The Paterson Criminal Law Blog

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Paterson NJ Woman Charged with Domestic Violence, Allegedly Smashed Ex’s Car with Hammer

Posted in Domestic Violence

Paterson NJ Domestic Violence AttorneysA Paterson NJ woman was placed under arrest and charged with domestic violence for allegedly using a hammer to attack her ex-boyfriend’s car while the couple’s children were present.

The suspect is a 31-year-old female resident of Paterson, NJ. According to Paterson law enforcement officials, the suspect became enraged at her former boyfriend and went to his home in Paterson, New Jersey.

The suspect reportedly brandished a hammer and used the weapon to attack the victim’s SUV. The suspect’s two children were reportedly seated in the back of the vehicle at the time of the violent incident.

A video of the incident, which was filmed by the victim, later went viral on the Internet. The video reportedly shows the Paterson NJ suspect smashing the windows and the windshield of the suspect’s vehicle.

Paterson police officers eventually placed the suspect under arrest. She was subsequently charged with domestic violence, criminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a child. The child endangerment charges stem from the alleged fact that the suspect’s children were present during the domestic violence assault.

To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Mother in Hammer Attack Video Charged with Endangering Kids.”

Paterson NJ Authorities Search for Shooter

Posted in Assault Offenses

Paterson NJ Assault LawyersPaterson NJ law enforcement is actively investigating a violent shooting incident during the early morning hours of Sunday.

The incident occurred a short time after 4:30 a.m. According to Paterson NJ authorities, police officers received a report of gunshots being fired near the intersection of East 28th Street and 15th Avenue in Paterson, New Jersey. When cops showed up at the scene, they did not see any shooting victims.

A short time after Paterson police officers got to the site of the shooting and began to investigate, two male shooting victims showed up at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey. The men had reportedly suffered serious gunshot wounds and were driven to the medical facility via private vehicle.

Doctors at the Paterson NJ hospital treated the victims for their shooting-related injuries. One victim, a 36-year-old Paterson resident, suffered a gunshot wound to his arm; he was later listed in stable condition at the hospital. The other victim, a 26-year-old Paterson resident, suffered a gunshot wound to his torso; he was later listed in critical condition.

Detectives with the Paterson Police Department are currently investigating the violent crime and trying to identify a suspect. Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale issued a statement and indicated that law enforcement is “confident” that they will capture the culprit.

If and when police arrest the suspect, that individual would likely face criminal charges for aggravated assault and weapons offenses such as unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “2 Injured in Early Sunday Morning Shooting in Paterson.”

Former Paterson Nurse Charged with Sexual Assault in Middlesex County, NJ

Posted in Sex Crimes

Paterson Sexual Assault AttorneysA man who used to work as a nurse in Paterson New Jersey has been charged with sexual assault in Middlesex County, NJ.

The suspect is a 29-year-old male resident of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He is employed as a registered nurse at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He previously served as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ.

According to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect committed the sexual offenses against two female patients at the New Brunswick NJ hospital.

One of the victims, a 74-year-old woman, reportedly went to the hospital emergency room for urgent medical treatment. The other victim, a 49-year-old woman, reportedly went to the New Brunswick medical facility for medical care.

The suspect faces numerous sex crime charges, including charges for second degree sexual assault, fourth degree criminal sexual contact, and lewdness. If the suspect is convicted on the most serious criminal charges, he could potentially be sentenced to time behind bars in NJ State Prison. Beyond that, he could be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law after serving any prison sentence.

For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Nurse Charged with Sexually Assaulting 2 Patients.”

Police Look for Suspects in Shooting, Stabbings at Passaic NJ Go-Go Bar

Posted in Assault Offenses

Passaic NJ Aggravated Assault LawyersPassaic NJ law enforcement is searching for suspects in a violent attack outside a local go-go bar that resulted in three people sustaining significant physical injuries.

The incident started around 3:00 a.m. with a verbal altercation in front of the Palace Gentlemen’s Club, which is located on Main Avenue in Passaic, NJ. According to police officials, several people exited the strip club and got into a heated altercation.

The verbal argument soon became a physical argument, with one person allegedly using a handgun to shoot a victim and two people allegedly used knives to stab or slash other victims.

After the violent attack, the three victims were taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ so that they could receive urgent medical care for their injuries.

Passaic NJ police detectives are investigating the assault and attempting to identify the men responsible. The suspects reportedly fled the scene of the assault in a white SUV.

If authorities are able to identify and apprehend the suspects, the men would probably be subject to serious criminal charges such as aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “1 Shot, 2 Stabbed Outside North Jersey Go-Go Bar, Report Says.”

Paterson NJ Man Charged with Attempted Murder for Stabbing Incident

Posted in Homicide

Paterson Attempted Murder SuspectA Paterson NJ man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly used a weapon to stab someone.

The suspect is a 30-year-old man from Paterson, New Jersey. According to Passaic County law enforcement officials, the suspect used a knife to attack the victim. The suspect allegedly committed violent crime around 8:30 a.m.

After the 38-year-old victim was stabbed, an unknown person reportedly drove him to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. Doctors at the Paterson hospital treated the victim for serious stabbing wounds and later listed him in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the Paterson Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a joint investigation into the assault and soon identified the assault suspect. Police later apprehended the suspect in Roberto Clemente Park in Paterson, NJ.

The suspect now faces several criminal charges, including charges for attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and child endangerment.

For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Man Charged with Attempted Murder Days After Stabbing.”

Clifton NJ Man Admits Sexual Assault of Dancer at Passaic Gentleman’s Club

Posted in Sex Crimes

Passaic Sexual Assault ChargesA Clifton New Jersey man is headed to state prison after he pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a go-go dancer at a Passaic NJ gentleman’s club.

The suspect is a 39-year-old resident of Clifton, NJ. According to Passaic County authorities, the suspect was one of several people who sexually assaulted a 26-year-old dancer at Mr. B’s Gentleman’s Club in Passaic, New Jersey.

The suspect was in attendance at an after-hours party held on November 5, 2012. The victim later reported the sexual assault to police and said that she was “incapacitated” while being raped.

The suspect was arrested and charged with a number of sexual offenses, including first degree aggravated sexual assault.

The suspect ultimately managed to avoid trial in Passaic County Superior Court in Paterson by reaching a plea agreement with Passaic County prosecutors. The suspect pleaded guilty to the most serious charges for aggravated sexual assault and will now likely be sentenced to 12 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Additionally, the suspect will have to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law after he completes his term of incarceration.

For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man Pleads Guilty in Sex Assault of Dancer in Bar.”

Passaic NJ Man Headed to Prison, Admits Role in Home Invasion Robbery

Posted in Theft Offenses

Passaic NJ Robbery ChargesA Passaic New Jersey man is going to state prison after he pleaded guilty to his role in a violent home invasion six years ago.

The suspect is a 38-year-old resident of Passaic, NJ. He reportedly committed the violent criminal offense on August 6, 2011 in Irvington, New Jersey. According to law enforcement officials, the suspect and another man wore fake police officer uniforms and went to an apartment on Manor Drive in Irvington, NJ.

The suspects reportedly lied in order to gain access to the apartment. Once inside, the suspects reportedly used zip ties to tie up the female residents. The suspects then allegedly robbed the victims of cash and expensive jewelry.

The Passaic NJ suspect was eventually captured by police and charged with multiple crimes, including kidnapping, burglary, robbery, impersonating a police officer, and conspiracy.

The suspect managed to avoid trial in the case by reaching a plea deal with Essex County prosecutors. He admitted his role in the violent home invasion and pleaded guilty to criminal charges for burglary, robbery, impersonating a cop, and conspiracy. Prosecutors agreed to drop the kidnapping charges against the suspect.

The suspect will later make an appearance in Essex County Superior Court and be sentenced to eight years in NJ State Prison.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man Admits Posing as Cop, Tying Women Up in ‘Horrible’ Home Invasion.”

Paterson Police Search for Suspect in Bus Robbery

Posted in Theft Offenses

Paterson NJ Robbery AttorneysPaterson NJ police are investigating a bus robbery and trying to determine the identity of the culprit.

The theft incident happened on June 1 in Paterson, New Jersey. The victim was operating an Express Bus in the city just before 3:00 a.m. when the suspect reportedly got on the bus, walked toward the driver, and threatened to use a knife to harm the driver unless he handed over money. According to police, the suspect’s knife was attached to brass knuckles.

After the driver gave $200 in cash to the suspect and got off the bus, the suspect reportedly fled the scene in the bus. The suspect reportedly abandoned the bus somewhere in the city a short time later.

Paterson NJ police detectives are currently investigating the robbery incident. Police recently released surveillance video footage of the bus theft.

If law enforcement eventually identifies and apprehends the suspect, he would probably face very serious criminal charges for armed robbery. N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 stipulates that a person who commits a theft while using a deadly weapon like a knife or firearm can be charged with first degree armed robbery. The potential penalties for first degree armed robbery in New Jersey include a sentence of 10-20 years in state prison.

To learn more about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Police Release Video of Bus-Jacking Robbery.”

Hawthorne NJ Woman Arrested, Allegedly Made Bomb Threat

Posted in Threat Crimes

Hawthorne NJ Threat SuspectEdgewater New Jersey police charged a Hawthorne NJ woman and a Cliffside Park NJ man who allegedly threatened a Target store located in Bergen County, NJ.

The suspects are a 31-year-old woman from Hawthorne in Passaic County NJ and a 33-year-old man from Edgewater in Bergen County NJ. According to law enforcement officials, the suspects placed a phone call to a Target store on River Road in Edgewater NJ and issued a bomb threat.

The suspects reportedly committed the threat crime in June 2016. The source of the threatening phone call was blocked, so it took a while for police investigators to eventually determine the identity of the suspects.

Members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crime Unit finally finished their investigation into the bomb hoax and identified the suspects. Law enforcement got arrest warrants for the suspects, resulting in the suspects surrendering to prosecutors.

The suspects have been charged with multiple criminal offenses, including terroristic threats and making a false public alarm.

For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Pair Called in Bomb Threat to Target, Cops Say.”

Wayne NJ Pharmacy Worker Allegedly Stole Fentanyl

Posted in Theft Offenses

Wayne NJ Theft LawyersA man who used to work at a Wayne New Jersey hospital was recently indicted on criminal charges for theft of Fentanyl.

The suspect is a 28-year-old male from Totowa, NJ. He was previously employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wayne, New Jersey. His duties at the Wayne NJ hospital included filling Pyxis machines that dispense prescription medicine during operations.

According to authorities, the suspect stole medication from dispensers in operating rooms and then filled the vials with a colorless solution.

After taking the Fentanyl, the suspect reportedly took the vials to the hospital pharmacy and said that the vials were defective.

Law enforcement conducted an investigation into the suspect and eventually arrested him. He was subsequently charged with theft and drug tampering.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the criminal charges, he could potentially be sentenced to 15 years in NJ State Prison.

The suspect is no longer employed at the hospital in Wayne, NJ. Additionally, he reportedly surrendered his pharmacy license after the criminal charges were filed against him.

For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Hospital Pharmacy Tech Stole Fentanyl from Operating Room, Cops Say.”