Violent Bloods Street Gang Sets Targeted in 8 Month Multi-Agency Initiative in Morris County

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp today announced the culmination of a 8-month initiative spearheaded by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, in conjunction with various local, county and state law enforcement partner agencies, which targeted various sets of the violent Bloods criminal street gang operating in Morris County.  The initiative concluded with the charging of 21 defendants, 8 of which being documented Bloods gang members or associates.

On various dates in the Fall of 2013, a number of violent incidents occurred in Morris County.  In Dover, an armed robbery / aggravated assault and an unrelated shooting (no injuries) occurred, while a large fight occurred in Jefferson Township in which several victims were stabbed.  Investigations into these incidents were initiated by the respective police departments, as well as the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.  As the result of those investigations, information was developed that various documented members and associates of the outlaw Bloods criminal street gang predominantly from the municipalities of Dover, Morristown and Victory Gardens were believed to be connected to all of these incidents.  Prior information had also been developed that various “sets” or groups of the larger Bloods gang were believed to be involved in the wide-scale distribution of illegal drugs, as well as acts of violence.

In response to these violent acts and the illicit distribution of drugs, the Special Enforcement Unit Narcotics Task Force of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office spearheaded an enforcement initiative, in conjunction with various local, county and state law enforcement agencies as well as other units in the Prosecutor’s Office, in which the various gang members and associates of the various Bloods criminal street gang sets were targeted for identification, investigation and ultimate prosecution.

Over the span of the last 8 months, the enforcement initiative employed various investigative techniques to solidify viable prosecutions against the defendants.  These techniques included undercover drug purchases, the use of cooperating witnesses, search warrant executions, physical surveillance, and the cultivation of criminal information and confidential informants through traditional police work.  The initiative’s efforts resulted in the arrests of 20 defendants with 1 additional subject still being sought for arrest.  Of the 21 total defendants, 6 were identified as documented Blood gang members from 4 distinct Bloods sets (specifically, Sex, Money, Murder set; Insane Mob Gang set; Piru set; and Bevin 793 set); 2 were documented as Bloods gang associates; and 17 of the defendants had past violent criminal arrests.

One of the defendants charged, Derrick Reid, was charged with slashing a female victim in Parsippany in the Spring of 2014 and was arrested shortly thereafter at the execution of a search warrant in Morristown where a documented Bloods street gang member was also arrested and from where illegal drugs were sold.

In addition, the initiative resulted in the seizures of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, Oxycodone pills and MDMA or Ecstasy, with a total street value of approximately $20,000.00.

The impact of this initiative is enhanced as it builds on the success of a series of previously reported arrests by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and their law enforcement partners that also targeted the Bloods street gang.  During the course of that operation, in March of 2014, Jhana Wilfong, known on the street as “Nanni” and “Splash”, was arrested with 2 other individuals and charged with a host of drug-related violations for a cocaine distribution he oversaw in the Morristown area.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp praised the inter-agency cooperation that occurred during this initiative and which evidenced itself in the arrests of numerous violent gang members.  Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanked the members of the Special Enforcement, Major Crimes, Fugitive, Intelligence and Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Units of the Prosecutor’s Office, as well as the New Jersey State Police, the Criminal Investigation and Canine Sections of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morristown, Jefferson, Dover, Parsippany, Wharton, and Roxbury Police Departments for their collective participation in this initiative.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp stated, “I have made the investigation and prosecution of violent offenders, especially criminal gang members who have an increased propensity towards violence, a top priority of my administration.  With the outstanding cooperation of our law enforcement partners, we will continue to strive together to safeguard our neighborhoods from the horrific effects of violence and drugs.”

The defendants arrested to date include the following:

1.      Derrick Reid, 24, of Morristown, NJ:

·         Criminal Restraint, Possession of a Weapon, Aggravated Assault Causing Bodily Injury, Threats to Kill & Assault

2.      Robert Brown aka Knuckles, 26, of Victory Gardens, NJ:

·         3rddegree drug possession/distribution charges

3.      Ernest Hill aka Pistol Pone, 29, of Victory Gardens, NJ:

·         Hindering Prosecution & D.P. drug possession charges

4.      Maurice Nobles aka Point, 27, of Victory Gardens, NJ:

·         Contempt of Court

5.      Christopher White,  27, Victory Gardens, NJ:

·         3rddegree drug possession/distribution charges

6.      Jermel Pledger aka Murder Mel, 26, Victory Gardens, NJ:

·         2nd& 3rd degree drug possession/distribution charges

7.      Tishan Smith aka Flame, 28, of  Morristown, NJ:

·         2nd& 3rd degree drug possession/distribution charges

8.      Windolyn Mobley, 40, of  Morristown, NJ:

·         2nd& 3rd degree drug possession/distribution charges

9.      Gary Tillet, 52, of  Dover, NJ:

·         2nd& 3rd degree drug possession/distribution charges

10.  Keith Jenkins, 45, of  Morristown, NJ:

·         2nd& 3rd degree drug possession/distribution charges

11.  Kristen O’Keefe, 32, of Dover, NJ:

·         2nd& 3rd degree drug possession/distribution charges

12.  Derriek Daniels 2nd, 34,  Dover, NJ:

·         2nd& 3rd degree drug possession/distribution charges

13.  Sabine Monrinville, 28, of Dover, NJ:

·         2nd& 3rd degree drug possession/distribution charges

14.  Quason Shabazz, 49, of Dover, NJ:

·         3rddegree drug possession/distribution charges

15.  Cleavon Craighead, 27, of  Victory Gardens, NJ:

·         2nd& 3rd degree drug possession/distribution charges

16.  Lamar Harris, 26, of Morristown, NJ:

·         3rddegree drug possession/distribution charges

17.  Kevin Harrington, 33, of Dover, NJ:

·         D.P. drug possession charges

18.  Sheri Capabianco, 21, of Madison, NJ:

·         3rddegree drug possession/distribution charges

19.  John Foster, 47, of Wharton, NJ:

·         3rddegree drug possession/distribution charges

20.   Tracy Scafidi, 31, of Jackson, NJ:

·         3rddegree drug possession/distribution charges

The arrest of 1 additional fugitive defendant already charged but not yet apprehended is expected.

Any inquiries can be directed to Supervising Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Bradford Seabury at 973-631-5192 or [email protected].

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Ongoing Investigation into the May 18, 2014 Armed Robbery at the Morristown Medical Center

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Morristown Police Chief Peter Demnitz announce an ongoing investigation into an armed robbery that occurred on May 18, 2014, in the parking garage of the Morristown Medical Center complex on Madison Avenue in Morristown. Law enforcement authorities are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the suspect captured in surveillance footage around the time of this incident, as well as any information as to the identity of this suspect.                     

On May 18, 2014, at approximately 10:53 a.m., the Morristown Police Department was contacted regarding an armed robbery in the parking garage of the Morristown Medical Center.  Information revealed that a dark skinned male who was armed with a handgun entered a parking lot complex office and demanded money from an employee.  The suspect then fled the location. 

Multiple surveillance cameras captured the suspect around the time of this incident.  He is described as a dark skinned male between 5’10 and 6’1, who was wearing a white panama jack style hat, large sunglasses, a gray long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and black shoes at the time of the incident. 

Numerous law enforcement agencies continue to investigate this incident, including the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Morristown Police Department and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section. 

Anyone with information about this incident, including the identity of this suspect, is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, the Morristown Police Department at 973-538-2200, or Crimestoppers at 973-267-2255.

Florham Park Man Indicted on Attempted Murder and Attempted Aggravated Arson Charges

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Florham Park Police Chief Patrick Montuore and Morris County Sheriff Edward V. Rochford announce that Daniel Silvio Fargnoli, 31 years old, of Florham Park, New Jersey, was indicted today after an investigation revealed that on December 17, 2013, he allegedly threatened to use lethal force against police officers and he also attempted to use an incendiary device against law enforcement officers while barricaded within his residential building.             

Defendant was indicted on five counts of First Degree Attempted Murder; one count of Second Degree Attempted Aggravated Arson; six counts of Second Degree Possession of a Weapon (Destructive Device) for an Unlawful Purpose; one count of Second Degree Attempt to Cause Widespread Injury or Damage; two counts of Third Degree Unlawful Possession of a Destructive Device; one count of Third Degree Terroristic Threats; and one count of Third Degree Resisting Arrest.

The State is represented by Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Sahil Kabse. 

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200.   

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Florham Park                   Police Department, the Madison Police Department, the East Hanover Police Department, the Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].