YOSEOP CHOI CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of YOSEOP CHOI, date of birth 10/21/1976, of 2330 Linwood Avenue, Apt. F, Fort Lee, New Jersey on charges of Aggravated Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO and the Fort Lee Police Department under the direction of Chief Keith BENDUL.
On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor=s Office and the Fort Lee Police Department arrested Yoseop CHOI after learning that he violently shook and assaulted by punching his five (5) month old son on multiple occasions over two (2) months. On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office Special Victims Unit was informed by the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) that the five (5) month old baby boy was brought to Bellevue Hospital in New York City, by CHOI, suffering from cardiac arrest. Due to the severity of his injuries and the critical nature of his condition, the investigation was turned over to the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office Major Crimes Unit. Upon medical attention and testing, the baby was found to have a severe head injury and a healing rib fracture. Detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutorís Office and the Fort Lee Police Department subsequently investigated and interviewed Yoseop CHOI. The investigation determined the assault took place in CHOIís Fort Lee apartment, and as a result, he was arrested and charged. The baby remains in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital.
Yoseop CHOI was charged with one (1) count each of Aggravated Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Bail for Mr. CHOI was set by the Honorable Susan J. Steele, P.J.S.C., at $750,000.00 with no ten percent option, no contact with the victim, and surrender of passport, as conditions of bail. Mr. CHOI was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail.
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 and would also like to thank the Fort Lee Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.
BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM
DEFENDANT: YOSEOP CHOI DOB: 10/21/1976
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 2330 LINWOOD AVENUE, APT. F, FORT LEE, NJ
MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED
DATE OF ARREST: WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTORíS OFFICE
AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTORíS OFFICE, MAJOR CRIMES AND SPECIAL VICTIMS UNITS
FORT LEE POLICE DEPARTMENT
CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS
ONE (1) COUNT OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1B(1) - 2ND DEGREE CRIME
ONE (1) COUNT OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A - 2ND DEGREE CRIME
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015 11:00 a.m.
JUDGE: HONORABLE SUSAN J. STEELE, P.J.S.C.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $750,000.00, NO 10%, NO CONTACT WITH VICTIM MUST SURRENDER PASSPORT
PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL
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