Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Recognizes Crime Victims’ Rights Week

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office recognizes 2020 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, especially given these unprecedented challenges our community is facing. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will have a tree lit up outside of the Administration & Records Building from April 19 through April 25, 2020 in honor of all of the victims of crime in Morris County. Serving as a small beacon of hope during these difficult times, a wreath adorned with a “2020 in Recognition” ribbon was placed next to the tree.

Observed annually, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is about raising awareness of victims’ rights and services, highlighting programs, celebrating progress achieved, and honoring victims and the professionals and agencies who serve them. This year, the theme is “Seek Justice, Ensure Victims’ Rights, Inspire Hope.” The theme commemorates the advocacy of individuals and groups that inspires victims and their families to have hope, justice and healing.

Even during this period of social distancing, support services and resources are available. For an overview of services, please visit www.nj.gov/oag/dcj/victimwitness/.

Resources are also available for Morris County victims of domestic violence.

During the COVID-19 court closures, applications for a temporary restraining order may be filed with the local police department where (1) the victim resides or is sheltered, (2) where the defendant resides, (3) or where the incident occurred.

If you are in need of domestic violence services you can contact any of the following resources:

 

  • Morris County Family Justice Center at 973-829-4050 or www.Morrisfjc.org
  • Jersey Battered Women’s Service at 973-267-7520 or JBWS.org
  • Safety, Support and Solutions for All 24-hour hotline at 1-877-R U ABUSED (1-877-782-2873)
  • If you are Hearing Impaired, you can contact 973-314-4192
  • Center for Non-Violence counseling programs at 973-539-7801

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Recognizes Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “Please know that even during this pandemic, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and local law enforcement agencies are here to protect the rights of crime victims 24/7.  Even though our doors may not be open, we are always available at the phone numbers above to provide needed services.”

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Recognizes Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Warns of Scams Involving Stimulus Checks

April 17, 2020

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Warns of Scams Involving Stimulus Checks

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp reminds residents that criminals continue to operate even during these unprecedented times. The recent national attention on the Economic Impact Payments, or COVID-19 relief stimulus checks, is one such opportunity for scammers.

The United States Postal Inspection Service advises that scammers are calling and/or emailing individuals claiming to be from the Treasury Department, and offering expedited stimulus payments or assistance with obtaining a stimulus payment. According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, citizens do not need to pay taxes or processing fees in order to obtain the relief stimulus payment.

Prosecutor Knapp advises if you receive a call asking for personal information or for fees to obtain a stimulus check, do not give the caller any personal information or do not send money. Just hang up.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service offers the following tips for protecting yourself and others against incoming mail theft:

  • Promptly pickup mail, or arrange for prompt pickup
  • Inquire about overdue mail
  • File a change of address if you move

 

On March 30, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced the creation of a Federal-State COVID-19 Fraud Task Force to investigate and prosecute those who exploit the COVID-19 pandemic by defrauding others.

If you believe you have been victimized, please notify the National Center for Disaster Fraud’s National Hotline at 866-720-5721, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200, or your local police department.

Residents can also report the theft of stimulus checks from the mail to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at www.uspis.gov/report or 1-800-ASK-USPS.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.

Washington Township Man Charged in Shots Fired Incident

March 31, 2020

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Washington Township Police Chief Jeffrey Almer announce that Keith O’Connor, age 49, of Washington Township, New Jersey, has been charged in connection with a shots fired incident that occurred on Rock Road in Washington Township on March 30, 2020.

On March 30, 2020, at approximately 7:10 p.m., officers of the Washington Township Police Department responded to a residence located on Rock Road in Washington Township to perform a welfare check into a report of a suicidal male. It is alleged that while the officers were on scene, O’Connor fired a shotgun at or in their direction. The subsequent investigation revealed additional weapons, including an assault firearm and large capacity ammunition magazines, as well as a suspected controlled dangerous substance, were found within O’Connor’s residence.

No shots were fired by the Washington Township Police Department officers.

As a result of the investigation into this incident, O’Connor has been charged with Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the second degree; Aggravated Assault, a crime of the third degree; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the second degree; Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, a crime of the fourth degree; and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, a crime of the third degree.  He remains in custody and is pending a first appearance in court.

Members of the Washington Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office -Crime Scene Investigations, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit all took part in 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 Washington Township Police Department at 908-876-8300.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, this defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at 973-829-8159 or [email protected].