Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre Commended for Providing Off-Duty Aid

On February 1, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. presented a commendation to Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre for his efforts in providing aid at the scene of a motor vehicle accident while he was travelling off-duty.

Detective Supervisor Patrick Laguerre was travelling on Route 1 in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey on December 31, 2018. He witnessed a single car crash into a large tree due to the rainy weather and poor road conditions. Smoke quickly began emanating from the hood of the car. Detective Supervisor LaGuerre protected the disabled vehicle with his personal vehicle by parking it on the roadway in front of the disabled vehicle. He then ensured that there were no serious injuries and moved one adult and two children out of the smoking vehicle. While waiting for assistance from first responders, Detective Supervisor LaGuerre directed traffic to further protect the disabled vehicle and its occupants.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “Detective Supervisor LaGuerre’s immediate action in providing aid to the disabled vehicle likely prevented further damage and injury to the victims. His actions exemplify the quality and character of Morris County Prosecutor’s Office personnel”.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre Commended for Providing Off-Duty Aid
From left: Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr., Det/Sup Patrick LaGuerre, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

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

Morris County Law Enforcement Officers Commended for Successful Burglary Investigation

On February 1, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. presented commendations to Lieutenant Gregory Rossi, Sergeant Joseph Costello, Detective Michael Puskas, Detective Sasha Gould, Detective Muhammad Thomas, Detective Stephen Gangi, Detective Martyna Ruminska, Detective Supervisor Stephanie Merced, Task Force Officer Edward Zienowicz, and Task Force Officer Scott Weaver.

On July 28, 2018, Detective Muhammad Thomas responded to an attempted burglary in Morris Township, New Jersey. It was reported that a suspect had attempted to gain access to an occupied residence, and had fired a handgun into the floor of the home. The subsequent investigation led to identifying Patrick Wolfe and Kyle Vaz as suspects in the case.

Following numerous overnight surveillance details, probable cause was established for a residence in Newark, New Jersey. During an overnight operation members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Special Enforcement Unit, Morris Township Police Department, and Morris County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at the residence in Newark. A loaded handgun, ammunition, and a large quantity of illicit drugs was recovered from the residence. Interviews following the operation led to the arrests of Kyle Vaz and Patrick Wolfe for the attempted burglary in Morris Township.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “This successful investigation resulted in removing a dangerous, illegal firearm and drugs from the streets of New Jersey. We are proud of the exemplary efforts of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and Special Enforcement Units, as well as all of our law enforcement partners who aided in the investigation”.

Morris County Law Enforcement Officers Commended for Successful Burglary Investigation
From left: MCPO Det. Michael Puskas, Sgt. Joseph Costello, Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Det. Muhammad Thomas, Det. Sasha Gould, Lt. Gregory Rossi, and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr.

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

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Personnel Commended for Efforts in Finding Missing Teenager

On February 1, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. presented commendations to Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Smith, Lieutenant Kristi Allegretta, Detective Supervisor Leah Atterbury, and Mountain Lakes Police Department Detective John Hukowski.

Members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office worked closely with the Mountain Lakes Police Department in the search for a fifteen-year-old male who was reported missing on October 31, 2018. The above mentioned members of law enforcement canvassed train stations in the area, when surveillance provided them with the information that the juvenile boarded a New Jersey Transit Train heading east. Law enforcement agencies at transit hubs in New Jersey, New York, as well as the Camden/Philadelphia region were notified, and aided enormously in the investigation.

Through the efforts of these law enforcement officers, the juvenile was found two weeks after he left his home, on November 13, 2018 in the Philadelphia area. He was in good condition when he was found, and did not have any injuries.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “The combined efforts of all of the law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation resulted in the safe return of a fifteen-year-old son to his family. We are extremely proud of the efforts of the members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Mountain Lakes Police Department, who continue to serve the citizens of Morris County”.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Personnel Commended for Efforts in Finding Missing Teenager
From left: MCPO Capt. Chris Kimker, Det/Sup Leah Atterbury, Lt. Kristi Allegretta, SAP Melanie Smith, Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Mt. Lakes PD Det. John Hukowski, Mt. Lakes PD Chief Shawn Bennett, and MCPO Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr.

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