Police & Fire

Funny Money, Phoney Driver's License in Recent Township Arrests


RARITAN TWP., NJ – Patrol Officer Adam Swiatek arrested two men around 1:08 p.m. Feb 14 on forgery charges.

Police were dispatched to ShopRite on Route 202-31 here on a report of a man trying to use a fake $100 bill to make a purchase. Although the man left before police arrived, a description of him and his vehicle led police to stop the suspect, Erminsul R. Perez, 34 of Bensalem, Pa. Following an investigation, Perez was charged with forgery and theft by deception.

Passenger Faber A. Giraldo, 35, of East Elmhurst, N.Y., was also charged with forgery and theft by deception. Police found a warrant issued by New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for his arrest; he was turned over to the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Department to be lodged in the Somerset County Jail to await extradition to New York. Perez was released.

In other arrests:

  • Emily L. Grub, 18, of Hackettstown, was arrested by Sgt. Robert Landolina around 2:49 a.m. Feb. 17 after a motor vehicle stop on Route 31. Grub was initially stopped for failure to keep right and obstructed view, police said, and was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with public records (possession of a fraudulent Pennsylvania driver’s license). Grub was also issued a motor vehicle summons for obstructed view.
  • Jannelys Escobar-Felix, 32 of Philadelphia, was arrested by Patrol Officer Aaron Roth around 8:18 p.m. Feb. 18 after being stopped on Route 202 for an obstructed view and a broken tail light, police said. When asked for her documents, police said Escobar-Felix presented her passenger’s driver’s license as her own. Escobar-Felix was charged with obstructing the administration of law and issued motor vehicle summonses charging her with obstructed view, failure to maintain lamps, failure to exhibit documents and being an unlicensed driver. She was released
  • Patrol Officer Brett Szatkowski arrested Ashley M. Stafford, 29, of Philadelphia, and charged her with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana after a motor vehicle stop on Route 202-31 around 9:52 p.m. Feb. 19. Police said she was stopped for improper use of multiple beam headlights and given a motor vehicle summons for that violation as well as for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Stafford was released.



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