Rockaway Township Bank Robbery

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Rockaway Township Police Chief Martin McParland, Jr. announce an active investigation into a bank robbery that occurred this morning in Rockaway Township, New Jersey.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., law enforcement received a report of a bank robbery that occurred at the TD Bank, located at 326 Mount Hope Avenue.

The subsequent investigation has revealed that a male entered the bank branch and demanded money. The suspect can be further described as a white male, approximately in his late 20’s to early 30’s, who was wearing a dark colored baseball hat, black sunglasses, a white T-shirt, tan shorts, black sneakers, black backpack and black gloves. Upon exiting the bank, the male fled from the scene.

Still images of the suspect are attached below.

Numerous law enforcement agencies have responded and are currently investigating, including the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Rockaway Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section, and the FBI.

Anyone with information about this incident, including the identity of this male, is asked to call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200, the Rockaway Township Police Department at (973) 625-4000 or Crimestoppers at 973-267-2255.

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The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Receives Official Re-Accreditation Certificate from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police

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Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that on August 24, 2016 the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office received the official re-accreditation certificate from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) at the Morris County Freeholder’s work session meeting.

Prosecutor Knapp, standing on the right, accepted the award from NJSACOP Accreditation Program Manager Harry J. Delgado located in the center. To the left is former president of the NJSACOP and current Police Chief of Denville Township Police Department Christopher Wagner.

The NJSACOP Accreditation Program consists of one hundred and five (105) professional standards, many of which have multiple objectives. The program consists of five (5) primary areas including the Administrative Function, Personnel Function, Operations Function, Investigative Function and the Arrestee Handling Function. It is a three (3) year internal analysis of agency operations and ensures that policies and procedures are current, reflect societal demands, and are consistent with best practices for law enforcement in the state of New Jersey. After the three (3) year process, a team of NJSACOP trained and independent assessors review the policies, procedures and agency operations as a whole. To become re-accredited, the policies and procedures must be approved by the assessors, and there must be definitive proof of personnel adherence.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, initially accredited in 2013, was approved for re-accreditation by the NJSACOP Board on June 9, 2016.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.

Prosecutor Announces Investigative Staff Promotions

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations John Speirs announce twelve promotions effective August 26, 2016 to fill vacant supervisory positions within the Prosecutor’s Office. The vacancies were created by the recent retirements of Executive Captain Richard Rose, Captain Jane Recktenwald, and Captain Michael Rice.

The following personnel will be promoted and assigned as indicated below:

Lieutenant Robert M. McNally to Captain, who will command the Tactical Division.

Lieutenant Steven Murzenski to Captain, who will command the Specialized Crimes Division.

Lieutenant Angelo Rosato to Captain, who will command the Courts & Administration Division.

Sergeant Steven M. Brylinski to Lieutenant, who will supervise the Sex Crimes / Child
Endangerment Unit and the Megan’s Law Unit.

Sergeant Edward M. Jones to Lieutenant, who will supervise the Special Operations Division.

Sergeant Anthony P. Mauceri to Lieutenant, who will supervise the Major Crimes Unit and
Vehicular Homicide Function.

Detective Supervisor Jan-Michael Monrad to Sergeant, who will supervise the Intelligence /
Homeland Security Unit.

Detective Supervisor Stephen Ortiz to Sergeant, who will supervise the Professional Standards
Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, Insurance Fraud Unit, Bias Crimes Unit and Arson / Environmental
Crimes Unit.

Detective Supervisor Gregory A. Rossi to Sergeant, who will supervise the Fugitive Unit.

Detective James J. Bruno to Detective Supervisor in the Special Enforcement Unit.

Detective Michael J. Gomez to Detective Supervisor in the Major Crimes Unit and Vehicular
Homicide Function.

Detective Keisha Higgs to Detective Supervisor in the Juvenile / Missing Persons Unit.

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “Through their everyday performance, each of these individuals has demonstrated the qualities necessary to serve at the next level in the organization. I am confident that they will ensure that the office continues to be efficient and effective.”

Inquiries regarding this press release should be referred to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.