Butler Man Sentenced on Multiple Crimes Related to a Series of Incidents in March 2016

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Dylan Howard a/k/a Dylan Hannah, age 25, of Butler, New Jersey has been sentenced to twelve (12) years in New Jersey State Prison with a minimum of six years of parole ineligibility related to a series of crimes that occurred in the Borough of Butler spanning from March 8, 2016 through March 31, 2016. Howard previously pled guilty to Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Aggravated Assault by Pointing a Weapon at a Law Enforcement Officer, Burglary (two counts) and Shoplifting. Additionally, Howard was a second time gun offender and pled guilty to being a Certain Person Not to Have a Weapon.

This case stemmed from an investigation into shoplifting at the Lowes Home Improvement store in Butler, New Jersey, which occurred in March 2016. Subsequently, an investigation was opened related to a burglary into a car, which occurred at the Noah’s Arc Preschool, also in Butler on March 31, 2016. At that time, Howard left the scene to avoid contact with law enforcement and later entered into a vacant home in Butler where he had been squatting. Howard left the home disguised as an old woman and was found at his grandparent’s home a short time later.

Inside the home, Howard possessed a rifle, which he possessed unlawfully and pointed it at Butler Police Officer Jorge Reyes. Based on prior convictions, Howard was not legally permitted to possess a weapon.

Sentence was imposed by the Hon. Thomas J. Critchley, J.S.C. The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Sandler in this matter.
Prosecutor Knapp said, “On March 31, 2016, the life of Butler Police Officer Jorge Reyes was changed forever. While facing the worst imaginable scenario for an officer, Sergeant Reyes performed calmly under the pressure and I commend him for that. I would like to thank AP Sandler and the Major Crimes Unit for their efforts in this case, as well as Butler Police Chief Ciro Chimento and his entire department for their hard work”.

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

Prosecutor’s Office and NJ Office of Homeland Security Provide Training for Local Islamic Center

On April 14, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Director of Critical Infrastructure Patrick Owens, Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker and Detective Supervisor Tom Joiner participated in an Active Shooter Training program in partnership with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon and Boonton Police Chief David Mayhood. The program was held at the Jam-e Masjid Islamic Center in Boonton, New Jersey and was attended by members of multiple local houses of worship and their congregants. Lieutenant John Paige of NJOHSP presented on the Active Shooter Training while Director Owens explained the grant process and services provided by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

The training program instructed the numerous religious leaders and congregants in attendance on the best practices to ensure the safety and security of their respective houses of worship. Director Owens and Detective Supervisor Joiner explained the various services provided by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Homeland Security Unit, such as critical infrastructure assessments and the creation of emergency operations plans. They also discussed the various grants available to houses of worship through the Federal and State Governments.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “The freedom to safely practice any religion is one of the pillars upon which our nation was built. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and our law enforcement partners strive to ensure that the residents of Morris County never lose this freedom. We encourage all religious leaders in our community to remain vigilant and to avail themselves of all services provided by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, NJOSHP, Sheriff’s Office and their municipal police departments”.

Prosecutor’s Office and NJ Office of Homeland Security Provide Training for Local Islamic Center
From left: Sahar Dossal, Hanif Sheikh, MCPO Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, Director of Critical Infrastructure Patrick Owens, John Paige of NJOHSP, Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Boonton PD Chief David Mayhood, Sheriff James M. Gannon, Gul Khan, Khaled Ahmed, Omar Saidi, and Mohammed Riaz.

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