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Two Charged with July 2015 Murder in Eatontown

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD, NJ – Police have charged two men in connection with a July, 2015 murder in Eatontown.    The arrests are the result of a joint investigation between the Eatontown Police Department and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office which begun on July 10, 2015 and continued over the course of almost a year and a half, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

On July 10, 2015, at approximately 12:13 a.m., Eatontown Police responded to the entrance of Country Club Apartments at the corner of Tilton Avenue and Country Club Road based upon shots being fired.  Upon response, police located the victim, Rasheem Palmer, 37, of Eatontown, who was located lying in the roadway on Country Club Road.  Police quickly determined that the victim had been shot and contacted emergency medical services, who arrived shortly thereafter.  The victim was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center; where, despite life-saving efforts, he was pronounced dead at 2:47 a.m.

As a result of this joint investigation, Frederick Reed, 20 of New Castle, Delaware and Perry Veney, 30 of Long Branch, New Jersey were charged with first degree Murder and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Veney was also charged with second degree Certain Persons not to have a Weapon.  

If convicted of first degree Murder, Reed and Veney face a minimum sentence of thirty years in State Prison during which time they would be ineligible for parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act (“NERA”).  NERA requires that a defendant serve 85% of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole.  If convicted of second degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, they face a maximum of ten years in State Prison, which is subject to a mandatory minimum of 1/3 of the sentence imposed or 3.5 years, whichever is greater, without parole.   Veney also faces a maximum sentence of ten years in State Prison if convicted of the Certain Persons not to have a Weapon charge, which is subject to a mandatory minimum of five years without parole.

Frederick Reed was taken into custody on December 28, 2016 in Delaware and is currently being held in a local correctional institution while he awaits extradition back to New Jersey.   Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Kathleen A. Sheedy set Reed’s bail at $1.1 million, cash only. 

Veney turned himself in to police on December 30, 2016 and is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.  Veney’s bail was set at 1.2 million, cash only, by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle. 

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

 

“Safe Care Cam” Program Loans Micro-Surveillance Cameras to Detect In-Home Healthcare Abuse

njag chha capture1TRENTON, NJ – Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs today announced a new program designed to ensure that New Jersey residents who suspect their loved ones are being abused by unscrupulous home health care providers have access to the latest technology in micro-surveillance cameras that can easily be hidden to detect abuse and protect patients.

The “Safe Care Cam” program makes micro-surveillance cameras available for free 30-day loans to anyone who suspects their loved one is being abused or neglected by home health aides or other in-home caregivers who spend long hours alone with a disabled or elderly person. The footage captured by the hidden device will either quell people’s fears or provide them with proof that immediate protective intervention is necessary.

“Anyone who suspects a loved one is being abused by an in-home caregiver should not be left to feel helpless or without recourse,” said Attorney General Porrino. “Cameras don’t lie, and the abuses they’ve revealed are shocking.  But a quality micro-surveillance camera is expensive and many people simply can’t afford them. So we’re offering the use of these cameras free of charge to those who wish to confirm that their loved ones are safe and well cared for in their absence. We hope that the Safe Care Cam program will provide peace of mind for family members, while at the same time serving as a strong deterrent and reminder to unscrupulous care providers that we will prosecute their cases aggressively.”

“Our Safe Care Cam program will empower consumers to become their loved-ones’ front-line protectors against abuse and neglect,” said Steve Lee, Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “At the first sign of trouble, they can immediately remove their loved one from harm and report the caregiver to the proper authorities.”

Attorney General Porrino unveiled the Safe Care Cam program today at a press conference that included hidden-camera footage of three in-home healthcare providers abusing patients; a 26-year-old bed-bound man on a ventilator who was handled roughly and slapped, a 91-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease who was roughed up while being fed by her caregiver, and an elderly woman who fell to the floor and was ignored by the caregiver sitting beside her.

The shocking footage underscores the mission behind Safe Care Cam – to address the public’s growing concern about caregiver abuse as more and more consumers choose in-home care as a more-affordable alternative to the escalating cost of placing elderly, disabled, or infirm family members in long-term facilities or nursing homes.

For most people, choosing an in-home caregiver is an important decision fraught with concern that the person they’ve hired, no matter how qualified, will mistreat their loved one. And with secretly recorded video of abuse gaining circulation in news accounts and on social media, more and more people are taking a close look at whom they have hired.

In New Jersey, the growing demand for in-home care has been answered primarily by the state’s Certified Homemaker-Home Health Aides (CHHAs), who work under the direction of registered professional nurses to provide health-related or personal care services in the homes of clients who are elderly, sick, or disabled. In the last decade the number of CHHAs certified to work in the state has increased from 26,618 to 43,506. As the number of CHHAs grows, and more homes open their doors to them, the potential for abuse and other patient-related crimes increases.

While the vast majority of CHHAs provide compassionate, appropriate care, data indicates that incidents of disciplinary actions against them have been rising. Since January, the State Board of Nursing, which oversees CHHAs, has revoked, suspended, or otherwise disciplined nearly 300 CHHAs for alleged criminal activities on or off the job. Those alleged crimes include criminal sexual contact, assault, theft, and stolen identity. Those statistics represent a significant increase from 2015, when close to 200 CHHAs were disciplined, and from 2014, when nearly 140 were disciplined. While not all of the alleged crimes were committed against patients, they indicate a rise in dangerous behaviors that could put patients at risk.

More and more, individuals who lodge complaints against homecare providers are buttressing their allegations with hidden camera footage, evidence that greatly increases the chance of substantiating allegations of wrongdoing. 
 
Recognizing that quality cameras can run as high as $300, Attorney General Porrino and the Division initiated the Safe Care Cam program to make cameras and memory cards, purchased by the Division, available on loan to consumers free of charge.

Individuals seeking to participate in the Safe Care Cam program must provide contact and residence information, a copy of their driver’s license or other identification, and personally pick up the camera after undergoing a brief training by Division investigators. Cameras will be available for pickup at Division offices in either Newark or Cherry Hill, and will be loaned for up to 30 days, unless a reasonable request for additional time is made to the Division.

Once the cameras are in place, it will be up to participants to review the recorded footage, which can be played on a television or computer with adapters provided by the Division. It is up to the participant to decide to report any issues of concern to the Division or other appropriate authorities.

Individuals who wish to participate in the Safe Care Cam program can call 973-504-6375 and leave a message in a voice mailbox that will be regularly monitored by Division staff responsible for the day-to-day operation of the program. Or they can call the Division on its toll-free line below and follow the voice prompts to leave a message.

Patients who believe that they have been treated by a licensed health care professional in an inappropriate manner can file an online complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.

 

Old Bridge Man Charged in Aberdeen Shooting

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD, NJ – An Old Bridge man was arrested Saturday, December 24, 2016, by Aberdeen Township Police and was charged with the Thursday night shooting of a 32 year-old Somerset man, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Tennyson D. Fairclough, 37, is charged with two counts of first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and second degree Certain Persons Not to Possess a Weapon.

Fairclough is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $1.5 million bail with no option to post 10 percent, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman, P.J. Cr., who also ordered Fairclough have no contact with his victims and not to return to the scene of the crime.

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Eatontown Man Apprehended in NYC Charged in Armed Robbery of Eatontown Pharmacy

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD – Investigators have arrested and charged an Eatontown man responsible for the armed robbery of a pharmacy Tuesday evening, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Aaron Riley, 31 of Wedgewood Circle in Eatontown, is charged with two counts of first degree Attempted Murder, and one count each of first degree Armed Robbery, second degree Certain Persons not to have a Weapon and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

Eatontown police responded to a pair of 911 calls around 6:43 p.m. Tuesday reporting an armed robbery in progress at the AllTown Pharmacy on Wyckoff Road. While the officers were responding, Riley was inside the pharmacy demanding prescription narcotics from an employee. Eatontown police arrived on scene with the suspect inside the pharmacy, but he soon after fled the scene out a rear door without any narcotics.

While Riley was fleeing the scene on foot, he fired at Eatontown police officers, one of whom returned fired. Riley then ran to a vehicle in the Michael’s Plaza parking lot and was seen fleeing the scene on Route 36 West. During the investigation, police located the vehicle, a gray four-door 2007 Nissan Altima in the rear parking lot of Stony Hill Apartments with damage consistent with projectile strikes from a gun.

Monmouth County detectives subsequently received information from the New York Police Department that Riley was in their jurisdiction with a gunshot injury to his leg. The investigation continued in New York City, where Riley was eventually taken into custody by New York City police officers and where he currently remains in custody. Bail was set at $1.45 million with no 10 percent and Riley was also ordered to have no victim contact and not to return to the scene by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman, P.J.Cr.

There is an on-going investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Brian Weisbrot of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous, but has information about a crime can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com

Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.

Red Bank Police Report – December 21, 2016

police cruisersRED BANK, NJ – The following police report is provided by the Red Bank Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent; unless, and until, proven guilty in a court of law.

December 7, 2016- December 20, 2016

CRIMES:

Theft: On 12-06-16 in the area of Bridge Ave the Victim reported a man purse was taken from the vehicle that was parked. The man purse contained Brown leather Wilson gloves, two pairs of prescription Ray Bans, two phone chargers, one brown bi-fold leather wallet containing a NJ driver’s license, 3 credit cards and $200 cash. Also missing were prescription bottles containing Ambien, Ibuprofen, and prescribed Percocet. Total for items taken were $1045.00. Sgt. Juan Sardo.

Theft: On 12-07-16 in the area of Maple Ave it was reported that a locker was broken into and between $250.00- $300.00 cash was stolen from a wallet. Ptl. Milton Gray IV.

Theft: On 12-07-16 in the area of Catherine St. several items were stolen from a front porch of a residence. The items include 2 Short Handle Shovels, 2 Long Handle shovels, 2 Leaf Rakes, 1 Garden Hose, 1 Wheel Barrel, 1 White Contractor Tub, and 30-40 Red Bricks.  The items are valued at $430.00. Ptl. Kristin Altimari.

Theft: On 12-07-16 in the area of Bodman Pl. it was reported that two ceramic Urns were taken from the front steps of an apartment. The Urns are described as blue in color, about two to three feet in height and contained plants in them. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

Robbery: On 12-08-16 in the area of River St. it was reported that an attempted Robbery took place. Two light skinned males approached the victim. A fight took place and no items were taken from the victim. The two subjects fled leaving behind one of the suspects’ jacket. Ptl Jorge Torres.
Theft: On 12-09-16 in the area of Chestnut St. two victims reported that cash was taken from their lockers. One victim reported $120.00 was taken and the second victim reported $5.00 was taken. The accused is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20’s early 30’s with a mustache or goatee wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with blue sleeves, blue sweat pants and a backwards baseball cap. Ptl. Nicholas Maletto.

Criminal Mischief: On 12-09-16 in the area of Shrewsbury Ave it was reported that a lock on the door of a business was pushed out of place and the knob was laying on the floor inside the building. Ptl. Jhonathan Quispe.

Criminal Mischief: On 12-10-16 in the area of W. Bergen Pl. the victim reported that a wooden fence was broken on the property. Ptl. Nicholas Maletto.

Criminal Mischief: On 12-11-16 in the area of Riverside Ave the victim reported several deep scratches running along the driver’s side of the vehicle and across the hood. The damage appears to be in excess of $500.00. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

Theft: On 12-11-16 in the area of Bodman Pl. it was reported that two concrete flower pots and three tomato plants were taken from the front of a residence. The value of the flower pots are $100.00 each and the tomato plants $5.00 each. Ptl. Shane Dengel.

Theft: On 12-14-16 in the area of Pinckney Rd. it was reported that cash was taken out of a drawer at a residence. There was no forced entry into the home. The amount taken was between $1,000.00 to $1,100.00 cash. Ptl. Cevin Albert.

Criminal Mischief: On 12-18-16 in the area of Bridge Ave. it was reported that the window to the gatehouse at the train station was smashed. The damage is estimated to be less than $100.00. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

 ARRESTS:

Anthony Darrell Lawrence, age 30 of Red Bank was arrested on 12-07-16 in the area of Monmouth St. for Contempt of Court by Ptl. Milton Gray IV.

Patrick R. Dorsey, age 25 of Sea Bright was arrested on 12-08-16 in the area of Broad St. for Contempt of Court by Ptl. Kristin Altimari.

Angel Romero, age 37 of Red Bank was arrested on 12-08-16 in the area of Shrewsbury Ave for Contempt of Court by OFC Darren McConnell.

Rickay J. Hariley, age 28 of Neptune was arrested on 12-08-16 in the area of Newman Springs Rd for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by Ptl. Stanley Balmer.

Darrel Golden, age 41 of Red Bank was arrested on 12-09-16 in the area of Monmouth St. for Contempt of Court by Ptl. Tanner Shea.

Michael Souviney, age 28 of Long Branch was arrested on 12-09-16 in the area of Willow St. for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by Ptl. Nicholas Maletto.

Hally A. Roman, age 47 of Oakhurst was arrested on 12-09-16 in the area of Broad St. for Contempt of Court by OFC Darren McConnell.

Iquan Rainey, age 29 of Jackson was arrested on 12-10-16 in the area of W. Front St for Contempt of Court and Resisting Arrest by Ptl. Shane Dengel.

Wesley J. Glogg, age 26 of Staten Island, NY was arrested on 12-10-16 in the area of Maple Ave for Possession of CDS and Drug Paraphernalia by Ptl. Jhonathan Quispe.

Artis Darryl Edwards, age 54 of Tinton Falls was arrested on 12-12-16 in the area of Broad St. for Shoplifting by Ptl. Milton Gray IV.

Maxine A. Richards, age 50 of Orange was arrested on 12-13-16 in the area of Riverside Ave for Theft by Ptl. Benjamin Springer.

Janae L. Hendrex, age 27 of Red Bank was arrested on 12-14-16 in the area of Montgomery Terr. For Contempt of Court by Ptl. Tanner Shea.

Latrece Langford, age 26 of Middletown was arrested on 12-14-16 in the area of Montgomery Terr. for Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams by Ptl. Stanley Balmer.

Elizabeth Spencer, age 62 of Red Bank was arrested on 12-15-16 in the area of Monmouth St for Harassment by Ptl. Tanner Shea.

Destiny Filippi, age 18 of Eatontown was arrested on 12-17-16 in the area of W Sunset Ave for Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by Ptl. Stanley Balmer.

Lamont Richardson, age 43 of Red Bank was arrested on 12-17-16 in the area of River St. for Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams by Ptl. Sean Hauschildt.

Wilfred Dunn, age 34 of Long Branch was arrested on 12-17-16 in the area of River St. for Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams by Ptl. Sean Hauschildt.

Darren J. Callaghan, age 26 of Tinton Falls was arrested on 12-20-16 in the area of Broad St for Shoplifting by Ptl. Cevin Albert.

 

Asbury Park Attorney Indicted for Theft of over $70K

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD, NJ – A Monmouth County grand jury returned a two-count indictment against an Asbury Park attorney charging him with bilking clients out of more than $70,000, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

William Gallagher, 70, of Memorial Drive in Asbury Park, is charged with one count of second degree Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition and third degree Misapplication of Entrusted Funds.

If convicted of second degree Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition, Gallagher faces a New Jersey prison sentence of five to ten years in prison. 

If convicted of third degree Misapplication of Entrusted Funds, Gallagher faces a sentence of three to five years in prison. 

Gallagher, who first became licensed to practice law in New Jersey in 1968, was indicted following a 19-month investigation into his representation of plaintiffs in various civil actions. The investigation revealed Gallagher took advantage of his position of trust by stealing from clients on three separate instances in 2013 and 2014. Gallagher negotiated settlement agreements on behalf of his clients, but after the money was placed into his firm’s attorney trust account, he then transferred the money to himself. In total, Gallagher is charged with stealing $71,615.69.

The investigation was sparked by a complaint from a victim who did not receive $23,037.35 she was owed from a civil settlement related to a premises liability action.  Despite repeated requests Gallagher failed to provide the funds to his victim.

Gallagher has been suspended from practicing law in the state of New Jersey since January 2015.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Jordan L. Williams.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

 

Middletown Man Handed 14-year Sentence for Financial Scheme

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD, NJ – A Middletown man was sentenced to 14 years in state prison after admitting he deceived and impersonated at least 18 clients.  As a part of the scheme, the defendant obtained numerous credit cards in his victims’ names, engaged in fraudulent loan attempts using the victims’ identities, and forged documents, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

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Middletown, New Jersey, Investment Manager Charged With Using Ponzi Scheme To Steal $5.3 Million

NEWARK, N.J. – An investment manager with an office in Middletown, New Jersey, will appear in federal court today to face charges that he fraudulently concealed investment losses and diverted at least $5.3 million in investor money for his personal use, U.S Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Vincent P. Falci, 57, of Middletown, was charged with two counts of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud. He is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark federal court.

According to the complaint unsealed today:

Falci controlled a number of investment funds under the names “Saber Funds,” and “Vicor Tax Receivables LLP” (the Vicor Fund). In addition to touting his investment skill and experience, Falci concealed losses from investors and falsely told them that his funds were growing year after year. Based on these misrepresentations, investors continued to entrust additional funds to Falci and left previous investments under his control.

The Saber Funds were a collection of investment funds that Falci created and operated, starting in the late 1990s or early 2000s. Falci told investors that the Saber Funds were conservatively invested in securities such as tax liens and that the fund’s investments continued to show positive returns. In reality, Falci redirected investor money to a number of riskier ventures, such as day trading and real estate. Many of these investments lost money, which Falci concealed from the investors.

On Sept. 18, 2015, Falci entered into a consent order with the N.J. Bureau of Securities in which he admitted to violating New Jersey securities laws while operating the Saber Funds. Among other things, Falci admitted to misleading investors and paying himself and family members over $1 million between 2006 and 2009. The order required Falci to pay restitution of $6,742,697.57.

In order to pay the Saber Funds investors the gains he had promised, Falci stole money from the Vicor Fund, which he controlled through his management entity “Vidon Capital Partners LLC” (Vidon). Even after the September 2015 consent order required Falci to divest himself of his controlling interest in all funds and management entities, Falci continued to use his control of the Vicor Fund and Vidon bank accounts to steal money from the Vicor Fund.

Altogether, Falci allegedly stole $5.3 million from the Vicor Fund between January 2015 and May 2016. While most of that money was used to repay prior investors in the Saber Fund, Falci siphoned over $500,000 of investor money to enrich himself and family members.

Each charge in the complaint carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Relatedly, the N.J. Bureau of Securities will today file a motion to enforce the terms of the consent order entered in N.J. Superior Court on Sept. 18, 2015 between the N.J. Bureau of Securities and certain related entities and individuals based on many of the same facts alleged in today’s federal criminal complaint. For information on the motion, contact Lisa Coryell at 973-504-6510.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited inspectors of U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge James V. Buthorn, with the investigation leading to today’s charges. He also thanked the N.J. Bureau of Securities in the State Attorney General’s Office, under the direction of Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and Bureau Chief Laura H. Posner, for its assistance in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Herring of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense counsel: Joseph Sorrentino, Staten Island, New York.

 

Narcotics Ring Busted in Keansburg

KEANSBURG, NJ – Following a month-long investigation, members of the Kepolice cruisersansburg PD Street Crime Unit, assisted by Keansburg PD Patrol officers, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office – Narcotics Strike Force, executed a Court-ordered narcotic Search Warrant on 12/14/16 at the residence of Angela Boden-Scotti on Woodside Avenue in Keansburg.

The investigation revealed that Boden-Scotti, along with others, was actively distributing cocaine, heroin and prescription medications from within the residence. Boden-Scotti (aged 52) was charged with various narcotic possession and distribution offenses. Her bail was set by Keansburg Municipal Court at $140,000.00/ cash only.

Also arrested at the scene was Charles Peclet (aged 40), of Woodside Avenue, who was also charged with various narcotic possession and distribution offenses. His bail was set at $140,000.00/ cash only.

Two additional residents of the same location (Gary Klose/ aged 44 and Kelly Lewis/ aged 29) were also charged by KPD detectives with various narcotic possession and distribution offenses. Bail for Klose and Kelly was set at $140,000.00 with no ten percent option.
Brian Boone (aged 33) of Keyport was arrested at the scene for narcotic possession and ultimately released on a summons to appear.

Matthew King (aged 37) of Keansburg was arrested on scene and later released on a summons to appear for Wandering to Obtain a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

At the time of their arrest, Boden-Scotti and Peclet were both free on bail for prior narcotic distribution offenses.

At the scene, detectives seized 2 ounces of suspected cocaine, 415 bags of suspected heroin, 146 xanax tablets, packaging material, scales, various narcotic paraphernalia items and US currency.

The following officers/agencies participated in the investigation –

Keansburg PD
Detective Sergeant William Brink
Detective Sergeant Michael Deaney
Detective Jason Lopez
Detective Joseph Jankowski
Detective Richard Johnson
Sergeant Bryan King
Ptl. Jillian Putkowski
Ptl. Tiffanie DellaPietro
Ptl. Chris Rogan
Ptl. Brian VonBargen

Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office
S/O David Lasko and K-9 “Edge”

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office
Detectives of the Narcotics Strike Force

Residents observing suspected drug activity are encouraged to call the Keansburg Police Confidential Tip Line at (732) 787-0796.

 

Craigslist User Holdup in Highlands

police cruisersHIGHLANDS, NJ – On Monday, December 12, 2016 at approximately 4:25 a resident who was selling an item on craigslist made arrangements to exchange the item for money at their residence. After the transaction, and leaving the residence for a moment the actor along with another returned and brandished a handgun forcing the resident into a room and demanding money. After a few minutes the victim was able to escape through a window and fled to a neighbor’s house and called the police. The victim was treated at the scene by the Highlands First Aid Squad for minor injuries incurred during the escape. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective George Ruth (732) 872-1158.

We are encouraging anyone who uses these types of sites to buy or exchange any type of product to take the proper precautions to avoid this type of incident. Please refer to the below link for tips and resources on how you can protect yourself while using online marketplaces.

https://www.craigslist.org/about/safety