Assault– Franklin Avenue – Police took a report from a Board Of Education Member participating in the Columbus Day Parade. He stated that a man he knows only from Facebook approached him and assaulted him at the intersection of Franklin and Stager. The Essex County Prosecutors Office Authorized Charges against 62 y/o Lawrence Quirk of Nutley for assault. He was issued a summons and advised of a court date.
Assault – Franklin Avenue - Police were called to a dispute that was occurring in the area of High Street and Franklin Avenue. After collecting information and statements the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office approved charges of Aggravated Assault against Ms. Gemma Abernovich, 48, of Nutley, which was placed on summons. She was advised of the charges and Court appearance.
Police Investigate Park Ave Robbery
On Thursday November 7, 2019 at approx. 9:00 PM Police took a report from a woman who reportedly was robbed at gunpoint on Park Ave. She stated two males in a white BMW put a gun to her head while stopped under the Rt 21 overpass and demanded money before reaching in and stealing money and jewelry.
An active investigation by detectives determined that 37 y/o Khitam Abdellatif of Paterson fabricated the incident and was subsequently charged with giving false reports to police.
Suspicious Incident – Officers responded to the area in regards of a suspicious incident. The homeowner stated that moments ago they received a phone call from a male party who said they were the victim’s grandson. The voice was similar to the grandson’s but later realized that it was not. The male party state that they were in police custody in Florida and needed $27,000 for bail. The actor explained that he took a ride in an Uber and the driver was pulled over by police for speeding. Then the police found drugs and a gun inside the trunk of the vehicle and he was arrested along with the Uber driver. At first the victim believed the actor may have been his grandson because they were aware of a recent medical procedure that the victim had. The victim told the actor to call back in about half an hour. The victim did not provide the caller with any personal information nor send any funds. The grandson was contacted and was found to be where he should have been and in good health. A phone number could not be provided for the caller due to the Caller ID showed “private caller.” The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident and will be assuming the investigation.
Illegal Dumping – Hillside Avenue – Response was made to the area in regards to a past-occurred illegal dumping. The victim stated that a white box truck bearing "Life Storage" in white lettering and blue stripe on the side, proceeded into their rear parking lot and dumped 2 dressers and a desk, as well as placed household garbage into their dumpster, partially filling it.
Forgery – Franklin Avenue – A local financial institution contacted police regarding a male possibly attempting to pass a fraudulent check. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the 49 y/o male who was using a driver’s license for an 83- year-old male. He was trying to cash a check with a value of $2,450.00. The actor acknowledged that the driver’s license was not authentic and was placed under arrest without incident. Upon searching the suspect, credit cards were located in a wallet in the male's pocket, along with three small scraps of paper containing an account number, social security number, what appeared to be practice signatures of the victim, and their address. The male was Christopher Pennes, 49, of Bronx, NY, who was found to have a want issued by Leon County Florida, non-extraditable. He was charged on summons with Forgery, 3rd Degree, Impersonation – Theft of Identity, 3rd Degree, Offenses Involving False Government Documents, 3rd Degree, Credit Card Fraud, 4th Degree, printed, processed, advised of his Court date and released.
Identity Theft – Headquarters received a report of identity theft. The victim stated that they had a past theft from vehicle incident in Paterson and that same day an actor/s purchased $3,070.77 worth of computers from Best Buy using the victim’s account. They also received notice from Dick’s sporting Goods that a credit card had been opened in their name, but no purchases had been made. The victim’s financial institution was notified and secured their accounts. Both of the credit card accounts have been closed and the victim declined to be entered into the Identity Theft Victim Database.
Animal Bite Incident – Milton Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a party that was bit by a dog. The victim entered the home for an appointment when the family dog jumped up on them causing injury. The homeowners were issued a Township Ordinance for Unlicensed Dog with a mandatory Court appearance. Health Department was notified.
Fraud – Headquarters received a report regarding fraud. The victim stated that they received a call from a number identified as “Apple” and coincided with the customer service number for Apple. A party "Richard King" told the victim that their computer, an Apple, had a firewall which had been breached 37 times. The caller stated that they needed to purchase any gift card that could be filled up to $500. The victim purchased a $500 Target Gift Card, provided the information to “Richard King” and was told that the card would not cover the total amount necessary to account for the breaches. The victim then purchased a $500 Best Buy Gift Card and provided the information for that gift card as well. The victim was told again that the amount didn't cover the 37 breaches, and at this point, the victim became aware that they were being scammed. The victim contacted their bank in an attempt to stop payment on the gift cards. The bank required a Police report so they could launch an investigation. Officers advised the victim to contact Target and Best Buy to see if they could stop funding of the cards and possibly provide a refund. No personal information was provided to the caller “Richard King.” No further information at this time.