Law Enforcement continues to seek the Public’s Assistance regarding a Jefferson Man Killed on September 19, 2015

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief William Craig of the Jefferson Township Police Department are seeking information from the public concerning an incident that occurred on the early morning of September 19, 2015 in Jefferson Township, New Jersey.
On Saturday, September 19, 2015 at approximately 4:00 am, a passerby reported observing a person lying in the roadway of  Route 15 North, near Edison Road in Jefferson Township. Members of the Jefferson Township Police Department responded and found an injured male, later identified as Michael Adams (age 24), who appeared to have been struck by an unknown vehicle.  It is believed that Michael was struck between 3:00am and 4:00am.  Michael was transported to St. Clare’s Dover Campus and was later pronounced as deceased at the hospital.
The victim has been identified as Michael Adams (age 24) of Jefferson, New Jersey.  Michael was a lifelong resident of Jefferson Township and a graduate of Pope John XXIII High School.  He also attended Montclair State University.  Michael was a driver for High Grade Beverage and a part-time cook at Mason Street Pub.  He also served in the United States Army Reserves.
A joint investigation by the Jefferson Township Police Department and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is currently ongoing and active.  Authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying anyone who may have knowledge of this incident and/or the circumstances leading to Michael Adams’ death.   
The family of Michael Adams has offered a $20,0000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible for his death.  The Jefferson Township Police Department and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are not involved in any aspect of the reward being offered.
Any person with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or the Jefferson Township Police Department at 973-697-1300.
                                  
Any person with information can also reach out directly to the Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255 and/or http://morriscrimestoppers.org/.  Information can be provided to CrimeStoppers anonymously.

Any press inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Deputy Chief of Investigations Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected].

Indictment Returned against Man Arrested in connection with November 2013 Fatal Crash that occurred on Route 80

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Jose Almanzar, age 47, with a last known address in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, has been indicted on charges of Death by Auto, Assault by Auto (9 Counts) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child related to a fatal crash that occurred on November 28, 2013 on Route 80 in Mount Olive.
On October 22, 2015, an indictment was returned against Jose Almanzar, charging him with one count of Death by Auto/Vehicular Homicide (second degree), two counts of Assault by Auto (third degree), seven counts of Assault by Auto (fourth degree), and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (third degree).    The case was investigated by the New Jersey State Police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Anyone with information about this incident 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.

Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault 973-285-6262 or [email protected]

Indictment Returned against Man Arrested in connection with the May 2014 Armed Robbery at the Morristown Medical Center

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Tyhan Lighty, age 44, with a last known address in Orange, New Jersey, has been indicted by a Morris County Grand Jury on charges related to an armed robbery that occurred on May 18, 2014 in the parking garage of the Morristown Medical Center complex on Madison Avenue in Morristown.
On October 22, 2015, an indictment was returned against Tyhan Lighty, charging him with Robbery (first degree), Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (second degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (second degree), and Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons (second degree).  
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 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. 
An extensive, multiagency investigation then ensued.  Following investigative leads the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit detectives ultimately identified Lighty as the perpetrator.
On May 4, 2015, Tyhan Lighty was charged by way of warrant-complaints with crimes related to this incident.  On June 18, 2015, Lighty was arrested by officers with the East Orange Police Department on the outstanding warrant related to this incident.  He was later transferred to the custody of detectives with the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morristown Police Department.  Thereafter, bail was set at $250,000 without a ten percent option and Lighty was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Morristown Bureau of Police, East Orange Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit for their efforts in apprehending this defendant.
Anyone with information about this incident 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.

Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault 973-285-6262 or [email protected]