TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR MARK MUSELLA
DATE: JULY 31, 2020
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of CARSON GOODMAN (DOB: 09/10/1998; single; unemployed) of 12 Edward Street, Sparkhill, New York on charges of Bias Intimidation, Aggravated Assault, Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession Of A Weapon, and Criminal Mischief. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Northvale Police Department under the direction of Chief Howard Ostrow.
On July 25, 2020, the Northvale Police Department was called to a liquor store located at 224 Livingston Street for a report of an assault. Three female customers reported that a man made racist remarks to them while they were checking out. As they entered their vehicle in the parking lot, the man smashed their taillight and shattered the rear driver’s side window with a baseball bat resulting in injuries to two of the female passengers.
As the result of an investigation, law enforcement officers identified CARSON GOODMAN as the actor. The investigation revealed that he fled the state after the incident, so officers issued an arrest warrant and entered his information in a national database. On July 31, 2020, he was located in Pecos County, TX when his vehicle was disabled after striking an animal in the roadway. The Pecos County Sheriff’s Office arrested him after learning that he was a fugitive from justice.
CARSON GOODMAN was charged with two counts of Bias Intimidation, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:16-1a(1), a 2nd degree crime; two counts of Bias Intimidation, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:16-1a(1), a 3rd degree crime; one count of Aggravated Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(7), a 3rd degree crime; one count of Possession Of A Weapon For An Unlawful Purpose, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4d, a 3rd degree crime; one count of Unlawful Possession Of A Weapon, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5d, a 4th degree crime; and one count of Criminal Mischief, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3a(1), a 4th degree crime. GOODMAN is being held in the Pecos County (TX) Jail pending extradition.
“We are committed to ensuring that Bergen County is safe for everyone, and we will aggressively investigate and prosecute all bias-motivated crimes that occur in our county,” said Prosecutor Musella.
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 Northvale Police Department, Orangetown (NY) Police Department, and the Pecos County (TX) Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.