Press Releases

West Orange Police Detectives Identify Suspect In Kmart Robbery; Arrest Made



Police Make Arrest in Kmart Robbery

September 7, 2012 – WEST ORANGE, NJ -- West Orange Police Department detectives yesterday charged Spillerman A. Hill, 47, of 24 Grove Street in East Orange with felony robbery for an incident that occurred on Monday, September 3 at the Kmart Shopping Center parking lot at 235 Prospect Avenue.

Sign Up for E-News

In a separate case, police in Bayonne captured Hill on Tuesday, September 4 after a high-speed chase and charged him with carjacking, receiving stolen property, theft of a motor vehicle, eluding police, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and stealing a bicycle.

Through investigation, WOPD Detective Pat Carosia determined Hill was the same actor involved in the Kmart incident. Hill was positively identified by the victim and charged accordingly.

According to published accounts, Hill has spent a total of 25 years in state prison for various charges, including 10 counts of robbery, two aggravated assaults, and possession of weapons for unlawful purposes.

He is being held at the Hudson County Jail.

“It is absurd that someone with such a lengthy criminal record is allowed to walk our streets and continue to commit crime,” West Orange Mayor Robert D. Parisi said. “Thanks to the swift and diligent work of our police department, this criminal is back in jail and behind bars.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Nutley Police Make Arrest In Instagram School Threat Case

February 25, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ — The Nutley Police Department made an arrest in the case of an Instagram video post. An 18-year-old resident was charged with Third Degree False Public Alarm.

Joseph Rafanello, a senior at Nutley High School, was arrested and taken to Essex County Jail. The arrest followed a full investigation by the police.

Chief Thomas Strumolo stated that ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, February 25, 10:00 AM

West Orange High School (Tarnoff Cafeteria), West Orange

44th Annual Orange West Orange UNICO Sports ...

Arts & Entertainment Education


Sun, February 25, 12:00 PM

AMC Essex Green, West Orange

The 2018 West Orange Classic Film Festival

Arts & Entertainment

Celebrate Your Health this Nutrition Month

February 21, 2018

Dear Editor,

This year, we learned that the number of Americans at risk for heart attack and stroke just got a lot higher.  An estimated 103 million adults have high blood pressure, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association, and about 39.7 percent of Americans have high cholesterol.  With March being National Nutrition Month, it’s a great time to ...

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs During "Black Panther" Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  


The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...