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Sayreville woman charged with drug-related fatality

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Matthew P. Geist of the Middlesex Borough Police Department said a Sayreville woman was arrested on charges that she provided the drugs that caused the death of a 32-year old Middlesex Borough resident.

Danielle Urbanowicz, 30, of the Parlin section of Sayreville has been charged with one count of strict liability for a drug induced death for providing the combination of  heroin and fentanyl that killed the 32-year old woman.

Urbanowicz was charged on October 16, 2018, for the drug induced death of the victim who was found dead in her home on September 22, 2018. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be the result of the combined toxic effects of heroin and fentanyl.

The defendant was previously charged on September 22, 2018 with the distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.

An investigation by Detective Sean Flanagan of the Middlesex Borough Police Department and Detective Erik Larsen of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that the defendant sold the combination of heroin and fentanyl to the victim which caused her death.

Urbanowicz is currently being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center pending an initial court appearance scheduled for today in New Brunswick Superior Court.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 ext. 313, or Detective Larsen at (732) 745-3263.

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


News Release for September 21, 2018

September 14, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Henry Walker III, 41, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with shoplifting $206.41 worth of meats from the Acme Market, 125 Bound Brook Road on September 12, 2018. Mr. Walker was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center. Officers Jaime Marczak and George Pilesky and Detective Paul Steffanelli investigated.

September 16, 2018 @ 11:05am – A resident of the 400 block of North Lincoln Avenue reported a “distraction style” burglary and a theft. Investigation revealed that on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 6:45pm, two male subjects came to the victim’s residence, claiming to be water company employees. While one male subject directed the elderly resident to her rear yard, the second apparently entered the vacated home and ransacked a first floor bedroom, making off with a reported $857.00 in cash and jewelry. Officer Colin DeVincenzo and Detective Daniel McCue investigated.

September 16, 2018 @ 2:19pm – Shataisha M. Wilson, 25, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law. Officers investigating a report of a disturbance on the 200 block of Stephenson Avenue encountered Ms. Wilson, who provided them with false information regarding her identity. Officer George Pilesky investigated.

September 18, 2018 @ 9:23am – Cheryl R. Kennel, 57, of Dunellen was charged with shoplifting. Investigation revealed that Ms. Kennel removed $34.58 worth of over-the-counter pain relievers from the store without paying for them. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320 or at fdenick@middlesexpd.com.


News Release for September 11, 2018

August 31, 2018 @ 8:51pm - Kimberly C. Garcia, 18, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief and Conspiracy and Russell A. Hall, Jr., 22, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Conspiracy and Fencing. Officer Robert Dangler and Detective Sean Flanagan investigated a burglary at a residence on the 300 block of Second Street and determined that Ms. Garcia and Mr. Hall stole jewelry after forcibly entering a bedroom of the residence. Ms. Garcia and Mr. Hall were remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center.

September 1, 2018 @ 4:42pm – Timothy J. Sullivan, 51, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Burglary and Theft. Investigation revealed that Mr. Sullivan unlawfully entered Vincenzo’s Ristorante, 665 Bound Brook Road, and removed cash and bottles of alcohol. Mr. Sullivan was released on his own recognizance. Officer George Pilesky and Detective Paul Steffanelli investigated.

September 1, 2018 @ 4:55pm – A 14 year old Dunellen male was arrested and charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Possession of a Burglary Tool. Officer Colin DeVincenzo and Detective Sean Flanagan investigated a report of a motor vehicle burglary on Fulton Street. It was determined that an unknown actor(s) entered the unlocked vehicle and inserted a screw driver into the vehicle’s ignition switch. That same evening, a resident reported observing an individual pulling on door handles of cars on Ruth Place. Through their investigation and with help from an alert citizen, Officer DeVincenzo and Det. Flanagan were able to link the 14 year old to both incidents.

September 10, 2018, @ 9:56am – Daniel Suarez, 34, of North Plainfield was arrested and charged with Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Possession of a Burglary Tool in connection with the August 29, 2018 “smash and grab” burglary of the Mini Mart, 568 Union Avenue. Detective Sean Flanagan teamed with investigators from Middlesex and Somerset counties in identifying and apprehending Suarez, who was remanded to the Somerset County Jail.

September 10, 2018, @ 5:18pm – Javoury R. Russell, 20, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension and Kyle P. Augusztin, 20, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana after a resident reported suspicious activity in the area of First Street and Bound Brook Road. Mr. Russell was turned over to the Asbury Park Police Department on an active warrant and Mr. Augusztin was released on his own recognizance. Officers George Pilesky and Robert Dangler investigated.

September 11, 2018 @ 2:20am – Earlene C. Donahue, 66, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Mountain Avenue at William Street. Officer Paul Cerreto investigated.

September 11, 2018 @ 8:00am – Luquan S. Henderson, 24, of East Brunswick was charged with fifteen counts of Burglary, Criminal Trespassing, Theft, Conspiracy and Credit Card Fraud and Keith A. Blackshear, 22, of North Plainfield was charged with 15 counts of Burglary, Conspiracy and Accomplice Liability. Through his investigation, Detective Daniel McCue was able to link Mr. Henderson and Mr. Blackshear to burglaries and thefts from unlocked and unattended vehicles committed on three separate evenings during the month of August.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320 or at fdenick@middlesexpd.com.


Middlesex man charged with drug-related fatality

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Matthew P. Geist of the Middlesex Police Department said a man from Middlesex Borough was arrested on charges that he provided the drugs that caused the death of a 31-year old county resident.

James Dimino, 33, of Middlesex was charged with one count of strict liability for a drug induced death for providing the combination of heroin and fentanyl that killed the 31-year old ...man. He was also charged with the distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.

Dimino was arrested and charged on September 4, 2018, for the drug induced death of the victim who was found dead in his home on May 16, 2016. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be the result of the combined toxic effects of heroin and fentanyl.

The Middlesex Police Department continued to investigate leads through the years for the 2016 death. The defendant was arrested and charged after the case was recently reopened by Detective Paul Steffanelli of the Middlesex Police Department and Detective Michael Connelly of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

During the investigation it was determined that the defendant sold the combination of heroin and fentanyl to the victim which caused his death on May 16, 2016.

Dimino is currently being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center pending a Detention Hearing scheduled for Friday, September 7, 2018 in New Brunswick Superior Court.The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Steffanelli at (732) 356-1900 ext. 311, or Detective Connelly at (732) 745-3254.

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

Note to editors: Questions may be directed to Andrea Boulton, Public Information Officer, at (732) 743-5336.


News Release for August 31, 2018

August 14, 2018 @ 9:54pm – A resident of Vogel Place reported a burglary and a theft. Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s) entered the victim’s vehicle, which was parked in the driveway of the residence, unattended and unlocked, and removed a wallet and a cellular telephone charger. The value of the items taken was reported as $30.00. Officer Paul Cerreto investigated.

August 19, 2018 @ 7:07pm – A resident of Sycamore Road reported a burglary and a theft. Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s), entered the victim’s vehicle, which was parked in the roadway and which the victim believed to be locked, and removed a wallet reportedly containing $30.00 in cash and various credit cards. Officer Paul Cerreto investigated.

August 26, 2018 @ 8:47pm – A resident of Rutgers Lane reported the theft of a purple colored, Mongoose brand, 26 inch women’s mountain bike from his property. The value of the bicycle was reported as $350.00. Officer Robert Dangler investigated.

August 28, 2018 @ 2:00pm - Yorghi Turkmany, 30, of Newark was arrested and charged with Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief and Possession of a Burglary Tool in connection with the July 11, 2018 burglary of the Exxon gas station, 1353 Bound Brook Road. Detective Daniel McCue teamed with investigators from Middlesex and Bergen counties in identifying and apprehending Turkmany, who was determined to have committed similar crimes in eight other towns. Mr. Turkmany was remanded to the Bergen County Jail.

August 29, 2018 @ 5:58am – The proprietor of the Mini Mart store, 568 Union Avenue reported a burglary and a theft. Officer Scott Mulford and Detective Sean Flanagan investigated and determined that an unknown actor(s) gained entry by smashed a window in the side of the store. Once inside, the actor(s) removed a reported $3,064.77 worth of various tobacco products and $42.00 in cash and change.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320 or at fdenick@middlesexpd.com.


Special News Release

August 23, 2018

Police Investigation Leads to Drug Charges

Middlesex Borough Police Chief Matthew P. Geist and Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C Carey announced today that a months-long investigation conducted by the Middlesex Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) Drug Task Force culminated in the arrest of four Middlesex residents on various drug related charges. Robert J. Stuhldreher, 30, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Distribution of Cocaine, Distribution of Cocaine Within 1,000 Feet of a School Zone, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Suboxone, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, investigators and officers from the Middlesex Police Department and the MCPO Drug Task Force, aided by a K9 unit from the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant on the premises at 114 South Lincoln Avenue. Arrested with Robert Stuhldreher were Denise Stuhldreher, 48, and Patricia Bruno, 53, both of Middlesex and both of whom were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Additionally, Thomas J. Bizarro, 22, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana. Robert Stuhldreher was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility. Denise Stuhldreher, Ms. Bruno and Mr. Bizarro were released on their own recognizance.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 ext. 320.


News Release for August 8, 2018

July 28, 2018 @ 4:25pm – Juan P. Mejia, 20, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue at Hazelwood Avenue. Mr. Mejia was released on his own recognizance. Officer James Dolinski investigated.

July 29, 2018 @ 1:09pm – Travis M. Williams, 33, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension during a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road at Garden Place. ... Mr. Williams was released on his own recognizance. Officer James Dolinski investigated.

August 3, 2018 @ 6:48am – Ten vehicles were burglarized and another vehicle was stolen during the overnight hours from August 2nd to August 3rd. The burglarized vehicles, belonging to residents of John Street, Fairfield Avenue, High Street, Fitzsimmons Avenue and Grandview Street, were all unlocked and unattended when entered. Among the items reported stolen from the vehicles were cash and coins, Garmin GPS units, a Passport Radar Detector, headphones, a Leatherman tool and Oakley sunglasses. The vehicle that was stolen was parked in the driveway of a residence on the 200 block of Fairfield Avenue, unlocked and unattended with the keys inside at the time of the theft. The vehicle was later recovered in Newark. Officer George Pilesky investigated.

August 3, 2018 @ 7:21pm – Jamel L. Tyler, 32, of New Brunswick was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS and Distribution of CDS. Officer Scott Mulford was investigating a report of suspicious activity at 333 Cedar Avenue and discovered Mr. Tyler to be in possession of 50 bags of Heroin and 8 Oxycodone pills. Jennifer E. Carmichael, 24, of Somerset was also arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. Mr. Tyler was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center. Ms. Carmichael was released on her own recognizance.

August 4, 2018 @ 12:16am – Rene A. Rosales, 21, of Woodbridge was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Distribution of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Rosales was released on his own recognizance. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320 or at fdenick@middlesexpd.com.


Special News Release

August 3, 2018

Police Investigation Leads to Child Pornography Charges

Chief Matthew P. Geist of the Middlesex Police Department said a six-week investigation initiated by Middlesex Police has led to the arrest of a man from Illinois on charges of receiving child pornography and the interstate transmission of a threat with the intent to extort.

Joshua P. Breckel, 19, of Mascoutah, Illinois was arrested at his home on May 21, 2018 by Mascoutah Police. Breckel was ordered held until trial and entered a not guilty plea in US District Court in East St. Louis.

On Monday, April 9, 2018, Officer Robert Dangler and Detective Flanagan investigated a report that an underage borough girl was coerced to send a suggestive photo of herself to an online acquaintance. After she did, the acquaintance asked for more photos, as well as videos, and offered money if she recruited her friends. When the girl refused, the acquaintance threatened to share the photo with her family and friends through various online means. This touched off an intensive, six week investigation by Detective Flanagan.

Mining information from various criminal justice databases and social media platforms and with guidance from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, the detective was able to identify Mr. Breckel as a suspect. Detective Flanagan enlisted the assistance of the Mascoutah Police Department.

Armed with the information provided by Detective Flanagan, the Mascoutah Police Department arrested Breckel at his home, who confessed to exploiting the teen and revealed that his computer contained additional images of child pornography. Mascoutah Police and the FBI determined that Breckel had extorted as many as twenty young girls, including one that appeared to be 9 or 10 years old.

“Detective Flanagan’s intelligence, resourcefulness and determination enabled him to successfully conduct a difficult and complicated investigation, resulting in the identification and apprehension of Mr. Breckel. Just as important is the professionalism and cooperation of the various involved agencies”, remarked Middlesex Police Chief Matthew P. Geist.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 ext. 320.



News Release for July 26, 2018

July 6, 2018 @ 9:38pm – Kimberly C. Garcia, 18, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief and Conspiracy and Russell A. Hall, Jr., 21 of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Burglary and Criminal Mischief. On July 5, 2018 at 4:48pm, Police Officer Jamie Marczak and Detective Paul Steffanelli investigated a burglary at a residence on the 300 block of Second Street and determined that Ms. Garcia and Mr. Hall smashed a window at the rear of the residence, gaining access to the home and removing prescription medications from inside. Ms. Garcia and Mr. Hall were released on their own recognizance.

July 9, 2018 @ 9:21pm – Russell A. Hall, Jr., 21 of Middlesex was arrested and charged with the theft of a Sony PlayStation 4 game console from a residence on the 400 block of Voorhees Avenue. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

July 11, 2018 @ 4:32am – The proprietor of the Akar V Exxon station, 1353 Bound Brook Road, reported a burglary and a theft. Investigation revealed that the actor(s) smashed a window on the side of the building, entered the premises and removed a cash register and its contents from the property. Officer James Morley and Detective Daniel McCue investigated.

July 14, 2018 @ 3:53pm – Daniel L. Jennings, 29 of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension following a motor vehicle stop on River Road at Baekeland Avenue. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

July 19, 2018 @ 2:27pm – Theodore F. Ditullio, 88, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Money Laundering. Detectives Sean Flanagan and Daniel McCue interrupted Mr. Ditullio as he attempted to initiate a wire transfer of $4,800.00 in cash, which had been obtained by fraud, to an accomplice. Mr. Ditullio was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center.

July 21, 2018 @ 1:45am – Ruben Flores, 31, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Boulevard at River Road. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.

July 21, 2018 @ 9:12am – Cameron T. Vesuvio-Bush, 19, of Middlesex, Cameron M. Gaffi, 19, of Piscataway, Brianna N. Dimenno, 20, of South Plainfield and Evan R. Gaffi, 20, of Piscataway were arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officers investigating a report of unauthorized persons inside a George Avenue residence located the four subjects in the house and discovered them in possession of pills, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. All four were released on their own recognizance.

July 21, 2018 @ 11:00pm – Donald J. Wharton, 57, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Mountain Avenue at William Street. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320 or at fdenick@middlesexpd.com.



News Release for July 3, 2018

June 22, 2018 @ 9:36pm – German A. Miranda, 50, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Grandview Avenue at Nursery Lane. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.

June 23, 2018 @ 3:07am – Christopher Gangadeen, 36, of Woodhaven, NY was arrested and charged with DUI following Officer Paul Cerreto’s investigation of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of 101 Lincoln Boulevard.

June 26, 2018 at 1:30pm - Theodore F. Ditullio, 88, of Middlesex was charged with theft by deception and financial facilitation of criminal activity. An investigation that began in April culminated in Mr. Ditullio’s arrest. Detective Daniel McCue’s months long investigation revealed that Mr. Ditullio fraudulently accepted money from his elderly victims who were convinced that they had won large monetary awards from the Publisher Clearing House Sweepstakes and their payments were necessary to receive the prize monies. Detective McCue determined that Mr. Ditullio swindled his 12 victims, ranging in age from 67 years old to 100 years old, out of $170,082 from a five year period from 2012 through 2017. Mr. Ditullio was released on his own recognizance.

June 28, 2018 @ 3:48pm – Takeya S. Goodwin, 42, of Middlesex and Andre J. Pierce, 55, of Jersey City were arrested in connection with a June 27th shoplifting from the Superfoods Market, 738 Union Avenue. Detectives Sean Flanagan and Paul Steffanelli observed the pair suspected of the theft and conducted a motor vehicle stop on South Lincoln Avenue at Denton Place. The detectives discovered the 64 sticks of deodorant taken from the store the previous day. Ms. Goodwin was charged with Shoplifting, Conspiracy, Hindering Apprehension and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Pierce was charged with Shoplifting and Conspiracy. Both were remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center. Officers Robert Dangler and George Pilesky assisted in the investigation.

June 29, 2018 @ 3:56pm – Anthony J. Mortimer, 28, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated suspicious activity on Second Street near Fulton Street and determined Mr. Mortimer to be in possession of marijuana. Bennie l. Grier, 18, of Trenton was also arrested and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law. Both men were released on their own recognizance. Bound Brook Police Officer Jason Gianotto and his K9 partner, “Crusader”, assisted.

July 2, 2018 @ 2:15pm – Chariese E. McCollin, 28, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with Money Laundering. Detectives Sean Flanagan and Paul Steffanelli were conducting an investigation of a motor vehicle violation on Clay Avenue at Bound Brook Road when they discovered Ms. McCollin to be in possession of $3,270.00 in cash that, through investigation, was determined to have been derived from criminal activity. Ms. McCollin was released on her own recognizance.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320 or at fdenick@middlesexpd.com.

Special News Release

June 21, 2018

Plainfield Man Charged with MV Theft, Burglaries

Oswaldo Guillen-Aguilar, 20, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with eleven counts of Burglary, one count of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, eleven counts of Theft and one count of Possession of Burglary Tools. At 4:40am on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Mr. Guillen-Aguilar was stopped for a motor vehicle violation in Green Brook Township while operating a vehicle registered to a Jay Place resident and was uncooperative with Green Brook Police Officers. Officer Ryan Skow investigated and determined that the vehicle was stolen from the driveway of the Jay Place residence. Through further investigation, detectives were able to link Mr. Guillen-Aguilar to the burglaries of and thefts from unlocked and unattended vehicles committed over a three-day period beginning on June 18, 2018. Mr. Guillen-Aguilar was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center. Officers Marc Arancio, Colin DeVincenzo, James Dolinski and Richard Szymczak and Detectives Sean Flanagan and Daniel McCue investigated.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 ext. 320.


Special News Release

May 25, 2018

Suspect Identified in School Security Breach

Middlesex Police announced that they have issued a warrant for the arrest of Jamil B. Lewis, 21, of Somerset whose actions prompted yesterday’s lockdown of Von E. Mauger Middle School. Mr. Lewis fled from officers after the vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped for a motor vehicle violation. Detectives Sean Flanagan and Paul Steffanelli chased Lewis who ran to the nearby middle school. Mr. Lewis was able to enter the school through an open side door. Lewis then closed the door behind him, locking out the pursuing officers. Once in the school, Lewis was confronted by a staff member and ran from the school through a rear door. The detectives again took up pursuit of Lewis but lost sight of him as he ran south on Woodland Avenue. Mr. Lewis is charged with Unlicensed Entry of Structures, Resisting Arrest, Hindering Apprehension and Obstructing the Administration of Law.

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


News Release for May 18, 2018

May 1, 2018 @ 10:47pm – Genesis M. Rodriguez, 20, of Dunellen was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Legend Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Using/Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance subsequent to a motor vehicle stop on Mountain Avenue at William Street. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

May 3, 2018 @ 11:01am – A resident of Greenbrook Road reported a burglary attempt. The resident, who was at home at the time of the attempt, related that a male subject rang her doorbell two times then sat on the front porch of the home. The resident reported that she did not answer the doorbell because she did not recognize the individual. The resident stated that she then observed the male subject attempting to cut the screen on a bathroom window on the rear of the first floor of the residence. The subject reportedly ran off when the homeowner screamed. Police responded and searched the area but did not locate the suspect. Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

May 6, 2018 @ 1:24am – Olivia Flores-Romero, 43, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Boulevard at “A” Street. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

May 11, 2018 @ 10:29pm – James T. Whittaker, 22, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin, possession of a Hypodermic Syringe and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officers investigating a report of a suspicious person located Mr. Whittaker on Rutgers Lane and determined that he was in possession of heroin, a syringe and paraphernalia. Officer Paul Cerreto investigated.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320 or at fdenick@middlesexpd.com.


News Release for April 27, 2018

April 8, 2018 @ 11:21pm – Glakhs R, Vega, 37, of Flemington was arrested and charged with DUI. Officers investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle that was received from an alert, concerned citizen located Mr. Vega on Seneca Avenue and placed him under arrest. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

April 12, 2018 @ 6:21pm – Thomas J. Pascavage, 28, of Charlotte, NC was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug ...Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Boulevard at River Road. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

April 13, 2018 @ 9:47pm – Andre P. Gonzalez, 31, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road at John F. Kennedy Drive. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.

April 20, 2018 @ 10:50am – Brianna N. Dimenno, 20, of South Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI, Possession/Use of CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officer Scott Christofides investigated a report of an erratic driver and located and stopped Ms. Dimenno on Lincoln Boulevard at “A” Street. Ms. Dimenno was released on her own recognizance.

April 20, 2018 @ 11:00am – Jerome B. Brown, 62, of Lawrenceville was arrested and charged with Burglary, Theft (2 counts) and Credit Card Theft (9 counts). Detective Paul Steffanelli and Officer Paul Muldowney investigated the April 18, 2018 report of a theft from a pocketbook at Continental Cleaners, 712 Union Avenue and the April 18, 2018 report of a theft of a wallet from Silver Hanger Cleaners. Through investigation, they quickly identified Mr. Brown as the perpetrator of both crimes and arrested him. Mr. Brown was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center.

April 25, 2018 @ 1:30pm – Lamar S. Waller, 24, of Edison was arrested and charged with shoplifting twelve cans of Enfamil baby formula valued at $248.28 from the Superfoods Supermarket, 734 Union Avenue on April 23, 2018. Mr. Waller was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center. Officer Bryan Rodrigues investigated.

April 25, 2018 @ 6:41pm – David A. Almeida, 21, of South River was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officers investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle that was received from an alert, concerned citizen located Mr. Almeida on Rock Lane near Seventh Street and determined that he was in possession of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Mr. Almeida was released on his own recognizance. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320 or at fdenick@middlesexpd.com.


Special News Release

March 30, 2018

Brothers Charged with Setting Fire to Car

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 7:15pm - Police headquarters received a 9-1-1 call reporting a motor vehicle fire in front of 172 Baekeland Avenue. The Middlesex Police Department arrived on scene to find the vehicle, a 2011 Mercedes Benz C300, completely engulfed in flames. The Middlesex Fire Department arrived and extinguished the fire and the Middlesex County Fire Marshall’s Office responded and assisted in the investigation.

Detectives from the Middlesex Police Department investigated and quickly determined that the owner of the vehicle, Jose M. Torres, 25, of Somerset, and his brother, Jose L. Torres, 37, of Somerset, deliberately set fire to the vehicle in an attempt to file and collect on an insurance claim. On Monday, March 26, 2018, both were arrested and charged with Arson and other related charges. Both men were released on their own recognizance.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 ext. 320.


News Release for March 22, 2018

March 12, 2018 @ 2:30pm – James E. Chappell, Jr., 57, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on South Avenue. Sergeant Chad Corner and Officer George Pilesky investigated.

March 15, 2018 @ 4:54pm – Bhanu S. Rangra, 23, of Piscataway and David N. Ghanim, 21, of Middlesex were arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road at North Lincoln Avenue. Both men were released on their own recognizance. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.

March 18, 2018 @ 1:41am – Jaime E. Osorio, Jr., 36, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road at North Lincoln Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

March 19, 2018 @ 2:00pm – John Redner, 45, of Middletown, NY was charged with Burglary, Theft, Credit Card Theft, Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of Burglar’s Tools in connection with the February 21, 2018 smash-and-grab style burglary of a vehicle parked in the lot of the Superfoods Market, 738 Union Avenue. Detective Paul Steffanelli investigated.

March 20, 2018 @ 1:38am – Jessica L. Galpin, 32, of South Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Boulevard at Decatur Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

March 20, 2018 @ 10:58pm – Sabrinna M. Miranda, 21, and Ana G. Yon Mejia, 21, both of North Plainfield were arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road at Venice Avenue. Both women were released on their own recognizance. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320 or at fdenick@middlesexpd.com.




News Release for March 13, 2018

February 10, 2018 @ 1:20am – Shubhkam Oberoi, 21, of Somerset was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Boulevard at “E” Street. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

February 10, 2018 @ 1:53am – Avery R. Smith, 39, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Boulevard at Clinton Avenue. Officer Paul Cerreto investigated.

February 11, 2018 @ 12:48am – Kevin J. Cuasquer, 29, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on River Road at Baekeland Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

February 13, 2018 @ 8:54pm – Steven P. Oller, 50, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle crash on Shepherd Avenue at Union Avenue. Officer Marc Arancio investigated.

February 20, 2018 @ 6:05pm – Angela T. Dececco, 31, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. Sergeant Chad Corner observed Ms. Dececco walking on Fulton Street, placed her under arrest on numerous outstanding warrants and found her to be in possession of a hypodermic syringe and other drug paraphernalia. Ms. Dececco was turned over to the South Plainfield Police Department on warrants from the South Plainfield Municipal Court.

February 21, 2018 @ 7:23am – Erik H. Granberg, 29, of Somerset was arrested and charged with Trespassing after he was found in a vacant Market Street residence. Mr. Granberg was turned over to the Piscataway Police Department on warrants from the Piscataway Municipal Court.

February 21, 2018 @ 6:51pm – A resident of Green Brook reported a theft of a backpack and its contents from her vehicle. Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s) smashed the front, passenger side window of the victim’s 2010 BMW and removed her backpack from within. The vehicle was parked in the lot of the Superfoods Market, 738 Union Avenue at the time of the theft. Reported stolen were the backpack, a wallet, numerous credit cards, a cellular telephone and a notebook computer. The total value of the items taken was reported as $3,500.00. Officer Robert Dangler investigated.
February 25, 2018 @ 12:21am – Marco A. Quezada Principe, 39, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on River Road at Lincoln Boulevard. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

February 25, 2018 @ 7:45pm – Eric H. Stender, 50, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle crash on Cedar Avenue at Lincoln Boulevard. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

February 26, 2018 @ 1:04am – Police responding to a report of a “Peeping Tom” at the Middlesex Village Apartments arrested Kenneth C. Robinson, 34, of Somerville. Mr. Robinson was charged with Peering into Windows and was released on his own recognizance. Officers Paul Cerreto and Jamie Marczak investigated.

February 26, 2018 @ 4:04pm – A resident of George Avenue reported a burglary. Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s) forced open the rear door of the residence but was (were) apparently scared off by the resident’s dog. Officer Scott Mulford Investigated.

February 26, 2018 @ 5:05pm – Kellyjori J. Davis, 41, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana. Ms. Davis attempted to enter the Middlesex Borough Municipal Court when she encountered Police Officer Jamie Marczak who was conducting security screening. Officer Marczak discovered Ms. Davis to have marijuana in her possession. Ms. Davis was released on her own recognizance.

February 27, 2018 @ 8:19am – William M. Gary, Jr., 61, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on William Street at Blackford Avenue. Officer Scott Mulford investigated.

February 28, 2018 @ 4:55am – Pernell S. Murray, 34, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with nine counts of Burglary, six counts of Attempted Burglary and two counts of Theft. Officer Marc Arancio observed Mr. Murray attempting to a parked vehicle on Weiss Drive. Upon observing Officer Arancio, Mr. Murray ran off and Officer Arancio gave chase. With help from the Green Brook Police, Mr. Murray was located at the Ivory Tower Motel and placed under arrest. Mr. Murray was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center.

March 2, 2018 @ 3:32pm – A resident of Nursey Lane reported a burglary and a theft. Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s) forced open the front door of the residence and, once inside, ransacked two bedrooms before making off with cash and numerous jewelry items. The amount of cash and the value of the jewelry items has not yet been determined. Officer Robert Dangler investigated.

March 6, 2018 @ 9:49pm – Alan Bersosa, 18, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on River Road at Baekeland Avenue. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

March 11, 2018 @ 11:02pm – Vilma M. Mendoza, 55, of North Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road at Stephenson Avenue. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320 or at fdenick@middlesexpd.com.



Special News Release

February 28, 2018

Husband and Wife Charged in Prostitution Sting

Viktor Bondarenko, 47, and Alla Neymet, 45, both of Edison, were charged with Promoting Prostitution and Conspiracy to Promote Prostitution. The charges followed a four month long investigation conducted by the Middlesex Police Department, with assistance from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) and the Spotswood Police Department. On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, investigators and officers from the Middlesex Police Department, the MCPO Intelligence Unit and the Spotswood Police Department executed a search warrant on the premises at Somatic Therapy, 601 Bound Brook Road, Suite #100. Also arrested were two employees of the business, Nilufar Djumaeva, 30, and Nargiza Makhkamova, 44, both of Brooklyn, NY. Both were charged with Engaging in Prostitution. Police seized from the premises nearly two thousand dollars in cash in addition to various items of equipment believed to have been used to facilitate the operation. All four parties were released on their own recognizance. Charges for numerous municipal ordinance and municipal code violations are pending.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant 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 Captain Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 ext. 320.



News Release for February 12, 2018

January 19, 2018 @ 10:22pm – Sheila M. Thomas, 54, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with Distribution of Heroin, Distribution of Cocaine and Distribution of a Narcotic Drug following a motor vehicle stop on Cedar Avenue at Voorhees Avenue. Ms. Thomas was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center. Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

January 20, 2018 @ 10:30pm – Teddy Gonzalez, Jr., 19, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana following a motor vehicle stop on Mountain Avenue at Monroe Street. Mr. Gonzalez was released on his own recognizance. Officer Robert Dangler investigated.

January 24, 2018 @ 8:54pm – Daniel Laguer, Jr., 31, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Chestnut Street at “E” Street. Mr. Laguer was released on his own recognizance. Officer Robert Dangler investigated.

January 28, 2018 @ 12:47pm – Kimberly C. Garcia, 18, Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officers investigating a report of suspicious activity at the 7Eleven store, 1280 Bound Brook Road, came into contact with Ms. Garcia and determined her to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Ms. Garcia was released on her own recognizance. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

January 31, 2018 @ 3:09pm – Anthony M. Iafelice, 33, of Hillsborough was arrested and charged with Shoplifting, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest. Officer George Pilesky was working an off-duty traffic control detail when he learned that a shoplifter fled from the Dollar General, 294 Lincoln Boulevard. Officer Pilesky observed the suspect running along the railroad tracks to the rear of 242 Lincoln Boulevard and, after a brief foot pursuit, caught and arrested him. Mr. Iafelice was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center.

February 1, 2018 @ 10:45pm – Fernando Bautista, 19, of Bound Brook and a 16 year old male, also of Bound Brook, were arrested and each was charged with three counts of Burglary. Officers Jamie Marczak and Anthony Painchaud were investigating a report from an alert and observant citizen that two male subjects were observed entering parked vehicles on the 200 block of Beechwood Avenue. The officers located the suspects on the 300 block of Beechwood Avenue, linked them to the burglaries and placed them under arrest. Mr. Bautista was also charged with Employing a Juvenile in the Commission of a Crime. Both were released on their own recognizance.

February 2, 2018 @ 6:56pm - Michael A. Hnylycia, Jr., 22, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following an investigation of a motor vehicle crash on Shepherd Avenue at Union Avenue. Mr. Hnylycia was released on his own recognizance. Officer Robert Dangler investigated.

February 2, 2018 @ 10:58pm – A resident of Delaware Avenue reported a burglary and a theft. Investigation revealed that, at some time during the day, an unknown actor(s) pried open the storm door on the front of the residence then forced in the home’s front door. Once inside, the actor(s) ransacked numerous rooms before making off with cash and jewelry with an as yet undetermined value. Officer Marc Arancio investigated.

February 6, 20

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

MIDDLESEX POLICE DEPARTMENT TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS APRIL 29 AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS

Middlesex, NJ – On Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Middlesex Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Middlesex Police Headquarters at 1101 Mountain Avenue.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions are asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs.  Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

“We are proud to partner with the DEA in this important program that provides for the safe and proper disposal of unused, expired and unwanted prescription medications.” said Middlesex Police Chief Matthew Geist.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29, 2017 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.




Special News Release – March 30, 2017
Arrests – False Reports to Law Enforcement and Conspiracy

Kimberly M. Verini, 35, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Filing a False Report to Law Enforcement, Conspiracy, Hindering Apprehension and Tampering with Physical Evidence.   At 7:35am on Saturday, March 25, 2017 Ms. Verini contacted police headquarters and reported that her 2012 Nissan Sentra was stolen sometime during the previous evening.  The vehicle was discovered abandoned in neighboring Dunellen and had apparently been involved in a motor vehicle crash.  Further investigation revealed that he vehicle was not stolen but was used with permission by Christopher I. Finney, 20, also of Middlesex.  Investigators determined the Christopher I. Finney crashed the car on South Avenue in Dunellen and left it at the roadside.  He then conspired with his father, Bruce L. Finney, 52, of Middlesex and Ms. Verini to report the vehicle as stolen.  Christopher I. Finney was charged with Conspiracy and was issued numerous summonses for various motor vehicle violations; Bruce L. Finney was also charged with Conspiracy.  All three were released pending appearance in court.  Officers Colin DeVincenzo and Richard Szymczak and Detectives Daniel McCue and Sean Flanagan investigated.

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


Keep the streets safe this St. Patrick’s Day!
Don’t drink and drive.

St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s most popular holidays and, sadly, one of the nation’s deadliest holidays.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m., March 16, to 5:59 a.m., March 18), more than one quarter (28%) of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.

Police Chief Matthew P. Geist has announced that this year Middlesex Police Officers will be out in force all day and night in a campaign to crack down on drunk drivers and keep the streets of Middlesex safe for everyone. He urges would-be revelers to avoid getting behind the wheel if they have been drinking alcohol.  “We are committing extra resources to insure that our roads are safe this St. Patrick’s Day”, said Chief Geist.   “Make no mistake – this is a ‘zero tolerance’ proposition.  If you are caught driving drunk, you will be arrested”.  Law enforcement officials ask those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to be smart and to plan ahead.  Do not wait until you’ve already been drinking to try to find a sober driver, and never try to drive when you’re drunk. Even one drink is dangerous if you’re behind the wheel of a car. 

Make 2017 safe. Use this party-planning checklist to stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day.

PARTY PREPARATION: Designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely. Find the name of a taxi company or ride-hailing service, and keep their numbers in your phone.

ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Before you take your first sip of green beer, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. Ensure your designated driver has committed to a sober evening. If you’re the designated driver, do not drink. Your friends are relying on you, as are the people with whom you share the road.

EVERY DAY: First, commit to driving sober today, St. Patrick’s Day, and every day. Second, always keep the number of a taxi transportation company or ride-hailing service in your phone or in your wallet so you have a backup plan if you find yourself in need of a sober driver. Last, be sure to download NHTSA’s SaferRide app. Using your location, the app can find a taxi nearby, as well as help you contact a friend from your selected list of contacts. If you’re impaired, don’t let pride get in the way of calling a sober friend or family member to get you home safely. Help spread the word about the dangers of drunk driving, and the resources available to keep the streets safe.   



Special News Release – Auto Theft Arrests

Middlesex Police arrested Isiah O. Casanova, 18, of Belle Mead and a 17 year old Somerville male in connection with a recent rash of car thefts and thefts from vehicles.  The pair was responsible for four auto thefts and fifteen thefts from other vehicles during a ten day period from January 27, 2017 to February 6, 2017.  All eighteen vehicles involved were unlocked and unattended at the times of the incidents.  The four vehicles that were stolen were left with the ignition keys inside.  At 4:03am on Monday, February 6, 2017, Middlesex Police received a 9-1-1 call from an alert citizen reporting two male subjects peering into and pulling on the door handles of parked vehicles on the 100 block of Greene Avenue.  Officer Painchaud arrived and observed Mr. Casanova and the juvenile running from a stolen 2008 Lincoln MKZ.  Officer Painchaud located and arrested the 17 year old male, who was  charged with Motor Vehicle Theft (four counts), eleven counts of Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Receiving Stolen Property, and Possession of Marijuana (Under 50 grams) He was remanded to the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center.  On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Detectives Sean Flanagan and Daniel McCue arrested Mr. Casanova at his Belle Mead home and charged him with Burglary (nine counts), Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Employing a Juvenile in the Commission of a Crime, and Joyriding.   Mr. Casanova was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center, his bail to bet set.


Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact Lt. Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320.

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



Special News Release – February 1, 2017
The Middlesex Police Department is asking residents to take the time to lock their vehicles and to never store the ignition keys inside their motor vehicles.  Additionally, the police department is asking residents to be alert and to promptly report any suspicious persons or activity.  
 
Thefts of Motor Vehicles:

January 27, 2017 @ 10:47pm – A resident of “A” Street reported the theft of 1998 Honda Civic.  Investigation revealed that the vehicle was parked in the roadway in front of the victim’s residence at the time of the theft.  The vehicle’s doors were unlocked and the ignition key was left on the center console. It was determined that the vehicle was stolen between 9:00pm and 10:40pm.  Officer James Morley investigated.

January 31, 2017 @ 8:08am – A Randolph resident reported the theft of a 2009 Ford F-350 pickup truck from his place of employment at 333 Cedar Avenue.  Officer Mark Melchiorre investigated and determined that the vehicle, which was parked, doors unlocked and the ignition key inside, was stolen at approximately 0350 hours on Sunday, January 29, 2017.  

February 1, 2017 @ 9:11am – A resident of the 100 block of Greenlawn Avenue reported the theft of a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.  Investigation revealed that the vehicle, which was taken sometime overnight, was parked in the roadway, doors unlocked and key in the ignition at the time of the theft.  Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

Thefts from Motor Vehicles:

February 1, 2017 @ 9:03am – A resident of the 100 block of Greenlawn Avenue reported thefts from two motor vehicles.  It was determined that both vehicles were parked in the driveway of the victim’s residence, unattended with the doors unlocked, at the time of the thefts.  Reported stolen was an EZ-Pass transponder and a backpack containing an iPad 3 device and a Gateway brand laptop computer.  Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.


Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact Lt. Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320.

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



Special News Release – January 11, 2017
CDS ARREST

Marquis A. Salazar, 28, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Distribution of Marijuana (greater than one ounce), Possession of Marijuana (greater than 50 grams) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The arrest followed a ten week long investigation conducted by the Middlesex Police Department in conjunction with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) Task Force.  On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, investigators and officers from the Middlesex Police Department, and the MCPO Task Force, with officers and dogs from the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant on the premises at 403 Chestnut Street.  Officers seized over 65 grams of marijuana, packaging materials and cash from the residence and arrested Mr. Salazar.  Mr. Salazar posted bail and was released.

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact Lt. Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320.

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



Special Press Release
Opiate Outreach Initiative

The Middlesex Police Department has announced that it will be launching an Opiate Outreach Initiative designed to provide important assistance to those affected by addiction to heroin and opioid drugs.  Under this program, officers would contact those persons that they have learned are addicted to heroin and opioid drugs and would actively assist them in obtaining treatment.  The critical aspect of this initiative is that it goes beyond merely creating an awareness of treatment options; it includes mandates for proactively providing treatment and support to addicts and support and resources to their families and their loved ones.

“The path to recovery is not always obvious or accessible to those in the grip of opiate drugs.  Our goal is to reach out to those persons that are victims of addiction and to guide them to the help that they need.” said Police Chief Matthew P. Geist.  “While the heroin and opioid drug problem in Middlesex Borough may be small in comparison to that of some nearby communities, we recognize that this scourge exists in our society and we feel compelled to help all those that are suffering from addiction.” 



News Release for December 8, 2016

           November 13, 2016 @ 12:20am – Patrick M. O’Connell, 45, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on                      Voorhees Avenue.  Officer Marc Arancio investigated.

           November 14, 2016 @ 2:21am – A resident of Nursery Lane reported a burglary and theft.  Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s)                          entered the residence through a rear window and removed clothing, footwear, jewelry and cash with a value reported as $5,465.00.  Officer Paul                Muldowney investigated.

           November 15, 2016 @ 6:08pm – Vincent Siino, 24, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute,                          Possession of CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Voorhees Avenue.  Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.

           November 17, 2016 @ 2:47pm – Thomas D. Donnelly, 59, of South Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI, Possession of CDS and                                Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road.  Officer James Dolinski investigated.

           November 21, 2016 @ 2:36pm – Richard S. Angelica, 30, of Manville was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute,                  Possession of CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Madison Avenue near Lincoln Boulevard.  Sgt. Chad                  Corner investigated.

           November 22, 2016 @ 10:00pm – Jonathan S. Castro, 21, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia                                subsequent to an investigation of suspicious activity on Wilton Place.  Officer Marc Arancio investigated.

           November 24, 2016 @ 12:02am – Joel D. Morales, 28, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound                    Brook Road near Hallock Street.  Sgt. Stephen Johnson investigated.


           November 24, 2016 @ 3:16am – Thomas J. Fusco, 25, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DUI by officers investigating a report of a                          suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Quick Chek store, 107 Harris Avenue.  Officer George Pilesky investigated.

           December 1, 2016 @ 2:27pm – Lisa M. Esposito, 35, of North Plainfield was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Officer                Anthony Painchaud investigated a report of suspicious activity at 1355 Bound Brook Road, encountered Ms. Esposito and discovered her to be in              possession of drug paraphernalia.  Ms. Esposito was released on her own recognizance.



This Holiday Season, the Middlesex Police Department Is Looking For Drunk Drivers
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over


          This holiday season, the Middlesex Police will be out looking for drunk drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over                        enforcement mobilization.

          “Beginning December 9 and continuing into the New Year, our officers will be out in force looking for anyone who is driving while impaired,” said             Middlesex Police Chief Matthew P. Geist. “Our mission is to keep our roads safe for holiday travelers. We will have zero tolerance for drunk                       driving.”

          With the excitement of holiday parties and celebrations, too many drivers are taking to the roadways after drinking. Data from the National H                 Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that any decision to drive while impaired can have serious and even deadly consequences.           Nationally in 2015, 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and 29 percent (10,265) died in crashes where the driver had a                     blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08.

          From 2011-2015, 14,034 people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the month of December, and twenty-eight percent (3,983)               died in a crash that involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.

          The holiday season should be a joyous one, so we will do what it takes to help save lives by keeping our roads safe,” said Chief Geist. “If you make           the ill-advised choice to drive while impaired, you not only put your safety and that of others at risk, but you will also face the legal consequences           associated with drunk driving.”

          Drunk driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver’s license, are charged higher insurance rates, and pay dozens of other                                   unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. But the                       ultimate cost of drunk driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills.

          Follow these trips to stay safe on the road this holiday season:
  •      If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party. Designate a sober driver ahead of time.
  •      If you become intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation. Try          NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or friend and identify their location so they can be picked up.
  •      If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange      a safe way home. 
  •      If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.

                   Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive. The Middlesex Police will be looking for drunk drivers.  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.



Special Press Release
Middlesex Police Ask Motorists to Buckle Up This Holiday Season

                       This Thanksgiving weekend, millions of Americans will hit our nation's roads, eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest                            travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.  During the Thanksgiving                        holiday weekend in 2014 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, December 1), 341 passenger vehicle occupants were                                killed in traffic crashes across the nation. Tragically, 50% of those killed were not buckled up at the time of their fatal crash.

                       In 2015, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives of occupants ages 5 and older.  Police Chief Matthew P. Geist                          announced that, through safety education and through aggressive enforcement, the Middlesex Police Department will intensify their efforts to                            ensure compliance with seat belt laws. “I strongly urge motorists to protect themselves and their families by buckling up – every trip, every time.”                        said Chief Geist.


News Release for November 16, 2016


      October 30, 2016 @ 4:40am – Jorge A. Marina, 23, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug           Paraphernalia.  Officer Scott Mulford investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle on South Avenue and encountered Mr. Marina in the vehicle and in         possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Mr. Marina was released on his own recognizance.

      October 30, 2016 @ 5:53am – Henry W. Viswat, 4th, 19, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DUI.  Officer Marc Arancio responded to the             parking lot of the Quick Chek Store, 107 Harris Avenue to check the welfare of an individual that was reportedly unresponsive and in the driver seat of       a vehicle there.  Further investigation resulted in Mr. Viswat’s arrest.

      November 2, 2016 @ 6:31pm – Felton N. Williams, 52, of Newark was arrested and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law and with               Hindering Apprehension after providing false information to Officer Jamie Marczak during the officer’s investigation of a motor vehicle violation.  Mr.           Williams was released on his own recognizance.

      November 8, 2016 at 9:50pm – An employee of Superfoods Marketplace, 738 Union Avenue reported the theft of a bicycle.  The employee reported         that his Giant brand, Revel 2 model, 26 inch, 21 speed mountain bike was taken from in front of the store while he worked.  The bicycle, valued at             $329.00, was unlocked and unattended at the time of the theft.  Officer Marc Arancio investigated.

      November 11, 2016 @ 9:58am – Nicole M. Smith, 36, of Somerset was arrested and charged with Possession of a Stun Gun following a motor vehicle       stop on Harris Avenue near Union Avenue.  Ms. Smith posted $500.00 bail and was released.  Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

      November 12, 2016 @ 5:50pm – Christina M. Tuttle, 22, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following         a motor vehicle crash on Starlit Drive near June Way.  Ms. Tuttle was released on her own recognizance.  Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.


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



News Release for October 28, 2016

October 6, 2016 @ 7:30pm – A resident of the 600 block of Grandview Street reported a burglary and a theft.  Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s) entered the temporarily uninhabited home and removed a Cannondale brand, model CAAD 10, 26 inch road bike from the garage.  The value of the stolen bicycle was reported as $1, 658.39.  Officer James Morley investigated.

October 12, 2016 @ 7:27pm – Denise R. Valdata, 49, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue near the Bound Brook border.  Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

October 16, 2016 @ 4:44pm – James A. McDonough, 42, of Middlesex was charged with Criminal Mischief.  Officer Jamie Marczak determined that, on the previous evening, Mr. McDonough damaged an ATM at the Endzone Liquors and Lounge, 425 Bound Brook Road.  The cost to repair the damage was reported as $300.00.

October 17, 2016 @ 12:41am – Jeremy N. Cucciniello, 19, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Officers investigating a report of a suspicious person in the parking lot of the Quick Chek store, 107 Harris Avenue, encountered Mr. Cucciniello in a vehicle there.  Officer Marc Arancio investigated.

October 17, 2016 @ 9:20pm – Gulrukhsor Gafurova, 31, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Threatening to Harm a Public Servant.  Ms. Gafurova reportedly left a threatening message on the voicemail account of the Middlesex Borough Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer.  Ms. Gafurova posted $1,000.00 bail and was released.  Detective Sean Flanagan investigated.

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



News Release for August 25, 2016

August 5, 2016 @ 5:56pm – A resident of the 100 block of Beechwood Avenue reported a burglary and a theft.  Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s) smashed a first floor window and entered the home.  Once inside, the actor(s) rifled through drawers and closets in three second floor bedrooms.  Reported stolen were numerous collectible coins valued at $2,072.00.  Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

August 10, 2016 @ 4:15am – David D. Whitfield, 23, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension and Obstructing the Administration of Law.  Officer George Pilesky responded to a report of suspicious activity on the 900 block of Lincoln Boulevard and encountered Mr. Whitfield, who provided him false information regarding his identity.  Mr. Whitfield was determined to have a no bail warrant for his arrest issued by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and was remanded to the Mercer County Correctional Center.

August 17, 2016 @ 8:23am – A resident of Grandview Street reported a theft from his vehicle.  Investigation revealed that, sometime overnight, an unknown actor(s) entered the victim’s vehicle and removed a Samsung Galaxy tablet device and its leather case.  The vehicle was unattended and unlocked in the driveway of the victim’s residence at the time of the theft.  The value of the tablet and case was reported as $500.00.  Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

August 22, 2016 @ 12:28pm – Kevin F. Rojas-Rodriguez, 25, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue near Valentine Street.  Mr. Rojas-Rodriguez was released on his own recognizance.  Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

August 24, 2016 @ 6:26pm – Vonetta Sterling-Sargent, 35, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension.  Officer James Dolinski responded to a report of an attempted shoplifting at the CVS Pharmacy, 1252 Bound Brook Road and encountered Ms. Sterling-Sargent, who provided him false information regarding her identity.  Upon discovering her true identity, Officer Dolinski determined that Ms. Stering-Sargent was wanted on a no bail warrant issued by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.  Ms. Sterling-Sargent was remanded to the Somerset County Jail.

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



News Release for July 25, 2016

July 2, 2016 @ 10:33am – Tyler T. Smith, 38, of East Windsor was arrested and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law during Officer Daniel McCue’s investigation of a dispute on the 600 block of Lincoln Boulevard. Mr. Smith was released on his own recognizance.

July 6, 2016 @ 3:36pm - David Rukhadze, 24, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with burglary and theft. Officer Scott Christofides and Detective Sean Flanagan determined that Mr. Rukhadze unlawfully entered a vehicle on Cindy Court and removed cash. Mr. Rukhadze was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $15, 000.00 bail.

Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles when they are unattended and urged to refrain from storing valuable items in their unattended vehicles.

July 19, 2016 @ 1:59am – Hudify T. Green, 21, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with theft. Officer Scott Mulford and Detective Thomas Falk investigated a report of a theft from the Acme Market, 125 Bound Brook Road and discovered that Mr. Green, a store employee, had stolen more than 95 cartons of cigarettes over a five week period. The value of the stolen cigarettes was reported as $7,710.11. Mr. Green was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $5,000.00 bail.

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



Special Press Release
Chief Matthew P. Geist, The Middlesex Police Department, Middlesex PBA Local 181 and The Mayor and Council to host Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

MIDDLESEX BOROUGH—The Middlesex Borough Police Department will be hosting a Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 from 9am-12 pm at Victor Crowell Park, rain or shine. Registration will begin at 8:30am. Participants can pre-register. Use the registration form on Middlesex Borough Police Department’s website and return it by email to cp@middlesexpd.com or register in person at the Middlesex Borough Police Department. The event is open to residents of the Borough and surrounding towns. Children grades K-8th may compete in the derby.

When: Saturday, June 25th, 2016. 9am-12pm. Registration will begin at 8:30am.
Where: Victor Crowell Park (Please park in designated areas).
Who: Children grades K-8th are invited to participate in the Fishing Derby. Spectators are welcome!
What: A day of fun and fishing with friendly competition and prizes.
Why: To get to know each other and to enjoy the great outdoors!

All children participating MUST be accompanied by an adult and a registration form MUST be completed. Children should bring their own fishing gear on the day of the event. Bait will be available at the park. This event will be a catch and release event and will be held rain or shine. T-shirts will be provided to participants on a first come, first served basis.

***Please see map for highlighted areas (Registration, bathrooms, parking, etc.)

***Note:  “Anyone age 16 and above must have a valid license to fish the fresh waters of New        Jersey with a handline, rod and line or bow and arrow. This includes privately owned lakes and other waters. For more information, including exceptions, see the Fishing License Information.” -NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.


Please contact OFC. JOLEEN A. AURICCHIO with questions: 732-356-1900 EXT. 346 OR jauricchio@middlesexpd.com.



Special Press Release
Click It or Ticket (May 23-June 5, 2016)

The Middlesex Police Department will be joining agencies nationwide in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2016 Click It or Ticket campaign. Expect intensified seat belt enforcement during this time period from our patrol officers.


Press Release for May 2, 2016

April 11, 2016 @ 7:27pm – Cassandra L. Nowak, 18, and her mother, Christina S. Mathews, 39, both of Middlesex were arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct. Officer Joleen Auricchio was assigned to municipal court security at the Middlesex Borough Municipal Court and attempted to place Ms. Mathews under arrest for Disorderly Conduct. Ms. Mathews physically resisted Officer Auricchio and Ms. Nowak came to her mother’s aid, the two assaulting the officer. Officer Auricchio was able to subdue and arrest Ms. Nowak; Ms. Mathews was taken into custody by back-up officers. Ms. Nowak posted $10,000.00 bail and was released. Ms. Mathews was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $10,000.00 bail.

April 12, 2016 @ 11:29am – Emmanuel Sanjuelo, 33, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension by providing false information to Officer Paul Steffanelli during that officer’s investigation of a motor vehicle violation. Mr. Sanjuelo was released on his own recognizance. April 15, 2016 @ 9:49pm – James E. Peelman, Jr., 41, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Raritan Avenue at Chestnut Street. Officer James Morley investigated.

April 21, 2016 @ 10:42am – A Runyon Avenue resident reported a theft from his motor vehicle. Investigation revealed that sometime during the overnight an unknown subject(s) entered the victim’s vehicle, which was unlocked and parked in the roadway, and removed a TomTom brand GPS navigation unit and an ashtray reportedly containing five dollars in coins. Officer James Dolinski investigated.

April 21, 2016 @ 11:28pm – Danielle M. Thompson, 40, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law when she interfered in an investigation being conducted by Officer James Marczak. Ms. Thompson was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $1,500.00 bail.

April 23, 2016 @ 10:03am – A Fulton Street resident reported the theft of a Schwinn brand, Continental model, ten speed bicycle. The bicycle, the value reported as $250.00, was reportedly taken from a business at 353 Bound Brook Road the previous evening. The bicycle was reportedly secured to a downspout with a combination lock and cable when taken. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.

April 23, 2016 @ 1:18am – Yulia Panella, 22, of Dunellen was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Obstructing the Administration of Law. Officers investigating a report of an unwanted person at a Giles Avenue residence encountered Ms. Panella, who fled from them on foot. Officers gave chase and arrested Ms. Panella on an outstanding warrant issued by the Green Brook Township Municipal Court. Once under arrest, officers discovered Ms. Panella to be in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Ms. Panella was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $10,000.00 bail. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.

April 24, 2016 @ 2:14pm – Kevin Martinez, 23, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of Stolen Property. Officers investigating a traffic complaint observed Mr. Martinez operating a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle on Runyon Avenue. Upon investigating further, the officers determined that the motorcycle was reported stolen to the Bridgewater Township Police in October, 2015. Mr. Martinez was released on his own recognizance. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated

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


Special Press Relese
Operation Take Back

ATTENTION: The Middlesex Police Department will be participating in "Operation Take Back." The program, orchestrated through the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be held at the Middlesex Police Headquarters on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. This program is a great opportunity for residents to safely dispose of unwanted, unused and expired medication that may otherwise end up in the wrong hands.

Please keep in mind:
 -The program is anonymous and no questions or requests for identification will be made.
 -Medication may be disposed of either in its original container or by removing the medication from the container and depositing it directly into the drug disposal box.
 -Liquid products should remain sealed in their original container. Please ensure the cap is sealed tightly to prevent leakage.
 -Syringes and other sharp instruments will not be accepted.


Special Press Release
UDrive. UText. UPay. (April 1-21, 2016)

The Middlesex Police Department has joined police agencies throughout the state in targeting distracted drivers in the Distracted Driving 2016 Statewide Crackdown. This is part of a nationwide enforcment effort, now in its third year, with the slogan "UDrive. UText. UPay."

In an effort to make the roads safer for motorists and pedestrians, the Middlesex Police Department will be putting more officers on our roadways to enforce traffic violations. Motorists and pedestrians can expect intensified police patrols. Officers will be focusing on driver behaviors that distract from the task of driving, such as talking on a hand-held cell phone or sending text messages. The Middlesex Police Department urges all motorists to avoid acitvites that take your attention off of the roadway. Thank you.


Press Release for April 12, 2016

March 7, 2016 @ 12:52am – Anthony J. Capaldo, 25, of Stewartsville was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Marlborough Avenue at Hancock Street. Officer Thomas Falk investigated.

March 9, 2016 @ 12:24am – Dylan A. Aldridge, 18, Jerome J. Reid, 19, and Alex S. Lopiccolo, 18, all of Piscataway were arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Mountain Avenue at Wood Avenue. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.

March 10, 2016 @ 6:31pm – Carl J. Hambrick, 55, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road near Venice Avenue. Officer James Morley investigated.

March 26, 2016 @ 5:00am – Kevin Velez-Perez, 24, of Wallington was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle crash on Bound Brook Road near Greenbrook Road. Officer George Pilesky investigated.

April 1, 2016 @ 1:41pm – Brittany L. Flores, 19, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with Theft and with three counts of Forgery. Investigation revealed that Ms. Flores forged three checks from the account of the Lincoln Boulevard business where she was employed. Ms. Flores was released on her own recognizance. Officer James Dolinski investigated.

April 7, 2016 @ 1:55am – Christopher J. Krehel, 50, of Princeton was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue at Willow Drive. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

April 9, 2016 @ 10:22pm – Daniel K. Fritzinger, 21 of South Bound Brook was arrested and charged with burglary and theft. Officer Scott Christofides determined through investigation that Mr. Fritzinger removed four new vehicle tires, valued at $420.00, from the Egel Avenue business that employed him. Mr. Fritzinger posted $5,000.00 bail and was released.



Special Press Release

Middlesex Borough Police Department Receives Donation for Bullet Proof Vests

The Middlesex Police Department extends its sincere thanks to the members of the Middlesex Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1488 for their generous donation of $2,000.00. These monies will be used to outfit two Middlesex Police officers with bullet proof vests. The check was presented to Middlesex Police Chief Matthew P. Geist at Saturday’s Coffee With a Cop event held at the Elks Lodge. The event, partnered by the Middlesex Police Department and the Middlesex BPOE Lodge 1488, was attended by more than two hundred Middlesex residents who shared coffee, breakfast and conversation with seventeen of Middlesex’s finest.

Special Press Release

Safe St. Patrick’s Day Initiative - March 17, 2016

In an effort to make the roads safe for motorists and pedestrians this St. Patrick’s Day, the Middlesex Police Department will be putting more officers on the streets to enforce traffic violations. Motorists and pedestrians can expect intensified police patrols this Thursday, March 17, 2016. Officers will be focusing on aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and impaired drivers. The Middlesex Police Department urges those celebrating the St. Patrick’s Day holiday to do so responsibly and asks all motorists to drive sober, safely and courteously.


Press Release for March 7, 2016

February 17, 2016 @ 6:28pm – Christine Tran, 20, of Dunellen was arrested and charged with Underage DUI following a motor vehicle crash on Bound Brook Road at Marlborough Avenue. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.


February 21, 2016 @ 5:27pm – Officer James Morley investigated report of a suspicious vehicle at 701 Lincoln Boulevard, arrested Zachary V. Balvin, 24, of Middlesex and charged him with Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. After further investigation, Officer Morley arrested Matthew J. Cleveland, 23, of Middlesex and charged him with Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Cleveland posted $10,000.00 bail and was released. Mr. Balvin was released on his own recognizance.

February 27, 2016 @ 8:30pm – Lauren K. Zubritsky, 30, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief. Investigation revealed that on Sunday, February 21, 2016 Ms. Zubritsky unlawfully entered the vehicle storage area of Hart’s Auto Body, 90 Wood Avenue and damaged a vehicle parked therein. Ms. Zubritsky posted $750.00 bail and was released. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

March 3, 2016 @ 3:24pm – Justyne R. Boyce, 19, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with three counts of Credit Card Fraud. Ms. Boyce was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $1,000.00 bail. Officer Michael Sharkey investigated.


March 4, 2016 @ 12:52am – Dalton A. Martin, 25, of South Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on William Street at Sherman Avenue. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.



Press Release for February 23, 2016

February 10, 2016 @ 3:41pm – Derek J. Brown-Zierdt, 20, of Middlesex and Holly A. Saeger, 18, of Middlesex were arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Kate S. Petervary, 18, of Middlesex was charged with Possession of Marijuana following a motor vehicle stop on Rutgers Lane. All three were released on their own recognizance. Officers Paul Steffanelli and Joleen Auricchio investigated. 

February 13, 2016 @ 8:23pm – Anthony Barksdale, 56, of Linden was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle crash on Stephenson Avenue. Officer Scott Christofides investigated. 


February 14, 2016 @ 2:17am – Mynor E. Monroy-Chavez, 47, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Stephenson Avenue. Officer Scott Christofides investigated. 

February 14, 2016 @ 10:09am – David G. Rukhadze, 24, of Middlesex was charged with two counts of Burglary, two counts of Criminal Trespass and one count of Theft by Officer Sean Flanagan who was investigating the theft of monies from unlocked vehicles that occurred during the overnight. Mr. Rukhadze was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $25,000.00 bail.



Special Press Release 
COFFEE with a COP

SAVE THE DATE:   On Saturday, March 19, 2016, officers from the Middlesex Borough Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, eat breakfast and drink coffee. 

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 10:00 AM on 3/19/16 at the MIDDLESEX ELKS BPOE located at 545 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex, NJ. Please contact Ofc. Joleen A. Auricchio with questions: 732-356-1900 EXT. 346 OR jauricchio@middlesexpd.com. 

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Middlesex’s neighborhoods. 


The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. 

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief Matthew P. Geist. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.” 

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. 

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.


Press Release for February 12, 2016 

January 20, 2016 @ 1:50pm – Leonard S. Thorne, 31, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of a CDS, Possession of a CDS with the Intent to Distribute a CDS subsequent to a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Boulevard at Sheridan Avenue. Mr. Thorne was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $10,000.00 bail. Officer Sean Flanagan investigated. 

January 21, 2016 @ 7:30pm – A resident of the Middlesex Village Apartments reported a burglary and a theft. Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s) entered the first floor apartment through an unlocked window. Once inside, the actor(s) ransacked numerous rooms and absconded with luggage, clothing items, personal electronics items, jewelry and cash with a value reported a $12,520.00. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated. 

January 28, 2016 @ 9:47pm - Fredis E. Mercado-Callejas, 27, of North Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road at Mountain Avenue. Officer Marc Arancio investigated. 

February 1, 2016 @ 9:46pm – Maintenance representatives for a property on the 100 block of Union Avenue reported a burglary and a theft. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated and determined that an unknown actor(s) forced in a basement window and removed numerous sections of copper pipe from the plumbing system in the vacant house.



Special Press Release – January 12, 2016
Home Invasion Burglary

At 3:42am on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 police headquarters received a 9-1-1 call from a Starlit Drive resident who reported that her home was entered and that her vehicle was stolen.  Responding officers determined that two male subjects smashed a window on the rear of the home and entered the victim’s residence.  The victim, who was asleep in her second floor bedroom, was awakened to find the two intruders standing over her as she lay in bed.  No weapons were exhibited and the resident was not threatened or harmed.  The intruders ransacked two upstairs bedrooms and removed an as yet undetermined amount of jewelry.  One subject ran from the home to a waiting vehicle while the second subject drove off in the victim’s silver colored, 2013 Acura TL.  Anyone that observed anything suspicious or anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Thomas Carroll at (732) 356-1900, ext. 268.  Information can be delivered confidentially and anonymously to the Middlesex Police Department’s tip line – (732) 356-1900, ext. 847 (T-I-P).  Tips to Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County can be provided to the telephone hotline at 1-800-939-9600, online at www.middlesextips.com or by texting “MIDTIP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES) from your mobile device.
As always, the Middlesex Police Department asks that residents promptly report any suspicious persons or activities.