Morris County Prosecutor’s Office takes part in National Night Out

Thousands of Morris County residents spent Tuesday evening getting to know officials at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and other local law enforcement officers at annual National Night Out events around the county.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office had tables at three National Night Out events in Morris Township, Rockaway and Butler. They were staffed by Detective Supervisor Keisha Higgs and Detectives Muhammad Thomas, Tom Spautz, Janine Buchalski, Martyna Ruminiska and Ramon Lopez. The detectives chatted with the public about their law enforcement role and distributed ceremonial badges and coloring books to children.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante were on hand to meet and talk to attendees at Mennen Arena in Morris Township and also at a National Night Out event in Florham Park. Chief of Investigations John Speirs attended National Night Out events in Butler and Rockaway.

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An array of law enforcement and service organizations were present at the Mennen Arena location, including the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris County CARES, the Seeing Eye, and many local police departments. On display outside the arena were fire department equipment from around the county along with a New Jersey State Police rescue boat and pet assistance van.

National Night Out began in 1984 to foster better relations between police and the people they serve. It began with help from an already established network of law enforcement agencies and neighborhood watch groups. It has since grown into a truly national movement that enhances the need for residents to work with law enforcement to keep their neighborhoods safe. Today, an estimated 38 million people in 16,000 communities across the nation take part in National Night Out.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “National Night Out was a resounding success in Morris County. Our thanks to all law enforcement agencies and first responders who participated along with all service providers. It was especially rewarding to see so many young children attending and expressing interest in careers serving the public.”
For more information, contact Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at [email protected] or (973) 829-8159.

18-year-old charged in attempted sexual assault of 71-year-old

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Town of Boonton Police Chief David J. Mayhood announce that John Santiago, age 18, of the Town of Boonton, has been charged with Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1/14-2(c)3, a crime of the second degree; Burglary, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2(a)1, a crime of the second degree, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3(a), a crime of the third degree, Criminal Sexual Contact, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3(b), a crime of the fourth degree, and Theft, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3(a), a disorderly persons offense.

It is alleged that Santiago forcibly entered the residence of a 71-year-old female in the early morning hours of Aug. 1. While there, he allegedly took money from the victim’s purse, and entered her room while she was sleeping. Santiago is alleged to have woken the victim up, and engaged in an act of sexual contact against her. He then allegedly attempted to have her engage in an act of sexual penetration with him. The victim resisted and a physical altercation allegedly ensued. Santiago is alleged to have then left the scene.

After his arrest, Santiago was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Town of Boonton Police Department, particularly Det. Karl Mangino, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, particularly Det. Craig May and Det.Supervisor Jazmin Munoz-Felder, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigations Section whose efforts contributed to the investigation of the matter.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Craig May of the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.

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

Any inquiries can be directed to Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at (973) 829-8159 or [email protected]