Police Officers’ Use of Force Deemed Legally Justified

August 20, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ -  An investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office has deemed Police Officers’ "Use of Force" during a July 2016 vehicle pursuit, legally Justified. 

According to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office (UCPO), an investigation into the use of deadly force on July 9, 2016, by a Union County Police corporal and two Elizabeth Police ...

Jury Finds Elizabeth Man Guilty of Easter Sunday Murder of Girlfriend

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man has been found guilty by a Union County Jury for the killing of his girlfriend on Easter Sunday two years ago, and fleeing the state with their infant daughter, says Union County Prosecutor’s Office Investigations Supervisor John Esmerado.

Following a two-week trial before state Superior Court Judge Lisa Miralles Walsh and jury deliberations that spread ...

Elizabeth Man Sentenced to 148 Years for "Reign of Terror"

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man was sentenced to a total of 148 years in state prison after being convicted for 60 crimes, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas Jr. announced Thursday.

Rasheed Powell, 43, was sentenced by state Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch on who described Powell’s crimes as collectively constituting an “incomprehensible ...

Newark Man Convicted in Elizabeth Armed Robbery-Turned-Shooting at Local Liquor Store

ELIZABETH, NJ – A Union County jury has returned guilty verdicts on six counts filed against a Newark man who attempted to rob and then shot a man outside an Elizabeth liquor store last year.

Gary Jones, 45, of Newark was convicted on charges including first-degree robbery, two second-degree weapons offenses, third-degree assault with bodily injury using a deadly weapon, fourth-degree ...

Gang Member from Elizabeth Gets 50 Years for 2014 Killing of a Woodbridge Resident

ELIZABETH, NJ - Gregory Torres, 23, from Elizabeth has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the shooting death of a Middlesex County resident at a local housing complex in 2014, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

Under the terms set down on Friday by state Superior Court Judge William Daniel, Torres must serve at least 85 percent of that term before the ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with the Killing of One Woman and Attempted Killing of Another Woman

ELIZABETH, NJ - Arlie Rodriguez, 46, of Elizabeth, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder of two Elizabeth women in 2013, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

 At approximately 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2013, Elizabeth Police responded to the 100 block of Madison Avenue in Elizabeth on a report of an assault, said Union County ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Sexual Assault of a Local Girl and Pending Charges Involving a Teen Male

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man arrested earlier this week is accused of the repeated sexual assault of a local girl when she was between the ages of 5 and 8, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

Alejandro Londono, 54, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. 

An ...

Jury Convicts Elizabeth Man for Killing Wife and Dumping Her Body in an Abandoned Home

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man has been convicted of killing his wife in their home and dumping her body in an abandoned house 10 miles away, and repeatedly lying to investigators about what took place as they worked to solve the crime, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

After jury deliberations taking place over the course of four days and a trial before state Superior ...

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