ROSELLE PARK, NJ - May 31, 2019, at 11:42 am, Animal control Officer Alex Balaban reported a case of animal abandonment at 218 Chestnut St. It was reported that a tenant who was evicted from an apartment, left two cats with no food, water or care for more than a week.

An investigation was conducted by Detective Gregory Polakoski. Through the investigation, it was determined that Dennis Depack 48, of Rahway, left the cats unattended. Depack was charged with one count of Animal Cruelty. He is pending a future Roselle Park Municipal Court date.  

June 4, 2019, Officer Ryan Hokanson responded to a call for a harassment report. It was determined that the complainant was a victim of being “Catfished” online. A “Catfish” is someone who pretends to be someone else online. This person assumes a fake identity and goes to great lengths to make their victim believe that they are exactly what they are. It tends to happen a lot in online dating. In this case, a juvenile male pretended to be a female through social media and enticed the victim to send an explicit video. The juvenile pretending to be the female received the video and distributed it to other juvenile acquaintances.

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An investigation was conducted by Detective Gregory Polakoski. Through the investigation, it was determined that a Roselle Park juvenile was responsible for “Catfishing” the victim. During the investigation, it was also determined that the victim of the incident suffered psychological trauma from the incident and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.  

As a result of the investigation, the defendant was arrested and charged with one count endangering the welfare of a child (second degree), and one count of endangering the welfare of a child (third degree). The juvenile was processed and released pending a future appearance in Union County Family Court.  

Roselle Park Police Chief Daniel McCaffery urges parents to please be aware of the dangers of social media and should speak to their children about the proper use and harmful effects it could have on them and others.

June 27, 2019, at 2:10 am, Officer Angelo Marino and Officer Anthony Calello responded to the area of Spruce and East Lincoln Ave. for a motor vehicle crash. A 2013 Nissan Pathfinder was found to have struck a parked vehicle causing it to be disabled. 

The driver identified as a juvenile male from Roselle Park stated that another juvenile held him and three others at gunpoint and forced him to take and drive the Nissan without the owner's knowledge. 

After an investigation by the Roselle Park Detective Bureau, it was determined that the juvenile driver and three other juvenile passengers, fabricated the story about being held at gunpoint to drive the vehicle.

Two of the juveniles were charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.  It was also determined that the juvenile driver of the motor vehicle did not have a license and was charged with several motor vehicle summonses, including, leaving the scene of an accident after he fled the accident scene prior to the arrival of officers. No injuries were reported.

All four juveniles are expected to appear in Union County Family Superior Court in Elizabeth at a later date. 

July 3, 2019, at 1:22 am, Officer Anthony Calello responded to the 200 block of West Westfield Ave. on a burglar alarm. The alarm company reported that the alarm was from an open door.

After searching the area, Officer Calello found Jeffery Croce age 30, of Roselle Park near the location. Through an investigation, it was determined that Croce was on the property and tried to enter the location by pulling on the door.

Croce was placed under arrest for defiant trespass. He was processed and released pending a future Roselle Park Municipal Court Date.

July 4, 2019, at 12:33 am, Officer Jessica Diaz was on patrol in the area of Galloping Hill Road and Colonial Road, where she observed 2017 Kia stopped at the intersection. The vehicle did not move through two light cycles. A welfare check was then conducted on the vehicle and driver. 

The driver identified as Erika Cruz 24, of Elizabeth, appeared to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Cruz was administered a standardized field sobriety test. Based on the observations, Cruz was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated.

Cruz was processed and released on the following summonses, driving while intoxicated, delaying traffic, careless driving, and reckless driving. She is pending a future Roselle Park Municipal Court date.

July 5, 2019, at 04:28 am, Officer Anthony Calello was dispatched to the 400 block of Walnut St. for a suspicious incident. It was reported that a female was knocking on doors stating she was in an accident. 

Madeline Elsie, 19 of Scotch Plains, was found walking in the area of Walnut St. and Webster Ave. Elsie appeared to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Further investigation revealed she had a quantity of (suspected marijuana in her possession). She was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters.

Elise processed and released on a summons for possession of marijuana. She is pending a future Roselle Park Municipal Court date.

July 9, 2019, at 10:33 pm, Officer Jessica Diaz, was on patrol on the 100 block of East Westfield Ave. She observed a 2003 Acura commit a motor vehicle violation. A traffic stop was then conducted.

Through an investigation, a small clear tube containing (suspected marijuana) was located. 

The driver, a juvenile from Orange, N.J. and one juvenile passenger, also from Orange, N.J. were placed under arrest for possession of marijuana.

Also arrested was passenger Barry Caldwell, 19 of Orange, N.J. for possession of marijuana.

Both juveniles were processed and released to their parents pending a future Union County Family Court date. The juvenile driver was also issued two motor vehicle summonses for failure to observe a traffic signal and driving while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance inside the motor vehicle. Caldwell was issued a summons for possession of marijuana and released pending a future Roselle Park Municipal Court date. 

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