Lincoln Park Man Charged with Sexual Assault

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Mark West of the Lincoln Park Police Department announce the arrest of Nicola S. Granata, age 33, of Lincoln Park, New Jersey, on charges of second degree Sexual Assault and fourth degree Criminal Sexual Contact.

Nicola S. Granata was charged with one count of Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2c(1), a crime of the second degree, and two (2) counts of Criminal Sexual Contact in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3b, a crime of the fourth degree.

The victim reported to law enforcement that she went to defendant’s residence as a customer to have her hair styled by the defendant. The defendant then allegedly engaged in acts of non-consensual sexual contact and penetration against the victim.

On today’s date, the Honorable Thomas J. Critchley, J.S.C., set bail for Mr. Granata in the amount of $40,000 with a 10% option, with an additional condition of no contact with the victim.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Lincoln Park Police Department, specifically, Detective/Sergeant Joseph Zammit and Detective Michael Bono, as well as the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Marshall Wang of the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or the Lincoln Park Police Department at 973-694-5533.

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

Any inquiries can be directed to Executive Captain Richard Rose at 973-285-6244 or [email protected].

Butler Police Department – Officer Involved Shooting (Updated Statement)

On March 31, 2016, at approximately 7:17 pm, members of the Butler Police Department responded to 3 Belleview Terrace, Butler, New Jersey on a report of a suspicious person.  Ultimately, an incident occurred resulting in a Butler police officer discharging his duty weapon, striking an adult male, age twenty-three (23), multiple times.  This incident occurred within 3 Belleview Terrace.   No arrest has been made and no criminal charges have been filed at this time and the investigation remains active and ongoing.

Pursuant to the New Jersey Attorney General Directive (No. 2006-5; Supplemented July 28, 2015) on Officer Involved Shootings, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is conducting the investigation of events.  The Butler Police Department is not responsible for the investigation as a member of that department discharged his duty weapon.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is coordinating this investigation with the Division of Criminal Justice in Trenton as required by the 2015 Attorney General Directive.

In order to ensure the integrity of the investigation and to protect the rights of all persons involved, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office cannot at this time provide any additional details of the incident.  To do so would jeopardize the investigation in progress.  As stated previously, there is no danger to the community.

Once this Office is able to do so a more formal and detailed statement may be issued. Until that time, however, no additional information will be released.

Any inquiries can be directed to Executive Captain Richard A. Rose at 973-285-6244 or [email protected]