WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - An arrest by the Wood-Ridge Police Department stemming from a 911 call turned up stolen mail, credit cards, and drugs.

The Wood-Ridge Police received a 911 from a resident on Tuesday, October 20, at approximately 2:49pm reporting that an unknown male was stealing mail out of residential mailboxes in the area of Berger Street and Industrial Road, according to Detective Lieutenant Joseph Biamonte. 

The male, later identified as 36 year old Jimmy D. Yepez from Union City, NJ, was described as a short, light skinned male, having facial hair and wearing a backpack.  A search by Sgt. Joseph Rutigliano, the first officer on the scene, discovered a male fitting the description given by the eyewitnesses.  As Sgt. Rutigliano approached the suspect in his vehicle, the suspect ran around his patrol vehicle and began throwing mail and evidence in the Berry Creek at that location.  Yepez did not comply with Sgt. utigliano's orders to the ground, and refused to surrender. In a struggle with the Sergerant, Yepez kicked and biti the officer on the hand during the arrest. The arrest was ultimately conducted as Patrolman. Timothy Janz, Patrolman. Robert Francis and officers Moonachie, Hasbrouck Heights, and the Port Authority Police Department.  The suspect was transported to the Wood-Ridge Police Headquarters as well as the multiple pieces of mail evidence.

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After inventorying all evidence at headquarters, Yepez had in his possession mail from various surrounding towns, including Clifton, Wallington, Moonachie and New York City.  Those police departments were notified with the suspect’s information as well as the United States Postal Inspection Service.  An agent from the USPS arrived to interview and gather information on the suspect. 

Yepez also had in his possession, stolen credit cards, drug paraphernalia including a glass pipe used to smoke crack/cocaine and several hypodermic needles.  He was charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Credit Card Theft, Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and Two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

The suspect was lodged in the Bergen County Correctional Facility awaiting his first appearance in Central Judiciary Processing Court.  The Moonachie Police Department also charged the suspect on a summons with Theft of Moveable Property. 

Chief John Korin commended his officers and thanked the officers in the surrounding police agencies the assistance and a job well done. 

 

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