Attempted Armed Robbery at Dunkin Donuts in Walgreens Strip Mall
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an apparent attempted armed robbery that occurred at the Dunkin Donuts, located at 397 Route 46 West.
It appears that at approximately 7:20 P.M., a lone male entered the store and walked up to the counter. He allegedly then put his hand under his shirt and pointed what the victim thought to be a gun under his shirt at him and asked for money. The actor then stated he was just kidding and went on to purchase a coffee. The actor then left the store at which time the victim noticed that money was missing from his tip jar on the counter.
The actor is described as being a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, 25 years of age with short brown hair. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will be kept confidential.
Robbery of Escort Occurs at Local Hotel
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating a strong armed robbery that allegedly took place in a guest room at the Comfort Inn, located at 286 Route 46 East on August 24, 2013.
On August 25, 2013, Officers Frank Tracey and Christopher Hlubik were conducting an investigation of prostitution taking place in a room at the Comfort Inn. The officers responded to the hotel and came upon a female staying in one of the rooms who was allegedly engaged in prostitution. During the course of this investigation, this individual informed the officers that she was allegedly robbed the previous day.
The victim told the officers that, at approximately 6:00 P.M. on August 24th, a client came to her room. When she opened the door, the actor allegedly grabbed her by the throat and forced her to sit in a chair. The actor then allegedly identified himself as a police officer and told the victim that she would not be arrested as long as she gave him all her money. The victim then turned over approximately $1200.00 and an I-Phone to the actor. The actor then fled the scene. The victim did not report the incident to the police after it occurred.
The actor is described as a younger African American male, approximately 5’10” tall, with an average build. He had tattoos on his arms and also what appeared to be a burn mark on one of his forearms.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigation Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will be kept confidential.
Pair Arrested for Jewelry Theft
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Dana Carrera (22) of Fairfield, N.J. and Richard Nikow (29) of North Caldwell, N.J. for theft and receiving stolen property respectively. Carrera’s arrest occurred on August 26, 2013 and Nikow’s the following day on August 27, 2013.
In May of 2013, a Henning Drive resident reported to police the theft of several items of jewelry. The value of the jewelry is unknown. Shortly after the theft, Fairfield Police Detective Michael Nyhuis developed information that the stolen jewelry may have been sold at the Fairfield Diamond Exchange, located on Route 46. It is alleged that evidence was obtained indicating that Nikow and Carrera had sold several pieces of Jewelry.
On August 26, 2013, Detectives Nyhuis and Robert Sanger developed information that Carrera would be at Consumer Product Testing, located at 70 New Dutch Lane and that she currently had an active arrest warrant issued by the Wayne Municipal Court. Carrera was arrested on the warrant and brought to police headquarters. It is alleged that she was found to be in possession of a suspected pipe used to ingest controlled dangerous substances. As a result of the investigation, Carrera was charged with the theft of the jewelry and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was eventually transported to the Essex County Jail in lieu of $5000.00 bail.
On August 27, 2013, the detectives took Nikow into custody. It is alleged that Nikow assisted Carrera in selling the jewelry at the Diamond Exchange. Nikow was charged with receiving stolen property. He was released on his own recognizance. The case is being referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for prosecution. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Fugitive Arrested with Over $15,000 in Cash
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Joseph Roman (33) of Paterson, N.J. on August 22, 2013. Roman was allegedly wanted by the Ogdensburg New York Police Department for failing to answer alleged narcotics distribution and weapons offenses dating back to 2010.
At approximately 3:53 A.M., Officer R.J. Casendino was on patrol on Route 46 East when he conducted a random license plate inquiry of a 2002 Mercedes Benz which was also traveling on Route 46. The result of the inquiry revealed that the registered owner was a wanted person by the Ogdensburg Police Department. As a result of this information, the officer conducted a motor vehicle stop of the Mercedes Benz which confirmed that Roman was the operator and registered owner. He was placed under arrest without incident.
While processing Roman at headquarters, officers discovered him to be in possession of over $15,000 for which Roman allegedly gave conflicting stories about its origin. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted relative to the money. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, authorities believe the money has a nexus to illegal activity and it was seized pending a civil forfeiture proceeding.
Roman was transported to the Essex County Jail pending extradition to New York. (It should be noted that all pending criminal and civil actions against Roman are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)