Police Blotter

Nutley Police Blotter April 29 - May 4


NUTLEY, NJ -  The Police Blotter is compiled each week by Det. Sgt. Anthony Montanari of the Crime Intelligence Public Information Division of the Nutley Police Department.

Please note:  All parties placed under arrest have been assigned a Court date and remain innocent until proven guilty of those charges at their respective hearing.

Medical Calls:  34

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Motor Vehicle Accidents:  18

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  38


Theft/Criminal Mischief – Corsay Road – A resident contacted Headquarters to report a past occurred theft and criminal mischief.  Officers observed damage to the property that resulted from actor/s ripping the Red Maple tree from the front yard, removing it from the home, and leaving a trail of dirt.  The estimated cost of the tree is approximately $200.    

Motor Vehicle Stop – Route 21 – A motor vehicle stop was initiated and resulted in the arrest of Ramon E. Darby, 21, of Newark.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, the Essex County Prosecutors Office authorized charges for Possession of Marijuana, processed, issued motor vehicle summonses for Speeding, Failure to Exhibit Driver’s License, Unlicensed Driver, and was released with his Court date. 

Theft – Washington Avenue – Officers were flagged down to report that a co-worker’s bicycle was stolen from the lobby area of the establishment.  The witness stated that two teenage males, one was tall, thin, and wearing all black, and the other was shorter and heavier set, wearing a light colored t-shirt.  The second party was the one that took the bike out of the lobby and rode off with the first party that already was in possession of a bike.  A patron took the worker in their vehicle to go look for the bike and found the two individuals up the road and yelled to the teenage boys to give the bike back.  The heavier male dropped the bike and took off running towards Belleville.  The bike was retrieved and taken back to the establishment.  The bicycle’s estimated value is $300.00.


Property Damage – A report of property damage was received by Patrol  from the homeowner who stated that it appeared their rear fence, which runs in between the two neighboring properties was damaged by a vehicle backing into it.  It could not be determined if that is how the fence was damaged, due to Officers unable to contact the other party. 

Terroristic Threats – Franklin Avenue – Officers responded to a business on an unidentified male threatening the store Loss Prevention Agent. Earlier in the day an incident took place where the actor, who was not apprehended, made a threat to the victim, and at that time the victim did not feel the threat was credible.  Later in the day, an unidentified male called the establishment and asked for the victim.  At that time, words were exchanged and additional terroristic threats were exchanged.  It was at this time the victim felt that there was a possibility the actor would carry them out.  The Detective Bureau was contacted and responded to the establishment to take over the investigation.


Criminal Mischief – Oakridge Avenue – While responding to a parking complaint, Officers were flagged down by a victim who stated that when they returned home they noticed the window over their fireplace had been broken.  Observed on the floor, in front of the fireplace, was a small stone which may have been thrown through the window.  The area is only accessible from the rear yard so it is possible that the actor/s were in the backyard when the stone was thrown.  The cost to replace the damaged window was not known at the time of the report. 

Suspicious Incident – Vreeland Avenue – Officers responded to the area to back up an off-duty Officer which resulted in the arrest of Hiago Avila, 22, of Belleville.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted and stated to charge Mr. Avila with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia on a summons.  He was processed, advised of his Court date and released without further incident.   


Suspicious Incident – Chestnut Street – while on patrol Officers recognized a person known to them to have an outstanding warrant out of Nutley.  While conducting a field interview it was revealed that the male party had a pill bottle on his person with a name on it that was not his.  Vincent Hart, 48, of Belleville, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  On his person was a hypodermic syringe, drug paraphernalia.    At the time of the incident, He was also in possession of a yellow plastic bag that contained several items not belonging to him, specifically promotional checks from Discover, several checks from multiple accounts, and a wallet.  Mr. Hart was charged with Possession of CDS – one count each of Heroin, Crack, and Schedule IV drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Hypodermic Syringe, processed, and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility.  Bloomfield Police were contacted regarding the recovery of items stolen from within their jurisdiction with the possibility of additional charges pending.  All evidence was secured for safe keeping. 

Field Interview – Hancox Avenue – Officers conducted a field interview of a party riding their bicycle on the railroad tracks and private property.  Joseph Paris, age 48, of Nutley, was placed under arrest for two outstanding warrants out of Newark and Belleville.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident and Newark Police was contacted due to bail unable to be posted.  Newark Police requested transport and Mr. Paris was left in their custody.  No further action.

Motor Vehicle Accident – River Road - Nutley Police received multiple calls about a motor vehicle accident that occurred on River Road.  Upon investigating the driver, Quatarra Benjamin, 35, of Orange, was placed under arrest.  She was transported to Headquarters without incident, issued the following traffic summonses:  Driving While Intoxicated, Suspended Driver’s License, Careless Driving, advised of her mandatory Court date, and released from custody. 


Suspicious Incident – River Road – Dispatch received a call regarding a suspicious party described as a white male, approximately 5’8” tall, 180 lbs., wearing glasses, and a light blue hoody that knocked on the office door.  The same male came back about 5 minutes later and knocked on the door again. Both times the complainant did not answer.  After the second knocking, the male tried the door handle of the vehicle parked in front of the building.  The actor left the area going north.  Officers checked the area with negative results.  They advised the caller to contact Police immediately should the party return to the area.

Shoplifting – Harrison Street – Officers responded to the area on a report of a shoplifting. The Operations Manager stated a tall bald black male with a beard in his 40's who was wearing a green jacket with a gray hoodie underneath shoplifted items from the store. The unknown male then left the store and the security buzzer rang. The unknown male left the parking lot in a silver Mercedes Benz SUV. According to the inventory scanner, it is estimated the unknown male took approximately:  10 boxes of Thera Flu., 7 boxes of Thera Flu 12 pack valued at $14.99 each, and 2 boxes of Thera Flu Multi symptom 6 pack valued at $8.99 each. The video surveillance was to be downloaded by the Supervisor and provided to the Detective Bureau.  Police units checked the area for the suspected vehicle with negative results.  The desk advised neighboring jurisdictions of the incident.  Detective Bureau to assume the investigation.


Dispute – Harrison Street -  Patrol responded to the area in regards to a dispute.  While checking the parties, one was found to have an active warrant out of Clifton.  Jennifer Wolff, 38, of West Milford, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  Clifton Police were notified and released Ms. Wolff on her own recognizance with a new Court date. 

Identity Theft – Headquarters took a report regarding identity theft.  The victim received a bill from a collection agency in the amount of $691.19 for a past due Comcast bill.  The victim advised the agency that she has never been a customer and the account was fraudulently opened in their name.  Officers advised the victim to contact their credit card companies as well as their banks to advise them that they had been a victim of identity theft.  Additionally, the victim agreed to be entered into the Identity Theft database. 


Search Warrant Executed – Officers were granted a search warrant as part of an investigation and conducted a search of a Milton Ave residence.  The resident, Brian Ortigoza, 18, of Nutley, was placed under arrest and taken into custody.    The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted and authorized the following charges:  Possession Prohibited Weapon, 2 counts Possession CDS, Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession Marijuana, and Possession Drug Paraphernalia.  Mr. Ortigoza was processed, advised of his Court date before being released.

Suspicious Incident - The victim contacted Police regarding a call they received from a male party claiming to be from the US Government who stated that their identity had been stolen and their citizenship, social security number, driver’s license, and passport would all be revoked unless they sent a $1,240 money gram to the caller.  It was at that time the victim terminated the phone call.  Additionally, the victim stated that they had been receiving calls from unknown numbers all day in regards to money.  Officers check the call records and observed several calls coming out of Malaysia.  They also advised the victim that they were scams and to not send any money.  Furthermore, they were advised to contact Headquarters if at any point they feared for their safety.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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