LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATING BANK ROBBERY IN PEQUANNOCK TOWNSHIP

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Pequannock Township Police Chief Brian C. Spring confirm an active investigation into a bank robbery that occurred this morning in Pequannock, New Jersey.

At approximately 10:43 a.m., law enforcement received a report of a bank robbery that occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank, 523 Route 23, in Pequannock.

The subsequent investigation has revealed that a male entered the bank branch and demanded money.  The investigation has revealed that the suspect appears to be an older white male with a black beard, which is possibly fake.  He was last seen wearing dark colored pants, a dark colored hooded Adidas sweatshirt with white stripes on the arms, a dark colored ball cap, and glasses.

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Numerous law enforcement agencies have responded and are currently investigating this incident, including the Pequannock Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigations Unit, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident, including the identity of this male, is urged to call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 or the Pequannock Police Department at 973-835-1700.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to [email protected].

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Receives Re-Accreditation Award

On September 25, 2019, New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Law Enforcement Accreditation Program Director Harry Delgado delivered an official re-accreditation award to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp at the Morris County Freeholders Meeting in Morristown. The award followed a successful accreditation assessment conducted in April 2019 when a team of assessors examined all aspects of office policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Initially accredited in 2013, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has now received its second re-accreditation award, which is valid for a three (3) year period.

The NJSACOP Accreditation Program currently consists of one hundred and twelve (112) professional standards, many of which have multiple objectives. These standards address five (5) primary areas, which include Administration, Personnel, Operations, Investigative, and Arrestee functions.

The re-accreditation process involved a three (3) year in depth self-analysis of agency operations to ensure that policies and performance are current and consistent with best practices for law enforcement in the state of New Jersey. After this three (3) year period, a team of independent assessors from the NJSACOP conduct off-site and on-site audits of agency operations to validate that performance is consistent with professional standards. To become re-accredited, the assessors must approve the policies, and the agency must provide definitive proof of adherence to those policies.

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “Through an independent analysis, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has again demonstrated its excellent performance, which can be attributed to the fine men and women of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office who serve the residents of Morris County every day. I want to personally thank Agent Paul Merkler for his hard work and dedication in spearheading the re-accreditation process.”

Morris County Prosecutor's Office Receives Re-Accreditation Award
Left to Right Accreditation Program Director Harry Delgado, Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Agent Paul Merkler, Acting Chief Chris Kimker, First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante, Chief of Staff Rocco Miscia

MAN CHARGED WITH ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES IN CONNECTION WITH DUMPING CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Florham Park Chief of Police Joseph J. Orlando announce the arrest of Robert Luis Benitez, 46 years old, of Union, NJ, on charges stemming from the improper disposal of construction debris in an area off Route 24, in Florham Park.

It is alleged that Benitez, the owner of RLB Construction & Investments, improperly disposed of a variety of materials including exterior siding, paint cans, tile, boxes, flooring and other related materials.  The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fire/Environmental Unit, along with the Florham Park Department of Public Works, coordinated and executed the cleanup, which resulted in over 10 cubic yards and two tons of waste.  The investigation revealed that the area is a Wetland Transition Zone within the Fresh Water Wetlands Protection Act, as well as a Riparian Zone within the Flood Hazard Area Control Act.

Benitez is charged with one count of Unlawful Disposal or Transportation of Solid Waste, one count of Violation of the Freshwater Protection Act, and one count of Improper Discharge in Violation of the Flood Hazard Area Control Act; all crimes of the third degree.  He was released pending a first appearance in court.

Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Florham Park Police Department, the Florham Park Department of Public Works, the Morris County Office of Health Management, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Union Township Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fire/Environmental Unit, all of whom participated in 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.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fire/Environmental Unit at (973) 285-6200.

Questions concerning this press release should be directed to [email protected].