BRUCE ANDERSON, A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE JAMES BOND BURGLARY GANG, ARRESTED AND 6 OTHER DEFENDANTS INDICTED 
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FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced today the arrest of a founding member of a group of residential burglars formerly referred to as the “James Bond Gang,” BRUCE “CAP” ANDERSON (DOB:05-15-67) of 172-22 133rd Avenue, Jamaica, New York, in relation to a series of high-end residential burglaries that took place over a six month period throughout northern New Jersey. The investigation, which began in February 2014, was conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO. The investigation resulted in the arrest of several actors in November 2014. As a result of the on-going investigation Bruce ANDERSON was arrested on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Prosecutor Molinelli also announced today the unsealing of a twenty-four (24) count indictment in Bergen County Superior Court against six (6) defendants tied to the burglary and trafficking of stolen property operation.

In February 2014, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad initiated an investigation following a series of residential burglaries in and around Bergen County, New Jersey. The investigation revealed that over the course of the several months more than two dozen residential burglaries in Bergen, Morris and Somerset Counties had many similarities and were identical in the manner by which they were carried out. For instance, the burglars generally targeted high-end residences located in affluent neighborhoods. These residences were likely selected due to their size, the presence of expensive vehicles in the driveway and the appearance that the residences were unoccupied at the time of the burglary. The residences were also located in or adjacent to a cul-de-sac and attacked on weekdays in the early evening hours. Entry to the residences was often gained by forcing open the front doors. Once inside the residence the burglars proceeded to the master bedrooms and removed jewelry, cash and other property. In most of the incidents, pillow cases were taken from the residences and used to transport the stolen property.

As detectives continued to develop additional information about these crimes, they shared this information with local law enforcement. The investigation further revealed that the burglars would often utilize higher-end rental vehicles during the commission of the burglaries presumably to blend into the communities they were targeting. Furthermore, the investigation revealed that the burglars took the stolen property to New York and sold it to a “fence” who paid large amounts of cash for it. The “fence” primarily used by this group was identified as David TADJIEV of Astoria, Queens, NY, who operates a jewelry business in the Manhattan’s “Diamond District”.

On November 6, 2014, while surveilling Jamelle SINGLETARY, detectives observed him in Teaneck, New Jersey, entering a vehicle occupied by Lawal ERSKINE and Jamaal SERMON. The vehicle was then tracked from Teaneck directly to Somerset County. While in Somerset County investigators later confirmed that the aforementioned individuals committed two (2) residential burglaries in Warren and Bridgewater, Somerset County, New Jersey. Detectives then tracked the individuals and their vehicle as it traveled back into Bergen County and stopped in a housing development in Englewood, New Jersey. While in Englewood, task force members observed an individual discard items into a dumpster that were later retrieved following execution of court authorized search warrants. Detectives positively confirmed that the discarded items were stolen from the Warren and Bridgewater burglaries. Soon thereafter, SINGLETARY, ERSKINE and SERMON returned to their vehicle and drove directly to Astoria, Queens, New York where they met their “fence,” David TADJIEV, at his residence. Detectives continued to track the vehicle while members of the Harrison, (New York) Police Department and Westchester County District Attorney’s Office maintained physical surveillance on TADJIEV’s residence.

Upon arriving at TADJIEV’s residence, SINGLETARY and ERSKINE proceeded directly into TADJIEV’s apartment with the stolen jewelry from the Warren and Bridgewater burglaries, while SERMON waited outside. Subsequently, detectives, with the assistance of the New York City Police Department, executed a court authorized search warrant on TADJIEV’s residence. During the course of the execution of the search warrant, stolen property from the Warren and Bridgewater burglaries, as well as other burglaries referenced in the indictment, was recovered, including a substantial amount jewelry.

Following the arrests and search warrants in New York, court authorized search warrants were executed at a number of locations in New Jersey, including the residences of the burglars, as well as the dumpster in Englewood, New Jersey. During the execution of these search warrants, a loaded handgun containing hollow point bullets was recovered at the residence of Jamaal SERMON. Additionally, a significant amount of suspected cocaine was recovered at the residence of Jamelle SINGLETARY, which he shared with co-defendant Janay COLE, of Teaneck and her minor child. As a result of the search warrants executed in New York and New Jersey, a substantial amount of items were recovered.

Over the next several months, investigators continued to investigate this group and developed additional evidence about other residential burglaries they committed over a period of several months. In all, the indictment unsealed today identified over two dozen residential burglaries that this crew is directly responsible for committing. ,In addition, the investigation further revealed Bruce ANDERSON’S role in the criminal enterprise. For instance, the investigation revealed that ANDERSON played an active role in, among other things, attempting to obtain rental vehicles for his co-conspirators, committing residential burglaries with them and dealing in stolen property by trafficking such property to New York.

On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and New York City Police Department arrested Bruce ANDERSON at his residence in Queens, New York.

At this time SINGLETARY, ERSKINE, and TADJIEV are currently lodged in the Bergen County Jail. ANDERSON is awaiting extradition from New York. COLE and SERMON have been released on bail.

Prosecutor Molinelli states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank the following law enforcement agencies for their assistance and cooperation with this investigation, including:

Harrison (New York) Police Department
Westchester County (New York) District Attorney’s Office
Bergen County Sheriff’s Office-Bureau of Criminal Investigations
Bergen County Sheriff’s Office-K-9 Division
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office
Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office
Randolph Township Police Department
Chester Township Police Department
Warren Township Police Department
Bridgewater Police Department
Englewood Police Department
Teaneck Police Department
Saddle River Police Department
Montvale Police Department
Englewood Cliffs Police Department
Tenafly Police Department
Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department
Fort Lee Police Department
Closter Police Department
Fair Lawn Police Department
Paramus Police Department
Dumont Police Department
Old Tappan Police Department
Boonton Township Police Department
East Hanover Police Department
Morris Township Police Department
Mendham Police Department
Florham Park Police Department
Chatham Police Department
Montville Police Department
Bernards Township Police Department
New York City Police Department

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: BRUCE ANDERSON
DOB: 05/15/1967
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 172-22 133RD AVENUE, JAMAICA, NY
MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE
OCCUPATION: PART TIME DELIVERY PERSON

ARREST INFORMATION
DATE OF ARREST: 09/01/15
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: QUEENS, NY
AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE AND NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS
ONE (1) COUNT OF FENCING IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7(1b)

ONE (1) COUNT OF COMPLICITY TO COMMIT THE OFFENSE OF FENCING IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:2-6(1), BOTH CRIMES OF THE 2ND DEGREE

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: PENDING EXTRADITION
JUDGE: HONORABLE EDWARD A. JEREJIAN, J.S.C.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $500,000.00, NO 10% OPTION, PENDING EXTRADITION
PRESENT STATUS:CURRENTLY HELD IN NEW YORK CITY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY (FOJ)


BRUCE ANDERSON

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ALEX SAFANOVA RETURNED FROM CONNECTICUT FOR FIRST APPEARANCE 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI
DATE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2015

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced that ALEX L. SAFANOVA (DOB: 4/11/1953) of 186 Big Oak Drive, Dayton, Tennessee, who was arrested in Connecticut on August 27, 2015 on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault and Sexual Assault, waived extradition and was transported from Connecticut to the Bergen County Jail on September 1, 2015. This investigation is being conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO and the Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Officer-in-Charge Timothy LLOYD.

As previously reported to the media on August 11, 2015, a twenty-seven (27) year old woman reported to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit that she was sexually assaulted by an older male friend of her family on multiple occasions when she was between the ages of seven (7) and fourteen (14) and that these assaults occurred at the suspect’s home in Hackensack, NJ. A joint investigation by the Special Victims Unit and the Hackensack Police Department was initiated and resulted in criminal complaints charging Alex L. SAFANOVA with the aforementioned offenses. Members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Hackensack Police Department determined on Thursday, August 27, 2015 that Mr. SAFANOVA was visiting a family member’s residence in Lebanon, Connecticut. With the assistance of the Connecticut State Police, Mr. SAFANOVA was apprehended and arrested without incident.

Mr. Safanova is being held at the Bergen County Jail on $300,000.00 bail with no 10% option. Mr. Safanova’s first court appearance will be on Thursday, September 3, 2015 before the Honorable Louis J. Dinice, J.M.C. Any individuals with information regarding this investigation are encouraged to contact the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit at 201-226-5742 or the Hackensack Police Department’s Detective Bureau.

Prosecutor Molinelli states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. He would like to thank the Hackensack Police Department, the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department and the Dayton Police Department in the State of Tennessee, and the Connecticut State Police for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: ALEX L. SAFANOVA
DOB: 4/11/1953
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 186 BIG OAK DRIVE, DAYTON, TENNESSEE
MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED
OCCUPATION: RETIRED

ARREST INFORMATION
DATE OF ARREST: 08/27/2015
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: LEBANON, CONNECTICUT
AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

ONE (1) COUNT OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S. 2C:14-2A(1) - 1ST DEGREE CRIME

ONE (1) COUNT OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S. 2C:14-2A(2)(C) – 1ST DEGREE CRIME

ONE (1) COUNT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT BY SEXUAL CONTACT IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S. 2C:14-3B - 4TH DEGREE CRIME

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 09/03/2015
TIME: 10:00 A.M.
JUDGE: HONORABLE LOUIS J. DINICE, J.M.C.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: BLANKET BAIL ON ALL CHARGES OF $300,000.00
NO TEN PERCENT OPTION, NO CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM, MUST SURRENDER PASSPORT AND CANNOT APPLY FOR A PASSPORT
PRESENT STATUS: BERGEN COUNTY JAIL


ALEX SAFANOVA

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JORGE ALFREDO VELASQUEZ RUIZ CHARGED IN RUTHERFORD MOTOR VEHICLE HIT AND RUN 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of 48 year old, JORGE ALFREDO VELASQUEZ RUIZ of Belleville, New Jersey on charges of Assault by Auto, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Serious Bodily Injury, Aggravated Assault, Endangering an Injured Victim, and Hindering Apprehension and/or Prosecution. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department under the direction of Sheriff Michael SAUDINO and the Rutherford Police Department under the direction of Chief John RUSSO.

On Thursday, August 27, 2015, at approximately 10:14 p.m., the Rutherford Police Department received a 911 emergency call reporting that a person had been struck by a motor vehicle on the median of Route 17 South and the north service road in Rutherford, New Jersey. Upon responding to the scene, officers found a male victim on the ground in the median. The victim, who was identified as a 32 year old male, had suffered serious bodily injuries consistent with having been struck by a motor vehicle and was immediately transported to Hackensack University Medical Center by emergency vehicles where he remains hospitalized for head and leg trauma.

As a result of an investigation conducted by members of Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit (FAIU) and the Rutherford Police Department, it was determined that at approximately 10:14 p.m., on August 27, 2015 the victim was struck by a motor vehicle as he was fixing his bicycle on the median of Route 17 South. The vehicle involved was driving on Route 17 South, and while changing multiple lanes, the driver, who attempted to exit at the local roads when he failed to negotiate the exit, went up onto the median and collided with the victim. The vehicle then backed off the median, continued south and fled the scene.

The vehicle was described by witnesses as a red-colored sedan bearing Maryland registration, with a damaged front windshield. Information regarding the collision and the identification of the vehicle was transmitted through a press release and to Bergen County based law enforcement officers.

During the course of this investigation, detectives received information from a tipster regarding a suspect vehicle. That vehicle was a red, 2004 Saturn Ion with a Maryland license plate and a damaged windshield that was registered to Jorge Alfredo VELASQUEZ RUIZ.

On Monday, August 31, 2015, detectives located the vehicle at a residence in Belleville, NJ. Mr. RUIZ was taken into custody at this residence and subsequently arrested. Inspection of the vehicle showed the windshield had been recently replaced but there was still evidence of it having been the involved vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and processed by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Mr. VELASQUEZ RUIZ was criminally charged with the following:

N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b (1) Aggravated Assault; a second degree crime

N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1c (1) Assault by Auto; a third degree crime

N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1.1 Leaving the Scene of an Accident w/Serious Bodily Injury; a third degree crime

N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1.2 Endangering an Injured Victim; a third degree crime

N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3b (1) Hindering Apprehension and/or Prosecution; a third degree crime

Mr. RUIZ was also issued motor vehicle summonses for reckless driving, unsafe lane change and leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries. He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail Annex in lieu of bail set at $100,000 with no 10% cash option by Rutherford Municipal Court Judge Warren S. Stroedecke. Mr. RUIZ is scheduled to be arraigned on September 15, 2015 in Rutherford Municipal Court.

Prosecutor Molinelli states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Molinelli would also like to thank the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department and the Rutherford Police Department for their professionalism and assistance during this investigation.


JORGE ALFREDO VELASQUEZ RUIZ
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