CRESSKILL, NJ MAN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND IMPERSONATING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
For Immediate Release:
October 14, 2022
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of LUKE STEIN (DOB: 2/02/2004; single; student; volunteer firefighter) of 193 East Madison Avenue, Cresskill, NJ on charges of aggravated assault and impersonating a law enforcement officer. The arrest is a result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Alpine Police Department under the direction of Chief Christopher Belcolle.
On Sunday, October 10, 2022, just after midnight, the Alpine Police Department was notified of a serious motor vehicle crash in the area of US Highway 9W and Montammy Drive. As a result of the crash, five juvenile victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment of serious bodily injuries.
The Alpine Police Department then contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit for assistance. Their investigation revealed that a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by LUKE STEIN intentionally struck the rear of the victim’s vehicle twice as they traveled along US Highway 9W, and then pursued the victim’s vehicle at a high rate of speed before leaving the scene. At one point during the incident, while STEIN drove behind the victim, he briefly activated special blue-and-white emergency warning lights that were affixed to his vehicle because he is a volunteer firefighter.
On October 13, 2022, as a result of the investigation, LUKE STEIN was charged with five counts of second-degree aggravated assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b)(1); and fourth-degree impersonating a law enforcement officer, N.J.S.A. 2C:28-8. Detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office coordinated with the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department in Colorado, who located and arrested STEIN later that day. STEIN is currently lodged at the Boulder County Jail in Boulder, Colorado pending extradition to Bergen County, NJ.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Musella would like to thank the Alpine Police Department, the Cresskill Police Department, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department, and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in this investigation.