Secaucus Police Beat: August roundup

Notable criminal investigations as reported by the Secaucus PD

Several arrests were made following investigations of traffic incidents and crime reports.
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Several arrests were made following investigations of traffic incidents and crime reports.

With August in the rear-view mirror, here’s a monthly roundup of police reports compiled by the Secaucus Police Department. All the defendants facing charges as reported by the Secaucus Police are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Aug. 2

At 4:30 p.m., Secaucus Police officers responded to a bus stop at 1203 Paterson Plank Road on the report of an alleged fight. During the investigation, they arrested Lashawn Newton, a 25-year-old Englewood man, and charged him with theft. Newton was issued a complaint summons, and was released from police custody.

Aug. 8

At 9:30 a.m., Secaucus Police arrested 33-year-old Secaucus resident Danny Almaet and charged him with possession with intent to distribute a substance believed to be cocaine. Almaet was issued a complaint summons, along with a motor vehicle summons for the charges, and was released from police custody.

Aug. 12

At 1:58 a.m., Secaucus Police arrested 35-year-old Union City resident Jamie Najjar, and charged her with DWI. Najjar was issued her motor vehicle summons for allegedly driving while intoxicated, along with five additional motor vehicle summonses. She was released into the custody of a responsible adult.

Aug. 14

At 12:49 a.m., Secaucus Police responded to Centre Avenue and 7th Street on a report of a motor vehicle accident. During the investigation, police arrested 21-year-old Passaic resident Johnathan Liriano, and charged him for allegedly driving while intoxicated. Liriano was issued a DWI summons along with two additional motor vehicle summonses, and was released into the custody of a responsible adult.

Aug. 16

At 3:45 p.m., Secaucus Police observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Raymour and Flanagan store at 150 Harmon Meadow Boulevard. During the investigation, police arrested 49-year-old Chicago resident Rich Russel for allegedly receiving stolen property. Russel was served his complaint summonses, two additional motor vehicle summonses, and was released from police custody.

Aug. 18

At 10:20 p.m., police arrested 49-year-old Nutley resident James Loch for allegedly driving while intoxicated after they responded to a motor vehicle crash he was allegedly involved in. Loch was issued a DWI summons, along with four other motor vehicle summonses, and was released into the custody of a responsible adult.

Aug. 21

During a motor vehicle stop, Secaucus Police arrested 33-year-old Hoboken resident Ricardo Muniz. They charged Muniz with allegedly distributing marijuana and ecstasy within 500 feet of a public park, allegedly possessing THC oil and drug paraphernalia, and allegedly partaking in money laundering. Muniz was transported to the Hudson County Jail.

Aug. 22

At 4:13 p.m., Secaucus Police responded to the Red Roof Inn at 15 Meadowlands Parkway on a report of suspicious activity. During the investigation, the police arrested 46-year-old Secaucus resident Barbara Fontanez, and charged her with alleged possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and Viagra. Fontanez was issued a complaint summons and released from police custody.

Aug. 23

At 2:09 a.m., Secaucus Police arrested 31-year-old Secaucus resident Carlos Loyola-Pinos for allegedly driving while intoxicated, after they received reports of a vehicle driving recklessly. Loyola-Pinos was issued a DWI summons along with three other summonses, and was released to the custody of a responsible adult.

Aug. 25

At 3:47 a.m., Secaucus Police responded to the area of New County Road and Seaview Drive on a report of a motor vehicle accident. During the investigation, police arrested 32-year-old Secaucus resident Jorge Vargas for allegedly driving while intoxicated. Vargas was issued five summonses including a DWI summons, and was released into the custody of a responsible adult.

Aug. 26

At 7:27 p.m., Secaucus Police responded to the Home Depot at 1055 Paterson Plank Rd. on a report of shoplifting. During the investigation, police arrested 60-year-old New York City resident Jennifer Bradley. She was charged with shoplifting, and allegedly was in possession of PCP and drug paraphernalia. She also had outstanding warrants in Totowa for $2,500, in Bridgewater for $1,000, and in North Bergen with no bail attached. Bradley was transported to the Hudson County Jail.

Aug. 27

Secaucus Police responded to LaQuinta Inn at 350 Lighting Way on a report of a suspicious male found inside a storage room at that location. During the investigation, the police arrested 41-year-old Hammonton resident Brian Hogarth and charged him with alleged criminal trespassing. Hogarth also had two outstanding warrants out of Camden, in the amount of $150. He was transported to the Hudson County Jail.

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