South Orange Crime Blotter
11/22/2013 to 12/6/2013
Assault Arrest / Juvenile
A 17 year old Newark resident was arrested for assault at 11:00 am on Thursday, 12-05-13 after SOPD Detectives determined that the juvenile was one of the subjects involved in an unprovoked assault of a pedestrian on Saturday, 11-16-13. The juvenile was charged and processed accordingly.
Burglary to Auto
A Seton Place resident reported between that sometime between 9:30 pm Tuesday, 12-03-13 and 7:00 am Wednesday, 12-04-13 actor(s) unknown entered her vehicle (2002 Mitsubishi) and ransacked the contents inside. The vehicle was parked in the driveway at the time and was not damaged from the incident.
SOPD officers arrested Ronald Alexander, a 21 year old Orange resident at 7:11 pm on Wednesday, 12-04-13 for two outstanding arrest warrants out of South Orange. Officers stopped Alexander, who was suspected as trespassing in an apartment complex earlier in the day and the subsequent investigation at the scene revealed the outstanding warrants. Alexander was arrested without further incident and transported to headquarters for processing.
Theft from vehicle
A Seton Pl. resident stated that sometime during the evening or overnight hours of Tuesday 12-3-13 an unknown actor(s) had entered his vehicle (2007 Toyota) which was parked in his driveway and ransacked the interior removing change from same. There were no signs of forced entry into the vehicle.
Theft of bicycle
A Cottage St. resident stated that sometime between Wednesday 11-27-13 and Tuesday 12-3-13 an unknown actor(s) had removed her bicycle from the rear of her yard. It was a pink and purple mountain bike brand unknown.
Romaine McKenzie, an 18 year old Irvington resident was arrested on Tuesday 12-3-13 after Detectives determined that the subject was responsible for an unprovoked assault of a pedestrian which occurred on Irvington Ave. back on Saturday 11-16-13. The subject was arrested after Detectives working in unison with Irvington Detectives were able to locate the assailant in Irvington. The subject after being arrested in the city of Irvington was transported to Police Headquarters, processed accordingly and remanded to the Essex County Jail in Newark. The investigation by Detectives into the unprovoked assaults which occurred on 11-16-13 is continuing at this time.
A 17 year old from East Orange was arrested for obstruction on 12-2-13 at approximately 5:30pm after he fled from Officers that were investigating the possibility of criminal activity in the area of Warren Ct. The juvenile was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit through the rear yard of a South Orange Ave. residence. The juvenile was transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.
Bernard Bercy, a 29 year old Orange resident was arrested on Monday 12-2-13 at approximately 2;20pm after he was stopped by an Officer in the area of Clark St. for committing a Village Ordinance violation. During the subsequent stop it was discovered that the subject had warrants issued for his arrest out of Glenridge and Elizabeth. The subject was arrested at the scene without incident and processed accordingly.
Theft of vehicle
A Virginia resident stated that she had left her vehicle (2008 BMW) in the driveway of a Riggs Pl. residence while running on Sunday 12-1-13 at approximately 7:00am when an unknown actor(s) had entered same and drove away. The vehicle was recovered a short time later in the city of Newark.
Theft of vehicle
A Vose Ave. resident stated that he had parked his vehicle (2000 Audi) on the street on Hamilton Rd. and sometime between 8:00pm on Friday 11-29-13 and 12:30am Saturday 11-30-13 an unknown actor(s) removed same.
Theft from vehicle
A Crestwood Dr. resident stated that sometime between 4:00pm and 9:00pm on Friday 11-29-13 an unknown actor(s) had entered her unlocked vehicle (2009 Audi) and removed several items including a shopping bag of new clothes. The vehicle was parked in the driveway at the time of the incident.
Quentin Hunt, a 51 year old South Orange resident was arrested on Friday 11-29-13 at approximately 12:45pm after he was discovered inside a residence on Connett Pl. The subject had previously entered the residence and was found to have entered the bedroom areas of same when not authorized to do so. The subject was arrested at the scene when he returned to the dwelling which is a group home for the second time. The subject was transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.
Alexandra Signifis, a 23 year old Bloomfield resident was arrested on Tuesday 11-26-13 at approximately 12:15pm after she was stopped for a motor vehicle violation on South Orange Ave. During the subsequent stop it was discovered that she had an outstanding warrant issued for her arrest from the city of Clifton. The subject was arrested without incident and processed accordingly. During the arrest the subject was found to be in possession of CDS (marijuana)
Theft of packages
An Inwood Lane resident stated that sometime between Saturday 11-16-13 and Tuesday 1-19-13 an unknown actor(s) had removed two packages from her front porch that had been delivered by UPS. The packages came from Nordstrom and the contents were valued in excess of $1,000.
Jamal Koontz, a 22 year old South Orange resident was arrested on Monday 11-25-13 after it was determined by Detectives that he was the actor responsible for an armed robbery of a business located on South Orange Ave. which was perpetrated on Thursday 11-21-13. The subject was processed according and remanded to the Essex County Jail in Newark.
Theft of wheels
On Saturday 11-23-13 between 2:00am and 4:00am an unknown actor(s) had removed all four wheels from two vehicles (2013 Honda, 2003 Infinity)while they were parked in the Middle school lot. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.
A South Orange resident stated that on 11-22-13 at approximately 10:00am he had parked his vehicle (2001 Olds)on Rynda Rd. and when he returned to it at 6:30pm he discovered that oil had been poured all over it.
A New York City resident stated that on Saturday 11-23-13 at approximately 2:00pm she was walking on Charlton Ave. when she was approached by a black male. The actor snatched her Apple ear phones from her head and fled the scene in a grey four door vehicle. The actor is described as being between 35-40 years of age and approximately 6'2" in height.
David Scott, a 49 year old South Orange resident was arrested on 11-24-13 at approximately 8:15pm for defiant trespass after he returned to a property located on Village Rd. when he was advised by the resident and Officers not to do so. The subject was arrested without incident and processed accordingly.
A 17 year old juvenile from Newark and a 16 year old juvenile from Irvington were arrested on Saturday 11-23-13 at approximately 9:15pm after it was discovered that they had threatened to assault a victim in a store located on South Orange Ave. adjacent to Village Plaza unless he gave them his phone. The victim refused and a disturbance ensued where the actors fled on foot up Irvington Ave. Both actors/juveniles were arrested by responding Officers, transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.
Possession stolen property/arrest
Michael Brennan, an 18 year old West Caldwell resident was arrested on 11-22-13 at approximately 1:45am after he was observed by an Officer walking on South Orange Ave. in possession of a traffic stop sign. The subject was arrested at the scene and processed accordingly.
Possession of Drug paraphernalia
Pavel Shevchienko, a 26 year old South Orange resident was arrested on Thursday 11-21-13 at approximately 12:40pm after Officers responded to a call of a suspicious person parked in a vehicle on Taylor Pl. During the field investigation by responding Officers it was discovered that the subject had been in possession of a hypodermic needle and other drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested at the scene without incident and processed accordingly.
An employee of an establishment located on South Orange Ave. in the area of Academy St. stated that on Thursday 11-21-13 at approximately 9:00pm an actor entered the store and while brandishing a dark colored revolver demanded money. The victim stated that she gave the actor some money and he then fled the store on foot through the rear of the establishment. The Detective Bureau is actively investigating the incident.
On Friday 11-22-13 at approximately 1:15am it was discovered that an unknown actor(s) had broken the front window to a food establishment located on South Orange Ave. and adjacent to Vose Ave. There were no signs of an entry being made into the premises.
The owner of an automotive dealership located on Valley St. stated that sometime around 3:30pm on Thursday 11-21-13 an unknown actor described as a heavy set black male wearing a green jacket had spray painted two vehicles (Honda & Hyundai)in his lot.