Law enforcement officials investigating Hanover bank robbery

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Hanover Township Police Chief Mark Roddy announce an active investigation into a bank robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon in Hanover Township.

At approximately 3:32 p.m., law enforcement received a report of a bank robbery that occurred at the Chase Bank, located at 480 State Route 10 in Whippany.

Law enforcement officials investigating Hanover bank robbery
Unidentified man seen in the midst of robbing bank in Hanover on Tuesday, June 6

An investigation has revealed that a male entered the bank branch and demanded money while in possession of a handgun. Various surveillance photographs from the interior of the bank have been obtained. The suspect can be further described as a white/light-skinned male, who was wearing a dark colored jacket, pants, and shoes, light colored gloves, dark sunglasses, and a dark hat. The suspect was carrying a handgun and a bag.

Upon exiting the bank, the male fled from the scene.

Numerous law enforcement agencies have responded and are currently investigating this incident, including the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hanover Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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 Township of Hanover Police Department at 973-428-2512, or Crimestoppers at 973-267-2255

Information needed on fatal crash in Montville

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police are seeking any information related to a fatal crash that occurred last Friday, June 2, on Route 80 Westbound in Montville Township near Mile Marker 47.5.

At approximately 6:52 p.m., the New Jersey State Police were notified of a motor vehicle crash that ultimately resulted in a fatality.

The investigation revealed that a black 2014 Nissan Rogue struck a white 2013 Suzuki Burgman motor scooter. The Nissan Rogue was being operated by Michelle Perez, age 42. The Suzuki Burgman motor scooter was being operated by Ismail Iqbal, age 32, who was fatally injured in the crash.

Perez was charged by way of a criminal complaint with 2nd degree Death by Auto, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5, and Driving Under the Influence, in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey State Police are asking anyone with information regarding this fatal crash to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200.

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.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at [email protected] or at (973) 829-8159.

Essex County man charged with Strict Liability Drug-Induced Death

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Hanover Township Police Chief Mark Roddy announce that Blaine Holley, 34, with a last known address in Hillside and formerly of Irvington, has been charged with crimes related to the September 2016 death of Eric Decter, 31, in Hanover.

Holley was charged Thursday by Warrant-Complaint with the first-degree crime of Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death, and the third degree crime of Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances (Heroin and Cocaine). The charges were authorized by state Superior Court Judge Stephen J. Taylor, in Morristown. Holley was arrested on these charges on Friday in Newark. He was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending future court proceedings.

On the evening of Sept. 19, 2016, law enforcement responded to the America’s Best Value Inn in Hanover on a report of an unconscious male suffering from an apparent narcotics overdose. The male, who was pronounced as deceased at the scene, was later identified as Decter, date of birth June 23, 1985.

Through a subsequent investigation, it is alleged that Holley distributed various narcotics to Decter on multiple occasions, including on Sept. 19. It is further alleged that the ingestion of the narcotics distributed by Holley to Decter resulted in Decter’s death.

Holley has been charged with Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-9. This statute provides that any person who manufactures, distributes or dispenses any of a number of controlled dangerous substances is strictly liable for a death that results from the injection, inhalation, or ingestion of that substance. This is a first-degree crime, which is punishable by up to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison and is subject to the 85 percent parole ineligibility requirements of the No Early Release Act.

Members of the Hanover Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Special Enforcement Unit, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office have contributed to this investigation.

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

Any inquiries can be directed to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at 973-829-8159 or [email protected] .