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For Immediate Release: January 12, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of JOSE MILTON MEJIA-MEJIA (DOB: 06/21/1991; married; unemployed) of 560 Palisade Avenue, Garfield, NJ on charges related to an armed robbery/aggravated assault in Little Ferry, NJ. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Little Ferry Police Department under the direction of Chief James Walters. On Thursday, December 28, 2023, at approximately 6:03 p.m., officers from the Little Ferry Police Department responded to the area of 19 Harding Place in Little Ferry, NJ on a report of an armed robbery/aggravated assault of an employee of a nearby commercial business. Detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad also responded, and the ensuing joint investigation determined that the victim was hit in the head with a bat multiple times…

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For Immediate Release: January 10, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced additional charges in an ongoing sexual assault investigation in Dumont, NJ. The investigation is being conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Dumont Police Department under the direction of Chief Brian Joyce. As previously reported, on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, the Dumont Police Department contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged sexual assault of a child. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Dumont Police Department revealed that COSWAYNE R. DONALD sexually assaulted a child who was between the ages of 13 and 16 in Dumont, NJ.COSWAYNE DONALD was arrested in Dumont, NJ on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 and charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a(1); second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(1); and third-degree…

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For Immediate Release: January 10, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of REYNALDO ARIEL TARQUINO (DOB:01/05/1995; single; line service technician) of Hackensack, NJ, on charges of endangering the welfare of a child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Officer in Charge Captain Michael Antista. On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Division of Child Protection and Permanency contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged child abuse of a juvenile. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Hackensack Police Department revealed that REYNALDO ARIEL TARQUINO abused a child under the age of 13, in Hackensack and New Milford, NJ. As a result of the investigation, on Friday, January 5, 2024, REYNALDO ARIEL TARQUINO was arrested in…

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For Immediate Release: January 4, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of ABRAHAM RIVERA (DOB: 04/02/2004; single; security officer) of Ridgefield Park, NJ on charges of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Garfield Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Richard Uram. On Thursday, September 28, 2023, the Division of Child Protection and Permanency contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged sexual assault of a juvenile. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Garfield Police Department revealed that ABRAHAM RIVERA sexually assaulted a child in Garfield, NJ on one occasion. As a result of the investigation, on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, ABRAHAM RIVERA was arrested in Paramus, NJ and charged…

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For Immediate Release: January 4, 2024 In the course of the most recent police recruit class, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (BCPO) was notified by the Police Training Commission (PTC) that they had received information regarding alleged rule violations occurring at the Bergen County Police Academy (Academy). The Academy is a unit of the County of Bergen’s Law and Public Safety Institute and operates as a partnership between the County of Bergen, the BCPO, and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. The BCPO is responsible for all law enforcement training occurring at the Academy, and it is our responsibility to ensure that our police recruits receive the highest quality training. We take all allegations of misconduct seriously, and we immediately began an investigation into those allegations. We have been working collaboratively with the PTC, the County of Bergen, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association to…

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For Immediate Release: January 2, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of STEVEN SPENCE (DOB: 12/27/1971; single; security guard) of Englewood, NJ on charges of sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal sexual contact. 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 Englewood Police Department under the direction of Chief Thomas Greeley. On Friday, December 29, 2023, the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged sexual assault of a juvenile. An investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Englewood Police Department revealed that STEVEN SPENCE had sexually assaulted the child in Englewood, NJ. As a result of the investigation, STEVEN SPENCE was arrested in Paramus, NJ and charged with second-degree sexual assault,…

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For Immediate Release: January 1, 2024 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of LUIS A. SUAREZ (DOB: 09/16/1982; single; chef) of Montclair, NJ, on charges of murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Ramsey Police Department under the direction of Chief Brian Lyman. At approximately 7:25 p.m., on Sunday, December 31, 2023, the Ramsey Police Department responded to 101 Williams Street in Ramsey, NJ, on the report of a homicide. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased 41-year-old female with an apparent gunshot wound to her head. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ramsey Police Department identified LUIS A. SUAREZ as the suspect, and shortly thereafter, he was arrested in Montclair, NJ. As a result of the investigation,…

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For Immediate Release: December 29, 2023 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of CHRISTIAN A. VELEZ (DOB: 11/11/1999; single; unemployed) of Paterson, NJ on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Paramus Police Department under the direction of Chief Robert M. Guidetti. On Thursday, December 28, 2023, the Paramus Police Department contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit regarding a stabbing that occurred on Route 4 East in Paramus following what was reportedly a road rage incident. Responding officers located a 28-year-old male victim with multiple stab wounds to his back, side, and arm. The victim was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center where he…

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Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announces the following information: The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Paramus Police Department are investigating a stabbing that occurred on Route 4 East in Paramus on Thursday, December 28, 2023. At approximately 11:27 a.m., the Paramus Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting a stabbing following an apparent road rage incident.  Responding officers found a 28-year-old male victim with multiple stab wounds.  The victim was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center where he is being treated and is in stable condition. An investigation is being conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Paramus Police Department under the direction of Chief Robert Guidetti. No other information is available at this time.

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For Immediate Release: December 27, 2023 Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced that on December 18, 2023, DOMINICK MEMOLI of Bronx, New York pled guilty to armed robbery in connection with an armed home invasion that occurred on November 17, 2022 in Fair Lawn, NJ. On November 17, 2022, MEMOLI and five other individuals conspired to commit an armed robbery of a residence at 0-09 28th Street in Fair Lawn. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad and the Fair Lawn Police Department revealed that during the armed robbery, two of the individuals posed as law enforcement officers to gain entry to the victim’s residence, where they brandished a handgun and zip-tied the victims’ wrists. MEMOLI acted as a lookout and participated in the planning of the armed robbery. On December 18, 2023, DOMINICK MEMOLI pled guilty to first-degree armed robbery, N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1a(1). Sentencing is scheduled…

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