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Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announces the following information: The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Garfield Police Department are investigating a stabbing that occurred outside of 131 Monroe Street, Garfield, NJ, at approximately 12:44 a.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2024. Responding Garfield Police officers found a 31-year-old male with apparent stab wounds to his torso. The victim was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center.   An investigation is being conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Acting Chief Matthew Finck and the Garfield Police Department under the direction of Chief Richard M. Uram. No other information is available at this time.

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For Immediate Release: January 31, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of RAYMOND SYLVESTER (DOB: 3/14/1968; single; physical therapist) of Bergenfield, NJ and LESHAWNDA NIXON (DOB: 12/27/1990; single; unemployed) of Brooklyn, NY on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Bergenfield Police Department under the direction of Chief Mustafa Rabboh. On Monday, January 29, 2024, the Bergenfield Police Department received a 911 call regarding an infant experiencing a medical episode. The child was subsequently transported to an area hospital where further testing revealed that the child had ingested a controlled dangerous substance, namely cocaine. The ensuing investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bergenfield Police Department revealed that RAYMOND SYLVESTER and LESHAWNDA…

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For Immediate Release: January 29, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of SARJU PATEL (DOB: 08/19/1984; single; medical imaging technician) of 7912 River Road, Room 515, North Bergen, NJ on charges of stalking, cyber-harassment, and harassment. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love. On Monday, January 29, 2024, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of SARJU PATEL during a stalking investigation. The investigation revealed that PATEL created social media accounts which utilized numerous vanity names in the likeness of the victims, posted photographs of the victims, “checked-in” online at various locations associated with the victims and their family members, and sent physical letters to the workplace of one of the victims, placing the victims and their families in fear of physical…

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For Immediate Release: January 26, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of a Bergen County juvenile on charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury, endangering an injured victim, and assault by auto resulting in serious bodily injury. The arrest is the result of a joint investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Teaneck Police Department under the direction of Chief Andrew McGurr. On Thursday, January 25, 2024, at approximately 7:55 a.m., the Teaneck Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a two-car motor vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Palmer Ave and Sherman Ave in Teaneck, NJ. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit was notified. The initial investigation revealed that a 2015 Ford Explorer struck a 2022 Nissan Rogue, resulting in the vehicles leaving the…

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Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announces the following information: The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Teaneck Police Department are investigating a motor vehicle accident involving serious bodily injury at the intersection of Sherman Avenue and Palmer Avenue in Teaneck, New Jersey. The victim was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center (Hackensack, N.J.) with life threatening injuries. An investigation is being conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Teaneck Police Department under the direction of Chief Andrew McGurr. No other information is available at this time.

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For Immediate Release: January 25, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of NICHOLAS L. TODARO (DOB: 8/10/1987; single; unemployed) of Orangeburg, NY on arson charges. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Jason Love, and the Ramsey Police Department under the direction of Chief Brian Lyman. On January 5, 2024 at approximately 6:36 p.m., the Ramsey Police Department responded to a fire in a wooded area behind a shopping center located at 50 Spring Street in Ramsey, NJ. Approximately 20 minutes later, there was a report of a second fire, in a wooded area behind 8 Interstate Shopping Center in Ramsey. Both fires were extinguished by the Ramsey Fire Department. Further investigation revealed that NICHOLAS TODARO had intentionally set both fires. As a result of the investigation, on Wednesday, January 24,…

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For Immediate Release: January 19, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of GEORGE M. SILEBI (DOB: 04/02/1996; single; student) of 58 Sheridan Avenue, Waldwick, NJ on a charge of possession of child sexual abuse material. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love. On Thursday, January 11, 2024, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of GEORGE SILEBI during an Internet child sexual abuse material investigation. The investigation revealed that SILEBI used the Internet to view, download, and possess items depicting nude and/or sexually explicit prepubescent and pubescent children. Members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit travelled to Norwalk, Connecticut where, with the coordination and assistance of the Connecticut State Police and the Norwalk (CT) Police Department, GEORGE SILEBI was…

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For Immediate Release: January 18, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of KEWIN SEPULVEDA (DOB: 06/17/1994; single; massage therapist) of 398 Sussex Street, Paterson, NJ on a charge of sexual assault. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Franklin Lakes Police Department under the direction of Chief Mark McCombs. On Saturday, January 13, 2024, the Franklin Lakes Police Department received information that KEWIN SEPULVEDA engaged in sexual activity with an individual while giving a massage at the Hand and Stone Spa in Franklin Lakes, NJ on the previous day. An investigation was initiated by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Franklin Lakes Police Department. As a result of the investigation, on Thursday, January 18, 2024, KEWIN SEPULVEDA was arrested in Paramus, NJ and charged with second-degree…

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For Immediate Release: January 16, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of BRANDON M. HERNANDEZ (DOB: 6/1/1995; single; unemployed) of 56 Park Avenue, Paterson, NJ, on charges of terroristic threats and cyber-harassment. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love. On Friday, November 17, 2023, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit initiated an investigation regarding an emerging pattern of social media posts threatening to shoot and bomb government buildings and judges. During the investigation, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office identified BRANDON M. HERNANDEZ as the person responsible for the threatening posts. As a result of the investigation, BRANDON MICHAEL HERNANDEZ was charged with third-degree terroristic threats, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3a; and fourth-degree cyber-harassment, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4.1. On Thursday, January 11, 2024, HERNANDEZ was located and arrested in Paterson, NJ by the Bergen County Sheriff’s…

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For Immediate Release: January 12, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of ROBERT SETNITZKY (DOB: 09/03/1962; single; unemployed) of 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Room 116, Montvale, NJ, currently incarcerated at Northern State Prison, on the charge of possession of child sexual abuse material. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love. On Thursday, July 13, 2023, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit were contacted by New Jersey State parole officers regarding a parolee who violated the terms of his release and was believed to be in possession of child sexual abuse material. SETNITZKY was arrested on July 13, 2023, in Montvale, NJ by parole officers for violating conditions of his release. Subsequently, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit conducted an investigation that involved a search of SETNITZKY’s…

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