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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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Crime Stoppers to Participate at Hackensack Halloween Highway

Harry Comp, president of the Crime Stoppers for Bergenfield-Englewood-Teaneck-Hackensack, has announced that Crime Stoppers members will be manning the booth at the Hackensack Halloween Highway event located on Clinton Place, Hackensack, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, from 4 pm until 8 pm. Crime Stoppers will be present to promote their mission of encouraging the public to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods to their local police and to be a part of the community partnership between the police, media, and citizens, to keep their communities safe. Members will be providing glowlights to the trick or treaters and others that will gather on Clinton Place to enjoy the annual display of Halloween decorations that adorn the homes of the residents of Clinton Place each year. These glowlights will provide an extra layer of security for the costumed children and adults, as well as the many pedestrians that will roam the dimly lit street on the "eve of all hallows." This is a fundraiser for the Crime Stoppers organization and we hope you can attend to see the displays and graciously donate to help our mission continue. So please stop by our booth and meet the members and we thank you in advance for your donation for a glowlight. === Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards and guarantees anonymity to citizens who furnish information leading to the arrest of offenders. Crime Stoppers is made up of civilian volunteers from Teaneck, Hackensack, Englewood, and Bergenfield. A police detective from each of the respective communities presents the crime stoppers board with information obtained from citizens that resulted in the arrest of an offender. The board provides the award. To provide information call: 1-844-466-6789 Event : Hackensack Halloween Highway Place : Clinton Place, Hackensack, NJ Time : 4pm-8pm

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National Night Out Events Tuesday August 1st

CrimeStoppers - BETH announces that on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, Englewood, Teaneck, and Hackensack Police Departments will host National Night Out events at locations within their jurisdictions. These agencies invite members of the public to come out and join in the festivities to promote a stronger police-community partnership. CrimeStoppers endorses their efforts for that cause as we also have formed a partnership with the police, the community, and the media, in order to prevent and solve crimes within our communities. Times and locations Englewood 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm Mackay Park; Teaneck 5:00 pm till 9:00 pm Votee Park; Hackensack 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm @ the Green across from the Bergen County Courthouse, Main / Court Streets

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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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