Prosecutor Knapp Participates in Community Iftar

On the evening of Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Prosecutor Fredric Knapp joined the congregation of the Islamic Center of Morris County for their annual Community Iftar. The Islamic Center of Morris County opened its doors to all members of the Morris County community, regardless of their religion, to break fast after sunset in observance of Ramadan.

The Community Iftar was created with the purpose of fostering stronger relationships between the various religions that are practiced in Morris County. It created a platform to share thoughts on how the Morris County community can continue to grow and work together toward the ultimate goal of a safe, happy, and healthy community experience.

Prosecutor Knapp and other local leaders were honored by the President of the Islamic Center of Morris County, Mostafa Abuzeed. President Abuzeed presented these community leaders with plaques for their continued support of the Islamic Center of Morris County.

Prosecutor Knapp Participates in Community Iftar
Prosecutor Knapp and MCIC President Mostafa Abuzeed

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Law Enforcement Continues to Seek Public Assistance in their Efforts to Solve the 2011 Murder of Kenvil Diner Owner

This coming Monday, May 28, 2018, will mark seven years since the murder of Chafic “Steve” Ezzeddine at his place of business, the Kenvil Diner. On a beautiful Saturday in 2011, in the middle of Memorial Day Weekend, Steve was found murdered inside of his beloved Diner. The Diner, located on Route 46 in the Kenvil section of Roxbury Township, New Jersey, had been owned and operated by Steve and his family for approximately 30 years.

Every year since 2012, when we first reached the one-year mark since the commission of this crime, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has issued a press release encouraging the public and the community to assist law enforcement in their efforts to solve this case. This release is being sent out with those same intentions; to ask people to provide information that may help solve this case. Any information could be helpful, and any and all information will be accepted. Allow the law enforcement professionals to determine what may be relevant and what may not.

The investigation of this crime has been active and ongoing for seven years, and has spanned not just Morris County and New Jersey, but multiple other states. The investigation has been a collective effort by numerous law enforcement agencies, led by the Roxbury Township Police Department and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. However, multiple other agencies have provided valuable assistance in these efforts, to include the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, New Jersey State Police, New York City Police Department, New York City Medical Examiner’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Secret Service.

Although another year has passed without an arrest, these law enforcement agencies remain fully committed to actively pursuing any and all information that may lead to an arrest.

The Ezzeddine family, who lost their patriarch on that Saturday in 2011, remain devastated by their loss, but optimistic that justice will be served. We certainly appreciate their unwavering support of our efforts to solve this crime.

The Ezzeddine family, in coordination with friends and family, continue to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible for the murder of Steve Ezzeddine. Coupled with the Morris County CrimeStoppers reward money, the total reward is $50,000. Although the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office remains fully supportive of the Ezzeddine family, this Office is not involved in any aspect of the reward being offered.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is strongly encouraged to contact the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or www.morrisprosecutor.org, the Roxbury Police Department at 973-448-2100, or Crimestoppers at 973-COP-CALL.

Persons reporting any information may remain anonymous. Information on how to leave an anonymous call or text message can be found at the Crimestoppers Program website at www.morriscrimestoppers.org.

Inquiries concerning this Media Release should be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at 973-829-8159 or [email protected]

School Bus Driver Charged with Death by Auto in Relation to May 17th Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Route 80 in Mt. Olive Township.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and New Jersey State Police Acting Superintendent Patrick Callahan announce criminal charges related to a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on May 17, 2018 on Route 80 in Mt. Olive Township, New Jersey.

Hudy Muldrow, date of birth November 15, 1940, of Woodland Park, New Jersey has been charged by way of Warrant-Complaint with two (2) counts of Reckless Vehicular Homicide/Death by Auto, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5a, a crime of the second-degree.

It is alleged that on the morning of May 17, 2018, Hudy Muldrow, while acting as a school bus driver for the Paramus School District, operated a school bus (Bus #2) scheduled for a student-teacher trip to Waterloo Village in Byram Township.  The school bus was occupied with students and teachers from East Brook Middle School.  Among the passengers were M.V., a 5th grade student at East Brook Middle School, and J.W., a teacher at East Brook Middle School.

The investigation has revealed that Bus #2, as well as two (2) other buses, left the school on the morning of May 17th en route to Waterloo Village.  Shortly after 10:00 a.m., the three (3) buses exited Interstate 80 West at exit 25 onto Route 206 North.  It is believed that shortly thereafter, the three (3) buses missed a turn that would have taken them to Waterloo Village.  It is further believed that the three (3) buses drove in an effort to correct their route.  Bus #3 detached from the other two buses and arrived safely at Waterloo Village.  Thereafter, it is believed that Bus #2 separated from Bus #1.  Bus #1 eventually arrived safely at Waterloo Village.

The investigation has further revealed that after Bus #1 and Bus #2 separated, Bus #2 travelled on Route 206 South towards the on ramp leading to Route 80 Westbound.  At or near the point of entry onto Route 80 Westbound from the on ramp, Hudy Muldrow is alleged to have turned Bus #2 to the left in an apparent attempt to gain access to the official-use only access point located between the East and Westbound lanes of Route 80.

As part of this maneuver, it is alleged that Hudy Muldrow turned Bus #2 so that it was positioned in an almost-perpendicular direction in relation to the lanes of travel on Route 80 Westbound.  Route 80 Westbound in this area is a three (3) lane highway.  At this time, Bus #2 was impacted by a dump truck that was travelling in the center lane of Route 80 Westbound.  As a result of the impact, Bus #2 was redirected and came to rest in the center median.

At approximately 10:20 a.m., on the date of the incident law enforcement was notified.  Upon arrival of first responders, the body of Bus #2 was discovered laying on its left side in the median of the roadway.  The body of Bus #2 had detached from the chassis of the vehicle due to the force of the impact with the dump truck.

Further investigation revealed that the crash resulted in two (2) fatalities, specifically the deaths of M.V. and J.W.  In addition, the crash resulted in numerous injuries to other occupants of Bus #2.   The driver of the dump truck also sustained various injuries.  The full extent of the non-fatal injuries has yet to be determined, but range from minor to multiple serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.

As a result of this incident, Hudy Muldrow has been charged with two (2) counts of Reckless Vehicular Homicide/Death by Auto, wherein he is alleged to have recklessly operated Bus #2, thereby causing the deaths of M.V. and J.W.  At this time, the investigation into this incident remains active and ongoing, and additional charges may be sought in the future.

The criminal complaints in this matter were sworn to by New Jersey State Police Detective I Daniel Wojcik, a member of the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit – North Squad.  This matter continues to be jointly investigated by the New Jersey State Police and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Honorable Stephen J. Taylor, Criminal Presiding Judge of the Superior Court – Morris/Sussex Vicinage, authorized the charges against Hudy Muldrow this morning.

Muldrow will be lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending his First Appearance, which is likely to be scheduled for Friday, May 25, 2018 at the Morris County Courthouse.

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

Any press inquiries regarding this incident should be directed to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro 973-829-8159.