TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: OCTOBER 27, 2016
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. GREWAL announced today the arrests of 21 people on charges ranging from attempted murder to obstruction of justice to narcotics charges, as the result of "Operation Safe City" – an initiative targeting the rise in gun violence in Englewood, New Jersey this year. Information regarding those arrested during the initiative, including their names, charges and other identifying information are included on the attached spreadsheet and chart.
Operation Safe City was a collaborative law enforcement initiative undertaken by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Chief Robert ANZILOTTI, the Englewood Police Department under the direction of Chief Lawrence SUFFERN, and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Michael SAUDINO. Based on intelligence gathered by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s Intelligence Unit, as well as other sources, law enforcement officers focused their efforts on resolving open shooting cases, as well as targeting violent criminal activity and narcotics offenses in and around Englewood, in an effort to prevent future shooting incidents.
Before the start of the initiative in July of this year, there were 12 shooting incidents in Englewood, with a dramatic rise in the frequency of shootings occurring at the start of the summer. Following the initiative, there was one shooting incident. Of the 21 arrests, three individuals were arrested on attempted murder charges, including JAMAL "MALLY" ROBINSON, who was arrested on July 18, 2016, and is charged with two counts of attempted murder, relating to two separate shootings in Englewood on July 5, 2016 and
July 7, 2016. In addition, COREY McKAY (date of arrest: June 12, 2016) and TYRONE STEPHENS (date of arrest: August 25, 2016) were arrested and charged with, among other charges, three counts of attempted murder in connection with a shooting incident at an apartment in Englewood on June 2, 2016.
One individual was charged with weapons offenses. Four individuals were arrested on witness tampering or obstruction charges. 11 individuals were arrested on various narcotics charges. In total, 10 search warrants were executed and resulted in the recovery of 7 illegally possessed firearms and a quantity of marijuana and cocaine, as well as the recovery of United States currency.
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Grewal states that the charges against the defendants identified on the attached spreadsheet and chart are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would also like to thank the Englewood Police Department, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, and the Teaneck Police Department under the direction of Chief Robert CARNEY for their assistance with this initiative.