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Three Shot In Paterson, Two From Out Of State Three Shot In Paterson, Two From Out Of State
Three Shot In Paterson, Two From Out Of State A Paterson man and two out-of-towners were wounded in an overnight shooting as the holiday weekend began. The trio was struck in the area of East 30th Street and 18th Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, May 25, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In-Charge Isa Abbassi announced jointly. All three men arrived at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in private vehicles – a 35-year-old city man and a Queens resident, 25, in one car and a 31-year-old victim described only as from New York in another, they said. None suffered life-threatening …
Young Paterson Teen Shot In Leg Young Paterson Teen Shot In Leg
Young Paterson Teen Shot In Leg A 13-year-old Paterson resident was shot in the leg, responders said. The Putnam Street teen told police the shooting occurred up the block near a train trestle at River Street around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In-Charge Isa Abbassi confirmed the shooting, noting that the juvenile was treated at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center. And that was it. There was no indication whether they know or believe someone shot the teen or that the wound was self-inflicted – and if so, how that could have happened. …
MURDER: Ex-Con Charged With Cold-Blooded Killing Of Popular Paterson Street Vendor MURDER: Ex-Con Charged With Cold-Blooded Killing Of Popular Paterson Street Vendor
Murder: Ex-Con Charged With Cold-Blooded Killing Of Popular Paterson Street Vendor 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: A dragnet was tightening when an ex-con surrendered to Paterson police for shooting and killing a beloved street vendor in broad daylight, authorities said. Jimmy Mercedes, 39, was charged with murder and weapons offenses in the 10:22 a.m. May 5 shooting of 62-year-old Daryle Robinson Sr. Mercedes turned himself in at police headquarters around 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Officer-In-Charge Isa Abbassi announced Saturday afternoon. Mercedes shot Robinson multiple times, they said, at East 24th Street and Broadway -- exactly …
Slain Paterson Shooting Victim ID'd As Popular Street Vendor Slain Paterson Shooting Victim ID'd As Popular Street Vendor
Slain Paterson Shooting Victim ID'd As Popular Street Vendor Shock spread through Paterson following the news that a popular 62-year-old street vendor died on Tuesday May 7, two days after he was shot. Police responding to Broadway and East 24th Street just after 10:20 a.m. Sunday, May 5 found Daryle Robinson suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was taken to St. Joseph's University Medical Center where he died, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said. The shooting happened about two blocks away from where Robinson sold movies, clothes, and CDs, according to a news report by ABC7. Those who knew Robinson remembered him as…
MANHUNT ENDS: Pre-Dawn Paterson Stalker Abducted, Robbed And Fondled Women, Authorities Say MANHUNT ENDS: Pre-Dawn Paterson Stalker Abducted, Robbed And Fondled Women, Authorities Say
Manhunt Ends: Pre-Dawn Paterson Stalker Abducted, Robbed And Fondled Women, Authorities Say UPDATE: An intense manhunt ended with the arrest of a Paterson ex-con who authorities said abducted, robbed and groped women at gunpoint before dawn in remote areas. A 27-year-old victim had told city police she was accosted near the corner of Market and East 22nd streets around 6 a.m. April. 20 by an armed man who forced her to a remote area near train tracks, took her valuables, then fondled her before fleeing. Three days later, a 28-year-old woman reported a similar incident occurring in the same area shortly after 5 a.m. City police identified Diquan A. West, 32, as the assailant and t…
Suicidal Man Hospitalized After Walking Into Route 46 Traffic: Responders Suicidal Man Hospitalized After Walking Into Route 46 Traffic: Responders
Suicidal Man Hospitalized After Walking Into Route 46 Traffic: Responders A suicidal man was hospitalized after responders said he deliberately walked into Route 46 traffic in Little Falls early Monday afternoon. The 33-year-old man, who they said spoke only Spanish, was struck near the Browertown Road exit -- apparently after some type of domestic incident -- shortly before 1 p.m. May 6. He was taken to St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson with serious bodily injuries. Little Falls police interviewed witnesses, notified the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office and were seeking area surveillance and cellphone video.
Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting, Choking Former Partner In Paterson Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting, Choking Former Partner In Paterson
Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting, Choking Former Partner In Paterson A man remained jailed after authorities said he sexually assaulted and choked a former partner in a Paterson residence earlier this week, authorities said. Saul Huamani-Rosas, a 26-year-old Peruvian national living in Paterson, was arrested on Sunday, April 21, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said. It was just hours after the 23-year-old victim – “with whom he was previously in a domestic violence relationship” -- assaulted, she said. Huamani-Rosas remained held Tuesday in the Bergen County Jail, charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated assault, harassment and crimina…
GOTCHA! East Orange Fugitive Caught, Charged With Shooting Prospect Park Woman On New Year's GOTCHA! East Orange Fugitive Caught, Charged With Shooting Prospect Park Woman On New Year's
Gotcha! East Orange Fugitive Caught, Charged With Shooting Prospect Park Woman On New Year's State and federal authorities captured a 23-year-old fugitive from East Orange who was wanted for shooting a woman on New Year’s Day in Paterson. It was just before 5 a.m. this past Jan. 1 that the 25-year-old victim from Prospect Park arrived at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center via private vehicle.  She’d been shot near the corner of Market Street and East 33rd Street, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In- Charge Isa Abbassi said in a joint announcement. Eudys Santios-Toribio was subsequently identified as the shooter and a manh…
Shooting At Notorious Paterson Street Corner Wounds Out-Of-Towner, 42 Shooting At Notorious Paterson Street Corner Wounds Out-Of-Towner, 42
Shooting At Notorious Paterson Street Corner Wounds Out-Of-Towner, 42 Another shooting at one of Paterson’s most dangerous street corners sent a 42-year-old Newark man to the hospital. Shots rang out at Godwin Avenue and Carroll Street shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday, April 15. As officers were arriving at the scene, a private vehicle was taking the victim to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center with non-fatal gunshot wounds, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In-Charge Isa Abbassi said in a joint release Tuesday. Valdes and Abbassi didn’t say whether any suspects had been arrested or identified.
Man Found Dead In Paterson Basement Fire Man Found Dead In Paterson Basement Fire
Man Found Dead In Paterson Basement Fire 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: Authorities were trying to identify a man found dead in a basement fire in Paterson -- and determine whether or not he was killed in the blaze. Firefighters called to 465 Hamilton Avenue shortly before midnight Sunday, April 14, found the body while dousing the flames in the basement of the 2½ wood-frame home, authorities confirmed mid-Monday morning. The New Jersey Medical Examiner's Office is assisting in the identification of the victim, according to a joint statement issued by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and including Paterson Police Officer In Charge Isa Ab…
Holiday Shooting That Wounded 3 In Paterson Committed By Two 16-Year-Olds, Authorities Charge Holiday Shooting That Wounded 3 In Paterson Committed By Two 16-Year-Olds, Authorities Charge
Holiday Shooting That Wounded 3 In Paterson Committed By Two 16-Year-Olds, Authorities Charge A Labor Day weekend shooting in Paterson that wounded three men last year was committed by two 16-year-olds, authorities said. A lengthy investigation led to the detentions of both boys, one from Paterson, the other from Clifton, for the Sept. 3 shooting, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In-Charge Isa Abbassi announced. Delinquency complaints charge both with attempted murder and weapons offenses, they said. City police found two victims – one 28 from Elmwood Park and the other 33 from Paterson – while responding to a 2:40 a.m. call at Unio…
SEE ANYTHING? Grandmother Of 13 Struck Crossing Passaic Street Dies, Hit-And-Run Driver Sought SEE ANYTHING? Grandmother Of 13 Struck Crossing Passaic Street Dies, Hit-And-Run Driver Sought
SEE Anything? Grandmother Of 13 Struck Crossing Passaic Street Dies, Hit-And-Run Driver Sought A grandmother of 13 died from injuries that she suffered when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Passaic a day and a half earlier, authorities confirmed. Meanwhile, her killer remained unidentified. Rachel McNeil, 58, was struck at the intersection of Passaic and Aycrigg avenues at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. The driver kept going. McNeil died shortly after noontime Friday, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Passaic Police Department Chief Luis A. Guzman said in a joint release. McNeil, who worked at St. Mary's General Hospital not far from where she was s…
Dirt Bicyclist Struck, Killed On Clifton Street Dirt Bicyclist Struck, Killed On Clifton Street
Dirt Bicyclist Struck, Killed On Clifton Street A 24-year-old dirt bicyclist was struck and killed on a Clifton street just below Route 46, authorities confirmed. A 2007 Honda bike driven by the as-yet unidentified rider collided with a Honda CRV at the corner of Lakeview Avenue and East 11th Street shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, they said. The victim was taken to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Clifton Police Chief Thomas Rinaldi said in a joint release. The SUV driver remained at the scene. CHECK BACK FOR MORE DETAILS
Cousin Charged With Murder Of Man In Paterson Basement Fight Cousin Charged With Murder Of Man In Paterson Basement Fight
Cousin Charged With Murder Of Man In Paterson Basement Fight A 22-year-old Honduran national living in Paterson killed his cousin during a fight in a basement apartment, authorities said. Darwin Estrada-Cruz was seized after police called to the neighborhood at Straight Street and 16th Avenue found the body of Jose Estrada-Cruz, 31, shortly before 2 a.m. Monday, April 1. He was charged with first-degree murder, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In-Charge Isa Abbassi said in a joint announcement. Estrada-Cruz remained held in the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance Tuesday afternoon, at which…
Paterson Man, 31, Killed In Fight Paterson Man, 31, Killed In Fight
Paterson Man, 31, Killed In Fight A 22-year-old Honduran national living in Paterson killed his cousin during a fight in a basement apartment, authorities said. Darwin Estrada-Cruz was seized after police called to the neighborhood at Straight Street and 16th Avenue found the body of Jose Estrada-Cruz, 31, shortly before 2 a.m. Monday, April 1. He was charged with first-degree murder, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In-Charge Isa Abbassi said in a joint announcement. Estrada-Cruz remained held in the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance Tuesday afternoon, at which…
NJ Tri-County Takedown Nets 12,100 Heroin Folds, 9½ Ounces Of Crack, $107,089 Cash, Loaded Gun NJ Tri-County Takedown Nets 12,100 Heroin Folds, 9½ Ounces Of Crack, $107,089 Cash, Loaded Gun
NJ Tri-County Takedown Nets 12,100 Heroin Folds, 9½ Ounces Of Crack, $107,089 Cash, Loaded Gun A law enforcement supergroup seized 12,100 folds of heroin mixed with fentanyl, 9½ ounces of crack, $107,089 in suspected drug money and a loaded gun while busting a drug-dealing North Haledon couple, authorities said. Armed with search warrants, investigators hit 10 locations in Passaic, Bergen, and Sussex counties, leading to the arrests of Demoy Woolley and Qa’Lasia Williams. The couple became the focus of an investigation by Wayne police last November, said Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Wayne Police Department Chief Jack McNiff. Participating in the investigation…
Second Young Teen In Days Shot In Paterson Second Young Teen In Days Shot In Paterson
Second Young Teen In Days Shot In Paterson A 15-year-old boy was shot in Paterson’s Northside neighborhood, authorities confirmed. The victim arrived at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center via private vehicle with a non-fatal gunshot wound shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In-Charge Isa Abbassi said in a joint announcement. He'd been shot near a ballfield and playground at the corner of North 8th and Oxford streets, they said. Valdes and Abbassi didn’t describe the circumstances. They also didn't say whether any suspects had been seized o…
Paterson Officers Charged With Covering For NYPD Captain Indicted For Brutally Beating Woman Paterson Officers Charged With Covering For NYPD Captain Indicted For Brutally Beating Woman
Paterson Officers Charged With Covering For Nypd Captain Indicted For Brutally Beating Woman UPDATE: The other shoe finally dropped with the arrests of three Paterson police officers in connection with what authorities said was the kidnapping and brutal beating of an off-duty female NYPD commander from New Jersey by a fellow captain she'd been dating. Giuseppe Ciarla, Juan Cruz-Fernandez and Jason Schmid let then-NYPD Capt. Hariton Marachilian leave after finding the victim with clearly visible injuries from a vicious beating outside a Paterson restaurant in December 2022, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said. Marachilian and the female captain had been out to dinner wi…
GOTCHA! Fugitive, 77, In 1997 Passaic Stabbing Captured After 26½ Years On Run GOTCHA! Fugitive, 77, In 1997 Passaic Stabbing Captured After 26½ Years On Run
Gotcha! Fugitive, 77, In 1997 Passaic Stabbing Captured After 26½ Years On Run Ramon Siri ducked authorities for 26½ years after they pegged him as the assailant who stabbed another man in a Passaic apartment in 1997. Then he slipped up. The city resident was arrested without incident late Tuesday afternoon, March 19, after authorities got a tip that he was back in town, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Passaic Police Chief Luis A. Guzman announced Friday. Siri remained held in the Bergen County Jail, charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and illegal weapons possession. Witnesses at the time said the unidentified victim was stabbed below t…
Teen Motorcyclist Killed, Passenger Injured In Route 46 Crash Teen Motorcyclist Killed, Passenger Injured In Route 46 Crash
Teen Motorcyclist Killed, Passenger Injured In Route 46 Crash A 19-year-old motorcyclist was killed and his 19-year-old passenger injured in a crash on Route 46 in Totowa. The 2008 Yamaha R6 sports bike rammed the rear passenger side of a 2014 Acura MDX near the Union Boulevard exit off the eastbound highway around 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, authorities said. Both riders were taken to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, where the motorcyclist was pronounced dead, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Totowa Police Chief Carmen Veneziano said in a joint release. The man who was with him remained at the hospital in stable condition, they…
UPDATE: Hackensack Man Charged With Murder Of Paterson Woman, 22, Gunned Down Outside Her Home UPDATE: Hackensack Man Charged With Murder Of Paterson Woman, 22, Gunned Down Outside Her Home
Update: Hackensack Man Charged With Murder Of Paterson Woman, 22, Gunned Down Outside Her Home Authorities on Wednesday captured one of a group of men who they said purposely shot and killed a 22-year-old Paterson woman last fall. Ex-con Christopher Thomas, 26, of Hackensack was charged with murder and weapons offenses, as well as with conspiracy, for his role in gunning down Mary “Tink” Taylor on Oct. 1, 2023 outside a bar across from the apartment building where she lived with her mom. Five men jumped into a car that sped off following the shooting shortly before 9:30 p.m. in the city’s Great Falls Historic District, witnesses told investigators. It wasn’t clear how many fired. A…
One Dead, Three Wounded In Pair Of Paterson Shootings One Dead, Three Wounded In Pair Of Paterson Shootings
One Dead, Three Wounded In Pair Of Paterson Shootings One man was killed and another wounded in a shooting at a bridge over the Passaic River, authorities confirmed. Responding officers found both city residents show in the neck and legs near the North Bridge Street bridge shortly before midnight Wednesday, March 13, they said. Both were taken to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, where one of them, 43, was pronounced dead, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In-Charge Isa Abbassi said. The second victim, 38, remained in stable condition at the hospital on Wednesday, they said. …
Clifton Man Once Busted With Anatomically Correct Child Sex Doll Nabbed For Kid Porn: Sheriff Clifton Man Once Busted With Anatomically Correct Child Sex Doll Nabbed For Kid Porn: Sheriff
Clifton Man Once Busted With Anatomically Correct Child Sex Doll Nabbed For Kid Porn: Sheriff A Clifton resident who was once busted with what authorities said was an anatomically correct child sex doll was caught collecting porn videos featuring victims from four to 12 years old, authorities charged. Miguel A. Guevara, 32, who works as a supervisor for a package delivery company in Secaucus, has been on lifetime parole the past four years, Acting Passaic County Sheriff Gary Giardina said. He showed up again on investigators' radar about five months ago, Giardina said. That's when members of the sheriff's Internet Crime Against Children Task Force "found [that] sever…
Paterson Man Stabbed In Neck At Popular Middle Eastern Restaurant, Elmwood Park Man Charged Paterson Man Stabbed In Neck At Popular Middle Eastern Restaurant, Elmwood Park Man Charged
Paterson Man Stabbed In Neck At Popular Middle Eastern Restaurant, Elmwood Park Man Charged A man whose family came to the U.S. from Iraq was charged with attempted murder after authorities said he stabbed another man in the neck either in or outside a popular Middle Eastern restaurant in Paterson. Anmar Oudah, 35, of Elmwood Park stabbed the 30-year-old victim during what witnesses told police was a fight at Al-Mazaq Restaurant and Bakery on East Railway Avenue shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday, March 3. The victim was last reported in critical condition at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer in Char…
Paterson Resident Charged With Attempted Murder In Wounding Of Two In Streetcorner Shooting Paterson Resident Charged With Attempted Murder In Wounding Of Two In Streetcorner Shooting
Paterson Resident Charged With Attempted Murder In Wounding Of Two In Streetcorner Shooting A Paterson resident was charged with attempted murder this week after shooting two men on a city street corner in late January, authorities announced. It was around 12:45 a.m. Jan. 29 when Miguel de la Cruz, 26, opened fire at the intersection of East Main Street and Hillman Avenue, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In- Charge Isa Abbassi said in a joint statement. Both victims – one 18, the other 30 – were taken to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center and survived their wounds, authorities said. de la Cruz surrendered to police this past …
One Dead In Paterson Fire: Authorities One Dead In Paterson Fire: Authorities
One Dead In Paterson Fire: Authorities One person was killed in a two-alarm fire in an abandoned building in Paterson early Thursday, Feb. 29, authorities said.  At 3:30 a.m., firefighters were on scene at 69 Mercer St., Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes, Paterson Police Department Officer In Charge Isa Abbassi, and Paterson Fire Chief Alex Alicea said. Firefighters discovered the body on the second floor of the house after putting out the blaze, authorities said. The identity of the deceased has not been confirmed, authorities said. Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh said the city is in mourning. "Our firefight…
'WTF Man?:' West Milford Councilman Touched Sleeping Man's Genitals, Affidavit Says 'WTF Man?:' West Milford Councilman Touched Sleeping Man's Genitals, Affidavit Says
West Milford Councilman Matt Conlon Sex Assault Update 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…
Paterson Man Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Victim From Union City Paterson Man Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Victim From Union City
Paterson Man Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Victim From Union City A Paterson man was charged with murder after police responding to a report of a robbery found a shooting victim from Hudson County, authorities said. A witness directed officers to a house at 258 East 21st Street, off 19th Avenue where they found Logan Gonzalez, 33, of Union City with gunshot wound in his back shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Gonzalez was taken to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, where Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Department Officer-In-Charge Isa Abbassi said he was pronounced dead. They didn’t give the time. Valdes and A…
JAW-DROPPER: Accused Killer Of Paterson Woman Found Bludgeoned, Shot Could Be Freed In 3 Years JAW-DROPPER: Accused Killer Of Paterson Woman Found Bludgeoned, Shot Could Be Freed In 3 Years
Jaw-dropper: Accused Killer Of Paterson Woman Found Bludgeoned, Shot Could Be Freed In 3 Years The accused killer of a woman whose body was found battered, bloodied and stuffed into a car parked on a Paterson street cut a plea deal that staggered the victim's loved ones. Now they want the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office investigated. Someone "should shed light on the lack of accountability the prosecutor's office takes for letting killers walk free in our community," said Sandra Williams. Williams was the one who'd called police and later found the body of her friend, 38-year-old single mom Stephanie DeJesus of Paterson, in the victims's Lincoln MKZ at the intersection of James S…
No Foul Play Suspected In Death Of Man Found At Garrett Mountain No Foul Play Suspected In Death Of Man Found At Garrett Mountain
No Foul Play Suspected In Death Of Man Found At Garrett Mountain The death of a 42-year-old man whose body was found at the Garrett Mountain Reservation on Thursday doesn't appear suspicious, authorities said. Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Acting Passaic County Sheriff Gary Giardina confirmed the 1 p.m. Feb. 1 discovery in the Woodland Park preserve. They didn't indicate, however, whether they suspect suicide, overdose or other type of death. Valdes and Giardina did say that his vehicle was found nearby."Although this matter remains an active and ongoing investigation, there are no suspects being sought at this time, and there is no da…
Malnourished Dog Left In Freezing Cold Rescued By Haledon Police, Couple Charged With Cruelty Malnourished Dog Left In Freezing Cold Rescued By Haledon Police, Couple Charged With Cruelty
Malnourished Dog Left In Freezing Cold Rescued By Haledon Police, Couple Charged With Cruelty A call from a concerned citizen brought a trio of Haledon police officers to a heartbreaking scene. Outside a home on Southside Avenue, they found "a young gray pit bull collapsed on the ground, severely emaciated and exhibiting signs of frostbite and hypothermia," Deputy Police Chief George Guzman, Jr. said.Her name is Elsa. Officers Nasir Mora and Antonio Parisi and Corporal Andrea Boos provided emergency care and rushed Elsa to a local animal hospital, the deputy chief said. The borough's human law enforcement officer, Corporal April Latona, then led an investigation assisted …