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'Pray For Saniya:' Sadness Spreads Following Death Of Girl, 6, In Bayonne Fire 'Pray For Saniya:' Sadness Spreads Following Death Of Girl, 6, In Bayonne Fire
'Pray For Saniya:' Sadness Spreads Following Death Of Girl, 6, In Bayonne Fire Sadness spread throughout Bayonne following the death of a 6-year-old girl in a fire Sunday, June 30. Firefighters found Saniya Felton unresponsive around 11:40 p.m., while responding to the flames and smoke that billowed from 438 Avenue C, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said.  Saniya was taken to Bayonne Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after 1 a.m., Suarez said. "Please pray for Saniya and her family 🙏😢💔," the city's office of emergency management said in announcing the girl's death. Mayor Jimmy Davis called it an "earth-shattering tragedy." "S…
Hit-Run Crash Seriously Injures 2 Moped Riders In Jersey City: Prosecutor Hit-Run Crash Seriously Injures 2 Moped Riders In Jersey City: Prosecutor
Hit-Run Crash Seriously Injures 2 Moped Riders In Jersey City: Prosecutor Two moped riders were seriously injured following a hit-and-run crash in Jersey City on the early morning of Saturday, June 29, authorities said. At 12:20 a.m., two moped riders, a 36-year-old East Orange man and a 26-year-old Newark woman were riding their mopeds at Martin Luther King Drive and Wilkinson Avenue when they were struck by a vehicle, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said.  The vehicle did not remain at the scene, Suarez said. Both victims were transported to a nearby hospital where they are being treated for their injuries, Suarez said. The vehicle has be…
Murder Suspect Tied To Jersey City Triple Shooting Captured After Pot Bust In Florida, Cops Say Murder Suspect Tied To Jersey City Triple Shooting Captured After Pot Bust In Florida, Cops Say
Murder Suspect Tied To Jersey City Triple Shooting Captured After Pot Bust In Florida, Cops Say A 20-year-old man wanted for murder in a triple shooting in Jersey City was taken into custody after he was busted on pot charges in Florida, authorities said. Darren Estevez was arrested Sunday, June 23, and being held in Florida as a fugitive of justice pending extradition to New Jersey in connection with the April 7 incident that left one man dead and two others wounded, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. At 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, police responded to Central Avenue and Bowers Street and found two victims with gunshot wounds, while the third had taken himself to University H…
Jersey City Police Officer Forged Documents For Additional Medical Leave: Prosecutor Jersey City Police Officer Forged Documents For Additional Medical Leave: Prosecutor
Jersey City Police Officer Forged Documents For Additional Medical Leave: Prosecutor A Jersey City police officer was arrested and charged on Tuesday, June 25, with forging documents to earn additional medical leave, authorities said. Between March 2022 and January 2023, Rivera submitted six records to the Jersey City Police Department requesting medical leave, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Six of the records were forged or altered, giving Rivera eight weeks of additional medical leave, Suarez said. Rivera was charged with six counts of forgery/uttering forged documents, Suarez said. He was arrested at the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office and released pendi…
Jersey City Man Stole From Union City Homeowner's Association: Prosecutor Jersey City Man Stole From Union City Homeowner's Association: Prosecutor
Jersey City Man Stole From Union City Homeowner's Association: Prosecutor A 39-year-old Jersey City man was arrested and charged on Monday, June 17 with stealing more than $150,000 from a homeowner's association in Union City, authorities said. Eric Li misused funds from the homeowner's association for personal gain while he served as board president from 2017 to 2023, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. He was charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking, Suarez said. He was released pending his first court appearance next month, Suarez said.
Authorities Seize Man Who Woman Said Sexually Assaulted Her After Pickup Near Journal Square Authorities Seize Man Who Woman Said Sexually Assaulted Her After Pickup Near Journal Square
Authorities Seize Man Who Woman Said Sexually Assaulted Her After Pickup Near Journal Square UPDATE: A stranger who a 22-year-old woman said sexually assaulted her after she got into his car near Jersey City's Journal Square early this month was identified and then arrested on Monday, authorities announced. The woman told police she voluntarily got into a white vehicle after the stranger approached her around 7 a.m. Sunday, June 2, Daily Voice originally reported on June 6. The driver then headed to the area of Eighth and dead-ended Division Street by the Roberto Clemente Sports Complex in the shadow of the New Jersey Turnpike overpass, she said. It was there, the woman told polic…
Man Lured, Sexually Assaulted 22-Year-Old In Car In Jersey City, Prosecutor Says Man Lured, Sexually Assaulted 22-Year-Old In Car In Jersey City, Prosecutor Says
Man Lured, Sexually Assaulted 22-Year-Old In Car In Jersey City, Prosecutor Says A 30-year-old man has been arrested after authorities say he lured a 22-year-old into his car and then sexually assaulted her. Marc Toledo, of Jersey City, approached the victim in a white vehicle in Journal Square early Sunday, June 2, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. He drove the victim a short distance to Division Street and Eighth Street at approximately 7 a.m. The victim reported she was sexually assaulted in the vehicle, Suarez said. On Monday, June 17, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested Toledo, who was charged with aggrava…
One Found Dead, Another Unconscious In Car On Union City Street: Responders One Found Dead, Another Unconscious In Car On Union City Street: Responders
One Found Dead, Another Unconscious In Car On Union City Street: Responders One person was found dead and another unconscious in a car on a Union City street Sunday night, responders said. Initial details were scarce other than that both were found in a vehicle at a lot between two residences that's used for private parking on 13th Street between Bergenline and New York Avenues shortly before 6:30 p.m. June 16. One of them was pronounced dead at the scene, responders said. The other was hospitalized, they said. It wasn't immediately certain whether or not drugs were involved, responders said. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez was expected to address the situ…
PEDO FILE: West New York Man, 27, Charged With Repeatedly Raping Girl, 15, He Met In Park PEDO FILE: West New York Man, 27, Charged With Repeatedly Raping Girl, 15, He Met In Park
Pedo File: West New York Man, 27, Charged With Repeatedly Raping Girl, 15, He Met In Park A 27-year-old West New York man was charged with raping a 15-year-old girl multiple times over nearly a week and a half after meeting her at a park in town. Christian Felipe would face a mandatory five to 10 years in state prison if convicted only of the sexual assault charge that was filed by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit following his arrest at his home last week. They also charged Felipe with criminal sexual contact and child endangerment, however, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez noted. “The investigation found the defendant met the victim at a West New York…
Jersey City Men Arrested In Undercover Child Sex Sting, Prosecutor Says Jersey City Men Arrested In Undercover Child Sex Sting, Prosecutor Says
Jersey City Men Arrested In Undercover Child Sex Sting, Prosecutor Says An undercover operation targeted toward people trying to lure children into sexual activity online has led to the arrests of four men, authorities in Middlesex County said. "Operation Cruel Summer" is a multi-agency sting between the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, US Secret Service, Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, and various local police departments. The charges were announced by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, who said four men were arrested between June 3 and June 6, 2024. The underage “children” that the perpetrators were speaking with were, in fact, underco…
Feds: Trio Who Trafficked Ghost Guns Through Hudson, Passaic Sentenced To 4-To-6 Years Feds: Trio Who Trafficked Ghost Guns Through Hudson, Passaic Sentenced To 4-To-6 Years
Feds: Trio Who Trafficked Ghost Guns Through Hudson, Passaic Sentenced To 4-To-6 Years 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: Three members of a ghost gun trafficking network in Passaic and Hudson counties must spend from four to six years in federal prison before they'll be eligible for release, authorities announced. Ex-con Corey Jenkins Jr., 31, and Savion Clyburn, 21, both of Paterson, and Richard Mullane, 27, of Bayonne, were among the members of the D.I.Y. network that operated largely in both cities, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Philip R. Sellinger said. They were targeted in an investigation in which the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) worked closely with vari…
Woman, 22, Tells Authorities She Was Sexually Assaulted In JC By Stranger Who Picked Her Up Woman, 22, Tells Authorities She Was Sexually Assaulted In JC By Stranger Who Picked Her Up
Woman, 22, Tells Authorities She Was Sexually Assaulted In JC By Stranger Who Picked Her Up A 22-year-old woman told authorities that she was sexually assaulted by a stranger whose car she got into near Jersey City's Journal Square. The woman told police she voluntarily got into a white vehicle after the stranger approached her around 7 a.m. Sunday, June 2, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. The driver then headed to the area of Eighth and dead-ended Division Street by the Roberto Clemente Sports Complex in the shadow of the New Jersey Turnpike overpass, she said. It was there, the woman told police, that she was sexually assaulted, Suarez said. A person of intere…
SEE ANYTHING? Pedestrian, 28, Critically Injured By Hit-And-Run Driver In Guttenberg SEE ANYTHING? Pedestrian, 28, Critically Injured By Hit-And-Run Driver In Guttenberg
SEE Anything? Pedestrian, 28, Critically Injured By Hit-And-Run Driver In Guttenberg It's one of the busiest intersections in the area, but no one apparently saw a 28-year-old pedestrian struck and critically injured over the weekend by a hit-and-run driver in Guttenberg. Now authorities are seeking help from the public. The victim remained stable at Jersey City Medical Center with life-threatening injuries following the crash at the corner of Park Avenue and 70th Street shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, June 1, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said on Monday. The prosecutor didn't share any type of description or direction of travel of the vehicle. She did ask tha…
SEE ANYTHING? Hit-And-Run Driver Critically Injures 76-Year-Old Kearny Man SEE ANYTHING? Hit-And-Run Driver Critically Injures 76-Year-Old Kearny Man
SEE Anything? Hit-And-Run Driver Critically Injures 76-Year-Old Kearny Man Authorities are hoping the public can help them investigate a hit-and-run crash that critically injured a 76-year-old pedestrian in Kearny. They recovered the vehicle believed involved in the crash, which occurred at the intersection of Kearny and Columbia avenues shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday, May 30, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. She didn't say, however, whether authorities had taken anyone into custody or had identified any suspects. No area surveillance photos were provided. The prosecutor did say that the victim remained in critical condition Friday at University Hospi…
SEE ANYTHING? Bicyclist, 21, Critically Injured By Hit-Run Driver Near JC/Bayonne Line SEE ANYTHING? Bicyclist, 21, Critically Injured By Hit-Run Driver Near JC/Bayonne Line
SEE Anything? Bicyclist, 21, Critically Injured By Hit-Run Driver Near JC/Bayonne Line Authorities turned to the public for help identifying a hit-and-run driver who critically injured a 21-year-old bicyclist from Bayonne in Jersey City as the 2024 Memorial Day weekend was beginning. The victim was struck on Garfield Avenue between Gates and Seaview avenues near the city line at 5 a.m. Saturday, May 25, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. He remained in critical but stable condition at Jersey City Medical Center, the prosecutor said. Members of her Regional Collision Investigation Unit and Jersey City police identified a vehicle and a person of interest, Suarez said…
UPDATE: Man Slain Near NJ City University Last Month Was Robbing Someone, Police Report UPDATE: Man Slain Near NJ City University Last Month Was Robbing Someone, Police Report
Update: Man Slain Near NJ City University Last Month Was Robbing Someone, Police Report A 24-year-old man who was shot and killed at an apartment building near New Jersey City University last month was robbing someone there at gunpoint at the time, authorities said. The development came to light with the arrests of two men who investigators said were involved in the April 30 holdup but not in the death of David Jones, 24. Jones had a gun in his hand and was wearing a ski mask when police found him in the foyer of the College Street building after midnight, according to a police complaint. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Jersey City Medical Center. Hudson Co…
Hudson Man Admits Posting Dark Web Sex Video Of Boy Who Ended Up Taking His Own Life: FBI Hudson Man Admits Posting Dark Web Sex Video Of Boy Who Ended Up Taking His Own Life: FBI
Hudson Man Admits Posting Dark Web Sex Video Of Boy Who Ended Up Taking His Own Life: FBI A Hudson County man admitted sharing sexual videos on the dark web that he got from a minor who subsequently committed suicide, federal authorities said. Authorities arrested Julio Albery Nunez, 27, West New York, for posing as a teenage girl to get an underage boy to send him video of himself masturbating and urinating for money, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said. That particular boy wasn’t the only one, records show. Nunez admitted that he “communicated electronically with several other minors and requested and received sexual content from them, including one minor victim who ultima…
North Bergen Man Busted In Murder-For-Hire Plot: Hudson Prosecutor North Bergen Man Busted In Murder-For-Hire Plot: Hudson Prosecutor
North Bergen Man Busted In Murder-For-Hire Plot: Hudson Prosecutor A North Bergen man was charged with a murder-for-hire scheme involving “a female known to” him. Miguel Cortes, 37, was arrested outside his Paterson Plank Road home on Tuesday, May 14, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. North Bergen police caught wind of Cortes’s alleged offer of money for the deed, the prosecutor said in announcing the arrest on Friday. Suarez didn’t characterize the person to whom Cortes allegedly offered the cash or explain his relationship to the intended target, whom she said wasn’t injured. Members of the prosecutor’s Major Case Unit charged Cortes with co…
UPDATE: Newark Woman, 21, Gets Dozen Years For Jersey City Robbery Spree, Clerk Shooting UPDATE: Newark Woman, 21, Gets Dozen Years For Jersey City Robbery Spree, Clerk Shooting
Update: Newark Woman, 21, Gets Dozen Years For Jersey City Robbery Spree, Clerk Shooting 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A 21-year-old Newark woman is headed to federal prison for 12 years for her role in a violent robbery spree in Jersey City in which a fast-food clerk was shot in the chest. Siobhan Chandler will have to serve at least a decade before she'll be eligible for release because there's no parole in the federal prison system.Chandler had hoped for leniency when she took a deal from the government and admitted she was with ex-con Rodney Williams when he robbed a gas station and store at gunpoint and then shot a restaurant clerk during a third holdup last Nov. 14 Police captured bo…
Questions Follow Car Crash That Led Jersey City Police To Fatal Shooting Victim, 24 Questions Follow Car Crash That Led Jersey City Police To Fatal Shooting Victim, 24
Questions Follow Car Crash That Led Jersey City Police To Fatal Shooting Victim, 24 Police responding to a motor vehicle crash in Jersey City found a man shot dead in the head. Beyond that, not much has been publicly shared. As a result, the shooting of 24-year-old Resheed Wallace shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, May 10, produced more questions than answers. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said that city police found a mortally wounded Wallace on Pearsall Avenue near Garfield Avenue while responding to a shots-fired report shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, May 10. However, police radio transmissions referred to the accident, which reportedly involved a front gate struck…
DWI Fairview Driver Severely Injures Elderly Couple In Wrong-Way North Bergen Crash: Prosecutor DWI Fairview Driver Severely Injures Elderly Couple In Wrong-Way North Bergen Crash: Prosecutor
DWI Fairview Driver Injures Elderly Couple In North Bergen A wrong-way drunk driver from Fairview hit one sedan and slammed into another on Tonnelle Avenue in North Bergen, severely injuring a 73-year-old motorist and her 90-year-old passenger, authorities said. Steven Reyes, 45, was headed north in the southbound lanes when his Ford SUV rammed a Hyundai containing the man and woman after hitting a Volkswagen at 85th Street around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. The couple were both extricated by township firefighters and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with what the prosecutor said were life-th…
CAUGHT: Fugitive Wanted For Gunning Down Beloved Hoboken Athlete Captured In Massachusetts CAUGHT: Fugitive Wanted For Gunning Down Beloved Hoboken Athlete Captured In Massachusetts
Rutgers Football Player From Hoboken Damon Murray Shot Dead UPDATE: A fugitive from North Bergen who authorities said shot and killed a beloved athlete from Hoboken was captured in Massachusetts on Tuesday, authorities said. Albert Morales, 33, will be extradited to New Jersey to face murder and illegal weapons charges in the cold-blooded killing of Damon "NuNu" Murray, 21, (see photo above) at a Hoboken public housing project shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Murray -- a Rutgers University football walk-on who left school to care for his family -- was brought to Jersey City Medical Center i…
Man Killed, Another Wounded In Shooting Up Street From NJ City University Man Killed, Another Wounded In Shooting Up Street From NJ City University
Homicide: Man Shot, Killed Near NJ City University One man was killed and another wounded in an overnight shooting Tuesday up the street from New Jersey City University. Police responding to a 12:45 a.m. April 30 call on College Street said they found the injured man with a bullet wound in his arm and the dead man near Audubon Avenue. A house on Audubon also was struck, responders said. Witnesses reported seeing a black vehicle speed from the scene, although they weren't more specific. A weapon reportedly was recovered and multiple shell casings collected by detectives. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez confirmed the shooting but pr…
Hoboken Two-Sport Star Shot Dead: Rutgers Football Walk-On, 21, Returned Home To Help Family Hoboken Two-Sport Star Shot Dead: Rutgers Football Walk-On, 21, Returned Home To Help Family
Rutgers Football Player From Hoboken Damon Murray Shot Dead A fugitive from North Bergen accused of shooting and killing a Rutgers University football walk-on from Hoboken who left school to care for his family was captured in Massachusetts on Tuesday, authorities said. Albert Morales, 33, will be extradited to New Jersey to face murder and illegal weapons charges in the cold-blooded killing of Damon Murray, 21, at a Hoboken public housing project shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Murray was pronounced dead of an abdominal gunshot wound after being brought to Jersey City Medical Center via a priv…
North Bergen Man Charged With Collecting Child Porn: Prosecutor North Bergen Man Charged With Collecting Child Porn: Prosecutor
North Bergen Man Charged With Collecting Child Porn: Prosecutor A 25-year-old North Bergen man was caught collecting pornographic images of children, authorities said. Nicholas Sanchez, 25, was taken into custody by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force following an investigation, they said. He's charged with child endangerment through the possession of sex abuse material, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. A tip last December led task force members to an account controlled by the defendant on an online server that Suarez said contained “child sex abuse material.” She didn't say whether …
Bayonne Man, 38, Charged With Sexually Assaulting Four Underage Girls Bayonne Man, 38, Charged With Sexually Assaulting Four Underage Girls
Child Sex Assault Predator Pedophile Bayonne A 38-year-old Bayonne man was charged with sexually assaulting four underage girls. Anthony Lashley, 38, assaulted the teens “on multiple occasions between 2017 and 2024 in Jersey City and Bayonne,” Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said on Tuesday, April 16. All four were under 18 at the time, the prosecutor said. Authorities arrested Lashley this past Feb. 22 in connection with two alleged victims, Suarez said. An investigation turned up two more, she said, for which he was charged on April 9. Suarez didn’t say why she waited a week to announce it. Lashley, meanwhile, remained he…
HEROES: Detectives Revive Man Who Collapsed At Hudson Prosecutor’s Office HEROES: Detectives Revive Man Who Collapsed At Hudson Prosecutor’s Office
Heroes Revive Hudson Prosecutor Detectives A visitor who suffered a medical emergency at Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office was revived by a group of detectives, authorities said. Prosecutor’s Detectives Stephen King and Salvatore Benanti, and Jersey City Police Detective Scott Rogers found the man without a pulse in the sixth-floor lobby of the Hudson County Administration Building. Prosecutor’s Detectives Risheem Whitten, Kristen Mikulak and Daniel Bellini “quickly joined their colleagues to provide immediate, life-saving medical assistance,” Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. The victim regained a pulse within minutes a…
JUSTICE DELAYED: Accused Killer Of Bayonne Mom Finally Extradited To US To Face Murder Charges JUSTICE DELAYED: Accused Killer Of Bayonne Mom Finally Extradited To US To Face Murder Charges
Bayonne Murder Fugitive Erick Acosta Crystal Ojeda A fugitive wanted for the brutal slaying of a Bayonne mom studying to be a nurse 3½ years ago has finally been extradited to the United States to face murder charges. Erick Acosta, 35, fled to Colombia after beating 40-year-old Crystal Ojeda to death with an object that local authorities have yet to identify in a public housing project on Lord Avenue near the Kill Van Kull. It was shortly before 1 p.m. Oct. 9, 2020 that city police responding to a request for a welfare check found the brutally beaten Ojeda. The mother of two, formerly of Jersey City, had been struck in the head and on her …
Accused JC Scammers Hit With More Charges, Total Take Rises By $400,000 Accused JC Scammers Hit With More Charges, Total Take Rises By $400,000
Accused JC Scammers Hit With More Charges, Total Take Rises By $400,000 Three Indian Americans from North Jersey charged in a hotel supply company scam were re-arrested this week after authorities said they learned that the trio stiffed victims by three times as much money as they’d originally believed. Married couple Viral Patel, 38, and Priyanka Patel, 33, of Jersey City and Pratik Patel, 35, of Ramsey, were originally charged last December with pocketing $200,000 for services that were never provided by their Janvi Hotel Supply company on Thorne Street, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Members of the prosecutor’s Special Investigations Unit conti…
Jersey City Triple Shooting: One Dead, Two Wounded, Gunmen Flee Jersey City Triple Shooting: One Dead, Two Wounded, Gunmen Flee
Jersey City Shooting Murder Guns JC Homicie A man was shot and killed and two other people wounded in the Heights section of Jersey City, authorities confirmed. Witnesses reported seeing two gunmen flee east on Bowers Street following the shooting on Central Avenue around 9 p.m. Sunday, April 7. Freddie Posey, 25, of Jersey City, was pronounced dead shortly after 9:30 p.m. at Jersey City Medical Center, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. A 30-year-old Jersey City female who also was brought to the hospital in an ambulance was treated for a gunshot would in the leg, responders said. A third victim, a 24-year-old Jerse…
Hoboken Man Charged With Murder In McGinley Square Triple Shooting Hoboken Man Charged With Murder In McGinley Square Triple Shooting
Hoboken Man Charged With Murder In McGinley Square Triple Shooting UPDATE: A Hoboken man was charged with murder and aggravated assault in a triple shooting in Jersey City earlier this month. Authorities confirmed on Wednesday, March 27, that Joseph Del Valle, 36, was arrested by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit the day before. He remained held in the Hudson County Correctional Facility along with a second accused gunman, Francisco Salcedo, 42, of Jersey City, they said. City resident Christoph Terrero Marte, 33, was gunned down on Jordan Avenue off Mercer Street near McGinley Square shortly before 6:30 a.m. March 9, Hudson C…