Argument Leads to Robbery and Assault Charges
Fairfield (NJ) What started out as a verbal altercation between a boyfriend and girlfriend ultimately led to the arrest of Matthew Velazquez (19) of Newark, N.J. for robbery and simple assault on December 15, 2013. At approximately 9:03 P.M., Sergeant Christopher Morgan and Officer Raymond Puluse were dispatched to Houlihans, located on Route 46 West, to investigate the incident.
It is alleged that, while in his car at Houlihans, Velazquez got into an argument with his girlfriend after he demanded that she provide him with money. The argument then turned physical and it is alleged that Velazquez repeatedly punched the victim and took her pocketbook. He left the scene prior to the officers arriving.
The 18 year old victim, whose name is being withheld, sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention. She was transported to police headquarters where officers continued their investigation and further assisted her with her rights under domestic violence guidelines.
While this was occurring, Officers Brian Sabatelli and Stacy Chiarolanza came upon Velazquez back at Houlihans where he was placed under arrest without incident. The victim’s pocketbook was recovered but her keys, driver’s license and paycheck were missing. After being charged, Velazquez was held in lieu of $5000.00 bail. (It should be noted that the charges against Velazquez are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Special DWI Patrol Nets Arrest
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Brandon Chu (26) of Montville, N.J. for driving while intoxicated on December 14, 2013. On that date, at approximately 2:08 A.M., Officer Steven D’Argenio, who was assigned to the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide enforcement crackdown, was on Route 46 West and about to assist a disabled motorist on the shoulder of the roadway, when a 2002 Mercedes Benz passed his location almost striking the officer’s patrol unit. It is alleged that the vehicle appeared to be exceeding the posted speed limit of 50 M.P.H.
The vehicle was stopped and Chu found to be the driver. A roadside investigation was conduct, which included field sobriety testing. As a result, Chu was arrested for allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence. His vehicle was impounded pursuant to New Jersey law and he was transported into headquarters for breath testing.
In addition to being charged with driving while under the influence, Chu was also charged with driving while intoxicated in a school zone, failure to maintain a lane and careless driving. He was eventually released on his own recognizance with a pending court date of December 19, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against Chu are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Car Crash Investigation Leads to Criminal Mischief and Motor Vehicle Charges
Fairfield (NJ) Robert Ober III (28) of Rockaway, N.J. has been charged with one count of criminal mischief and several motor vehicle complaints after police investigated a motor vehicle crash that occurred on Big Piece Road on December 14, 2013. On that date, at approximately 12:30 A.M., Fairfield police officers were dispatched to the area of 351 Big Piece Road on a report of a vehicle that had just struck a pole and had fled the scene.
Officer Christopher Hlubik was one of the first officers on the scene and discovered that the mailbox at 351 Big Piece Road had been struck and destroyed. There was also substantial damage to a tree located next to the mailbox. A witness at the scene observed a white pick-up truck travelling west on Big Piece Road, just after the accident occurred. Officers allegedly then followed a trail of fluid, in the fresh fallen snow, to the rear of 269 Big Piece Road where the officers allegedly found a white pick-up truck with extensive passenger side damage. The driver of the vehicle could not be located.
The investigation at the scene allegedly indicated that the suspect vehicle had first voluntarily left the roadway onto a snow-covered grassy area where the vehicle appeared to be deliberately trying to “fishtail”. The vehicle then allegedly left this grassy area, at which time, the motor vehicle crash occurred.
In addition to being charged with criminal mischief, he was also charged with the following motor vehicle summonses; failing to report an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, unsafe vehicle and failure to keep right. He was given a January 2, 2014 initial court appearance date. (It should be noted that the charges against Ober are merely allegations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Fairfield Police and Fire Departments Respond to Pier Lane House Fire
Fairfield (NJ) On December 15, 2013, at approximately 4:24 P.M., the Fairfield Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a house fire at 105 Pier Lane. First responding police and fire units found the house fully involved with fire. The three occupants and one dog that were in the residence when the fire started were able to escape without injury. Assisting the Fairfield Fire Department with extinguishing the blaze were firefighters from the Little Falls, West Caldwell and North Caldwell Fire Departments. Two Fairfield firefighters, whose names are being withheld, were transported to St. Barnabas Medical Center, by the West Essex First Aid Squad. One had a minor burn to his neck and the other suffered scrapes to his arm.
According to the homeowner, one of the occupants of the house had been exercising on a treadmill which was located on the first floor. The individual then briefly went downstairs and when he returned to the first floor, the treadmill was allegedly on fire. Still, the exact cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fairfield Fire Prevention Bureau.