DUMONT, NJ MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER, POSSESSION OF A WEAPON FOR AN UNLAWFUL PURPOSE, AND UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON
For Immediate Release:
July 24, 2022
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of PATRICK MAUPAI (DOB: 8/11/1981; single; unemployed) of 124 New Milford Avenue, Dumont, NJ on charges of murder, 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 Dumont Police Department under the direction of Chief Brian Joyce.
At 11:53 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2022, the Dumont Police Department received a 911 call from a male stating that he had attacked his mother with a fire poker. Officers responded to 124 New Milford Avenue and observed a male on the front lawn on the phone with dispatch. The male identified himself as PATRICK MAUPAI, and responding officers immediately took him into custody. Upon entering the front door of the home, the officers observed an elderly female on the floor of the living room with multiple lacerations on her face, which was covered in blood. An investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Dumont Police Department revealed that PATRICK MAUPAI killed his mother with a fire poker.
On July 24, 2022, PATRICK MAUPAI was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3(a)2; third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4(d); and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(d). He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court.
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, and he would also like to thank the Dumont Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.