Dover NJ Armed Robbery ChargesMorris County CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of $1,000 reward for information which leads to an arrest in the armed robbery of a deli in Dover, New Jersey.

According to police, the suspect was brandishing a handgun when he entered Medrano’s Deli, which is located at 60 King Street in Dover, NJ.

The suspect allegedly walked up to the cashier, pointed the handgun at the cashier, and demanded money from the register. When the suspect got the cash, he allegedly ran out of the store and fled the area on foot. Witnesses reported seeing the suspect running east on Beech Street.

Dover NJ police spoke with witnesses and then released a detailed description of the suspect. The suspect has been described as a dark-skinned male in his early 20s. He reportedly stands 5-foot-7 and has a thin build. When the alleged theft occurred, he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt; he also had a red scarf, which he used to cover his face.

If police are eventually able to identify and catch the suspect, he will probably be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, robbery is a first degree felony when the offender uses a deadly weapon such as a handgun or a knife. A conviction for first degree armed robbery can result in a sentence of 10–20 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Morris County CrimeStoppers is asking members of the public to assist with the investigation. Anyone who has information about the suspect or the alleged robbery should reach out to investigators at 973-COP-CALL.

 

To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “$1,000 Reward for Helping Find Armed Robber Who Hit Dover Deli.”

Randolph NJ Bank RobberyA Randolph man was recently sentenced to more than a decade in federal prison for committing an armed robbery at a local bank in 2013.

The 35-year-old suspect wore a black cloth mask and held a handgun when he entered a PNC bank branch in Randolph, New Jersey.

The suspect walked up to a teller inside the bank and demanded that she give him cash. The teller responded by handing over $1,777 in cash. However, the cash came with a hidden GPS unit. Police were able to use the GPS unit to track the suspect’s movements when he left the bank.

According to prosecutors, the GPS unit transmitted data indicating that the suspect drove from the bank to his home in Randolph, NJ.

During the subsequent investigation, police found two pieces of the GPS unit in a backyard which adjoined the suspect’s residence. Video footage from a nearby camera reportedly showed someone throwing two small objects – possibly the broken GPS unit – from the suspect’s house into the backyard.

After locating the GPS unit, police officers searched the area. At one point, officers spoke to the suspect. According to police, the suspect said that he was at work on the day of the robbery; however, prosecutors later said that the suspect actually called in sick to work that day.

Bank employees provided investigators with a description of the suspect. According to prosecutors, the descriptions matched the suspect.

Police eventually placed the suspect under arrest. He was later convicted on federal armed robbery charges after a two-week trial in U.S. District Court. The suspect was then sentenced to serve almost 12 years in federal prison.

 

For additional information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Bank Robber Caught with Hidden GPS Sentenced to Nearly 12 Years in Jail.”

Riverdale NJ Burglary AttorneysA Riverdale man who was already incarcerated on burglary charges now faces new charges for allegedly burglarizing a business in Bloomingdale, New Jersey.

West Milford police arrested the 28-year-old suspect in October. He had allegedly broken into a house on Union Valley Road in West Milford, NJ.

According to police, the suspect gained access to the home by breaking a sunroom glass door and smashing a dining room window. Once the suspect was inside the home, he reportedly attempted to steal a gun. The homeowner was reportedly able to stop the suspect from fleeing the scene by disarmed him and then holding him until police could arrive.

Police officers arrested the suspect and charged him with several criminal offenses, including burglary, theft of movable property, criminal mischief, certain persons not to possess a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

The suspect was also charged in connection with a number of commercial burglaries in Little Falls NJ and Holmdel NJ.

The suspect is currently being held at the Passaic County Jail on a $400,000 bail amount. However, while the suspect is incarcerated, police have continued to investigate his prior conduct.

Authorities have now linked the suspect to another burglary, which was reportedly committed in Bloomingdale. Investigators determined that the suspect’s alleged crime spree last summer also included a break-in and theft at the Union Avenue Deli in Bloomingdale, NJ. As a result, the suspect faces additional criminal charges for burglary, theft of movable property, and criminal mischief.

 

To learn more, read the NJ.com article entitled “Police Connect Another Break-in to Incarcerated Riverdale Man, Report Says.”

Pequannock NJ Handgun LawyersTwo people from Texas were arrested after allegedly driving through Pequannock NJ with a handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets.

A Pequannock NJ patrol officer stopped a vehicle heading southbound on Route 23 on the day after Christmas. The officer pulled over the vehicle after allegedly observing the driver fail to keep right.

The vehicle was driven by a 44-year-old male from Texas. The driver’s 40-year-old wife was seated on the passenger side of the vehicle.

According to authorities, the driver failed to produce a valid driver’s license for the patrol officer. Additionally, the officer allegedly spotted a handgun in the car’s glove box when the driver’s wife tried to find the vehicle’s registration.

The patrol officer immediately removed the driver and the passenger from the car; he placed both suspects in handcuffs.

When the officer searched the vehicle, he reportedly found a 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun in the glove compartment. According to police, the handgun was loaded with nine hollow-point bullets.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers reportedly discovered a bag of marijuana.

The suspects arrested and charged with a number of criminal offenses. The driver has been charged with simple possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, failure to keep right, and driving without a license. Meanwhile, the passenger has been charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and unlawful possession of hollow-point ammunition.

Sometime after being arrested, the suspects were released from custody on their own recognizance. They will have to appear in court at a later date to answer the charges.

 

To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Texas Woman Had Illegal Hollow-Point Bullets, Handgun, Cops Say.”

Kinnelon NJ Armed Robbery SuspectPolice arrested a Basking Ridge NJ man who allegedly committed an armed robbery spree in Sussex and Morris counties.

According to authorities, the 20-year-old suspect used an imitation firearm to rob three Sussex County businesses, as well as a liquor store in Kinnelon, New Jersey.

The suspect allegedly began the spree by robbing Roserne’s Liquors in Kinnelon NJ. According to witnesses, the suspect walked into the liquor store and, at gunpoint, ordered the owner to empty the register. The suspect was reportedly wearing a scarf around his face during the theft.

That same night, the suspect allegedly robbed a Delta Gas Station in Wantage, NJ. The suspect reportedly put a gun to the head of a gas station attendant during the robbery.

The next day, the suspect allegedly robbed the Plains Pharmacy in Franklin, NJ. Witnesses said that the suspect was accompanied by another man who assisted during the robbery.

Finally, the suspect allegedly robbed a Quick Chek in Hampton, NJ. Again, the suspect reportedly brandished a gun during the theft.

Police believe that the suspect was assisted by two other people in at least one of the robberies.

The crime spree prompted a major investigation by police agencies throughout the state, including departments in Morris County, Sussex County, and Somerset County. According to police, the suspect’s two accomplices eventually implicated the suspect in the robberies. Police also searched the suspect’s car and house and reportedly found the replica gun used by the suspect during the robberies.

The suspect was eventually apprehended by authorities. Police believe that the suspect was planning to rob the TD Bank in Harding NJ before he was captured.

The suspect has been charged with a number of criminal offenses in connection with the robbery spree, including first degree armed robbery, third degree theft, unlawful possession of an imitation firearm, third degree terroristic threats, and third degree criminal restraint.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted of the armed robbery charges, he is subject to significant penalties. Although the suspect is not accused of using an actual firearm during the robberies, he still faces enhanced charges for using a deadly weapon.

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was taken to the Sussex County Jail in Newton, New Jersey. He is being held at the facility in lieu of $550,000 bail. Additionally, the suspect’s bail for the Morris County robbery charges has been set at $250,000.

 

For additional information, read the NJ.com article entitled “Prosecutor: Man Accused of Armed Robbery Spree Was Planning a Bank Robbery.”

Dover NJ Cocaine Distribution SuspectTwo men suspected of heading a New Jersey drug distribution ring recently received prison sentences.

The two defendants were a 35-year-old Dover man and a 35-year-old Linden man. They were accused of leading a drug distribution ring which covered several counties in New Jersey, including Morris County, Essex County, Union County, and Warren County.

The defendants were arrested in June 2012. The arrests were the culmination of an investigation into the suspected drug ring. Authorities believe that the drug ring involved the distribution of heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs.

The Dover NJ defendant faced drug distribution charges and attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting two men in Morristown in 2011. The Linden NJ defendant faces serious drug distribution charges as well.

The defendants ultimately accepted plea deals in September 2014. The deals called for them to plead guilty to reduced charges. The Dover NJ defendant pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose. The Linden defendant pleaded guilty to a single charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute. 

The suspects were recently sentenced in in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, NJ.

The Dover defendant received a sentence of 11 years in New Jersey State Prison. He will have to serve a minimum of 5 years before he becomes eligible for release on parole. Meanwhile, the Linden defendant received a sentence of 8 years in New Jersey State Prison. He will have to serve a minimum of three-and-a-half years before he becomes eligible for parole.

The sentencing hearing became heated when the prosecutor discussed the Dover defendant’s lengthy criminal history. According to the prosecutor, the Dover defendant has been previously convicted of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and eluding police.

The prosecutor also reminded the sentencing judge of the allegation that the defendant committed the Morristown shooting in 2011. The defendant responded by telling the judge, “I didn’t shoot anybody.”

For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Accused Drug Ring Leader Denies Role in Morristown Shooting as He and Co-Defendant Are Sentenced.”

 

If you are facing heroin or cocaine distribution charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Travis J. Tormey for a free consultation about your case.

NJ Gun LawyersNJ Attorney General John Hoffman recently issued a directive about sentencing guidelines for out-of-state residents charged with illegal handgun possession.

In response to recent cases involving out-of-state gun permits, Hoffman clarified the mandatory sentencing guidelines for individuals accused to carrying weapons while traveling through New Jersey. Hoffman specifically called for judicial flexibility when it comes to alternative sentencing options in these cases.

Under current New Jersey law, residents of other states who are found in possession of a handgun while driving through New Jersey are subject to criminal charges. Anyone convicted of illegally possessing a handgun within NJ borders can be sentenced to serious time behind bars.

Additionally, a prison sentence could be mandatory because gun crimes are covered by the Graves Act. The Graves Act calls for mandatory minimum terms of incarceration and extended periods of parole ineligibility.

The inherent unfairness of punishing out-of-state residents who were unaware of NJ gun laws has fostered a health debate. Many of the participants in this debate argue that anyone from another state who just happens to be travelling through New Jersey should not be subject to the harsh sentencing requirements of the Graves Act.

The NJ Attorney General has responded to these arguments with a directive that is likely to change the legal landscape throughout the state.

The directive was influenced, at least in part, by the recent case of a Philadelphia woman who was traveling through New Jersey when she got stopped by a state trooper. The woman, 27-year-old Shaneen Allen, informed the trooper that she had a .380 Bersa Thunder handgun in her car at the time.

Allen believed that she was being fully compliant with all applicable laws because she had previously obtained a carry permit in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for her, the Pennsylvania permit did not apply in New Jersey. As a result, Allen was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.

Allen’s attorney sought to get her case diverted into the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program because Allen had no prior criminal record. PTI is a diversionary program that allows first-time offenders to receive probation instead of being sentenced to prison.

However, prosecutors in the case denied Allen’s application because the Graves Act, as they interpreted it, required a mandatory prison sentence in all gun possession cases. This meant that Allen was facing 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Allen’s situation made the rounds among both local and national media outlets. Soon, she was garnering support from a number of NJ political leaders. This, in turn, led the Attorney General to issue a clarification of the Graves Act in cases like Allen’s.

According to Attorney General Hoffman, defendants who meet specific criteria in gun possession cases should remain eligible for admission into PTI. A defendant must (1) have no prior criminal convictions; (2) have all necessary permits to own the gun in another state; (3) notify NJ law enforcement of the gun; and (4) honestly believe that they are not violating NJ law.

The good news for Allen is that the Attorney General’s directive led the Atlantic County prosecutor to reverse the earlier decision and allow Allen to enter the PTI program.

Moreover, the directive seems likely to result in the reconsideration of up to 100 similar gun cases throughout New Jersey.

For more information, access the NJ.com article entitled “How Philadelphia Woman’s N.J. Gun Case Could Affect Up to 100 Similar Cases.”

 

If you are facing gun possession charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Travis J. Tormey for a free consultation about your case.

Morristown NJ Gun LawywerThe weapon possession case against a former NY Jets football player was postponed after attorneys agreed to reschedule proceedings.

Mike Goodson, who faces charges of unlawfully possessing a handgun, was scheduled to appear in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown for a status conference. However, attorneys on both sides agreed to postpone the matter because a defense attorney and the assistant prosecutor were unavailable.

A prosecutor appearing in court said that the lawyers had decided to “put the matter off.”

The status conference was rescheduled for early August.

Goodson’s attorneys are expected to seek a dismissal of the charges against the former professional football player. They will likely argue that the .45 caliber handgun, allegedly found in the glove box of an SUV occupied by Goodson and his co-defendant, was illegally seized by police. When police arrested Goodson, his vehicle was stopped in the center lane on Interstate 80.

As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5, illegal possession of a handgun is a third degree criminal offense. If Goodson is convicted of this felony-level offense, he could be sentenced to between three and five years in New Jersey State Prison.

To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Court Date Postponed Again in Weapons Case Against Ex-Jet Goodson.”

 

If you are facing illegal weapons charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Travis J. Tormey for a free consultation about your case.

Morristown NJ Gun LawsA Sussex County man failed to convince the United States Supreme Court to hear his challenge to the “justifiable need” provision in New Jersey’s gun law.

As it currently stands, the strict New Jersey gun law requires citizens to prove a “justifiable need” to law enforcement when requesting a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Sussex County resident John M. Drake filed a lawsuit challenging this provision, but a panel for the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his appeal. Drake then joined forces with a similarly concerned group of citizens and petitioned for the case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ultimately, Drake’s efforts failed. However, he did manage to garner support from several organizations, including the National Rifle Association (NRA), the New Jersey Second Amendment Foundation, and the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs. Moreover, he got support from 19 states, including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia.

Drake’s request was denied when the Supreme Court chose not to grant a writ of certiorari. This means that the Court will not hear the case. In the U.S. legal system, a writ of certiorari orders a lower court to deliver its record regarding a case so that it can be reviewed by a higher court. The Court’s recent ruling means that the New Jersey law, first drafted in 1968, will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

To learn more, access the NJ.com article entitled “NJ Man, Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court, Says Handgun Lawsuit Just ‘Kicking Can Down the Road.’”

 

If you are facing any kind of weapons charge in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Travis J. Tormey for a free consultation about your case. 

Parsippany NJ Armed RobberyParsippany NJ police are looking for a masked robber who allegedly broke into a hotel room and assaulted a man.

Several police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Sonesta Suites on Interpace Parkway in Parsippany, NJ. When the officers arrived at the scene, the victim told them that a man had forced his way into the room and knocked him down.

The attacker then allegedly hit the victim in the head with a gun before rummaging through the room and stealing electronics, including an iPhone, an iPad mini, and a Samsung tablet. The man also allegedly took the victim’s wallet, which contained $300 in cash.

The victim told officers that the attacker was wearing a black ski mask, so he did not get a good look at his face.

According to police dispatchers, the suspect might have fled in a Pontiac Grand Am that was seen speeding out of the hotel parking lot. Shortly after the robbery, police stopped a vehicle matching the description given to police dispatchers. The vehicle’s three occupants were arrested after police allegedly found them in possession of 108 Oxycodone pills, Xanax, 18 heroin folds, a semiautomatic weapon, several cell phones, a Samsung tablet, an iPad mini, and several hundred dollars in cash.

The three suspects were all charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, in addition to other related charges.

For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Cops: Masked Robber Broke into Parsippany Hotel, Hit Man with Gun.

 

If you are facing robbery charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Travis J. Tormey for a free consultation about your case.