Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Promotions

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen Wilson announce nine promotions effective on Monday, July 30, 2018 to fill vacant positions in the Prosecutor’s Office. These vacancies were created by previous promotions in the office, as well as retirements.

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

  •  Senior Trial Counsel and Supervising Assistant Prosecutor John McNamara to Chief Assistant Prosecutor, will supervise the Appellate and Professional Standards Units. Chief Assistant Prosecutor McNamara joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 1996, left for a short time in 1998 for private practice, and was re-hired in 2000. During his tenure at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, he served as the Chief of the Major Crimes Unit until being named the Supervising Assistant Prosecutor for the Professional Standards Unit. CAP McNamara is currently serving his fifth term as a designee to the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Model Criminal Jury Charges, and is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Criminal Practice Committee.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Promotions
Prosecutor Knapp and CAP McNamara
  • Lieutenant V. Harrison Dillard to Captain, will command the six units that fall under the Special Operations Division including the Intelligence, Homeland Security, Fugitive, High Tech Crimes, Forfeiture, and Special Enforcement Units. Captain Dillard, a veteran of the United States Army, has over twenty-three years of law enforcement experience, including over thirteen years with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Prior to joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Captain Dillard spent four years with the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and five years as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army. He is a lead instructor at the Undercover Narcotics Investigations Training (UNIT) course and the Top Gun training course for undercover drug investigations, and is also a certified expert in drug trafficking as determined by the Superior Courts of Morris and Passaic Counties.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Promotions
Chief Wilson and Capt. Dillard
  • Lieutenant Christoph Kimker to Captain, will command the various Units of the Specialized Crimes Division. Captain Kimker has been a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office since 2004 and an employee of Morris County since 1992, when he was hired by the County as an Environmental Specialist where he supervised the Environmental Services Unit. He has been assigned to the Major Crimes Unit, Arson/Environmental Crimes Unit, and the Specialized Crimes Division. Captain Kimker has also been a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team since 2008 and a Firearms Instructor since 2010.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Promotions
Chief Wilson and Capt. Kimker
  • Sergeant Jan-Michael Monrad to Lieutenant, will supervise the various units of the Special Operations Division. Lieutenant Monrad has been a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office since 2002. Prior to joining the MCPO, he was a Patrol Officer and eventually Detective in the Boonton Township Police Department. Lieutenant Monrad has worked in the Special Enforcement Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, High Tech Crimes Unit, and Intelligence/Homeland Security Unit. He is recognized as an expert in electronic surveillance, and has conducted over 1,000 lawful intercepts of communications, many of which led to the convictions of illicit drug traffickers.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Promotions
Chief Wilson and Lt. Monrad
  • Sergeant Stephen Ortiz to Lieutenant, will continue to supervise the Specialized Crimes Unit inclusive of the Financial Crimes Unit, Insurance Fraud Unit, Fire Environmental Unit, and the Professional Standards Unit. Lieutenant Ortiz’s law enforcement career began in 1999 as a Sheriff’s Officer in the Union County Sheriff’s Office and then the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation. He has been a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office since 2004, and has worked in the Fraud and Insurance Fraud Units, the Intelligence Crime Task Force, and the Homeland Security Investigations Task Force. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist, and a Certified Arson Investigator.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Promotions
Chief Wilson and Lt. Ortiz
  • Detective/Supervisor Michael Gomez to Sergeant, will supervise the Intelligence Unit. Prior to joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 2013, Sergeant Gomez served multiple overseas tours of duty in the United States Army. During a deployment in Afghanistan, he received a Bronze Star medal by then Secretary of the Army John McHugh for bravery and acts of merit while serving in a combat zone. Sergeant Gomez still serves today as a Special Agent in the US Army Reserves. His law enforcement career began in 2007, when he became a Patrol Officer with the Randolph Township Police Department. During Sergeant Gomez’s time in Randolph, he led the department in DWI arrests and was awarded multiple Life Saving Awards as well as the Honorable Service Award, and the Outstanding & Distinguished Service Award.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Promotions
Chief Wilson and Sgt. Gomez
  • Detective/Supervisor Joseph Soulias to Sergeant, will continue to supervise the Financial Crimes, Insurance Fraud, Professional Standards and Fire/Environmental Crimes Units of the Specialized Crimes Division. Sergeant Soulias has been a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office since 2015, where he has been a member of the General Investigations Unit and Financial Crimes Unit. Prior to joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, he was a member of the New Jersey State Police where he retired after 25 years with the final rank of Lieutenant, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Promotions
Chief Wilson and Sgt. Soulias
  • Detective Patrick LaGuerre to Detective/Supervisor, will continue in his assignment in the Office of the Chief of Investigations supervising Bias Crimes, Community Outreach, and Recruitment. Prior to joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 2013, Detective/Supervisor LaGuerre began his law enforcement career with the East Orange Police Department in 2000, where he was assigned to the Patrol, Criminal Investigation, Narcotics, Executive Protection, and the Enhanced Community Safety Team Units. He has been recognized in the past for disarming a middle school student carrying a handgun in a classroom, as well as arresting and prosecuting ten juveniles charged with Bias Intimidation, Criminal Restraint, and Harassment.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Promotions
Chief Wilson and Det./Sup. LaGuerre
  • Detective Julio Torres to Detective/Supervisor, will assist in the supervision of the Fugitive Unit. Detective/Supervisor Torres has been with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office since 2002, during which time he has been assigned to the General Investigations, Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment, Megan’s Law, Intelligence/Narcotics, Major Crimes, and the Fugitive Units. Prior to joining the MCPO, Detective/Supervisor Torres worked as support employee with the Federal Bureau of Investigation/Newark Division, as well as a Detective with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. He is a certified Polygraph Examiner, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Crisis Negotiator, and Police Instructor. Detective/Supervisor Torres has also presented at the Morris County Police Academy on Sex Crimes, Gangs, and Major Crimes-Strict Liability investigations.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Promotions
Chief Wilson and Det./Sup. Torres

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “I am extremely proud to announce the promotion of these outstanding career law enforcement professionals. It is a tribute to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office that we have members with the expertise and experience of these individuals to fill vacancies created by recent retirements. I know that they will continue to serve the County of Morris with distinction”.

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Promotions
From left to right: Det./Sup. LaGuerre, Chief Wilson, Det./Sup. Torres, Sgt. Gomez, Sgt. Soulias, Lt. Ortiz, Lt. Monrad, Capt. Kimker, Capt. Dillard, CAP McNamara, and Prosecutor Knapp

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

Multiple Morris County Law Enforcement Agencies Investigating Alleged Burglary and Shot Fired on Frederick Place in Morris Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris Township Police Chief Mark DiCarlo, and Morristown Police Chief Peter Demnitz can confirm an active investigation into an incident that occurred on the evening of July 28, 2018 in Morris Township, New Jersey.

On Saturday, July 28, 2018 at approximately 8:15 pm., law enforcement was notified of an alleged burglary, which occurred on Frederick Place in Morris Township. An unknown suspect, who was armed with a handgun, had attempted to make entry into the rear of a residence. During this attempt, the resident’s dog chased after the suspect, at which time it is believed that the suspect fired the handgun in the direction of the dog. The fired shot is believed to have entered into a portion of the home. However, there were no injuries as a result of this event. The home was occupied by the resident at the time of the incident.

The suspect has been described by the resident of the home as a black male, with an athletic build, approximately 5-6” to 5-8”. The suspect is believed to be in his late 20’s or early 30’s. The suspect’s hair has been described as short on the sides, with one inch twisted braids on top. He was further reported to be wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants, and wearing a black backpack.

Multiple law enforcement agencies have been actively involved in this investigation, including the Morris Township Police Department, the Morristown Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation is active and ongoing, and law enforcement is seeking the public’s assistance with information. Anyone with any type of information is encouraged to contact the Morris Township Police at 973-539-0777, Morris Township Detective Justin Crowell at 973-326-7484, the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Morristown Police Department at 973-538-2200.

In addition, anyone with information regarding this incident may contact the Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers Program at www.copcall.org, 973-COP-CALL or by using the free “P3 Tips” app on any mobile device. You will remain completely anonymous.

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

Man Charged in Connection with Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Acting Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan of the New Jersey State Police announce the arrest of Chevron B. Rolle, date of birth February 9, 1998, of Far Rockaway, New York, on charges stemming from a motor vehicle crash that occurred during the early morning hours of July 29, 2018.

It is alleged that on the morning of July 29th, Chevron Rolle was the driver of a motor vehicle involved in a single vehicle crash that occurred near mile post 26 of Interstate 80 Westbound in Mount Olive Township. The investigation revealed that there was one other passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The passenger, who was later identified as Maneya Green, date of birth March 10, 2000, of New York City, New York, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

It is further alleged that after the crash, Rolle initially provided false information to the responding officers regarding the circumstances surrounding the crash and the occupants of the vehicle. In addition, Rolle exhibited signs of being under the influence.

Rolle has been charged by way of Warrant-Complaint with one count of Reckless Vehicular Homicide, a crime of the second degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5a; one count of Obstructing Administration of Law, a crime of the fourth degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1a, and one count of Possession of Marijuana, a disorderly persons offense in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a.

Members of the New Jersey State Police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit contributed to this investigation.

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

The Defendant is scheduled for a first appearance in Morris County Superior Court on July 29, 2018.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact the New Jersey State Police at (973) 347-1001 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (973) 285-6200.

Any press inquiries can be directed to Peter DiGennaro at (973) 829-8159 or [email protected]