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    A 54-year-old man from Monmouth County is accused of swindling a former business partner out of $1.57 million, authorities said. Anthony Steward of Wall Township has been charged with second-degree misconduct by a corporate official and second-degree theft by deception. according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey The charges were the result of an investigation by members of the Prosecutor’s Office that was initiated...
    A woman from Monmouth County has been sentenced to 35 years in state prison for planning and carrying out the sexual assault of a toddler with an accomplice, authorities said. Olga Diaz, 35, pf Long Branch will be 64 years old before becoming eligible for parole, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. A joint investigation began on June 16, 2017, when...
    A 51-year-old man from West Long Branch has been indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury for videotaping himself while masturbating in a park in Asbury, among other charges, authorities said. The three-count indictment also charges Michael K. Russo with having child sexual abuse files stored on a computer drive connected with his email address and for possessing cocaine, Acting Prosecutor Lori Linskey...
    A 51-year-old man from West Long Branch has been indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury for videotaping himself while masturbating in a park in Asbury, among other charges, authorities said. The three-count indictment also charges Michael K. Russo with having child sexual abuse files stored on a computer drive connected with his email address and for possessing cocaine, Acting Prosecutor Lori Linskey...
     A 40-year-old man from Monmouth County was found guilty at a jury trial for fatally shooting a 24-year-old Freehold woman as she drove along on a state highway in 2018, authorities said. Kader Mustafa, 40, of Hightstown was convicted by the jury Tuesday  on all his charges: first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two counts of second-degree unlawful...
    A Keansburg police officer has been arrested and criminally charged with sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman earlier this year, authorities said. Nicholas Thompson, 24, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second- degree sexual assault, and third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. CHECK BACK FOR MORE DETAILS
    A 43-year-old man from Monmouth County has been indicted in connection with allegedly stealing about $1 million from business clients, authorities said. The clients were swindled through fraudulent stock purchases and promissory notes, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. Anthony Giordano, 43, of Freehold was charged with two counts of first-degree financial facilitation of criminal activity, second-degree theft by deception,...
    A former sheriff's officer from New Jersey busted in an undercover Pennsylvania child sex sting was indicted on accusations he videotaped himself sexually assaulting three unconscious women. A Monmouth County, NJ grand jury returned a 20-count indictment against Joshua Padilla, 36, for the incidents that spanned three years, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Monday. In February 2019, members of...
    A former Middlesex County Sheriff's Officer was indicted on accusations he videotaped himself sexually assaulting three unconscious women. A Monmouth County grand jury returned a 20-count indictment against Joshua Padilla, 36, for the incidents that spanned three years, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Monday. In February 2019, members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Bureau arrested Padilla,...
    A physical therapist from Central Jersey has been indicted for having illegal sexual contact with two former employees, authorities said. A Monmouth County Grand Jury returned a three-count indictment Monday against a Manasquan-based physical therapist, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. Lukas I. DeLorenzo, 36, of Neptune Township, was indicted for criminal sexual contact for allegedly  inappropriately touching two victims over an...
    A 22-year New Jersey law enforcement veteran on Monday admit to skipping scanner payments at local home improvement stores, stealing nearly $600 in home goods. Monmouth County corrections officer Suzanne Simone, 53, pleaded guilty before Judge Ellen Torregossa-O’Connor to fourth degree Shoplifting in connection with multiple instances where she failed to pay for items at Target and Home Depot stores...
    A Jersey Shore man was arrested for setting off molotov cocktails in a local Route 35 parking lot three nights last week, authorities said. Brendan J. Dunne, 24, of Holmdel, set off a series of fires believe to have started in a glass bottle containing charred pieces of cardboard in the Route 45 Costco and Cinemark parking lot July 19,...
    A 22-year-old Monmouth County man was arrested on child pornography charges, authorities announced Saturday. Christopher Lauria was using a digital storage program and a social media platform to access images and videos of child sexual abuse, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey said. The investigation began following a CyberTip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Lauria's arrest Friday stemmed...
    A 27-year-old man from Monmouth County has been indicted in connection with a drive-by shooting last year, authorities said. Joseph M. Galli of Whiting was indicted Thursday by a county grand jury on several charges of unlawfully possessing a firearm, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. The illegally-owned firearm allegedly was used in a drive-by shooting last year in...
    A 35-year-old parolee from Central Jersey has been found guilty of strangling his fiancee during a domestic violence dispute in 2019, authorities said. The Tuesday verdict also happened to be the first criminal jury trial in Monmouth County since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to Acting County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. Jaself Brown, 35, of Keansburg, was found guilty of aggravated assault...
    A 20-year-old man from Asbury Park has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly stabbing two teenagers near Asbury Park High School, authorities said.  Jadon Carter was formally charged on Wednesday with attempted murder,  aggravated assault and possessing a deadly weapon. according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. Carter's charges stem from a fight outside the high school on Sunset Avenue in Asbury...
    A former manager of three Asbury Park hotels has been indicted for stealing nearly a half-million dollars from the business, authorities said.  Larry Dembrun, 41, of Montclair in Essex County was indicted on one count of second-degree theft, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. Dembrun was arrested in September by Asbury Park police and Monmouth County detectives., she...
    There is a new crime boss in town, so-to-speak. Lori Linsky, 57, of Wall Township, was sworn in as acting Monmouth County prosecutor on Wednesday. She is the first woman, ever, to hold that top law enforcement post in Monmouth. The once former state deputy attorney general has worked as a crimefighter for 24 years. Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori...
    "Breaking Bad," New Jersey style. A Garden State cop was busted Sunday for running a meth lab out of his house, prosecutors announced Sunday.  Christopher Walls, 50, a longtime member of the Long Branch Police Department, was arrested after his coworkers were called to his house Saturday night because of a domestic disturbance, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said. Someone...
    A Monmouth County grand jury has indicted a 23-year-old man in the smothering death of his baby girl, authorities said. Austin Meli, a 23-year-old resident of Wall Township, was indicted on Friday for murder and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of his 6-week-old daughter, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Meli already is in state...
    A 22-year-old man from Monmouth County has been arrested in connection with a shooting in a Walmart parking lot, authorities said. Mark Ruffin, Jr., of Neptune Township, has been charged with first-degree attempted murder and weapons offenses, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. At 1:09 p.m. on Wednesday, Neptune Township police responded to 3755 Route 66 on reports of shots fired....
    A 30-year-old fugitive from Asbury Park has been arrested with the help of U.S. Marshals in a shooting, authorities said. Sudan Harris has been charged with first -degree attempted murder and weapons offenses, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. At 1:12 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2019, Asbury Park police were called to a shooting on Washington Avenue. Police found a 25-year-old man...
    A suspended Monmouth County Corrections officer faces criminal charges after shoplifting in West Long Branch, authorities said. Suzanne Simone, 53, of Ocean Township, a 22-year-veteran of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold, has been charged with shoplifting, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.  Simone is accused of skipping scanner  payments at a local home improvement store, Gramiccioni said.  In one...
    The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in New Jersey to seize and liquidate cryptocurrency, authorities said.  The unusual assets were seized during an illegal drug bust in Long Branch and cashed in for about $198,237, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. In 2018, investigators executed search warrants at two Long Branch locations used by...
    A 31-year-old man from Monmouth County has been arrested by U.S. Marshals in a murder case that has remained unsolved for 11 years, authorities said. Christopher Willis of Long Branch has been charged with first-degree murder related to the death of Norberto Nieves, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. On Nov. 29, 2009, Nieves, 36, also of Long Branch, was shot...
    A woman from Monmouth County pleaded guilty on Friday to charges she planned and participated in the sexual assault of a sleeping toddler in 2017, authorities said. Olga Diaz, 34, of Long Branch, pleaded guilty before Monmouth County Presiding Criminal Judge David F. Bauman to two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child by...
    A woman from Monmouth County pleaded guilty on Friday to charges she planned and participated in the sexual assault of a sleeping toddler in 2017, authorities said. Olga Diaz, 34, of Long Branch, pleaded guilty before Monmouth County Presiding Criminal Judge David F. Bauman to two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child by...
    A woman from Monmouth County pleaded guilty on Friday to charges she planned and participated in the sexual assault of a sleeping toddler in 2017, authorities said. Olga Diaz, 34, of Long Branch, pleaded guilty before Monmouth County Presiding Criminal Judge David F. Bauman to two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child by...
    A Monmouth County man has been arrested for his role in a shooting that took place in a Freehold Borough apartment complex, authorities said. Joseph Lyons, 36, of Ocean Township, has been charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and weapons offenses, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. At about 8:02 p.m. on March 30, Freehold Borough police responded to the...
    A Middlesex County man faces up to five years in state prison for illegally voting in Monmouth County, authorities said. Steven Solop, 67, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township, was charged with fraudulent voting, interference with election and false registration, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Solop surrendered to investigators at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday, where...
    Two brothers have been arrested after an investigation of a Central Jersey narcotics distribution ring, authorities said. Herbert Standard, 41, of Asbury Park, and Mark Standard, 40, of Oceanport, were arrested last week in connection with cocaine and heroin deals, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics and Criminal Enterprise Unit, along with the...
    A 20-year-old man from Asbury Park has been arrested in connection with a shooting earlier this week in Monmouth County.  Javione Pearson has been charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second-degree unlawful possession of weapon, and disorderly persons simple assault, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. At 7:06 p.m. on Tuesday, Keansburg police responded...
    Investigators from Monmouth County seek the public's assistance locating a dark-colored 2013 Kia Sorento with passenger side mirror damage in connection with a hit-and-run crash. The 77-year-old pedestrian struck by the vehicle was listed in serious condition, authorities said late Friday.  Matawan police responded to a report of a body along the roadway at 6:57 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Monmouth County...
    Investigators from Monmouth County seek the public's assistance locating a hit-and-run driver who left a 77-year-old pedestrian in critical condition, authorities said. Matawan police responded to a report of a body along the roadway at 6:57 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Police arrived to find a woman lying on the shoulder of the northbound lane of...
    A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Tuesday's near-fatal stabbings outside Asbury Park High School, authorities said. Jadon Carter, 20, of Asbury Park, has been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and fourth degree unlawful possession of a weapon, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said on Wednesday. At about 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday, the...
    A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing Route 35 in Monmouth County on Tuesday evening, authorities said. John Hebeler, 29, of Tuckerton, was hit as he crossed the four-lane highway in Holmdel at about 7:15 p.m., the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said. Hebeler wasn’t in a crosswalk or near an intersection when he was hit on...
    A 53-year-old Jersey Shore teacher accused earlier this month of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old student is facing accusations from more elementary school students, authorities said. Gustavo Barrientos -- formerly an elementary school teacher in the Long Branch School District and the Red Bank Charter School -- on Feb. 14 was charged on accusations he showed pornography to a 10-year-old student...
    A 31-year-old drug dealer from Monmouth County has been sentenced to six years in state prison in connection with the fatal heroin overdose of a woman from Morris County, authorities said. Lateef Reevey, 31, of Long Branch, was sentenced on Wednesday by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Lourdes Lucas as a result of a plea to first-degree strict liability for drug induced...
    FREEHOLD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Authorities in New Jersey say a 27-year-old man posed as a teenager and lured two 13-year-old girls into his vehicle to sexually assault them. (credit: Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office) According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Nathan Cohen, of Eatontown, was arrested early Monday morning. READ MORE: Children Expected To Survive After Gas Explosion Rocks Bronx...
    FREEHOLD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Authorities in New Jersey say a 27-year-old man posed as a teenager and lured two 13-year-old girls into his vehicle to sexually assault them. (credit: Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office) According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Nathan Cohen, of Eatentown, was arrested early Monday morning. RELATED: Storm Timeline: What To Expect And When From Latest Winter...
    A 27-year-old man from Monmouth County has been arrested for luring and kidnapping two teenage girls, authorities said. Nathan Cohen of Eatontown has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree child luring, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree possession of explicit images of minors and third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Cohen pretended...
    A 27-year-old man from Monmouth County has been arrested for luring and kidnapping two juveniles, authorities said. Nathan Cohen of Eatontown has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree child luring, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree possession of explicit images of minors and third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. The alleged attack...
    A 53-year-old Jersey Shore teacher is accused of showing a 10-year-old female student porn and then sexually assault her on multiple occasions, authorities said. Gustavo Barrientos, formerly an elementary school teacher in the Long Branch School District, was charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office announced. Barrientos, of Tinton Falls,...
    A 35-year-old man from Monmouth County was arrested after a tip he was uploading child pornography to his Instagram account, authorities said. Alexander Mejia, 35, of the 3100 block of Willow Drive in Ocean Township, was charged on Thursday with second degree distribution of child pornography and third degree possession of child pornography, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Mejia...
    A 35-year-old man from Monmouth County was arrested after a tip he was uploading child pornography to his Instagram account, authorities said. Alexander Mejia, 35, of the 3100 block of Willow Drive in Ocean Township, was charged on Thursday with second degree distribution of child pornography and third degree possession of child pornography, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Mejia...
    A 33-year-old man accused of luring and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old child in a motel last November was apprehended in Rockland County, authorities said. Michael Torenheim, of Brooklyn, was captured in Spring Valley by members of the US Marshals Office, New Jersey State Police and Wall Township Police Department, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said. No further details of the alleged...
    A 33-year-old Brooklyn, NY man was jailed on accusations he lured and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old child in a Central Jersey motel last November, authorities said. Michael Torenheim was captured in Spring Valley, NY, by members of the U.S. Marshals, New Jersey State Police and Wall Township Police Department, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said. No further details of the...
    Authorities are investigating a shooting that took place on Saturday in Asbury Park. At 4:59 p.m., Asbury Park police were called the Stephen Manor Apartments.at 1100 Atlantic Avenue, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Police found a victim with multiple gunshot wounds near the entrance to one of the buildings, the prosecutor said. The victim was taken to a local hospital...
    A 69-year-old man from Central Jersey has died as a result of a car-pedestrian collision, authorities said. Tamar Carseladze of Shrewsbury was attempting to cross Route 35 outside of a marked crosswalk at the time of the crash, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. On Monday at about 6:15 p.m., Shrewsbury police responded to a single motor vehicle...
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