GOTCHA (x2)! Paramus Officer Chases Down Separate Suspects From Same Mall Incident GOTCHA (x2)! Paramus Officer Chases Down Separate Suspects From Same Mall Incident
Gotcha (x2)! Paramus Officer Chases Down Separate Suspects From Same Mall Incident A Paramus police officer chased down two separate suspects who fled the Bergen Towne Center, authorities said. Two men and a woman all bolted from the Nordstrom Rack, then ran in different directions, after stealing Burberry and Givenchy apparel and a Reaction wristwatch worth nearly $667 combined, Police Chief Robert Guidetti said. Officer Kevin Grady, who was among the responders, ran after Yerbinson Zapata-Zus as he fled east on Route 4 near Forest Avenue, the chief said. Zapata-Zus resisted after Grady grabbed him, Guidetti said, but he was quickly subdued. Grady was driving him back …
UPDATE: Three Cats Die In Fierce Fair Lawn House Fire UPDATE: Three Cats Die In Fierce Fair Lawn House Fire
Update: Three Cats Die In Fierce Fair Lawn House Fire UPDATE: Three cats died in a fierce fire that all but destroyed a Fair Lawn home, officials said. The feline trio were the only ones home when the three-alarm blaze ignited at the front of the nearly 100-year-old wood-frame house on 5th Street off Morlot Avenue shortly before 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. “We encountered heavy fire upon our arrival," Fair Lawn Fire Department Assistant Chief Ralph Rinaldo said. "The members did a great job knocking the fire down using deck guns before entering the building. “We mounted a very aggressive attack," the assistant chief said, "but unfortuna…
Passenger Killed, Driver Seriously Injured In Route 80 Crash Passenger Killed, Driver Seriously Injured In Route 80 Crash
Passenger Killed, Driver Seriously Injured In Route 80 Crash A 38-year-old passenger was killed and the driver seriously injured in an overnight crash on Route 80, authorities confirmed. Richard Bahamonte of Hillside was pronounced dead at the scene of the eastbound crash near the Teaneck/Ridgefield Park border west of Exit 68 just after 3 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, NJ State Police said. The driver, Julio Brito, 40, of Hasbrouck Heights, lost control of the Honda, which careened off the road, slammed into a concrete barrier and ended up on its roof, they said. State Police and medics from Holy Name Medical Center tried to resuscitate both occupants. B…
Burglars Hit Same Saddle Brook Residence Twice While Homeowner Is There, Police Say Burglars Hit Same Saddle Brook Residence Twice While Homeowner Is There, Police Say
Burglars Hit Same Saddle Brook Residence Twice While Homeowner Is There, Police Say A Saddle Brook resident was home when burglars entered not once but twice, apparently trying to find a vehicle key fob, authorities said. It was shortly before 5 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, when a dark-colored sedan dropped off two burglars in front of the victim's home at the south end of town, said Capt. John A. Zotollo, Jr., the officer in charge of the department. The pair removed a rear screen, climbed in and fled with several purses and a jacket, the captain said. All were later found discarded nearby after the thieves had apparently rummaged through them, he said. The duo doubled back an…
Detectives Nab Driver From Hudson In Fort Lee Hit-Run Bus Stop Crash That Seriously Injured Two Detectives Nab Driver From Hudson In Fort Lee Hit-Run Bus Stop Crash That Seriously Injured Two
Detectives Nab Driver From Hudson In Fort Lee Hit-Run Bus Stop Crash That Seriously Injured Two Bergen County prosecutor’s detectives charged a mechanic from Jersey City with a hit-and-run chain-reaction crash that seriously injured two people at a bus stop near the George Washington Bridge nearly a week ago. Oliver Garcia, 28, was driving 2007 BMW 550i that slammed into a Honda CRV, knocking it into the pedestrians at the Lemoine Avenue bus stop in front of the Wells Fargo Bank branch shortly before 7 p.m. last Saturday, Feb. 17, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. The Honda driver remained at the scene, but Garcia sped off, the prosecutor said. The pedestrians were taken to…
Accused NJ Killer Walks Free After Decade In Prison For College Student's Murder Accused NJ Killer Walks Free After Decade In Prison For College Student's Murder
Accused NJ Killer Walks Free After Decade In Prison For College Student's Murder Timothy Puskas is a free man. The one-time convicted killer was released on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from MIddlesex County Jail, after winning a second trial on a murder charge, according to his attorney, Joseph Mazraani. Puskas was convicted seven years ago in the slaying of 22-year-old college student William “Billy” McCaw in New Brunswick. He'd been incarcerated for 10 years. A Middlesex County jury deliberated five hours before returning the not guilty verdict in the six-week trial, which began on Jan. 9, Mazraani said. Puskas’ 2017 murder conviction was reversed by an appellate court …
Man Held Sexually Abused Woman Captive At Gunpoint In Hackensack Home: Police Man Held Sexually Abused Woman Captive At Gunpoint In Hackensack Home: Police
Man Held Sexually Abused Woman Captive At Gunpoint In Hackensack Home: Police A car salesman was arrested by Hackensack police after he held a woman he’d sexually abused captive at gunpoint, authorities said. Christopher Baboolal, 29, was seized without incident at the Poplar Avenue home where the victim had been held against her will, said Hackensack Police Capt. Michael Antista, the officer in charge of the department. They recovered a gun – for which Baboolal didn’t have a permit -- and a high-capacity magazine, which is also illegal in New Jersey, the captain said. Colleagues from neighboring Ridgefield Park brought the woman to city police headquarters, Antista…
RECOGNIZE ANYONE? Hoboken PD Seeks Help Following Pistol-Whip Knifepoint Carjacking RECOGNIZE ANYONE? Hoboken PD Seeks Help Following Pistol-Whip Knifepoint Carjacking
Recognize Anyone? Hoboken PD Seeks Help Following Pistol-Whip Knifepoint Carjacking Hoboken police turned to the public for help investigating a carjacking in which the victim was pistol-whipped and threatened with a knife. Multiple masked robbers pulled the victim from his 2008 Honda Accord on Sinatra Drive near Stevens Tech and demanded his cell phone shortly after 11:30 p.m. Jan. 15, city police said. One of them then hit him in the head with a gun while another threatened him with a large combat-style knife, the victim told police. The trio fled with the vehicle, the phone and valuables that included power tools and recording equipment worth a combined $2,300, he…
What Happens When You Try To Rob Two Stores Across From Police HQ? Ask Little Ferry PD What Happens When You Try To Rob Two Stores Across From Police HQ? Ask Little Ferry PD
What Happens When You Try To Rob Two Stores Across From Police HQ? Ask Little Ferry PD "This is a robbery, give me all your Oxy pills and Percocet,” read the note a would-be robber handed to a female pharmacist at a CVS in Little Ferry. “Otherwise my boys are coming in.” The unarmed bandit might have succeeded had he not chosen a target DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET from police HQ. It was shortly before noon Wednesday, Feb. 21, when Santiago Munoz-Pelaez entered the Liberty Street CVS in a blue hoodie, batting gloves and a mask covering his nose and mouth, Little Ferry Police Chief James Walters said. The pharmacist backed up after reading the note and told Munoz-Pelaez, 25, of…
Arrest Made By Fairview PD After Facebook 'Buyer' Snatches $5,700 Gold Chain, Gun From Seller Arrest Made By Fairview PD After Facebook 'Buyer' Snatches $5,700 Gold Chain, Gun From Seller
Arrest Made By Fairview PD After Facebook 'Buyer' Snatches $5,700 Gold Chain, Gun From Seller Fairview police arrested a Newark man who they said threatened to shoot a local resident with his own gun during what the victim thought would be the sale of a $5,700 gold chain on Facebook Marketplace. The 44-year-old victim told police he was contacted by an “Alvaro Robles” after posting the 14k gold Cuban chain for sale last October, Capt. Michael Martic said. He gave the caller his address, the captain said, and a short time later a heavily tinted Mazda CX-5 pulled up to the 6th Street residence. The victim told police he sat down in a backyard chair and placed a 9mm Ruger behind him a…
Video Shows Drunk NJ Driver Plowing Sedan Into 5 Cars At Busy NY Intersection: Police Video Shows Drunk NJ Driver Plowing Sedan Into 5 Cars At Busy NY Intersection: Police
Video Shows Drunk NJ Driver Plowing Sedan Into 5 Cars At Busy NY Intersection: Police A 21-year-old New Jersey man ha been charged in connection with a six-car crash at a busy intersection in Westchester, NY, police said. Phillipsburg resident Angel Illesscas' blood alcohol content was nearly three times over the legal limit of .08% in the wreck at the intersection of Caryl Avenue and South Broadway on Saturday, Feb. 17, Yonkers police said. Surveillance footage captured Illesscas plowing his gray Honda sedan into several vehicles, damaging five cars in addition to his own. The collision also caused one of the cars to hit a utility pole, which damaged several electronics inc…
Mom Struck By Pickup In Sussex County Driveway Facing Long Road To Recovery, Campaign Says Mom Struck By Pickup In Sussex County Driveway Facing Long Road To Recovery, Campaign Says
Mom Struck By Pickup In Sussex County Driveway Facing Long Road To Recovery, Campaign Says A 38-year-old woman was flown to the hospital after being struck by a pickup truck she'd just started in a Sussex County driveway Thursday, Feb. 22, State Police said. Amy Hickey "partially" entered the Ford pickup — which has a manual transmission — parked in the driveway of a Compton Road home in Wantage and started the vehicle just after 2 p.m., New Jersey State Police Trooper Troy McNair said. Hickey then got out of the truck, which rolled forward and struck her, police said. She was flown to an area hospital with serious injuries, police said. A GoFundMe was launched for the…
NJ Priest Arrested For Drunk Driving, Stealing From Walmart Stepping Down: Officials NJ Priest Arrested For Drunk Driving, Stealing From Walmart Stepping Down: Officials
NJ Priest Arrested For Drunk Driving, Stealing From Walmart Stepping Down: Officials A New Jersey priest arrested for shoplifting and drunk driving is stepping down from his pulpit, Daily Voice has learned. Dawid Wejnerowski, the now-former priest of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alpha, had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when Pohatcong police pulled him over on suspicion of shoplifting from Walmart on Monday, Feb. 19 around 10:15 p.m., Police Chief Scott Robb said. Officers approached the priest's vehicle, pointed out to them by a Walmart employee in the store parking lot, but Wejnerowski backed the car out of a parking spot and drove off from the…
Anti-Israel Stickers Were Posted At Starbucks Before Red-Paint Attack, Glen Rock Chief Says Anti-Israel Stickers Were Posted At Starbucks Before Red-Paint Attack, Glen Rock Chief Says
Anti-Israel Stickers Were Posted At Starbucks Before Red-Paint Attack, Glen Rock Chief Says UPDATE: Whoever defaced a sign with red paint at a Starbucks in Glen Rock was apparently mimicking similar attacks that have occurred throughout the U.S. and Canada since the Israel-Hamas war began last October, Police Chief Dean Ackermann said. Ackermann also said that stickers bearing hateful messages against Israel that were found with the overnight vandalism on Feb. 19 apparently had been attached sometime before then. "A closer examination of these stickers shows scratches and marks that may indicate they had been on the poles for a few days," the chief said. In an effort to narrow do…
Kickbacks Convinced Doc To Scam Medicare Out Of Nearly $21 Million: NJ Feds Kickbacks Convinced Doc To Scam Medicare Out Of Nearly $21 Million: NJ Feds
Kickbacks Convinced Doc To Scam Medicare Out Of Nearly $21 Million: NJ Feds A doctor pocketed cash kickbacks from lab companies and others for filing more than $20.7 million in bogus Medicare claims for medically unnecessary -- and often expensive -- COVID and cancer genetic tests, among other scams, a federal grand jury in Newark has charged. Alexander Baldonado, 68, of Queens already was awaiting trial dating back to charges brought a few years ago when grand jurors in Newark this week returned a superseding indictment that digs deeper into the allegations. Baldonado approved lab tests billed to Medicare in exchange for cash payoffs "from a laboratory representat…
Shoplifters Fresh Off Heist Busted With Ecstasy, $5K In Merch On Route 23: Wayne PD Shoplifters Fresh Off Heist Busted With Ecstasy, $5K In Merch On Route 23: Wayne PD
Shoplifters Fresh Off Heist Busted With Ecstasy, $5K In Merch On Route 23: Wayne PD Police arrested three shoplifters found with more than $5,300 in stolen merchandise after keen-eyed stopped their car on Route 23 last week in Wayne, officials said. Dugleidy Gonzalez-Riera, 28; Yefferson Prieto-Galviz, 23; and Morelis Blanco-Cineros, 41; all of the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, were being held in the Passaic County Jail on various theft and drug charges, Wayne Detective Capt. Dan Daly said. Trouble began around 3:35 p.m. last Valentine's Day when Wayne Officers Harrison Kirby and David Talerico saw the Toyota sedan following another vehicle too…
SEEN THEM? Ridgewood Police Seek Two Burglars Who Fled In Getaway Car SEEN THEM? Ridgewood Police Seek Two Burglars Who Fled In Getaway Car
Seen Them? Ridgewood Police Seek Two Burglars Who Fled In Getaway Car Ridgewood police are attempting to locate two people who attempted a residential burglary in the village on Thursday, Feb. 15. At 5:15 p.m., officers responded to a report of a package theft at a home in the area of Northern Parkway and East Glen Avenue, Ridgewood police said. The homeowner said when they arrived home they confronted two people inside their residence, police said. The duo fled north on foot across East Glen Avenue into a waiting getaway vehicle, a newer model red or burgundy colored Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said. The vehicle fled west on Glen Avenue toward North Maple Av…
Suspected Toms River Hookah Lounge Killer Will Stay In Jail For Trial: Prosecutors Suspected Toms River Hookah Lounge Killer Will Stay In Jail For Trial: Prosecutors
Suspected Toms River Hookah Lounge Killer Will Stay In Jail For Trial: Prosecutors The man accused of murder in a triple shooting at a Toms River hookah lounge will have to stay in jail through his trial. A judge ordered on Thursday, Feb. 22 that Eric Manzanares, 24, of Asbury Park, will remain detained in the Ocean County Jail pending his trial, county prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced. He was charged with murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon. Manzanares has been held in the county jail since Wednesday, Jan. 24, when he was extradited to New Jersey from Virginia. H…
Fitness Trainer Killed On NJ Turnpike Mourned By Clients Fitness Trainer Killed On NJ Turnpike Mourned By Clients
Fitness Trainer Killed On NJ Turnpike Mourned By Clients A New York fitness studio is mourning the loss of one of its trainers, killed in a New Jersey Turnpike crash early this week. Jerome "Jerry" Christal-Gattanella was rear-ended and killed while his car was parked in the shoulder of the northbound side of the highway in Newark late Monday, Feb. 19, as previously reported by Daily Voice. The 42-year-old New York City resident worked as a trainer at Inwood Fitness, who announced his passing on Instagram.  One of his clients said she waited and waited for him to show up for their session the following day. He never did. "Jerry, I waited f…
Jacket With Name, Phone Number Led Feds Right To Capitol Rioter From New Jersey: DOJ Jacket With Name, Phone Number Led Feds Right To Capitol Rioter From New Jersey: DOJ
Jacket With Name, Phone Number Led Feds Right To Capitol Rioter From New Jersey: DOJ A Toms River man wearing a jacket with his business's name and phone number on the front of it to the Jan. 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol insurrection has been arrested more than three years later. Robert Coppotelli was charged with four misdemeanor counts of illegally entering the Capitol and disrupting the joint session of Congress to count the electoral college votes in the 2020 Presidential election. The accusations against Coppotelli were outlined in a court document filed on Friday, Feb. 16. Prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice said an anonymous tip in July 2021 identified …
UPDATE: Two Trapped In Suspicious Teaneck Basement Fire Die: Prosecutor UPDATE: Two Trapped In Suspicious Teaneck Basement Fire Die: Prosecutor
Update: Two Trapped In Suspicious Teaneck Basement Fire Die: Prosecutor UPDATE: Two people were confirmed dead Thursday following a suspicious gasoline-fed overnight basement fire in Teaneck that sources said was an attempted murder-suicide earlier this week. Firefighters were dousing the 12:30 a.m. blaze at a multi-family home on Palisade Avenue on Monday, Feb. 19, when they discovered and rescued three people trapped in a basement apartment, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. He identified them as Manjit Kaur, 47, 35-year-old Ranjodh Singh IV and an as-yet-unidentified woman. All three were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, but Manjit K…
Fugitive From NYC Wanted For Murdering Fellow Out-Of-Stater In Englewood Captured In Colombia Fugitive From NYC Wanted For Murdering Fellow Out-Of-Stater In Englewood Captured In Colombia
Fugitive From NYC Wanted For Murdering Fellow Out-Of-Stater In Englewood Captured In Colombia The long arm of the law reached 2,400 miles to South America, where authorities arrested a fugitive wanted for shooting a Yonkers resident dead in Englewood late last summer. Joshua Alvarado, 29, of New York City was captured in Medellin last Saturday, Feb. 17, with assistance from U.S. Marshals and the Colombian National Police, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Alvarado is charged with murder, felony murder, armed burglary, aggravated assault and weapons offenses, among other counts, the prosecutor said. Englewood police responding to a 911 call to a residence on Mevan Avenue …
UPDATE: Convicted Stalker Goes After NJ Police Chief Yet Again UPDATE: Convicted Stalker Goes After NJ Police Chief Yet Again
Update: Convicted Stalker Goes After NJ Police Chief Yet Again A convicted stalker who authorities said won't stop harassing Hillsdale Police Chief Sean Smith is back behind bars – only this time it might be for awhile. Patrick McMeekin, 56, of Newark spent a combined 20 months in the Bergen County Jail before and after he was convicted of a stalking campaign several years ago. He finished out a six-month state prison stretch last June, records show. SEE: Convicted Stalker Targets Same Bergen Victim With Emails To Schools, Towns, Others Soon after he was released he was once again sending slanderous emails to a host of people accusing Hillsdale …
'WTF Man?:' West Milford Councilman Touched Sleeping Man's Genitals, Affidavit Says 'WTF Man?:' West Milford Councilman Touched Sleeping Man's Genitals, Affidavit Says
'WTF Man?:' West Milford Councilman Touched Sleeping Man's Genitals, Affidavit Says More details have come to light in the arrest of a West Milford councilman. An affidavit for probable cause says Matthew P. Conlon touched the penis of a 20-year-old man after he fell asleep on the sofa the morning after staying the night at a friend's home. The alleged victim told members of the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office he was sitting on a sofa next to Conlon early Sunday, Feb. 4 when he felt Conlon touch his thigh at least twice, police papers show. The alleged victim pushed Conlon's hand off and told him to stop, indicating that he made it clear the gesture was unwelcome. That…
SHOCKER: NJ Teacher Had Sex With Student Starting At 15 In School, Car, House: Authorities SHOCKER: NJ Teacher Had Sex With Student Starting At 15 In School, Car, House: Authorities
Shocker: NJ Teacher Had Sex With Student Starting At 15 In School, Car, House: Authorities A married teacher had intercourse as part of a years-long sexual relationship with a former Garfield Middle School student beginning when the youngster was 15, including several times in a car -- and even at the school, authorities charged. Amy Impero D'Ovidio, a 46-year-old Bergen County native, had worked for the Garfield Board of Education when the alleged encounters began, they said. She was 35 at the time. Locations included “within the Garfield Middle School, at a private residence in Cedar Grove, as well as within a vehicle at unknown locations in Bergen, Essex, and Passaic counties…
NJ Police Chief Who Suspended Sergeant During DWI Arrest Center Of Investigation (VIDEO) NJ Police Chief Who Suspended Sergeant During DWI Arrest Center Of Investigation (VIDEO)
NJ Police Chief Who Suspended Sergeant During DWI Arrest Center Of Investigation (Video) A heated interaction between the chief and sergeant of a Jersey Shore police department in November 2023 has become the center of an investigation, Daily Voice has learned.  The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said on Wednesday, Feb. 21 that it's investigated the exchange between Bradley Beach Police Chief Leonard Guida and Sgt. William Major, which transpired on Thursday, Nov. 9. Public information officer Mark Spivey confirmed the investigation to the Daily Voice in an emailed statement. Bradley Beach (NJ) police Chief Leonard Guida. Facebook - Bradley Beach Police …
𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: More Than 90 Dogs, Pups Removed From NJ Home, Couple Charged 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: More Than 90 Dogs, Pups Removed From NJ Home, Couple Charged
𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: More Than 90 Dogs, Pups Removed From NJ Home, Couple Charged UPDATE: The ASPCA said on Wednesday that it helped remove more than 90 adult dogs and puppies from the Sussex County home of a self-described animal rescue couple who were charged with multiple cruelty-related counts. Two dogs were found dead during a 7 a.m. raid at a Vernon Township home led by the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday, Feb. 20, authorities reported. Both Gizela Juric, who founded the Angels for Animals Network in Cliffside Park before moving it to Sussex County, and her boyfriend, Ronald Colgan, were charged with six criminal animal cruelty accounts, the American S…
Pedestrian, 64, Struck, Seriously Injured By NJ Transit Bus In New Milford Pedestrian, 64, Struck, Seriously Injured By NJ Transit Bus In New Milford
Pedestrian, 64, Struck, Seriously Injured By NJ Transit Bus In New Milford A 64-year-old New Milford man was seriously injured when he was struck by a commuter bus shortly before dawn Wednesday, authorities confirmed. The victim was struck at the intersection of Madison Avenue and River Road at 6:22 a.m. Feb. 21, New Milford Police Chief Brian Clancy said. Holy Name EMS and paramedics tended to the pedestrian, who was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, the chief said. The intersection remained closed for three hours until shortly before 9:30 a.m. The Bergen County Prosecutor's Fatal Accident Investigations Unit and members of the county sheriff's Bur…
Grand Jury Backs Officer In Crash With Jersey Shore Armed Burglar That Killed Passenger Grand Jury Backs Officer In Crash With Jersey Shore Armed Burglar That Killed Passenger
Grand Jury Backs Officer In Crash With Jersey Shore Armed Burglar That Killed Passenger UPDATE: A Long Branch police officer bears no responsibility for a crash during a pursuit that killed the suspect’s passenger, a state grand jury has found. Officer Lucas Brito did nothing wrong in pursuing ex-con Altonia Williams -- who was believed to be armed – while responding to a call of a home invasion shortly before 4 a.m. last Aug. 14, the panel found. A subsequent collision killed Tracee Blount, 38, of Long Branch, who was with Williams. State law mandated the grand jury review because a death occurred in an encounter with law enforcement. The reviews are conducted no matter what…
Jersey City Man Convicted Of Stabbing Woman To Death In Her Apartment Jersey City Man Convicted Of Stabbing Woman To Death In Her Apartment
Jersey City Man Convicted Of Stabbing Woman To Death In Her Apartment UPDATE: Jurors in Jersey City convicted a local man of stabbing a city woman dead in her apartment 5½ years ago. Ishmeal "Rico" Coleman, 46, of the Salem Lafayette Gardens housing complex was found guilty of murder and multiple weapons offenses in the Aug. 12, 2018 stabbing death of Takeela Wilson, 38, in her home in the 300 block of Forrest Street. People who knew both of them identified Coleman in a photo array, authorities said. Police sat on Wilson’s car, then grabbed Coleman when he approached it carrying the keys. Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor Najma Rana secured the guilty verd…
Paramus Man Who Stabbed Dad Dead Tried Burning Body To Destroy Evidence, Detectives Say Paramus Man Who Stabbed Dad Dead Tried Burning Body To Destroy Evidence, Detectives Say
Paramus Man Who Stabbed Dad Dead Tried Burning Body To Destroy Evidence, Detectives Say UPDATE: A Paramus man who’d just stabbed his father to death dragged the body to a bathroom and tried to set it on fire last week as part of an attempt to conceal what he’d done, authorities said. Melvin Thomas repeatedly stabbed his father, 61-year-old Manuel Thomas, in the chest with a kitchen knife on Valentine’s Day, a criminal complaint says. He then dragged the bloody corpse to a bathroom where he tried igniting it with a lighter, according to the complaint filed by Paramus Police Detective Justin Sicari. “This attempt failed,” the detective wrote. Melvin Thomas wiped off the bloody…