TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal released additional information today regarding criminal charges filed against JAQUAN A. SUBER (DOB: 12/12/1987, single; and unemployed) of 485 Summit Avenue, Fort Lee, New Jersey. The charges are a result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”) Major Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department under the direction of Sheriff Michael Saudino.
As set forth in a prior news release, on September 3, 2017, SUBER was charged with the following offenses: Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 39-4A (1), a crime of the second degree; Unlawful Possession of a firearm, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5B, a crime of the second degree, and Aggravated Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(B) 9, a crime of the third degree.
Following his arrest, SUBER was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) and is presently receiving medical treatment for his injuries. At the time of this press release, Jaquan SUBER remains in critical condition and no court date has been scheduled for him.
Fort Lee Police responded to 485 Summit Avenue on two occasions on Sunday, September 3, 2017. First, at approximately 6:00 a.m., Fort Lee Police were summoned to a landlord/tenant dispute at 485 Summit Avenue involving SUBER, who lived in the basement apartment, and his landlord, who lived on the first floor. The dispute was resolved and the officers left the home.
Thereafter, at approximately 10:33 a.m., different Fort Lee Police officers responded to 485 Summit Avenue in connection with a missing person’s report. While at the house, the officers were directed to SUBER’s basement apartment to follow-up on the earlier landlord/ tenant dispute.
Thereafter, a confrontation ensued and SUBER was shot by Fort Lee Police officers and subsequently arrested. The circumstances surrounding the officers’ use of force is presently the subject of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the BCPO in accordance with the July 28, 2015 Attorney General Supplemental Law Enforcement Directive Regarding Uniform Statewide Procedures and Best Practices for Conducting Police Use of Force Investigations (“Directive”) (which can be found at: http://www.nj.gov/oag/dcj/agguide/directives/2006-5_SRT_OIS.pdf). Pursuant to the Directive, the BCPO is prohibited from sharing any investigative details concerning the shooting at this time, as the release of such information may, among other things, “contaminat[e] a witness's personal recollection of events” surrounding this matter. Accordingly, any future releases of information concerning this matter will be in accordance with the Directive.
Prosecutor Grewal states that the charges against SUBER are merely accusations, and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.