LUIS HIGINIO ELIAS VELASCO CHARGED WITH SEX ASSAULT AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT 
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FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of LUIS HIGINIO ELIAS VELASCO (DOB: 01/11/1973) of 190 Cottage Lane, Apt 2, Cliffside Park, New Jersey on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual 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 Special Victims Unit under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO and the Cliffside Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Richard GAITO.

On August 27, 2014, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office and the Cliffside Park Police Department arrested Luis Higinio ELIAS VELASCO after learning that he engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with an eleven (11) year old female acquaintance. The victim previously disclosed that information to a caseworker from the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency who then contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit (SVU). Detectives from SVU and the Cliffside Park Police Department subsequently interviewed the victim. The ensuing investigation resulted in the arrest of ELIAS VELASCO.

Luis Higinio ELIAS VELASCO was charged with one (1) count each of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Bail for Mr. ELIAS VELASCO was set by the Honorable Frances McGrogan, J.S.C., at $500,000.00 with no ten percent option and no contact with the victim, and he must also surrender his passport as conditions of bail. Mr. ELIAS VELASCO 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 unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank the Cliffside Park Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: LUIS HIGINIO ELIAS VELASCO DOB: 1/11/73

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 190 Cottage Lane, 2nd Floor, Cliffside Park, NJ

MARITAL STATUS: Married

OCCUPATION: UNEMPLOYED

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: 08/27/2014

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: Cliffside Park Police Department

AGENCIES EFFECTING ARREST: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE, SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
CLIFFSIDE PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS


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

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

ONE (1) COUNT OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A-2NDDEGREE CRIME

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 8/28/14

JUDGE: Michael S. Shuhala, J.M.C.

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $500,000.00, NO 10%, NO CONTACT WITH VICTIM SURRENDERS PASSPORT

PRESENT STATUS: REMANDED TO BERGEN COUNTY JAIL IN LIEU OF BAIL

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RIDGEFIELD FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION INVESTIGATION UPDATE – CRIMINAL CHARGES 
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FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced that TAMER M. AMMAR, a twenty year old Fort Lee, New Jersey man, has been charged with Death by Auto and Reckless, DWI, Assault by Auto. The charges came as a 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 Ridgefield Police Department under the direction of Chief Thomas J. GALLAGHER.

On Thursday, July 24, 2014, at approximately 1:30 a.m., the Ridgefield Police Department received a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a single motor vehicle which had struck a building at the intersection of Broad Avenue and Edgewater Road. Officers responding to the scene determined that the driver, Tamer M. AMMAR, of a 2014 Honda Civic was driving north on Broad Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle, drove into the southbound lane of travel and then struck the building. The driver and two passengers, Miles REME, a twenty year old Fort Lee man, and James RACANELLI, a twenty year old Fort Lee man, were seriously injured as a result of the collision and were transported to area hospitals. At approximately 2:40 a.m., Miles REME was pronounced dead at Hackensack University Medical Center.

As a result of a cooperative investigation conducted by members of Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit (FAIU) and the Ridgefield Police Department it was determined that at approximately 1:30 a.m., on July 24, 2014, Mr. AMMAR was driving north in the right hand lane of Broad Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle, mounted the sidewalk, on his right hand side, and drove through two bus stop sign posts. Mr. AMMAR then drove the Honda off the sidewalk, across the roadway and traveled north in the southbound lane of Broad Avenue. Mr. AMMAR then drove over the grass median at the intersection of Broad Avenue and Edgewater Road and drove head-on into the exterior wall of a commercial business at 579 Broad Avenue. The collision scene, from the bus stop sign posts to the building where the Honda came to rest, measured approximately 1400 feet long.

During the course of the continuing investigation, investigators reconstructed the collision scene and determined that Mr. AMMAR was driving at a high rate of speed when he recklessly drove off the road, then into oncoming traffic and finally into the commercial building. Investigators also developed information which indicated that Mr. AMMAR was intoxicated, under the influence of controlled dangerous substances, at the time of the collision. A blood sample taken from Mr. AMMAR on the day of the collision was submitted for toxicological examination. Results are pending.

Mr. AMMAR was seriously injured as a result of the collision and remains hospitalized.

Tamer M. AMMAR was charged with one count of violating N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5, Death by Auto, and one count of violating N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1c2, Assault by Auto while driving in violation of R.S. 39:4-50 (DWI). Mr. AMMAR was also issued numerous summonses for motor vehicle violations including Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Driving Over the Sidewalk, and Failure to Keep Right. The warrant was issued by Ridgefield Municipal Court Judge David LAFFERTY who authorized that Mr. AMMAR be released on his own recognizance while he remains hospitalized. No arraignment date has been set.

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 like to thank the Ridgefield Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.

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MICHAEL ETTZ INDICTED TODAY BY THE BERGEN COUNTY GRAND JURY FOR THE APRIL 2014 DRUNK DRIVING ASSAULT ON BERGEN COUNTY POLICE OFFICER DANIEL BRESLIN 
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FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced today that the grand jury has returned criminal charges against MICHAEL P. ETTZ of Lodi in connection with a DWI crash that occurred in Lodi on April 19, 2014. Specifically, ETTZ was indicted for 2nd degree Aggravated Assault; 3rd degree Assault by Auto While DWI; and 3rd degree Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury to Another. ETTZ’s total exposure on these charges is a maximum of 15 years.

On April 19, 2014, ETTZ was driving westbound on Route 46 in Lodi when he struck Bergen County Police Officer Daniel Breslin’s vehicle from behind. Breslin had stopped in the right lane of travel to assist a fellow Bergen County Police Officer who had pulled off to the shoulder to repair a radio problem. As a result of the collision, Breslin suffered a traumatic brain injury and was hospitalized for months. ETTZ walked away from the collision scene and was arrested by responding police in a nearby backyard. Police immediately suspected that ETTZ was intoxicated and charged him with DWI, assault and leaving the scene of a serious motor vehicle accident.

Prosecutor Molinelli states that this indictment is not proof of guilt and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The Prosecutor would also like to thank the Lodi Police Department, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department and the Bergen County Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.


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