Local Authorities Assist New York Police Department In Homicide Investigation

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr., and Morris Township Police Chief Mark DiCarlo confirm the investigation of an alleged homicide.

On February 5, 2019, members of the Morris Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office assisted the New York Police Department in investigating a scene located at Bailey Hollow Road, Morris Township. The investigation is related to an alleged homicide.

The investigation remains ongoing and further information will not be released at this time. There is no danger to the public at this time.

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 Morris Township Police Department at 973-539-0777.

Any inquiries can be directed to the New York Police Department Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information at 646-610-6700.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre Commended for Providing Off-Duty Aid

On February 1, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. presented a commendation to Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre for his efforts in providing aid at the scene of a motor vehicle accident while he was travelling off-duty.

Detective Supervisor Patrick Laguerre was travelling on Route 1 in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey on December 31, 2018. He witnessed a single car crash into a large tree due to the rainy weather and poor road conditions. Smoke quickly began emanating from the hood of the car. Detective Supervisor LaGuerre protected the disabled vehicle with his personal vehicle by parking it on the roadway in front of the disabled vehicle. He then ensured that there were no serious injuries and moved one adult and two children out of the smoking vehicle. While waiting for assistance from first responders, Detective Supervisor LaGuerre directed traffic to further protect the disabled vehicle and its occupants.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “Detective Supervisor LaGuerre’s immediate action in providing aid to the disabled vehicle likely prevented further damage and injury to the victims. His actions exemplify the quality and character of Morris County Prosecutor’s Office personnel”.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre Commended for Providing Off-Duty Aid
From left: Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr., Det/Sup Patrick LaGuerre, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

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

Morris County Law Enforcement Officers Commended for Successful Burglary Investigation

On February 1, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. presented commendations to Lieutenant Gregory Rossi, Sergeant Joseph Costello, Detective Michael Puskas, Detective Sasha Gould, Detective Muhammad Thomas, Detective Stephen Gangi, Detective Martyna Ruminska, Detective Supervisor Stephanie Merced, Task Force Officer Edward Zienowicz, and Task Force Officer Scott Weaver.

On July 28, 2018, Detective Muhammad Thomas responded to an attempted burglary in Morris Township, New Jersey. It was reported that a suspect had attempted to gain access to an occupied residence, and had fired a handgun into the floor of the home. The subsequent investigation led to identifying Patrick Wolfe and Kyle Vaz as suspects in the case.

Following numerous overnight surveillance details, probable cause was established for a residence in Newark, New Jersey. During an overnight operation members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Special Enforcement Unit, Morris Township Police Department, and Morris County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at the residence in Newark. A loaded handgun, ammunition, and a large quantity of illicit drugs was recovered from the residence. Interviews following the operation led to the arrests of Kyle Vaz and Patrick Wolfe for the attempted burglary in Morris Township.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “This successful investigation resulted in removing a dangerous, illegal firearm and drugs from the streets of New Jersey. We are proud of the exemplary efforts of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and Special Enforcement Units, as well as all of our law enforcement partners who aided in the investigation”.

Morris County Law Enforcement Officers Commended for Successful Burglary Investigation
From left: MCPO Det. Michael Puskas, Sgt. Joseph Costello, Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Det. Muhammad Thomas, Det. Sasha Gould, Lt. Gregory Rossi, and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr.

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