Orange Man Guilty of Aggravated Sexual Assault on Morristown Woman Sentenced to 10 years in State Prison

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Peter Demnitz of the Morristown Bureau of Police announce that Aquil Malik, DOB 10/25/1993, 23 years-old of Orange, New Jersey and formerly of Morristown, New Jersey, was sentenced today to ten (10) years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Salem Vincent Ahto, J.S.C., Retired and Temporarily Assigned on Recall.

The defendant had been previously found guilty after a jury trial of one count of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, in violation of N.J.S 2C:14-2a(5); one count of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, in violation of N.J.S 2C:14-2a(7), and one count of second degree Sexual Assault, in violation of N.J.S 2C:14-2c(1).

In September 2011, the defendant met the intoxicated victim, who was seventeen at the time, at a social gathering in Morristown. The defendant along with two others took the victim, who had requested to be taken home, to an isolated area and sexually penetrated her while she was in and out of consciousness. Upon becoming aware of what was occurring the victim told the defendant to stop, but he did not.

The defendant was a juvenile at the time of the assault, but his charges were transferred to Superior Court to be tried as an adult.

The Defense Attorney for the defendant had previously filed a motion based on the States alleged failure to preserve text messages and for the alleged failure to turn them over, which was denied by Judge Ahto. The Defense also asked the Judge to set aside the verdict based on lack of evidence. The Judge denied that motion as well. Judge Ahto ruled that there was more than enough evidence to convict the defendant.

Assistant Prosecutors Laura Magnone and Eryn Fernandez-Ledon represented the State in these proceedings.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morristown Bureau of Police, specifically Sergeant Tyrone Jackson, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for their efforts in this matter.

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

Pair Arrested for Residential Burglaries as a Result of Multi-Agency Investigation in Morris County

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Butler Borough Police Chief Ciro Chimento, Pequannock Township Police Chief Brian C. Spring, Hanover Township Police Chief Mark Roddy, Riverdale Borough Police Chief Kevin Smith and Kenilworth Borough Police Chief John Zimmerman announce the arrest of two (2) individuals as the result of a short term, multi-agency investigation related to residential burglaries.

Members of the Pequannock Township Police Department developed information concerning individuals committing residential burglaries in Morris County. A joint investigation was then conducted by the Pequannock Township Police Department, Hanover Township Police Department, Riverdale Borough Police Department, Kenilworth Borough Police Department (Union County), and the Butler Borough Police Department, which was coordinated by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Intelligence Unit. This investigative effort focused on residential burglaries that occurred in multiple jurisdictions between January 6, 2017 and February 6, 2017.

The investigative efforts culminated on February 6, 2017, while members of this multi-jurisdictional investigative detail were conducting a surveillance operation. While conducting surveillance, detectives observed Ryan McNamee, wearing red gloves and a hooded sweatshirt, run from the rear of a house in the Borough of Butler, enter the passenger’s seat of his Chevrolet Tahoe, and depart the area. Detectives conducted a property check of the residence and observed a hole punched through a window at the rear of this residence. This type of entry method was consistent with that in other burglaries under investigation. Officers then attempted to make a motor vehicle stop of the Chevrolet Tahoe. The driver who was operating the vehicle refused to stop, ultimately crashing into the yard of a residence in the Township of Pequannock. After the vehicle crashed, Andrew Kirchner (driver) was apprehended while Ryan McNamee, the vehicle’s passenger, exited the vehicle and fled the scene, where he was apprehended after a foot pursuit. Police recovered the proceeds from the burglary that had just occurred at the Butler Borough residence. The Chevrolet Tahoe was seized and will be subject to a Civil Forfeiture action by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

The following individuals were arrested as a result of this investigation:

• Ryan McNamee, age 32 of Hanover Township (Whippany) NJ, was charged with the following:

One count of third degree burglary, one count of third degree theft, and one count each of conspiracy to commit these offenses, stemming from an incident in Pequannock on January 6, 2017.

One count of third degree burglary, one count of third degree theft, and one count each of conspiracy to commit these offenses, stemming from an incident in Hanover Township on January 31, 2017.

One count of third degree burglary, one count of third degree theft, and one count each of conspiracy to commit these offenses, stemming from an incident in Butler on February 6, 2017.

One count of third degree receiving stolen property and one count of fourth degree resisting arrest (by flight), stemming from an incident in Pequannock on February 6, 2017.

• Andrew Kirchner, age 30 of Paterson, NJ, was charged with the following:

One count of third degree conspiracy to commit burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit theft, stemming from an incident in Butler on February 6, 2017.

One count of second degree eluding and one count of receiving stolen property, stemming from an incident in Pequannock on February 6, 2017.

Both individuals were lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on arrest warrant complaints in accordance with the Criminal Justice Reform Act and were released at their First Appearance by the Honorable Michael Carlucci, J.M.C.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp stated, “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office continues its commitment to investigating and prosecuting burglars who prey on our residents and who violate the sanctity of their homes. Through the coordinated efforts of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Intelligence Unit, my Office pledges our commitment to assisting all law enforcement agencies within Morris County with the investigative and legal resources available. The involved police departments and their officers are commended for their efforts and information sharing, which led to these arrests, and which demonstrates their commitment to keeping Morris County safe.” Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp also wishes to thank the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section and K-9 Unit for their efforts related to this investigation.

This case will be prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Erin Callahan of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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