pharmacy, 1252 Bound Brook Road reported that a male, later determined to be a juvenile, shoplifted from the business. The stolen items were recovered and the juvenile was turned over to a guardian. Officer Marc Arancio investigated.
 
May 31, 2022 @ 1:49 A.M. – A resident of Plainfield reported the theft of a Peterbilt 379 tractor and a Mac 48” flatbed trailer while parked on Lackland Drive. The reported loss was $135,000.00. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.
 
May 31, 2022 @ 5:30 P.M. – A resident of Walnut Street reported that a scammer contacted her by telephone. The individual reportedly pretended to be her daughter and requested bail money. The resident quickly realized it was a fraud attempt and did not suffer any financial loss. Officer Paul Cerreto investigated.
 
May 31, 2022 @ 7:46 ​P.M. – A resident of Valley Brook Drive reported that he was harassed by an acquaintance. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.
June 2, 2022 @ 4:03 P.M. – A faculty member of Watchung Elementary School reported graffiti on the roadway and on a concrete pad. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.
 
June 7, 2022 @ 7:49 P.M. – A resident of Marlborough Avenue reported that she was scammed out of $150.00 after making a payment to purchase baby formula through Facebook Marketplace. Officer Marc Arancio 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 – May 26, 2022

May 11, 2022 @ 3:54 P.M. – The proprietor of Petroleum 19, 145 River Road reported the theft of $125.00 worth of gasoline. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.
 
May 12, 2022 @ 8:51 P.M. – A resident of Harris Avenue reported that his child’s bicycle, valued at $250.00, was stolen at some point the previous evening. The bicycle was reportedly unattended in front of their residence at the time of the theft. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.
 
May 14, 2022 @ 8:48 A.M. – A resident of Second Street reported that two tires to his vehicle, valued at $450.00, were slashed at some point the previous evening while parked on Fairfield Avenue. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.
 
May 15, 2022 @ 12:39 A.M. – Damian G. Gallagher, 26, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of South Lincoln Avenue and Bound Brook Road. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.
 
May 15, 2022 @ 11:03 A.M. – A resident of South Lincoln Avenue reported that her purse was stolen at some point the previous evening while left unattended on her front porch. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.
 
May 15, 2022 @ 11:33 A.M. – Three juveniles were observed trespassing in the area of the New Jersey Transit Cedar Avenue Rail Crossing. The juveniles were later turned over to a guardian. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.
 
May 21, 2022 @ 1:51 A.M. – Christian P. Arroyo-Nunez, 30, of North Plainfield was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Bound Brook Road and Washington Avenue. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.
 
May 21, 2022 @ 7:50 P.M. – A juvenile reported that he was extorted by an online acquaintance. The acquaintance reportedly threatened to disseminate a compromising photograph of the juvenile unless he sent them money. Officer James Morley investigated.
 
May 21, 2022 @ 7:59 P.M. – A resident of Lincoln Boulevard reported that an acquaintance stole her cell phone. The cell phone was later returned to her. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.
 
May 22, 2022 @ 1:39 A.M. – Luis D. Jimenez-Arias, 33, of Summit was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop in the area of Bound Brook Road and High Street. Officer James Morley investigated.
 
May 24, 2022 @ 7:31 P.M. – A resident of Hampton Gardens reported that he was assaulted by an acquaintance on Hawthorne Street. Officer Anthony Painchaud 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 – May 13, 2022

April 21, 2022 @ 5:05 A.M. – Thomas Y. Miller, 25, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with DWI and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance following a motor vehicle crash on River Road. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.
 
April 23, 2022 @ 4:01 P.M. – A resident of Lorraine Avenue reported that a check she had mailed was later altered and cashed in the amount of $9,200.00. Officer George Pilesky investigated.
 
April 25, 2022 @ 5:26 P.M. – Two residents of Walnut Street reported they were scammed out of $350.00 after making a payment to purchase a puppy through Facebook. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.
 
April 28, 2022 @ 9:42 P.M. – Two juveniles reported that their bicycles were stolen while left unattended at Mountain View Park. The reported values of the bicycles were $500.00 and $400.00, respectively. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.
 
April 29, 2022 @ 8:34 P.M. – Claudio E. Antonio Cruz, 18, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with Theft. A resident of Watchung reported that her Apple iPhone 11, valued at $900.00, was stolen in Mountain View Park. Through his investigation, Officer Anthony Painchaud determined that Mr. Antonio Cruz committed the theft. Mr. Antonio Cruz was released on his own recognizance.
 
April 29, 2022 @ 8:49 P.M. – A resident of Voorhees Avenue reported that he was assaulted by an acquaintance on the 200 block of Raritan Avenue. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.
 
May 1, 2022 @ 1:37 P.M. – An employee of Quick Chek, 107 Harris Avenue reported the theft of $66.46 worth of gasoline. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.
 
May 2, 2022 @ 2:48 P.M. – An employee of Food Prep Solutions, 400 Lincoln Boulevard reported the theft of catalytic convertors from an Isuzu NPR truck. The reported cost for repairs was $3,613.44. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.
 
May 3, 2022 @ 2:14 P.M. – A resident of Dayton Avenue reported that she was harassed by an acquaintance. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.
 
May 4, 2022 @ 2:28 A.M. – Robert J. Seiler, 41, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Rock Lane. Officer Bryan Rodrigues and Officer Paul Cerreto investigated.
 
May 4, 2022 @ 7:36 A.M. – The proprietor of Ultimate Self Storage, 195 South Avenue, reported that at some point overnight, an unknown individual(s) cut the lock to a storage yard gate. The tenant of the storage yard reported the theft of a Ford F550 Super Duty truck, valued at $35,000.00. Later that morning, the stolen vehicle was recovered on the 200 block of Lincoln Boulevard. Officer Scott Mulford and Detective Daniel McCue are investigating.
 
May 5, 2022 @ 12:46 P.M. – Eugene F. Mayer, 58, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle crash in the parking lot of Hazelwood Elementary School, 800 Hazelwood Avenue. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.
 
May 9, 2022 @ 9:10 A.M. – The proprietor of Jaco Movers, 560 Lincoln Boulevard reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a Ford Econoline van. The reported value was $1,200.00. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.
 
May 9, 2022 @ 4 P.M. – A resident of Stout Avenue reported the theft of a Werner brand ladder. The reported value was $300.00. Officer Richard Szymczak 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 - 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 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 @ 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 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 @ 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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