Press Release

Crime Stoppers Sets Up on Clinton Place Hackensack Halloween Night

On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, trustees of Crime Stoppers set up their booth on Clinton Place in Hackensack. Looking to make their presence in the community known, Crime Stoppers members displayed their banner, handed out candy, and interacted with the Incredibles, Witches, Super Heros - such as Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Superman, The Flash, Spiderman - Princesses, Ariel, and many other Halloween costumed kids. We even met with Flo from Progressive and Colonel Sanders. Our purpose was to let the community members, as well as the visitors to Hackensack, know about our organization and its mission. The Hackensack street, where Halloween decorated homes draw crowds of young and old trick or treaters and even some who come to delight in the scary, funny, and awesomely decorated lawns and houses, was a perfect venue to meet and greet the people in the community. Crime Stoppers also provided Glow Stick necklaces to colorfully light the youngsters as they roamed the dark street in search of treats. Parents, grandparents, and friends graciously donated to Crime Stoppers for the Glow Sticks to provide that extra safety for the young trick or treaters. Crime Stoppers graciously thanks the Von Rudenborg family for allowing us to set up by their home for the evening. Thanks also goes out to NVE Bank -Jeff Dulle - for the candy donation as well as to the Stop & Shop Supermarkets for donating the gift cards used to purchase, yes, you guessed it, more candy. It was an amazing night for those who came by and a successful one for Crime Stoppers. Thank you to all those visitors to Clinton Place who donated to our organization on Halloween Night. Your donation will help us continue to serve the community, law enforcement, and work with the media that will spread the word on crime prevention, solving crimes, and making our communities safer for its citizens.

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Hackensack Community Awareness Event

CRIME STOPPERS Community Awareness Program Exhibition Basketball Game Hackensack Police vs. Hackensack Middle School Students & Staff ============================================================================================================ On Thursday, April 19, members of Hackensack’s Finest - Hackensack Police Department- will compete against, starting with a jump ball at center court, the Hackensack Middle School students and staff in a basketball game matchup to raise awareness within their community. The Crime Stoppers Hackensack division, with the support of Crime Stoppers of Bergenfield-Englewood-Teaneck- Hackensack-Bogota, is inviting you to our community awareness program. Several months ago, at a monthly meeting, Crime Stoppers members discussed hosting a “kid-friendly” community awareness program. Under the direction of Hackensack Police detective, Ralph Cavallo, and Crime Stoppers Hackensack trustee, Jason Somes, this event was successfully coordinated. We reached out to local venues for donations and numerous businesses have come forward to support this event. Free-throw contest prizes will include a mountain bike, assorted sporting goods, and gift certificates. Prize and product support was generously provided by community businesses in and around the Hackensack district. Please join us on Thursday, April 19 from 6pm-8pm at the Hackensack Middle School located at 360 Union Street, Hackensack. This event is sponsored by Crime Stoppers of Bergenfield-Englewood-Teaneck-Hackensack-Bogota, the Hackensack Community, and surrounding businesses, as well as the Hackensack PBA Local #9. Admission will be $5.00 per person with complimentary admission for Hackensack Middle School students. Modell’s Sporting Goods has also added support with a Team Week program campaign. You receive 15% off your purchase and your local team will receive 5% back from your purchase (s) made. **For additional information please visit and LIKE our Crime Stoppers Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/tricommunitycrimestoppers/ ============================================================================= Crime Stoppers Background Our Crime Stoppers group began in the 1980s opening a division in Bergenfield and was then combined with Teaneck and Hackensack. Englewood joined the organization in 2015. This year we proudly added another community with the addition of Bogota. The Crime Stoppers monthly meeting is held at the Teaneck Police Department where the four-member Board of Directors led by Chair, Harry Comp - Vice Chair, Frank Rabboh - Treasurer, Len Leach - and Secretary, Patricia Archer. Together with police officer liaisons from each department and with a committee of dedicated community-minded trustees, members share information on crime issues, crime prevention and the Crime Stoppers cases that are presented for cash rewards. Crime Stoppers is a partnership between the police, the public, and the media, which provides the community with a proactive program for people to anonymously assist the police in solving crimes within their communities. To provide a crime tip, informants can anonymously call the toll-free number of (844) 466-6789. You will be directed by a voice-prompt providing you a selection to choose a designated community phone line. Crime Stoppers emphasizes that any crimes-in-progress should be reported immediately by dialing 911.

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ARREST IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE – ENGLEWOOD, NJ

***CRIMESTOPPERS UPDATE*** ARREST IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE – ENGLEWOOD, NJ On July 28, 2017, an 83-year-old female from Dumont was the victim of a sexual assault at approximately 5:30 AM. The attack occurred in the rear parking lot area of the Korean Community Church, located at 147 Tenafly Road in the City of Englewood. The woman was on the way to an early church service there when a Hispanic male, possibly in his 30’s, approximately 5’6” in height, grabbed and tackled her to the ground in a doorway. The attached videos obtained from area security cameras show portions of the attack. The male was wearing some type of backpack, drawstring backpack or shoulder strap backpack, light-colored pants, and dark shoes with light-colored soles. The male stopped the attack and calmly walked away when the victim was able to wave down a passing vehicle. The woman sustained minor physical injuries. The investigating police agencies (Englewood City Police Department & Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office) made numerous positive contacts with residents and commuters that frequented the neighborhood where this assault occurred and some leads were developed. Numerous media outlets throughout the New Jersey/New York City areas broadcast the surveillance video that was recovered during the investigation. Additionally, the Bergenfield-Englewood-Teaneck-Hackensack Crime Stoppers group offered up to a $1,000 cash reward for any information significantly aiding in the ongoing investigation. Citizens were urged to leave a tip on the website at bergencrimestoppers.org by calling the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 844-466-6789 or by calling the Englewood Police Department Detectives directly. The case broke earlier last week when a phone tip came in with very specific information. That tip led case detectives from our Department and the Prosecutor’s office to 23-year-old Margarito Hernandez-Valladares, who was also known as Jose Ramirez Jr. Based on the evidence gathered during the investigation, along with statements Hernandez-Valladares made to detectives, he was arrested at the Englewood Police Station. He was charged with 2nd degree Attempted Sexual Assault, 3rd degree Criminal Restraint and 4th degree Criminal Sexual Contact. He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail and held pending a detention hearing. The way in which this case progressed was a classic example of how a community, with the help of Crime Stoppers, can work with their local law enforcement agencies in making their neighborhood a safer place to live. The charges against Hernandez-Valladares will be referred to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for further disposition. http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/crime/2017/11/13/police-make-arrest-july-sexual-assault-83-year-old-woman-englewood/858556001/

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New Clothing Donation Bin Located in the City of Englewood by Department of Public Works

The Bergenfield-Englewood-Teaneck-Hackensack CrimeStoppers group now has a clothing bin in the Englewood DPW yard. It is accessible to the public during the normal operating hours of the Department of Public Works, which is located at 175 South Van Brunt Street in Englewood, just south of the Englewood City Police Department. Many people are always searching for reputable bins when they want to donate clothing items to those less fortunate individuals and families. Proceeds from the bin go directly to assisting this non-profit, crime-fighting organization that allows citizens to be awarded cash for tips they give to the police that helps solve crimes in our communities. Citizens with crime tips can call the 24/7 CrimeStoppers hotline at 844-466-6789 or make an anonymous online tip at CrimeStoppers website – www.bergencrimestoppers.org

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Englewood PD Make Arrests - Warning on buying/selling APP

On April 2nd, at about 8 PM, a 32-year-old man from Yonkers traveled to Englewood to purchase an iPhone 6 Plus from a male he connected with on an App from the popular buy-sell website known as, “letgo.” They agreed to meet in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Knickerbocker Road. The prospective buyer gave the seller cash and took possession of the phone. Seeing that the phone was locked, he handed it back to the seller and asked him to unlock the phone. The seller took the phone and ran off. There was no physical confrontation and the victim reported the incident to our detectives who began an investigation. On April 11th, at about 12:30 PM, a 55-year-old man from Bergenfield traveled to Englewood to purchase the same type iPhone as the one in the April 2nd incident. The buyer connected with the seller, this time using an App from another popular buy-sell website known as, “OfferUp.” The buyer was lured to a street in the same general area as the first incident. The buyer and seller exchanged cash and the phone, at which time the seller asked the buyer to give him a ride home. The buyer agreed and the seller directed the buyer to the 300 block of Howell Road. When they arrived, the seller, as he was getting out of the vehicle, asked the buyer if he could see his phone so he could confirm he cleared all of his information from it. During that discussion, the seller forcibly removed the phone from the buyer’s person and fled into a nearby condo complex. The victim was uninjured and also reported the incident to our Department. Four days later, on April 15th, at approximately 11:15 PM, a 22-year-old female and her 23-year-old male companion, both from Manhattan, traveled to Englewood to purchase the same type iPhone as was offered in the first two incidents, from a male they connected with using the “letgo” App once again. The seller lured them to the 100 block of Knickerbocker Road. They met with the male and cash and the phone were exchanged. As the buyers began to leave, the seller told them that he left his SIM card in the phone. During that discussion, just like during the second incident, the seller forcibly removed the phone from the female’s person and he ran off. The male companion gave chase and soon realized that the suspect had an accomplice waiting nearby. Luckily, both suspects ran off through backyards and neither of the victims was injured. They called 9-1-1 and our Patrol units searched the area with no results. On April 28th, at about 1 PM, a 43-year-old male from Guttenberg traveled to Englewood to purchase an iPhone from a male. As in the other cases, the buyer met the seller through the “letgo” App and was lured to the same apartment complex that the first victim was lured to on April 2nd. During the transaction, the seller produced a handgun and pointed it at the buyer, who immediately turned over the cash. The suspect then ran west and out of sight through some backyards. The victim called 9-1-1. Patrol Officers and Detectives flooded the area. In all four cases, the description of the suspects was very similar – a young black or Hispanic male. One of the Officers on-duty at the time of the April 28th robbery, Officer Anthony Gallo, upon hearing the radio description from the latest victim indicating that he was a light-skinned male and had a “chinstrap” beard and goatee, knew of an individual who lived in a condo complex in the 100 block of Glenbrook Parkway, only a very short distance from all of the theft and robbery scenes, that fit that exact description. As our personnel began surrounding the residence, Officers Danny Wenz, Ron Johnson, and Jaime Gillert heard noises from inside the condo and also detected a strong odor of Marijuana coming from within. After a perimeter was established, with the assistance of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, our Officers made entry and located the suspect and resident of the apartment, 18-year-old Joshua Emmanuel, hiding under a pile of clothing in a closet. He possessed a significant amount of Marijuana, packaged for distribution, as well as having the victim’s cash hidden in one of the insoles of his shoes. He was also clutching two cell phones in his hand that was consistent with the advertised phones for sale during the “letgo” and “OfferUp” App thefts and robberies. He was arrested, along with two other males that were also in the home at the time. All three were transported to headquarters. A 15-year-old juvenile and 19-year-old Jeremiah Medina, both from Englewood, were both charged with 3rd degree Hindering Another’s Apprehension. An additional charge of Weapons Possession, a knife, was lodged against the juvenile. Emmanuel was charged with 1st-degree Armed Robbery, 2nd-degree Possession of Marijuana With the Intent to Distribute within 1000 feet of a School and Within 500 feet of a Public Park, as well as a list of lesser included charges. The juvenile was later released to a guardian. His charges will be heard in Juvenile Court. Medina, as per the new bail guidelines in New Jersey, was released on a complaint summons. Emmanuel was remanded to the Bergen County Jail for detention until trial. In light of these recent incidents in our City, we’re urging people who use these types of buy-sell Apps to take certain safety precautions: Avoid going to someone else’s home. Avoid having someone come to your home. Meet people in very public and busy places during daylight hours and never go with someone in their vehicle or give them a ride in yours. You just never know who’s on the other end of an App deal. This arrest was a significant one, especially in light of the fact that as the dates went on, the amount of force used against innocent victims increased significantly. Our Detectives are still working hard on the first three incidents. Obviously, Emmanuel is a strong suspect in these. We’re reviewing video from the area, as well as electronic and web-based evidence. Since Emmanuel’s arrest, there have been no more such robberies or thefts in the City. Anyone with information regarding these cases may qualify for a cash reward through the Bergenfield-Englewood-Teaneck-Hackensack CrimeStoppers line, 24-7, at 1-844-466-6789 OR they can call our Detectives directly at 201-568-4875. Tips can even be submitted through the CrimeStoppers’ website at www.bergencrimestoppers.org.

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CrimeStoppers ALERT -BERGENFIELD - ARRESTS - Drug Possession and Distribution

On 4/27/2017, at approximately 2:00 pm, Bergenfield Police along with members from the Bergen County Regional SWAT, Bergen County K-9, Teaneck PD, and the DEA, arrested the following individuals after an ongoing investigation. The arrests were conducted in two separate residences in Teaneck with the following individuals being arrested and charged accordingly: Hasan Carter, age 30 of Hackensack NJ, Jalleel Jones, age 34 of Teaneck NJ, Davon Creighton, age 31 of Englewood NJ were all charged with Possession of over 50 grams of Marijuana, Possession with intent to distribute Marijuana, Possession with intent to distribute Marijuana within 500 feet of a park, Possession with intent to distribute Marijuana within 1000 feet of a school, Possession of cocaine, Possession with intent to distribute cocaine, Possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 500 feet of a park, Possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 1000 feet of a school. Launey Alexander, age 39 of Teaneck NJ received the same charges as the other three defendants with an additional charge of Possession of Prescription / legend drugs and Possession with intent to distribute Prescription / legend drugs. All four defendants were transported to Bergen county jail awaiting a detention hearing. The following items were confiscated as a result of the arrests: Over 700 grams of Marijuana Crack cocaine Cocaine Crystal Meth Digital scales Cellphones Over $5000.00 in currency Two vehicles were also impounded. A 2011 grey Honda Accord and a 2003 Chevy Suburban. This is an active investigation with additional charges forthcoming.

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Assault on Police Officer Arrest - Bergenfield

Assault on Police Officer - Arrest - Bail Reform Sets Offenders Free

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Englewood Police Seize Two In Street Robbery, Another With Knife

In response to a recent rash of street robberies, plainclothes Officers have been deployed throughout the City and were patrolling in the area of “The Sheffield at Englewood South” apartment complex, located on Sterling Boulevard, late Monday night. At approximately 11:40 PM, Officers Alaric Tucker and Julio Alvarado spotted five suspicious males walking through the grounds. The Officers left their police unit and continued to surveil them on foot. Two of the males in that group separated from the others and approached a 16-year-old who was talking on his cell phone. As the Officers watched, the males robbed the youth of his cell phone. Officers Tucker, Alvarado and backup units, including Officer Dylan Donegan, converged and arrested the pair without incident. They were later identified as 18-year-old Rudell Akridge of Englewood and a 16-year-old juvenile from Englewood. The juvenile was charged with one count of 2nd-degree Robbery and remanded to the Juvenile Detention Center. Akridge was charged with 2nd-degree Robbery and 1st-degree Employing a Juvenile in a Crime and he was remanded to the Bergen County Jail. Rudell Akridge As the arrests occurred, Officers located the other three males in the group and during the questioning of 19-year-old Englewood resident Malik Rector, a knife fell from his clothing. He was arrested and charged with Possession of an Illegal Weapon and Hindering Apprehension after he lied about his identity to avoid being arrested on an unrelated outstanding contempt warrant. The remaining juveniles were later released to their guardians without charges at this time. Malik Rector This investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible. Residents are reminded to contact the Englewood CrimeStoppers line at 1-844-466-6789 or City Detectives directly at 201-568-4875 with any information that can assist us in this or any investigation. Cash rewards are given out for any information that significantly assists in police investigations.

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