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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ALEX SAFANOVA CHARGED WITH SEX ASSAULT 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of ALEX L. SAFANOVA (DOB: 4/11/1953) of 186 Big Oak Drive, Dayton, Tennessee on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault and Sexual Assault by Contact. 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 Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Officer-in-Charge Timothy LLOYD.

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. The ensuing criminal investigation 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 had travelled from his home in Tennessee to a family member’s residence in Lebanon, Connecticut. With the assistance of the Connecticut State Police, Mr. SAFANOVA was apprehended and arrested without incident.

Alex L. SAFANOVA was charged with two (2) counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault and one (1) count of Sexual Assault by Sexual Contact. Blanket bail for all charges for Mr. SAFANOVA was set by the Honorable Susan J. Steele, P.J.Cr., Bergen County, at $300,000.00 with no ten percent option, no contact with the victim and surrender of his passport as conditions of bail. Mr. SAFANOVA remains in the custody of the Connecticut State Police pending an extradition proceeding.

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: TBD TIME: TBD

JUDGE: HONORABLE SUSAN J. STEELE, J.S.C., BERGEN COUNTY, NJ

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: REMAINS IN THE CUSTODY OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE
POLICE PENDING AN EXTRADITION PROCEEDING

ALEX SAFANOVA
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BOGART VELASCO CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE COUNTS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND SEXUAL ASSAULT 
TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR JOHN L. MOLINELLI

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced today the arrest of BOGART VELASCO (DOB: 8/12/1962) of 4467 Argyle Avenue, Fresno, California, for recruiting and employing two (2) juvenile females to work as prostitutes in an on-going illicit prostitution operation that conducted business in and around the northern New Jersey area. The criminal operation was uncovered during an investigation initiated by officers and detectives of the Elmwood Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Michael FOLIGNO and detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO.

At approximately 9:09 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, the Elmwood Park Police Department received a telephone call from a woman from Fresno, California, reporting that her niece and another juvenile girl had been reported missing in Fresno on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Based on social media postings, it was believed that the girls, ages 13 and 15, were at a hotel in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Upon checking the local hotels, Elmwood Park police officers located the two teenage girls at the Town House Inn & Suites, 50 Route 46 East, Elmwood Park, New Jersey. The missing girls were taken into custody. Interviews and further investigation revealed that the girls were in the company of Bogart VELASCO when they left Fresno, California and drove to New Jersey to make money through prostitution. The investigation to this point has shown that arrangements and opportunities for prostitution in New Jersey were promoted by VELASCO and the victims were utilized in a human trafficking scheme. It was also determined that VELASCO had sexual relations with both victims at different times while in the State of New Jersey. Both victims are currently in the care and custody of the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P).

VELASCO was located in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, arrested and charged with two (2) counts of 1st degree Human Trafficking, two (2) counts of 2nd degree Human Trafficking, two (2) counts of Sexual Assault, a crime of the 2nd degree, two (2) counts of Promoting a Juvenile in Prostitution, a crime of the 2nd degree, two (2) counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the 2nd degree, and two (2) counts of Criminal Sexual Contact, a crime of the 3rd degree. The investigation is continuing and investigators are attempting to identify any other victims or employees of this illegal prostitution operation.

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 Elmwood Park Police Department and DCP&P for their assistance in this investigation.

BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE
CHARGE INFORMATION FORM

DEFENDANT: BOGART VELASCO DOB: 8/12/1962

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 4467 ARGYLE AVENUE, FRESNO, CA 93727

MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED
OCCUPATION: TRUCK DRIVER

ARREST INFORMATION

DATE OF ARREST: 08/27/2015

PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: ELMWOOD PARK, NEW JERSEY

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


CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS

TWO (2) COUNTS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S. 2C:13-8A(3) - 1ST DEGREE CRIME

TWO (2) COUNTS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S. 2C:13-9A(2) – 2ND DEGREE CRIME

TWO (2) COUNTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S. 2C:14-2C(4) – 2ND DEGREE CRIME

TWO (2) COUNTS OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S. 2C:24-4A – 2ND DEGREE CRIME

TWO (2) COUNTS OF CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONTACT IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S. 2C:14-3A

TWO (2) COUNTS OF PROMOTING A JUVENILE IN PROSTITUTION IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S. 2C:34-1B(3)

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 9/1/2015 TIME: 1:00 PM

JUDGE: HONORABLE ANTHONY GALLINA, J.M.C. (ELMWOOD PARK, NJ)

BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $500,000.00 NO TEN PERCENT OPTION, MUST
SURRENDER PASSPORT AND NO CONTACT WITH THE VICTIMS

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