TWO MEN CHARGED IN ARMED CARJACKING INVESTIGATION
For Immediate Release:
August 12, 2022
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of ELIJAH BATTLE (DOB: 1/20/1997; single; unemployed) of Paterson, NJ and ANTHONY AGUILAR (DOB: 6/07/1998; single; currently incarcerated in the Bergen County Jail) on carjacking related charges. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad under the direction of Chief Jason Love, the Rochelle Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Dean Pinto, and the Maywood Police Department under the direction of Chief Terence Kenny.
During a two-month-long investigation by members of these agencies, ELIJAH BATTLE and ANTHONY AGUILAR were identified as suspects in an armed carjacking which occurred in Rochelle Park on June 16, 2022, as well as a motor vehicle burglary which took place in Maywood on that same date.
On Thursday, August 11, 2022, detectives of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office arrested ELIJAH BATTLE without incident in Passaic, NJ. Later that same afternoon, ANTHONY AGUILAR was served with his charges at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ.
BATTLE and AGUILAR were both charged with the following offenses: first-degree carjacking, N.J.S.A. 2C:15-2(a)(2)/2C:2-6; second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b); second-degree possession of weapons for unlawful purposes, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a; second-degree certain persons not to possess weapons, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7b; third-degree burglary to a vehicle, N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2a(1)/2C:2-6; third-degree theft, N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a/2C:2-6; and third-degree receiving stolen property, N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7a.
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.
Prosecutor Musella would like to thank the Paterson Police Department, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, the Paramus Police Department, and New Jersey State Parole Board for their assistance with the investigation.