TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR MARK MUSELLA
DATE: NOVEMBER 14, 2019
CRYSTALANN CLARKE OF BERGENFIELD, NJ CHARGED WITHCHILD ABUSE AND HINDERING APPREHENSION
PATEL WHYTE OF HACKENSACK, NJCHARGED WITH HINDERING APPREHENSION
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of CRYSTALANN CLARKE (DOB: 09/28/1984; single; unemployed) of Bergenfield, NJ on charges of Child Abuse and Hindering Apprehension; and PATEL WHYTE (DOB: 08/19/1984; single;unemployed) of Hackensack, NJ on a charge of Hindering Apprehension. The arrestsare the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Officeunder the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Hackensack Police Department underthe direction of Officer-In-Charge Captain Peter Busciglio.
On Sunday, November 10, 2019, the Hackensack Police Department received information that a juvenile had been physically assaulted by CRYSTALANN CLARKE in Hackensack. As a result of the assault, the juvenile received multiple stitches to the face.The Hackensack Police Department contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s OfficeSpecial Victims Unit, and the resulting investigation revealed that CLARKE and her boyfriend, PATEL WHYTE, instructed the juvenile to lie about how the injuries were sustained to protect CLARKE from being investigated for child abuse.
As a result of the investigation, on Monday, November 11, 2019, CRYSTALANN CLARKE was arrested and charged with one count of Hindering Apprehension, inviolation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3(b)3, a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Child Abuse, inviolation of Title 9:6-1, a 4th degree crime. Following an appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court on November 12, 2019, CLARKE was released subject to conditions.PATEL WHYTE was arrested and charged with one count of Hindering Apprehension, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3(a)5, a 2nd degree crime. He is schedule to appear in Central Judicial Processing Court on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:30a.m.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would like to thank the Hackensack Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.