Chief Glen Cauwels stated all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

02/12/2020 – 10:13 pm Narcotics: P.O. Geovanny Buitron approached a parked, occupied vehicle in the parking lot of ShopRite, 17-17 River Road, and arrested the operator, Mendel Meisels, age 45 of Suffern, and the passenger, Rose Torres-Rice, age 20 of Paterson, after marijuana was located inside the vehicle. Both were released after being charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

02/15/2020 – 2:15 pm Shoplifting: P.O. Ian Manelis responded to Sel-Rite Liquors, 17-65 River Road, and arrested David Baumeister, age 48 of Wyckoff, after he was detained by a store employee for concealing an item, worth $10.65, and attempting to leave. He was released after being charged with shoplifting.

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02/18/2020 – 7:23 am Narcotics: P.O. Tiller Uriarte initiated a motor vehicle stop on Fair Lawn Avenue at 6th Street and arrested the operator, Benjamin Harrison, age 34 of Paterson, after marijuana was discovered inside the vehicle. He was released after being charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia & operating with a suspended license.

02/18/2020 – 8:15 pm Shoplifting: P.O. Anthony Ferreira responded to Shoprite, 17-17 River Road, and arrested Robert Houchant, age 52 of Paterson, after he was detained by store loss prevention with unpaid items in his backpack, totaling $83.65. Arrest warrants were located out of Carteret ($2500), Paramus ($1000) & Elmwood Park ($100). He was charged with shoplifting, then handed over to Carteret Police.