The Paterson Criminal Law Blog

The Paterson
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Alissa D. Hascup, Esq.

Man Accused of Shooting Himself in Paterson, Charged with Gun Crime

Posted in Weapons Offenses

Paterson NJ Gun Crime AttorneysA man from Prospect Park allegedly shot himself with a gun in Paterson, NJ and then lied about it to police. As a result, the man has been charged with illegal possession of a handgun.

The suspect is a 22-year-old Prospect Park NJ man. According to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect inadvertently shot himself in the hand with a firearm.

The suspect then took himself to the St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center trauma center in Paterson NJ, where doctors treated him for his injuries.

Hospital employees contacted the Paterson Police Department, which sent officers to the medical center to investigate. When Paterson police officers talked to the suspect, he reportedly lied and claimed that he was shot by someone else.

Paterson police detectives investigated and eventually placed the suspect under arrest after determining that he may have shot himself.

The suspect faces criminal charges for unlawful possession of a weapon and giving a false report to a police officer.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the weapons offense charges, he could be sentenced to a mandatory term of incarceration in NJ State Prison.

For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Man Shot Himself in Hand, Then Lied to Police About It, Cops Say.”

Man Admits Armed Robbery of Club in Passaic, NJ

Posted in Theft Offenses

Passaic NJ Robbery Law FirmA South Orange man will be spending a long time behind bars after he pleaded guilty to armed robbery charges in connection with the theft of a club in Passaic, New Jersey.

The suspect is a 29-year-old man from South Orange in Essex County, NJ. According to federal authorities, the suspect used a handgun to commit a robbery at a club located in Passaic, New Jersey on September 6, 2015.

The suspect, and another man, reportedly held up the Passaic NJ business and stole approximately $26,000. They then allegedly left the scene in a getaway vehicle driven by a third man.

Police chased the suspects through Passaic and Newark before the suspects tried to make a run for it on foot. Police officers were able to to apprehend the main suspect.

The South Orange NJ suspect was faced federal criminal charges for conspiracy to commit a robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Now that he has pleaded guilty to the charges, he is looking at a lengthy term of incarceration in a federal penitentiary.

For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Man Admits Role in Armed Club Robbery That Netted $26K.”

Paterson NJ Police Capture Suspect in Shooting on City Street

Posted in Homicide

Paterson Criminal Defense AttorneysPaterson law enforcement officials arrested a local man accused of shooting someone on a city street earlier this year.

The suspect is a 23-year-old resident of Paterson in Passaic County, NJ. He allegedly used a handgun to shoot a 23-year-old man was walking on Rosa Parks Boulevard in Paterson, New Jersey on July 5, 2017.

Afterwards, the victim was rushed to nearby St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center so that he could receive medical treatment for his gunshot wounds.

Detectives with the Paterson Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a joint investigation into the non-fatal shooting incident and eventually identified the suspect as individual who may have wielded the firearm.

The suspect was recently located by Paterson NJ police and arrested.

The suspect has been charged with multiple crimes, including attempted murder, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

If the suspect is convicted on the attempted murder charges, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years behind bars in NJ State Prison.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “23-Year-Old Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Paterson Shooting.”

Harrison, Paterson Authorities Search for Suspects in North Jersey Robberies

Posted in Theft Offenses

Paterson Theft Crime LawyersPolice are looking for four suspects who allegedly committed a string of robberies in multiple North Jersey towns, including Paterson, Harrison, Belleville, and Union City.

The victim of the robbery in Harrison is a 45-year-old Harrison NJ resident. He was allegedly assaulted during the robbery. According to law enforcement, the suspects in this robbery attempt pulled up in a black vehicle as the victim walked in the area of South Fifth Street and Essex Street in Harrison, NJ. Four men then got out of the car, ran toward the victim, and started to punch him in the face.

One suspect reportedly threatened the victim with a handgun. However, the victim later said that he never actually saw a weapon during the robbery and assault.

The suspects allegedly got away with $30 in cash and several ID cards.

Police detectives are investigating the Harrison robbery and trying to identify the suspects. Investigators also believe that the same individuals could be responsible for other robberies in Paterson, Belleville, and Union City.

To learn more, check out the NJ.com article, “Authorities Probe String of Robberies in North Jersey Towns.”

Paterson NJ Police Investigate Fatal Shooting of Local Man

Posted in Homicide

Paterson NJ Murder Defense LawyersPaterson, New Jersey detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a Paterson man outside a local residence.

The victim, a 20-year-old Paterson NJ resident, was reportedly shot several times sometime before his body was discovered around 8:00 a.m. in the backyard of a home on the 400 block of East 18th Street in Paterson, New Jersey.

Paterson NJ paramedics later pronounced the victim dead at the site.

Detectives with the Paterson Police Department are conducting an investigation into the shooting incident and trying to figure out who might have committed the violent crime.

If Paterson police can eventually determine the identity of the person responsible for the fatal shooting, that individual could be charged with first degree murder. A conviction on the very serious criminal charges could lead to life imprisonment in NJ State Prison.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Paterson Man, 20, Found Shot to Death in Backyard.”

Paterson Detectives Investigate Fatal Shooting

Posted in Homicide

Paterson NJ Homicide LawyersPaterson law enforcement is investigating a homicide on a city street.

The victim was a 22-year-old resident of Paterson in Passaic County, NJ. According to Passaic County authorities, the victim was murdered while he walked in the area of North Main Street and Jefferson Street in Paterson, New Jersey.

The Paterson Police Department got an alert through the ShotSpotter gunfire system at around 2:00 a.m. The ShotSpotter alert indicated that gunshots had been fired along North Main Street.

When Paterson cops arrived at the scene, they found the victim. Authorities pronounced the victim dead at the site of the shooting.

The Paterson Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the violent crime and trying to identity a suspect.

If detectives can eventually identify the shooter, that individual could be charged with first degree murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “22-Year-Old Man Found Dead After Sensors Detect Sound of Gunshots.”

Paterson NJ Prostitution Sting Nets 15 Arrests

Posted in Sex Crimes

Paterson Sex Crime LawyersLaw enforcement arrested 15 women who allegedly attempted to engage in prostitution in Paterson, NJ.

Police made the arrests during an undercover operation: a “Quality of Life Operation.” According to officials, detectives with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office started the investigation after getting information about men soliciting prostitutes in the area of Market Street and East 22nd Street in Paterson, New Jersey.

Over the course of four hours, Passaic County officers reportedly saw at least 15 women attempting to illegally sell sexual services.

The 15 suspects reside in several counties: Passaic County, Bergen County, Essex County, and Hudson County.

The suspects have all been charged with sex crimes. Additionally, some of suspects already face criminal charges in nearby Passaic County municipalities.

For further information, read the NJ.com article, “15 Women Charged with Prostitution in Paterson.”

Paterson Man Dies After Arriving at Hospital in Newark, NJ

Posted in Homicide

Paterson NJ Homicide LawyersDetectives are investigating a homicide after a Paterson New Jersey man arrived at a Newark hospital and later died as a result of gunshot wounds.

The victim was a 27-year-old resident of Paterson in Passaic County, NJ. Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose indicated that the victim was “dropped off” at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center just after 1:00 a.m. The person who left the victim at the Newark NJ medical facility fled the scene and did not wait to speak to police.

Tragically, the victim died approximately 30 minutes after being left at the hospital.

The Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are conducting a joint investigation into the homicide and trying to figure out exactly what happened, including the location of the shooting and the identity of the shooter.

If investigators can determine the identity of the person who shot the suspect, that person could face criminal charges for first degree murder and weapons offenses.

To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Shooting Victim Pronounced Dead After Being Left at Newark Hospital.”

Former Residents of Paterson NJ Arrested in Connection with Heroin Ring

Posted in Drug Crimes

Paterson Heroin Distribution SuspectTwo former football stars at high schools in Paterson NJ were recently arrested because they allegedly played key roles in a heroin distribution operation based out of New York.

Federal authorities worked with NJ law enforcement agencies to investigate a possible drug distribution ring.

According to officials, the suspects were among several people working for a heroin trafficking network. The drugs, primarily heroin, were reportedly packaged in Washington Heights and the Bronx in NY and then illegally sold in Monmouth County and Ocean County, NJ.

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) detectives eventually got enough evidence to obtain search warrants and arrest warrants.

During searches of the drug network’s properties, police allegedly discovered large amounts of heroin.

Thus far, 11 people have been arrested in connection with the drug trafficking operation. Among those arrested were the two Paterson suspects. One of the Paterson suspects went to high school at St. Mary, while the other Paterson suspects went to high school at Eastside High.

Prosecutors have alleged that the Paterson NJ suspects were middle men in the drug distribution operation.

To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article, “2 Ex-High School Football Stars Charged in Shore Heroin Sweep.”

Police Capture Three Suspects in Paterson NJ Shooting

Posted in Assault Offenses

Paterson Aggravated Assault AttorneysPaterson New Jersey police officers arrested three men who were reportedly responsible for a shooting that left a teen girl with critical wounds.

The suspects are a 20-year-old man, a 22-year-old man, and a 24-year-old man, all of whom are from Paterson in Passaic County, New Jersey. According to authorities, the three suspects committed the violent assault crime just before 2:30 a.m. in the area of Carroll Street and 12th Avenue in Paterson, NJ.

A Paterson NJ police officer was off duty and near the scene when he heard gunshots being fired. The officer rushed to the site of the shooting, where he reportedly saw the suspects fleeing and the victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

The victim, a 17-year-old girl visiting NJ from Michigan, was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and treated for her injuries. Hospital officials later said that the victim was in critical condition.

The Paterson Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a joint investigation into the shooting and soon identified the three suspects.

It is believed by investigators that the suspects were targeting other people in the shooting and that the teen victim was just an innocent bystander.

Police have now captured the three suspects. The men face numerous criminal charges, including charges for attempted murder and aggravated assault. The suspects have also been charged with multiple criminal weapons charges for unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “3 Arrested in Paterson Shooting That Critically Wounded 17-Year-Old Girl.”