Man Charged in Connection with Parsippany-Troy Hills Homicide

November 24, 2020

Morris County Acting Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller announce that David A. Lopez, age 19, of Parsippany NJ, has been charged with first degree Murder, third degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, and fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

It is alleged that at approximately 9:00 a.m. on November 22, 2020, law enforcement received a 9-1-1 call regarding an injured male outside a home on Troy Road, Parsippany, New Jersey. Upon arrival at the scene, law enforcement officers located the injured male, later identified as David A. Lopez (the Defendant), outside the residence. The injuries sustained by the Defendant were determined to have been self-inflicted. Officers also located a deceased male, identified as A.J., inside the residence. The cause of death has been ruled homicide by the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office. The manner of death was determined to be sharp force injury to head, neck, torso, and arms.

As a result of the investigation, the Defendant has been charged with Murder, a crime of the first degree, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the third degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the fourth degree. The Defendant was charged on a warrant-complaint and remains in custody pending a court appearance.

Members of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit all participated in the 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.

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

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at 973-285-6215 or [email protected]

Death Investigation in Parsippany-Troy Hills

Morris County Acting Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller announce the investigation of a suspected homicide in Parsippany, New Jersey.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. on November 22, 2020, law enforcement received a 9-1-1 call regarding an injured male outside a home on Troy Road, Parsippany, New Jersey. Upon arrival at the scene, law enforcement officers located the injured male, and also located a deceased male inside the residence.

The cause and manner of death are pending and the investigation remains open and ongoing. The identities of the individuals will not be released at this time. This appears to be an isolated incident and there does not appear to be any ongoing risk to the public.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.

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.

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at 973-285-6215 or [email protected]

70 Year Old Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Chief Marc Palanchi of the Township of Roxbury Police Department announce the arrest of Richard A. Ziegler (DOB July 8, 1950), of Oneida, Tennessee. The defendant has been charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2a(1) and (2), crimes of the first degree; three counts of Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2b, crimes of the second degree; Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3a, a crime of the third degree; and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a (1), crimes of the second degree.

It is alleged that between December 1, 1981 and May 31, 1987, in the Township of Roxbury, the defendant engaged in multiple sexual acts with two separate victims. One victim was between the ages of 10 and 12 when the acts occurred, and the other victim was between the ages of 10 and 15. It is further alleged that at the time of the assaults, the defendant had been living with the victims and had assumed responsibility for the care of them.

The defendant was recently located in Oneida, Tennessee, by the Tennessee Highway Patrol -Criminal Investigations Division. Their investigation alleged that the defendant had falsified documents to obtain a Driver’s License in Tennessee under an assumed identity. During the investigation into the defendant’s identity, Tennessee officials became aware of the allegations against the defendant for sexual assault in New Jersey, and notified the Township of Roxbury Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. The defendant was charged in Tennessee with Aggravated Perjury, a Class D felony, and Driver’s License Fraud, a Class A misdemeanor.

Acting Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, the Township of Roxbury Police Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol – Criminal Investigations Division whose efforts contributed to the investigation and charges filed in Tennessee and New Jersey. Prosecutor Carroll expressed his appreciation for this type of law enforcement cooperation, which he cited as an outstanding model of excellent inter-agency police work to identify and arrest this individual who evaded prosecution for over three decades.

Prosecutor Carroll specially commends Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sergeant Anne-Marie Truppo, Roxbury Twp. PD Detective William Manisa, and Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Jonathan Scott for their tenacious efforts in bringing this defendant to justice. Extradition proceedings will be commenced in the near future in Tennessee to return the defendant to face these criminal charges in New Jersey.

Anyone with information relating to these incidents or any related incident is asked to call Sergeant Anne-Marie Truppo of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6291 or Detective William Manisa of the Township of Roxbury Police Department at 973-448-2050.

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

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