Press Releases

News Release for May 4, 2017

April 8, 2017 @ 11:27am – Matthew D. Busse, 19, of Colonia was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS and Joseph Allen, 19, of Colonia was charged with Underage Possession of Alcohol following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road at Seventh Street.  Both men were released on their own recognizance.  Officer Rodriguez investigated. 
April 13, 2017 @ 12:31am – Anthony W. Tordo, 27, of Hillsborough was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue at Beechwood Avenue.  Officer James Morley investigated.

April 15, 2017 @ 12:18am – Kennedy Omondi, 23, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Raritan Avenue at Ashland Road.  Mr. Omondi was released on his own recognizance.  Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

April 16, 2017 @ 5:29am - Linda S. Desarno, 43, of Rahway was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Officer George Pilesky responded to a citizen’s report of a suspicious vehicle on George Avenue and discovered Ms. Desarno in possession of a CDS.  Ms. Desarno was released on her own recognizance.  Officer George Pilesky investigated.

April 17, 2017 @ 7:10pm – Paul J. Mason, 29 of Bridgewater was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin and Hindering Apprehension and Joanna DiTaranto, 30, of Bridgewater was arrested and charged with Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe following a motor vehicle stop on Mountain Avenue at Wood Avenue.   Mr. Mason was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center and Ms. DiTaranto was released on her own recognizance.  Officer Richard Szymczak and Detective Thomas Falk investigated.

April 18, 2017 @ 1:50pm – Jazzan Wilson, 21, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS following a motor vehicle stop on Mountain Avenue at South Avenue.  Ms. Wilson was released on her own recognizance.  Officer Joleen Auricchio investigated.

April 20, 2017 @ 4:55pm – Josh Peterson, 24, of Union was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road at High Street.  Mr. Peterson was released on their own recognizance. Detectives Sean Flanagan and Dan McCue investigated.

April 20, 2017 @ 7:43pm – Christian Torres, 20, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue.  Mr. Torres was released on his own recognizance.  Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

April 21, 2017 @ 9:05pm – Janice E. Wojcik, 65, of Somerset was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue at Beechwood Avenue.  Officer James Morley investigated.

April 23, 2017 @ 8:23pm – A resident of Ramsey Road reported a burglary and a theft.  Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s) entered the residence through a rear window.  Reported stolen was numerous jewelry items valued at $14,345.00.  Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

April 24, 2017 @ 8:59pm – Ryan C. Smith, 24, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Mr. Smith was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center.  Officer Scott Christofides investigated.
May 2, 2017 @ 7:30pm – Andrew D. Curry, 70, of Franklin Township was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle crash on Lincoln Boulevard at River Road.  Officer Scott Mulford investigated.



SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

MIDDLESEX POLICE DEPARTMENT TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS APRIL 29 AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS

Middlesex, NJ – On Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Middlesex Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Middlesex Police Headquarters at 1101 Mountain Avenue.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions are asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs.  Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
“We are proud to partner with the DEA in this important program that provides for the safe and proper disposal of unused, expired and unwanted prescription medications.” said Middlesex Police Chief Matthew Geist.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29, 2017 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.




Special News Release – March 30, 2017
Arrests – False Reports to Law Enforcement and Conspiracy

Kimberly M. Verini, 35, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Filing a False Report to Law Enforcement, Conspiracy, Hindering Apprehension and Tampering with Physical Evidence.   At 7:35am on Saturday, March 25, 2017 Ms. Verini contacted police headquarters and reported that her 2012 Nissan Sentra was stolen sometime during the previous evening.  The vehicle was discovered abandoned in neighboring Dunellen and had apparently been involved in a motor vehicle crash.  Further investigation revealed that he vehicle was not stolen but was used with permission by Christopher I. Finney, 20, also of Middlesex.  Investigators determined the Christopher I. Finney crashed the car on South Avenue in Dunellen and left it at the roadside.  He then conspired with his father, Bruce L. Finney, 52, of Middlesex and Ms. Verini to report the vehicle as stolen.  Christopher I. Finney was charged with Conspiracy and was issued numerous summonses for various motor vehicle violations; Bruce L. Finney was also charged with Conspiracy.  All three were released pending appearance in court.  Officers Colin DeVincenzo and Richard Szymczak and Detectives Daniel McCue and Sean Flanagan investigated



Keep the streets safe this St. Patrick’s Day!
Don’t drink and drive.

St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s most popular holidays and, sadly, one of the nation’s deadliest holidays.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m., March 16, to 5:59 a.m., March 18), more than one quarter (28%) of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.

Police Chief Matthew P. Geist has announced that this year Middlesex Police Officers will be out in force all day and night in a campaign to crack down on drunk drivers and keep the streets of Middlesex safe for everyone. He urges would-be revelers to avoid getting behind the wheel if they have been drinking alcohol.  “We are committing extra resources to insure that our roads are safe this St. Patrick’s Day”, said Chief Geist.   “Make no mistake – this is a ‘zero tolerance’ proposition.  If you are caught driving drunk, you will be arrested”.  Law enforcement officials ask those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to be smart and to plan ahead.  Do not wait until you’ve already been drinking to try to find a sober driver, and never try to drive when you’re drunk. Even one drink is dangerous if you’re behind the wheel of a car. 
Make 2017 safe. Use this party-planning checklist to stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day.
PARTY PREPARATION: Designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely. Find the name of a taxi company or ride-hailing service, and keep their numbers in your phone.
ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Before you take your first sip of green beer, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. Ensure your designated driver has committed to a sober evening. If you’re the designated driver, do not drink. Your friends are relying on you, as are the people with whom you share the road.
EVERY DAY: First, commit to driving sober today, St. Patrick’s Day, and every day. Second, always keep the number of a taxi transportation company or ride-hailing service in your phone or in your wallet so you have a backup plan if you find yourself in need of a sober driver. Last, be sure to download NHTSA’s SaferRide app. Using your location, the app can find a taxi nearby, as well as help you contact a friend from your selected list of contacts. If you’re impaired, don’t let pride get in the way of calling a sober friend or family member to get you home safely. Help spread the word about the dangers of drunk driving, and the resources available to keep the streets safe.   



Special News Release – Auto Theft Arrests

Middlesex Police arrested Isiah O. Casanova, 18, of Belle Mead and a 17 year old Somerville male in connection with a recent rash of car thefts and thefts from vehicles.  The pair was responsible for four auto thefts and fifteen thefts from other vehicles during a ten day period from January 27, 2017 to February 6, 2017.  All eighteen vehicles involved were unlocked and unattended at the times of the incidents.  The four vehicles that were stolen were left with the ignition keys inside.  At 4:03am on Monday, February 6, 2017, Middlesex Police received a 9-1-1 call from an alert citizen reporting two male subjects peering into and pulling on the door handles of parked vehicles on the 100 block of Greene Avenue.  Officer Painchaud arrived and observed Mr. Casanova and the juvenile running from a stolen 2008 Lincoln MKZ.  Officer Painchaud located and arrested the 17 year old male, who was  charged with Motor Vehicle Theft (four counts), eleven counts of Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Receiving Stolen Property, and Possession of Marijuana (Under 50 grams) He was remanded to the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center.  On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Detectives Sean Flanagan and Daniel McCue arrested Mr. Casanova at his Belle Mead home and charged him with Burglary (nine counts), Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Employing a Juvenile in the Commission of a Crime, and Joyriding.   Mr. Casanova was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center, his bail to bet set.


Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact Lt. Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant are merely accusations and he or she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.



Special News Release – February 1, 2017
The Middlesex Police Department is asking residents to take the time to lock their vehicles and to never store the ignition keys inside their motor vehicles.  Additionally, the police department is asking residents to be alert and to promptly report any suspicious persons or activity.  
 
Thefts of Motor Vehicles:

January 27, 2017 @ 10:47pm – A resident of “A” Street reported the theft of 1998 Honda Civic.  Investigation revealed that the vehicle was parked in the roadway in front of the victim’s residence at the time of the theft.  The vehicle’s doors were unlocked and the ignition key was left on the center console. It was determined that the vehicle was stolen between 9:00pm and 10:40pm.  Officer James Morley investigated.

January 31, 2017 @ 8:08am – A Randolph resident reported the theft of a 2009 Ford F-350 pickup truck from his place of employment at 333 Cedar Avenue.  Officer Mark Melchiorre investigated and determined that the vehicle, which was parked, doors unlocked and the ignition key inside, was stolen at approximately 0350 hours on Sunday, January 29, 2017.  

February 1, 2017 @ 9:11am – A resident of the 100 block of Greenlawn Avenue reported the theft of a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.  Investigation revealed that the vehicle, which was taken sometime overnight, was parked in the roadway, doors unlocked and key in the ignition at the time of the theft.  Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.

Thefts from Motor Vehicles:

February 1, 2017 @ 9:03am – A resident of the 100 block of Greenlawn Avenue reported thefts from two motor vehicles.  It was determined that both vehicles were parked in the driveway of the victim’s residence, unattended with the doors unlocked, at the time of the thefts.  Reported stolen was an EZ-Pass transponder and a backpack containing an iPad 3 device and a Gateway brand laptop computer.  Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.


Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact Lt. Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant are merely accusations and he or she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.



Special News Release – January 11, 2017
CDS ARREST

Marquis A. Salazar, 28, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Distribution of Marijuana (greater than one ounce), Possession of Marijuana (greater than 50 grams) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The arrest followed a ten week long investigation conducted by the Middlesex Police Department in conjunction with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) Task Force.  On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, investigators and officers from the Middlesex Police Department, and the MCPO Task Force, with officers and dogs from the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant on the premises at 403 Chestnut Street.  Officers seized over 65 grams of marijuana, packaging materials and cash from the residence and arrested Mr. Salazar.  Mr. Salazar posted bail and was released.

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact Lt. Frank DeNick at (732) 356-1900 extension 320.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant are merely accusations and he or she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.



Special Press Release
Opiate Outreach Initiative

The Middlesex Police Department has announced that it will be launching an Opiate Outreach Initiative designed to provide important assistance to those affected by addiction to heroin and opioid drugs.  Under this program, officers would contact those persons that they have learned are addicted to heroin and opioid drugs and would actively assist them in obtaining treatment.  The critical aspect of this initiative is that it goes beyond merely creating an awareness of treatment options; it includes mandates for proactively providing treatment and support to addicts and support and resources to their families and their loved ones.

“The path to recovery is not always obvious or accessible to those in the grip of opiate drugs.  Our goal is to reach out to those persons that are victims of addiction and to guide them to the help that they need.” said Police Chief Matthew P. Geist.  “While the heroin and opioid drug problem in Middlesex Borough may be small in comparison to that of some nearby communities, we recognize that this scourge exists in our society and we feel compelled to help all those that are suffering from addiction.” 



News Release for December 8, 2016

           November 13, 2016 @ 12:20am – Patrick M. O’Connell, 45, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on                      Voorhees Avenue.  Officer Marc Arancio investigated.

           November 14, 2016 @ 2:21am – A resident of Nursery Lane reported a burglary and theft.  Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s)                          entered the residence through a rear window and removed clothing, footwear, jewelry and cash with a value reported as $5,465.00.  Officer Paul                Muldowney investigated.

           November 15, 2016 @ 6:08pm – Vincent Siino, 24, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute,                          Possession of CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Voorhees Avenue.  Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated.

           November 17, 2016 @ 2:47pm – Thomas D. Donnelly, 59, of South Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI, Possession of CDS and                                Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road.  Officer James Dolinski investigated.

           November 21, 2016 @ 2:36pm – Richard S. Angelica, 30, of Manville was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute,                  Possession of CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Madison Avenue near Lincoln Boulevard.  Sgt. Chad                  Corner investigated.

           November 22, 2016 @ 10:00pm – Jonathan S. Castro, 21, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia                                subsequent to an investigation of suspicious activity on Wilton Place.  Officer Marc Arancio investigated.

           November 24, 2016 @ 12:02am – Joel D. Morales, 28, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound                    Brook Road near Hallock Street.  Sgt. Stephen Johnson investigated.


           November 24, 2016 @ 3:16am – Thomas J. Fusco, 25, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DUI by officers investigating a report of a                          suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Quick Chek store, 107 Harris Avenue.  Officer George Pilesky investigated.

           December 1, 2016 @ 2:27pm – Lisa M. Esposito, 35, of North Plainfield was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Officer                Anthony Painchaud investigated a report of suspicious activity at 1355 Bound Brook Road, encountered Ms. Esposito and discovered her to be in              possession of drug paraphernalia.  Ms. Esposito was released on her own recognizance.



This Holiday Season, the Middlesex Police Department Is Looking For Drunk Drivers
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over


          This holiday season, the Middlesex Police will be out looking for drunk drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over                        enforcement mobilization.
          “Beginning December 9 and continuing into the New Year, our officers will be out in force looking for anyone who is driving while impaired,” said             Middlesex Police Chief Matthew P. Geist. “Our mission is to keep our roads safe for holiday travelers. We will have zero tolerance for drunk                       driving.”
          With the excitement of holiday parties and celebrations, too many drivers are taking to the roadways after drinking. Data from the National H                 Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that any decision to drive while impaired can have serious and even deadly consequences.           Nationally in 2015, 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and 29 percent (10,265) died in crashes where the driver had a                     blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08.
          From 2011-2015, 14,034 people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the month of December, and twenty-eight percent (3,983)               died in a crash that involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.
          The holiday season should be a joyous one, so we will do what it takes to help save lives by keeping our roads safe,” said Chief Geist. “If you make           the ill-advised choice to drive while impaired, you not only put your safety and that of others at risk, but you will also face the legal consequences           associated with drunk driving.”
          Drunk driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver’s license, are charged higher insurance rates, and pay dozens of other                                   unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. But the                       ultimate cost of drunk driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills.
          Follow these trips to stay safe on the road this holiday season:
  •      If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party. Designate a sober driver ahead of time.
  •      If you become intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation. Try          NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or friend and identify their location so they can be picked up.
  •      If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange      a safe way home. 
  •      If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.

                   Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive. The Middlesex Police will be looking for drunk drivers.  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.



Special Press Release
Middlesex Police Ask Motorists to Buckle Up This Holiday Season

                       This Thanksgiving weekend, millions of Americans will hit our nation's roads, eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest                            travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.  During the Thanksgiving                        holiday weekend in 2014 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, December 1), 341 passenger vehicle occupants were                                killed in traffic crashes across the nation. Tragically, 50% of those killed were not buckled up at the time of their fatal crash.

                       In 2015, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives of occupants ages 5 and older.  Police Chief Matthew P. Geist                          announced that, through safety education and through aggressive enforcement, the Middlesex Police Department will intensify their efforts to                            ensure compliance with seat belt laws. “I strongly urge motorists to protect themselves and their families by buckling up – every trip, every time.”                        said Chief Geist.


News Release for November 16, 2016


      October 30, 2016 @ 4:40am – Jorge A. Marina, 23, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug           Paraphernalia.  Officer Scott Mulford investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle on South Avenue and encountered Mr. Marina in the vehicle and in         possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Mr. Marina was released on his own recognizance.

      October 30, 2016 @ 5:53am – Henry W. Viswat, 4th, 19, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DUI.  Officer Marc Arancio responded to the             parking lot of the Quick Chek Store, 107 Harris Avenue to check the welfare of an individual that was reportedly unresponsive and in the driver seat of       a vehicle there.  Further investigation resulted in Mr. Viswat’s arrest.

      November 2, 2016 @ 6:31pm – Felton N. Williams, 52, of Newark was arrested and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law and with               Hindering Apprehension after providing false information to Officer Jamie Marczak during the officer’s investigation of a motor vehicle violation.  Mr.           Williams was released on his own recognizance.

      November 8, 2016 at 9:50pm – An employee of Superfoods Marketplace, 738 Union Avenue reported the theft of a bicycle.  The employee reported         that his Giant brand, Revel 2 model, 26 inch, 21 speed mountain bike was taken from in front of the store while he worked.  The bicycle, valued at             $329.00, was unlocked and unattended at the time of the theft.  Officer Marc Arancio investigated.

      November 11, 2016 @ 9:58am – Nicole M. Smith, 36, of Somerset was arrested and charged with Possession of a Stun Gun following a motor vehicle       stop on Harris Avenue near Union Avenue.  Ms. Smith posted $500.00 bail and was released.  Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

      November 12, 2016 @ 5:50pm – Christina M. Tuttle, 22, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following         a motor vehicle crash on Starlit Drive near June Way.  Ms. Tuttle was released on her own recognizance.  Officer Colin DeVincenzo investigated.


         As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant are merely accusations and he or she is presumed innocent until                    proven  guilty.



News Release for October 28, 2016

October 6, 2016 @ 7:30pm – A resident of the 600 block of Grandview Street reported a burglary and a theft.  Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s) entered the temporarily uninhabited home and removed a Cannondale brand, model CAAD 10, 26 inch road bike from the garage.  The value of the stolen bicycle was reported as $1, 658.39.  Officer James Morley investigated.

October 12, 2016 @ 7:27pm – Denise R. Valdata, 49, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue near the Bound Brook border.  Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

October 16, 2016 @ 4:44pm – James A. McDonough, 42, of Middlesex was charged with Criminal Mischief.  Officer Jamie Marczak determined that, on the previous evening, Mr. McDonough damaged an ATM at the Endzone Liquors and Lounge, 425 Bound Brook Road.  The cost to repair the damage was reported as $300.00.

October 17, 2016 @ 12:41am – Jeremy N. Cucciniello, 19, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DWI, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Officers investigating a report of a suspicious person in the parking lot of the Quick Chek store, 107 Harris Avenue, encountered Mr. Cucciniello in a vehicle there.  Officer Marc Arancio investigated.

October 17, 2016 @ 9:20pm – Gulrukhsor Gafurova, 31, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Threatening to Harm a Public Servant.  Ms. Gafurova reportedly left a threatening message on the voicemail account of the Middlesex Borough Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer.  Ms. Gafurova posted $1,000.00 bail and was released.  Detective Sean Flanagan investigated.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant are merely accusations and he or she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.



News Release for August 25, 2016

August 5, 2016 @ 5:56pm – A resident of the 100 block of Beechwood Avenue reported a burglary and a theft.  Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s) smashed a first floor window and entered the home.  Once inside, the actor(s) rifled through drawers and closets in three second floor bedrooms.  Reported stolen were numerous collectible coins valued at $2,072.00.  Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

August 10, 2016 @ 4:15am – David D. Whitfield, 23, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension and Obstructing the Administration of Law.  Officer George Pilesky responded to a report of suspicious activity on the 900 block of Lincoln Boulevard and encountered Mr. Whitfield, who provided him false information regarding his identity.  Mr. Whitfield was determined to have a no bail warrant for his arrest issued by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and was remanded to the Mercer County Correctional Center.

August 17, 2016 @ 8:23am – A resident of Grandview Street reported a theft from his vehicle.  Investigation revealed that, sometime overnight, an unknown actor(s) entered the victim’s vehicle and removed a Samsung Galaxy tablet device and its leather case.  The vehicle was unattended and unlocked in the driveway of the victim’s residence at the time of the theft.  The value of the tablet and case was reported as $500.00.  Officer Anthony Painchaud investigated.

August 22, 2016 @ 12:28pm – Kevin F. Rojas-Rodriguez, 25, of Bound Brook was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue near Valentine Street.  Mr. Rojas-Rodriguez was released on his own recognizance.  Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

August 24, 2016 @ 6:26pm – Vonetta Sterling-Sargent, 35, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension.  Officer James Dolinski responded to a report of an attempted shoplifting at the CVS Pharmacy, 1252 Bound Brook Road and encountered Ms. Sterling-Sargent, who provided him false information regarding her identity.  Upon discovering her true identity, Officer Dolinski determined that Ms. Stering-Sargent was wanted on a no bail warrant issued by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.  Ms. Sterling-Sargent was remanded to the Somerset County Jail.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant are merely accusations and he or she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.



News Release for July 25, 2016

July 2, 2016 @ 10:33am – Tyler T. Smith, 38, of East Windsor was arrested and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law during Officer Daniel McCue’s investigation of a dispute on the 600 block of Lincoln Boulevard. Mr. Smith was released on his own recognizance.

July 6, 2016 @ 3:36pm - David Rukhadze, 24, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with burglary and theft. Officer Scott Christofides and Detective Sean Flanagan determined that Mr. Rukhadze unlawfully entered a vehicle on Cindy Court and removed cash. Mr. Rukhadze was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $15, 000.00 bail.

Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles when they are unattended and urged to refrain from storing valuable items in their unattended vehicles.

July 19, 2016 @ 1:59am – Hudify T. Green, 21, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with theft. Officer Scott Mulford and Detective Thomas Falk investigated a report of a theft from the Acme Market, 125 Bound Brook Road and discovered that Mr. Green, a store employee, had stolen more than 95 cartons of cigarettes over a five week period. The value of the stolen cigarettes was reported as $7,710.11. Mr. Green was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $5,000.00 bail.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant are merely accusations and he or she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.



Special Press Release
Chief Matthew P. Geist, The Middlesex Police Department, Middlesex PBA Local 181 and The Mayor and Council to host Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

MIDDLESEX BOROUGH—The Middlesex Borough Police Department will be hosting a Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 from 9am-12 pm at Victor Crowell Park, rain or shine. Registration will begin at 8:30am. Participants can pre-register. Use the registration form on Middlesex Borough Police Department’s website and return it by email to cp@middlesexpd.com or register in person at the Middlesex Borough Police Department. The event is open to residents of the Borough and surrounding towns. Children grades K-8th may compete in the derby.

When: Saturday, June 25th, 2016. 9am-12pm. Registration will begin at 8:30am.
Where: Victor Crowell Park (Please park in designated areas).
Who: Children grades K-8th are invited to participate in the Fishing Derby. Spectators are welcome!
What: A day of fun and fishing with friendly competition and prizes.
Why: To get to know each other and to enjoy the great outdoors!

All children participating MUST be accompanied by an adult and a registration form MUST be completed. Children should bring their own fishing gear on the day of the event. Bait will be available at the park. This event will be a catch and release event and will be held rain or shine. T-shirts will be provided to participants on a first come, first served basis.

***Please see map for highlighted areas (Registration, bathrooms, parking, etc.)

***Note:  “Anyone age 16 and above must have a valid license to fish the fresh waters of New        Jersey with a handline, rod and line or bow and arrow. This includes privately owned lakes and other waters. For more information, including exceptions, see the Fishing License Information.” -NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.


Please contact OFC. JOLEEN A. AURICCHIO with questions: 732-356-1900 EXT. 346 OR jauricchio@middlesexpd.com.



Special Press Release
Click It or Ticket (May 23-June 5, 2016)

The Middlesex Police Department will be joining agencies nationwide in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2016 Click It or Ticket campaign. Expect intensified seat belt enforcement during this time period from our patrol officers.



Press Release for May 2, 2016

April 11, 2016 @ 7:27pm – Cassandra L. Nowak, 18, and her mother, Christina S. Mathews, 39, both of Middlesex were arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct. Officer Joleen Auricchio was assigned to municipal court security at the Middlesex Borough Municipal Court and attempted to place Ms. Mathews under arrest for Disorderly Conduct. Ms. Mathews physically resisted Officer Auricchio and Ms. Nowak came to her mother’s aid, the two assaulting the officer. Officer Auricchio was able to subdue and arrest Ms. Nowak; Ms. Mathews was taken into custody by back-up officers. Ms. Nowak posted $10,000.00 bail and was released. Ms. Mathews was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $10,000.00 bail.

April 12, 2016 @ 11:29am – Emmanuel Sanjuelo, 33, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension by providing false information to Officer Paul Steffanelli during that officer’s investigation of a motor vehicle violation. Mr. Sanjuelo was released on his own recognizance. April 15, 2016 @ 9:49pm – James E. Peelman, Jr., 41, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Raritan Avenue at Chestnut Street. Officer James Morley investigated.

April 21, 2016 @ 10:42am – A Runyon Avenue resident reported a theft from his motor vehicle. Investigation revealed that sometime during the overnight an unknown subject(s) entered the victim’s vehicle, which was unlocked and parked in the roadway, and removed a TomTom brand GPS navigation unit and an ashtray reportedly containing five dollars in coins. Officer James Dolinski investigated.

April 21, 2016 @ 11:28pm – Danielle M. Thompson, 40, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law when she interfered in an investigation being conducted by Officer James Marczak. Ms. Thompson was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $1,500.00 bail.

April 23, 2016 @ 10:03am – A Fulton Street resident reported the theft of a Schwinn brand, Continental model, ten speed bicycle. The bicycle, the value reported as $250.00, was reportedly taken from a business at 353 Bound Brook Road the previous evening. The bicycle was reportedly secured to a downspout with a combination lock and cable when taken. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated.

April 23, 2016 @ 1:18am – Yulia Panella, 22, of Dunellen was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Obstructing the Administration of Law. Officers investigating a report of an unwanted person at a Giles Avenue residence encountered Ms. Panella, who fled from them on foot. Officers gave chase and arrested Ms. Panella on an outstanding warrant issued by the Green Brook Township Municipal Court. Once under arrest, officers discovered Ms. Panella to be in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Ms. Panella was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $10,000.00 bail. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.

April 24, 2016 @ 2:14pm – Kevin Martinez, 23, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of Stolen Property. Officers investigating a traffic complaint observed Mr. Martinez operating a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle on Runyon Avenue. Upon investigating further, the officers determined that the motorcycle was reported stolen to the Bridgewater Township Police in October, 2015. Mr. Martinez was released on his own recognizance. Officer Paul Muldowney investigated

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the defendant(s) are merely accusations and he or she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Special Press Relese
Operation Take Back

ATTENTION: The Middlesex Police Department will be participating in "Operation Take Back." The program, orchestrated through the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be held at the Middlesex Police Headquarters on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. This program is a great opportunity for residents to safely dispose of unwanted, unused and expired medication that may otherwise end up in the wrong hands.

Please keep in mind:
 -The program is anonymous and no questions or requests for identification will be made.
 -Medication may be disposed of either in its original container or by removing the medication from the container and depositing it directly into the drug disposal box.
 -Liquid products should remain sealed in their original container. Please ensure the cap is sealed tightly to prevent leakage.
 -Syringes and other sharp instruments will not be accepted.


Special Press Release
UDrive. UText. UPay. (April 1-21, 2016)

The Middlesex Police Department has joined police agencies throughout the state in targeting distracted drivers in the Distracted Driving 2016 Statewide Crackdown. This is part of a nationwide enforcment effort, now in its third year, with the slogan "UDrive. UText. UPay."

In an effort to make the roads safer for motorists and pedestrians, the Middlesex Police Department will be putting more officers on our roadways to enforce traffic violations. Motorists and pedestrians can expect intensified police patrols. Officers will be focusing on driver behaviors that distract from the task of driving, such as talking on a hand-held cell phone or sending text messages. The Middlesex Police Department urges all motorists to avoid acitvites that take your attention off of the roadway. Thank you.


Press Release for April 12, 2016

March 7, 2016 @ 12:52am – Anthony J. Capaldo, 25, of Stewartsville was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Marlborough Avenue at Hancock Street. Officer Thomas Falk investigated.

March 9, 2016 @ 12:24am – Dylan A. Aldridge, 18, Jerome J. Reid, 19, and Alex S. Lopiccolo, 18, all of Piscataway were arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a motor vehicle stop on Mountain Avenue at Wood Avenue. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.

March 10, 2016 @ 6:31pm – Carl J. Hambrick, 55, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road near Venice Avenue. Officer James Morley investigated.

March 26, 2016 @ 5:00am – Kevin Velez-Perez, 24, of Wallington was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle crash on Bound Brook Road near Greenbrook Road. Officer George Pilesky investigated.

April 1, 2016 @ 1:41pm – Brittany L. Flores, 19, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with Theft and with three counts of Forgery. Investigation revealed that Ms. Flores forged three checks from the account of the Lincoln Boulevard business where she was employed. Ms. Flores was released on her own recognizance. Officer James Dolinski investigated.

April 7, 2016 @ 1:55am – Christopher J. Krehel, 50, of Princeton was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue at Willow Drive. Officer Jamie Marczak investigated.

April 9, 2016 @ 10:22pm – Daniel K. Fritzinger, 21 of South Bound Brook was arrested and charged with burglary and theft. Officer Scott Christofides determined through investigation that Mr. Fritzinger removed four new vehicle tires, valued at $420.00, from the Egel Avenue business that employed him. Mr. Fritzinger posted $5,000.00 bail and was released.



Special Press Release

Middlesex Borough Police Department Receives Donation for Bullet Proof Vests

The Middlesex Police Department extends its sincere thanks to the members of the Middlesex Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1488 for their generous donation of $2,000.00. These monies will be used to outfit two Middlesex Police officers with bullet proof vests. The check was presented to Middlesex Police Chief Matthew P. Geist at Saturday’s Coffee With a Cop event held at the Elks Lodge. The event, partnered by the Middlesex Police Department and the Middlesex BPOE Lodge 1488, was attended by more than two hundred Middlesex residents who shared coffee, breakfast and conversation with seventeen of Middlesex’s finest.

Special Press Release

Safe St. Patrick’s Day Initiative - March 17, 2016

In an effort to make the roads safe for motorists and pedestrians this St. Patrick’s Day, the Middlesex Police Department will be putting more officers on the streets to enforce traffic violations. Motorists and pedestrians can expect intensified police patrols this Thursday, March 17, 2016. Officers will be focusing on aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and impaired drivers. The Middlesex Police Department urges those celebrating the St. Patrick’s Day holiday to do so responsibly and asks all motorists to drive sober, safely and courteously.


Press Release for March 7, 2016

February 17, 2016 @ 6:28pm – Christine Tran, 20, of Dunellen was arrested and charged with Underage DUI following a motor vehicle crash on Bound Brook Road at Marlborough Avenue. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.


February 21, 2016 @ 5:27pm – Officer James Morley investigated report of a suspicious vehicle at 701 Lincoln Boulevard, arrested Zachary V. Balvin, 24, of Middlesex and charged him with Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. After further investigation, Officer Morley arrested Matthew J. Cleveland, 23, of Middlesex and charged him with Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Cleveland posted $10,000.00 bail and was released. Mr. Balvin was released on his own recognizance.

February 27, 2016 @ 8:30pm – Lauren K. Zubritsky, 30, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief. Investigation revealed that on Sunday, February 21, 2016 Ms. Zubritsky unlawfully entered the vehicle storage area of Hart’s Auto Body, 90 Wood Avenue and damaged a vehicle parked therein. Ms. Zubritsky posted $750.00 bail and was released. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated.

March 3, 2016 @ 3:24pm – Justyne R. Boyce, 19, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with three counts of Credit Card Fraud. Ms. Boyce was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $1,000.00 bail. Officer Michael Sharkey investigated.


March 4, 2016 @ 12:52am – Dalton A. Martin, 25, of South Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on William Street at Sherman Avenue. Officer Scott Christofides investigated.



Press Release for February 23, 2016

February 10, 2016 @ 3:41pm – Derek J. Brown-Zierdt, 20, of Middlesex and Holly A. Saeger, 18, of Middlesex were arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Kate S. Petervary, 18, of Middlesex was charged with Possession of Marijuana following a motor vehicle stop on Rutgers Lane. All three were released on their own recognizance. Officers Paul Steffanelli and Joleen Auricchio investigated. 

February 13, 2016 @ 8:23pm – Anthony Barksdale, 56, of Linden was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle crash on Stephenson Avenue. Officer Scott Christofides investigated. 


February 14, 2016 @ 2:17am – Mynor E. Monroy-Chavez, 47, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Stephenson Avenue. Officer Scott Christofides investigated. 

February 14, 2016 @ 10:09am – David G. Rukhadze, 24, of Middlesex was charged with two counts of Burglary, two counts of Criminal Trespass and one count of Theft by Officer Sean Flanagan who was investigating the theft of monies from unlocked vehicles that occurred during the overnight. Mr. Rukhadze was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $25,000.00 bail.



Special Press Release 
COFFEE with a COP

SAVE THE DATE:   On Saturday, March 19, 2016, officers from the Middlesex Borough Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, eat breakfast and drink coffee. 

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 10:00 AM on 3/19/16 at the MIDDLESEX ELKS BPOE located at 545 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex, NJ. Please contact Ofc. Joleen A. Auricchio with questions: 732-356-1900 EXT. 346 OR jauricchio@middlesexpd.com. 

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Middlesex’s neighborhoods. 


The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. 

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief Matthew P. Geist. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.” 

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. 

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.


Press Release for February 12, 2016 

January 20, 2016 @ 1:50pm – Leonard S. Thorne, 31, of Middlesex was arrested and charged with Possession of a CDS, Possession of a CDS with the Intent to Distribute a CDS subsequent to a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Boulevard at Sheridan Avenue. Mr. Thorne was remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center on $10,000.00 bail. Officer Sean Flanagan investigated. 

January 21, 2016 @ 7:30pm – A resident of the Middlesex Village Apartments reported a burglary and a theft. Investigation revealed that an unknown actor(s) entered the first floor apartment through an unlocked window. Once inside, the actor(s) ransacked numerous rooms and absconded with luggage, clothing items, personal electronics items, jewelry and cash with a value reported a $12,520.00. Officer Paul Steffanelli investigated. 

January 28, 2016 @ 9:47pm - Fredis E. Mercado-Callejas, 27, of North Plainfield was arrested and charged with DUI following a motor vehicle stop on Bound Brook Road at Mountain Avenue. Officer Marc Arancio investigated. 

February 1, 2016 @ 9:46pm – Maintenance representatives for a property on the 100 block of Union Avenue reported a burglary and a theft. Officer Richard Szymczak investigated and determined that an unknown actor(s) forced in a basement window and removed numerous sections of copper pipe from the plumbing system in the vacant house.




Special Press Release – January 12, 2016
Home Invasion Burglary

At 3:42am on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 police headquarters received a 9-1-1 call from a Starlit Drive resident who reported that her home was entered and that her vehicle was stolen.  Responding officers determined that two male subjects smashed a window on the rear of the home and entered the victim’s residence.  The victim, who was asleep in her second floor bedroom, was awakened to find the two intruders standing over her as she lay in bed.  No weapons were exhibited and the resident was not threatened or harmed.  The intruders ransacked two upstairs bedrooms and removed an as yet undetermined amount of jewelry.  One subject ran from the home to a waiting vehicle while the second subject drove off in the victim’s silver colored, 2013 Acura TL.  Anyone that observed anything suspicious or anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Thomas Carroll at (732) 356-1900, ext. 268.  Information can be delivered confidentially and anonymously to the Middlesex Police Department’s tip line – (732) 356-1900, ext. 847 (T-I-P).  Tips to Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County can be provided to the telephone hotline at 1-800-939-9600, online at www.middlesextips.com or by texting “MIDTIP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES) from your mobile device.
As always, the Middlesex Police Department asks that residents promptly report any suspicious persons or activities.