Parsippany Woman Indicted for Murder of Her Mother

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller announce that Lila Lucariello, age 33, of Parsippany, New Jersey, has been indicted on charges related to the stabbing death of her mother at her Parsippany apartment in September 2018.

On May 29, 2019, an indictment was returned against the Defendant charging her with first degree Murder, third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and second degree Endangering the Welfare of Children.

On September 1, 2018, at approximately 8:27 a.m., members of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department were dispatched to 3579 Route 46 East, Apt. 57B, Parsippany, NJ for a 911 call. Upon arrival, first responding officers located a deceased woman’s body inside the apartment. The deceased woman was subsequently identified as Salwa Kahn-Tamr, age 58, of Prospect Park, New Jersey. The Defendant’s husband had contacted 911 after returning home that morning and locating the deceased victim.

The Defendant, who was identified as the deceased victim’s daughter, was also located inside the apartment. The Defendant was taken into the custody of law enforcement from the apartment. A knife believed to be used by the Defendant to inflict the fatal injuries was also collected from the apartment.

Investigators determined that the Defendant had been in the apartment with her mother and the Defendant’s infant daughter during the overnight hours.

On September 2, 2018, the victim’s Cause of Death was determined to be Multiple Stab Wounds and the Manner of Death was determined to be Homicide.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the members of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation Unit, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office for their efforts in conducting this investigation.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department at 973-263-4300.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and this Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries about this press release can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at 973-829-8159 or [email protected]

Man Sentenced for July 2018 Carjacking in Township of Denville

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Denville Police Chief Frank Perna announce that Michael Romeo, age 32, with a last known address of Sewell, New Jersey has been convicted and sentenced related to a carjacking incident that occurred in the Township of Denville on July 10, 2018.

Romeo was sentenced to five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison and must serve five (5) years of this sentence before being eligible for parole. The Defendant is also subject to a five (5) year term of parole supervision following completion of the term of incarceration.

On January 14, 2019, the Defendant entered a guilty plea to Carjacking, a crime of the first degree. In pleading guilty, the Defendant admitted that on July 10, 2018, the Defendant accepted a ride from the victim into the Township of Denville. When being dropped off, the Defendant admitted to putting the victim in fear of bodily injury so that he could steal the victim’s vehicle. The Defendant then drove away from the scene in the victim’s stolen vehicle.

Members of the Denville Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit subsequently located the Defendant and the victim’s stolen car in Philadelphia, PA. On July 12, 2018, the Defendant was arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department. The Defendant was later extradited to New Jersey to face charges related to this incident.

Sentence was imposed by the Hon. David H. Ironson, J.S.C. The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Tara Wang in this matter.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Denville Police Department, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit for their contributions to this investigation and prosecution.

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 Announces Promotions of Detectives

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker announce six promotions effective on Monday, May 20, 2019 to fill vacant positions in the Prosecutor’s Office created due to retirements.

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

  •  Lieutenant Stephen Ortiz to the rank of Captain of the Specialized Crimes Division. Captain Ortiz has been a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office since August 2004, when he was hired as a Detective. Prior to joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Captain Ortiz worked as a Sheriff’s Officer in Union County and as a Special Agent in the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation. During his tenure with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Captain Ortiz has served in the Financial Crimes, Insurance Fraud, Fire/Environmental, and Internal Affairs Units. He has also been a member of the Intelligence Crime Task Force, the US Homeland Security Investigations Task Force, and the Morris County Rapid Deployment Team.
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Announces Promotions of Detectives
Acting Chief Kimker, Captain Ortiz, and Prosecutor Knapp
  •  Sergeant Joseph Costello to the rank of Lieutenant of the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment and Megan’s Law Units within the Tactical Division. Lieutenant Costello joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office as a Detective in 2006, after beginning his career in law enforcement with the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office in 2001. Throughout his career with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Lieutenant Costello has been assigned to the Sex Crimes, Fraud, Intelligence, and Special Enforcement Units. He has also served on the Tactical Narcotics Team, the Firearms Training Unit, the Rapid Deployment Team, and the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team. Lieutenant Costello is a NJ Police Training Commission Certified Instructor in over 14 law enforcement and tactical disciplines.
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Announces Promotions of Detectives
Acting Chief Kimker, Lieutenant Costello, and Prosecutor Knapp
  • Detective Michael Puskas to the rank of Sergeant of the Major Crimes Unit within the Tactical Division. Sergeant Puskas has been a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for 5 years. Prior to joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, he had 30 years of law enforcement experience as a member of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). During his tenure with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Sergeant Puskas has been assigned to the Fire/Environmental Unit and the Major Crimes Unit in which he has conducted numerous investigations of fires, shootings, bank robberies, and deaths.
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Announces Promotions of Detectives
Acting Chief Kimker, Sergeant Puskas, and Prosecutor Knapp
  • Detective Sasha Gould to the rank of Detective Supervisor of the Major Crimes Unit within the Tactical Division. Detective Supervisor Gould has been a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office since 2013. Prior to joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office as a detective, she worked as a member of the New Jersey Transit Police and served on a robbery and narcotics task force with the Newark Police Department. During her time as a detective with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, she has worked in the Professional Standards, Financial Crimes, Bias Crimes, Major Crimes, and the Intelligence/Homeland Security Units.
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Announces Promotions of Detectives
Acting Chief Kimker, Detective Supervisor Gould, and Prosecutor Knapp
  • Detective Ramon Lopez to the rank of Detective Supervisor of the Special Enforcement Unit of the Special Operations Division. Detective Supervisor Lopez has been a member of law enforcement for the last 13 years, 4 of them as a Patrol Officer in the New Jersey Human Services Police Department, and the last 9 as a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. During his tenure here, Detective Supervisor Lopez has served in the Special Enforcement, Domestic Violence, General Investigations, and Major Crimes Units. In 2014, Detective Supervisor Lopez was named Officer of the Year by the New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officer Association. He also serves as an instructor for the “Top Gun” and the Undercover Narcotics Investigations Training courses.

 

  • Detective Brad Palatucci to the rank of Detective Supervisor of the Financial Crimes, Insurance Fraud, Professional Standards, Fire/Environmental, and Bias Crimes Units. Detective Supervisor Palatucci’s law enforcement career began 14 years ago as a member of the Caldwell Police Department. In his time in Caldwell, he worked as a Patrol Officer, Detective, and Detective Sergeant. Detective Supervisor Palatucci joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 2017 and has worked in the Financial Crimes, Fraud, Insurance Fraud, Fire/Environmental, and the Firearms Units. He is a certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist, a Trained Arson Investigator, and a Certified Hazmat Technician.
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Announces Promotions of Detectives
Acting Chief Kimker, Detective Supervisor Palatucci, and Prosecutor Knapp

Following the promotion ceremony, Prosecutor Knapp stated, “I am proud to announce the promotion of these exceptional members of our office. Their continued hard work and dedication toward keeping Morris County safe deserves to be recognized. I know they will continue to serve with distinction in their new roles”.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Announces Promotions of Detectives