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On 7/31/2019 at 5:30 pm, Jessica Cortijo-Mathis, 31, of Piscataway was arrested and charged with Driving While Suspended for DWI following investigation into a motor vehicle stop on 7/21/2019. Ms. Cortijo-Mathis was brought to Dunellen HQ for processing and later remanded to the Middlesex County Jail. Ptlm. Nicholas Goldman investigated.

On 7/30/2019, Nelson Pena, 47, of Piscataway was charged with Theft of Movable Property following investigation into an incident reported on 6/20/19 outside of Zupko's Tavern. Mr. Pena was sent his charges at the Union County Jail where he is currently detained on unrelated charges. Det. Joe Dudley investigated.

On 7/30/2019 at 2:44 pm, Claudia Garcia-Figueroa, 33, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension following a motor vehicle stop. Ms. Garcia-Figueroa gave several fictitious names to conceal warrants for her arrest out of Plainfield and Newark. She was brought to Dunellen HQ for processing and released after receiving new court dates. Ptlm. Patrick Barry investigated.

On 7/29/2019, Shane Gardner, 27, of Bound Brook was charged with Defiant Trespass and Theft of Movable Property following investigation into a reported Burglary reported on 12/25/2018. Mr. Gardner was served with his summons in the Somerset County Jail where he is currently being held on unrelated charges. Det. Brian O'Neill investigated.

On 7/29/2019 at 2:51 am, patrol responded to the 200 blk of Penfield Pl for the report of an Aggravated Assault. The victim reported that he observed a male and a female in an altercation outside of Zupko's Tavern and attempted to intervene. The male party then struck the victim in the face causing a broken nose. He fled to his residence before contacting police. This case was forwarded to the Detective Bureau. Ptlm. Marcin Nierodzik investigated.

On 7/27/2019 at 12:50 pm, patrol received a walk-in report of Fraud. The victim reported receiving a telephone call advising her that her accounts were under attack from hackers and that they needed $2,500 in gift cards to stop. The victim sent the money to the unknown suspect. Ptlm. James Daniel investigated.

On 7/26/2019 at 10:31 pm, Sergio Carbajal-Portal, 18, of Dunellen was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension, Obstruction, Possession of Alchol by a Minor, and Disorderly Conduct after police response to Avellino's on North Ave for the report of an intoxicated male throwing beer bottles and causing a disturbance. Mr. Carbajal-Portal was located hiding nearby. He also provided officers with several fictitious names before being properly identified. He was brought to Dunellen HQ for processing and later released with a court appearance date. Ptlm. Marcin Nierodzik investigated.

On 7/26/2019 at 9:39 pm, Mario Ricaldi, 39, of Green Brook was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Refusal to Submit Breath Samples following investigated into a hit and run motor vehicle accident on the 700 blk of Bound Brook Rd. Mr. Ricaldi struck two vehicles before fleeing the area. A witness was able to follow him into Green Brook where he then fled on foot into a wooded area before being apprehended by patrol. Mr. Ricaldi was brought to Dunellen HQ for processing where he refused to provide breath samples. He was later turned over to a sober family member. Ptlm. Matthew Rosofsky investigated.

On 7/26/2019 at 2:16 pm, patrol responded to Family Dollar on North Ave for the report of Shoplifting. The business reported that a male had just stolen approximately $71 worth of merchandise and fled on foot towards Plainfield prior to police arrival. Sgt. Christopher Lovell investigated.

On 7/25/2019 at 1:15 pm, patrol responded to a business on South Ave for the report of Theft by Deception. The victim reported that his business had sent a wire transfer over $30,000 to an unknown individual whom had purported to be a regular business vendor. This case remains open. Ptlm. Nicholas Goldman investigated.

On 7/24/2019 at 6:56 pm, patrol responded to the 300 blk of North Ave for the report of a Bicycle Theft. A witness reported that a male picked up the and fled south on Prospect Ave. This case remains open. Ptlm. Patrick Barry investigated.

On 7/24/2019 at 12:52 am, patrol responded to the 300 blk of Whittier Ave for the report of Illegal Dumping. The victim reported that his neighbor had dumped grass clippings on his lawn, as captured on video surveillance. The neighbor later cleaned up the clippings. Ptlm. Patrick Barry investigated.

On 7/22/2019 at 4:01 pm, patrol received a walk-in report of Identity Theft from a Dunellen resident. The victim reported that an unknown person had opened a line of credit in their name and charged $2,600. Ptlm. Nicholas Goldman investigated.

On 7/21/2019 at 12:38 am, Jessica Cortijo-Mathis, 31, of Piscataway was arrested for Contempt of Court following a motor vehicle stop on South Washington Ave for speeding. Ms. Cortijo-Mathis was found to have several warrants for her arrest out of South Plainfield totaling $3,100. She was brought to Dunellen HQ for processing and later released after being issued a new court date. Ptlm. Nicholas Goldman investigated.

On 7/19/2019 at 8:48 pm, patrol received a walk-in report of Harassment. The victim reported receiving multiple threats and phone calls from an acquaintance. Ptlm. Nicholas Goldman investigated.

On 7/19/2019 at 4:51 pm, patrol received a walk-in report of Sexual Assault. This case remains under investigation by Det. Dudley.

On 7/19/2019 at 1:17 am, patrol responded to the 200 blk of Walnut Ave for the report of a female collapsed on the sidewalk. Officers from Dunellen and Piscataway arrived and administered Narcan prior to turning over the victim to the Dunellen Rescue Squad for transport to the hospital. Sgt. Jeffrey DelBuono investigated.

On 7/18/2019 at 12:41 am, patrol responded to the 400 blk of North Ave for a Welfare Check. The caller there reported that another individual, believed to be in Bound Brook, had sent several suicidal messages. With the assistance of Bound Brook PD, the individual was located and was transported for a medical evaluation. Ptlm. Nicholas Goldman investigated.

On 7/13/2019 at 7:58 pm, Ronald Kemple, 51, of Dunellen was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose after police response to an incident on the 800 blk of Front St. The victim reported that Mr. Kemple had broken his fence and used an axe to smash the victim's stereo while yelling "Welcome to America!" Patrol quickly located Mr. Kemple nearby and were also able to secure the weapon. He was brought to Dunellen HQ for processing and later released with a court date. Ptlm. Matthew Rosofsky investigated.

On 7/13/2019 at 2:32 am, Javier Lopez, 32, of Dunellen was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated following a motor vehicle stop on Sanford Ave. Mr. Lopez was brought to Green Brook and Dunellen HQ for processing and later released to a sober family member. Ptlm. Matthew Rosofsky investigated.

On 7/12/2019 at 11:12 pm, Jeffrey Papp, 31, of Branchburg was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Refusal to Submit Breath Samples following a motor vehicle stop in the parking lot of Quick Chek. Mr. Papp was brought to Green Brook and Dunellen HQ for processing and declined to provide breath samples. He was later released to a sober family member. Ptlm. Matthew Rosofsky investigated.

On 7/12/2019 at 12:16 am, Tyshon Quarles, 22, of Plainfield was arrested for Contempt of Court following a motor vehicle stop on Dunellen Ave. Mr. Quarles was found to have a warrant for his arrest out of Green Brook. He was brought to Dunellen HQ for processing and later turned over to Green Brook PD on their warrant. Ptlm. Nicholas Goldman investigated.

On 7/11/2019 at 1:44 pm, Brenda Oneal, 55, of Dunellen was arrested for Contempt of Court following a motor vehicle stop on North Ave. Ms. Oneal was found to have a warrant for her arrest out of South Plainfield. She was brought to Dunellen HQ for processing and later released with a new court date. Ptlm. Patrick Barry investigated.

On 7/10/2019 at 1:56 pm, patrol received a walk-in report of Identity Theft. The victim, a Dunellen resident, reported that an unknown person had opened a Verizon account in their name and racked up $1900 in unpaid charges. Ptlm. Patrick Barry investigated.

On 7/8/2019 at 6:11 pm, patrol responded to the Dunellen Train Station for the report of Criminal Mischief. The caller reported that the window to their vehicle had been smashed. No items of value were found to have been stolen. Sgt. Christopher Lovell investigated. 

On 7/8/2019 at 3:28 pm, patrol responded to Provident Bank for the report of Terroristic Threats. The bank staff reported that a customer, a Dunellen resident, had left several voicemails with death threats after indicating that he was unhappy with his interest rate. Ptlm. Jonathan DeAngelo investigated.

On 7/7/2019 at 7:09 pm, patrol received a walk-in report of Criminal Mischief. The victim reported that an unknown person had caused damage to his vehicle. Ptlm. Keith Irons investigated.

On 7/7/2019 at 4:29 pm, patrol responded to Diane's O'Matic Wash on North Ave for the report of Difficulty Breathing. While EMS administered treatment, patrol located 17 folds of heroin, cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and a vial of urine. The items were secured for destruction and the patient was transported for medical treatment. Ptlm. Kevin Condus investigated.

On 7/7/2019 at 2:30 am, Dante Hatcher, 22, of Fords was arrested for Contempt of Court following a motor vehicle stop in the parking lot of Quick Chek in which he was a passenger not wearing a seatbelt. Mr. Hatcher was found to have warrants out of Woodbridge ($1,500), Union Beach ($750), and Highlands Borough ($750). He was brought to Dunellen HQ for processing and later turned over to Union Beach PD on their warrant. Ptlm. Nicholas Goldman investigated.

On 7/6/2019 at 10:22 pm, Steven Harmon, 29, of Dunellen was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Obstructing the Administration of Law after interfering with officers investigating a separate incident. He was brought to Dunellen HQ for processing and later released to a family member after receiving a court appearance date. Ptlm. Nicholas Goldman investigated.

On 7/6/2019 at 1:23 am, Georgianne Taylor, 45, of Georgia was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated following a motor vehicle stop on Prospect Ave. Patrol had been dispatched by staff at Zupko's Tavern after they unsuccessfully attempted to stop Ms. Taylor from getting behind the wheel. Her car was located on Prospect Ave traveling at a high rate of speed. Ms. Taylor was brought to Dunellen HQ for processing and later released to a sober family member. Ptlm. Nicholas Goldman investigated.

On 7/5/2019 at 3:44 pm, patrol received a walk-in report of Theft from a resident of the 300 blk of North Ave. The victim reported that while he was away, an acquaintance whom has a key to the apartment entered and stole $650 in U.S. Currency. Ptlm. Kevin Condus investigated.

On 7/5/2019 at 12:53 pm, patrol responded to the 300 blk of North Ave for the report of a special needs juvenile wandering in the roadway. The child was safely returned to her parents again. Ptlm. Patrick Barry investigated.

On 7/3/2019 at 8:40 pm, patrol responded to South Ave for the report of a located special needs juvenile wandering in the roadway. Through investigation the juvenile's parents were located and the child returned. Ptlm. Marcin Nierodzik investigated.

On 7/2/2019 at 9:11 pm, patrol responded to the 200 blk of Whittier Ave for the report of Theft. The victim reported that a group of three juveniles had stolen two unsecured bicycles from her front porch and also discarded two bicycles in their place. Total loss was approximately $200. The discarded bicycles were secured. Ptlm. Nicholas Goldman investigated.

On 7/2/2019 at 6:15 pm, patrol received a report of Kidnapping. The victim reported that she had received a phone call from an unknown individual claiming to have kidnapped several of her family members and demanding $1,900 in ransom money be wired. After sending the money, she then contacted police. Through a rapid investigation, patrol was able to locate all of the supposed kidnapping victims who were confirmed not to have been kidnapped and in no harm. It was determined that this had been nothing more than a phone scam. Ptlm. Kevin Condus investigated.

On 7/1/2019 at 10:25 am, patrol responded to the 700 blk of Bound Brook Rd. for the report of Criminal Mischief. The victim reported a flat tire on her parked vehicle and was convinced it was the result of tampering, however patrol could not locate any malicious damage. Ptlm. Kevin Condus investigated.


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