Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Announces Results of Fugitive Apprehension Initiative

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that in June 2013, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fugitive Unit was provided with additional staffing and resources to place an emphasis on decreasing the amount of active fugitives wanted in Morris County. 

Acting Prosecutor Knapp stated: “Protecting the citizens of Morris County from violent criminals wanted by law enforcement, and ensuring that offenders fulfill their obligation to the criminal justice system, is a primary focus of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.  Every resource available will to be used to track down and apprehend these individuals.” 

Since the commencement of the initiative in June of this year, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fugitive Unit has dramatically reduced the number of active warrants.  The results are listed below.

            Total Active Fugitive Warrants on July 1, 2013:                                       650     

            Fugitive Warrants cleared                            

·         Located & apprehended:                                                                   50
·         Arrested by other jurisdictions:                                                                  6
·         Located in jail or prison – Detainers lodged:                                              6
·         Extradited from outside NJ:                                                                      17
·         Deported from USA:                                                                                 21 
·         Deceased:                                                                                                     3
·         Arrested in NJ and Returned to Demanding State

as a Fugitive From Justice:                                                                         24

·         Located outside the USA:                                                                        50 +/-
                                                                                         
            TOTAL WARRANTS CLEARED since July 1, 2013:                            303

In addition to these efforts, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office placed its 10 Most Wanted Fugitives on their Website, which to date, has resulted in the apprehension of three of the most dangerous offenders evading capture.  They are:

Morris County Prosecutor's Office Announces Results of Fugitive Apprehension Initiative
 
                                                       
Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks the members of the Fugitive Unit for the work they have performed in an effort to reduce the warrant backlog, especially Captain Daniel DeGroot and Sergeant Carmen Ferrante, under whose leadership these excellent results have been achieved.

Anyone who knows they have an active arrest warrant in Morris County are encouraged to call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fugitive Unit and arrange to turn themselves in. 

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected]

 

Florham Park Man Charged With Multiple Offenses at Barricaded Residence

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Sheriff Edward V. Rochford announce that the Office of the Morris County Prosecutor and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an investigation into events that occurred on December 17, 2013 on Dixon Drive in the Borough of Florham Park, New Jersey.  The investigation resulted in the arrest of Daniel Silvio Fargnoli, 31 years old and a resident of Florham Park, New Jersey.   Fargnoli has been charged with one count of the Attempt to Commit the Crime of Murder, in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:5-1(a)/11-3(a)(1), a crime of the First Degree; two counts of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4(c), a crime of the Second Degree, two counts of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon/Device (Destructive Device), in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3(a), a crime of the Third Degree, one count of Attempt to Commit the Crime of Arson, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1/17-1(a)(1),  a crime of the Second Degree, one count of Terroristic Threats, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3(b), a crime of the Third Degree, and one count of Resisting Arrest, in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:29-2(a)(3)(a) & (b), a crime of the Third Degree.

The investigation revealed that at approximately 2:46 p.m., on December 17, 2013, members of the Florham Park Police Department responded to 66 Dixon Drive to conduct a welfare check on the defendant, which was made at the request of a family member of the defendant.

The defendant was confirmed to be inside his residence at 66 Dixon Drive and when the police attempted to conduct the welfare check, he confronted the police and threatened to kill the police officers to whom he was speaking.  The defendant indicated that he had a firearm and a bomb.  The defendant then barricaded himself in the residence.  After ensuring the safety of nearby residents, numerous attempts were made by police to negotiate with the defendant, who refused to have any contact with them. 

During the course of the engagement, the defendant was observed holding a container with a rag sticking out of it.  The defendant attempted to ignite the rag.  This item was consistent with a Molotov cocktail incendiary device. Thereafter, members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) entered the residence. While inside the residence, police observed the defendant standing on the landing of a staircase on the third floor of the residence holding another incendiary device, which was also consistent with a Molotov cocktail.  He was observed lighting a rag attached to the device.  He was heard threatening to kill the officers.  The defendant then threw the device, which was burning, in the direction of the police officers.  The substance in the container splashed on at least one of the officers. 

With the aid of a police dog, the defendant was taken into custody.  The defendant was found to be in possession of a knife along with incendiary devices.  While attempting to take the defendant into custody, he used physical force against the officers to resist arrest.

During the course of the defendant’s apprehension, an officer assigned to the Morris County SERT Unit discharged his service weapon.  No one was hit by any gunfire. 

Acting Prosecutor Knapp stated, “This Office is conducting an investigation into all of the circumstances that led to the arrest of, and occurred during the arrest of Daniel Silvio Fargnoli.  All law enforcement agencies that were involved in the apprehension are cooperating fully in that endeavor.”

Acting Prosecutor Knapp also stated, “I wish to thank the following agencies and each of their members for the professional response and the swift actions that resulted in the arrest of an individual who was threatening harm to all those around him.  Those are the Morris County Sheriff’s Office the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Chief Patrick P. Montuore and the Florham Park Police Department, Chief Darren P. Dachisen and the Madison Police Department, Chief Stanley J. Hansen and the East Hanover Police Department and Director Scott DiGiralomo of the Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety. I especially want to thank Undersheriff Richard Wall and SERT Commander Eugene Fluri of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office for their outstanding leadership of this difficult and very dangerous operation.”

Anyone with information should please contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (973) 285-6200.

Bail for Daniel Silvio Fargnoli has not yet been set and shall be set by a Superior Court Judge at the appropriate juncture.

Kinnelon Man Found Guilty Of Theft By Failure To Make Required Disposition

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that late yesterday a Morris County Jury found Dennis Aiello, 59 years old, of Kinnelon, New Jersey guilty of Second Degree Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition and Second Degree Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition.

The jury returned its verdict after one day of deliberations.  Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Sahil Kabse and Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Amy Knutsen represented the State in the trial which had commenced on December 2, 2013 and continued through December 11, 2013.

The victim entered into an agreement to purchase a vehicle from the defendant, who was the owner of Any Auto Sales, Inc. in Riverdale, New Jersey, for $105,000.  The victim provided the funds in the form of a check and a wire transfer.  Defendant did not provide the vehicle nor did he return the funds.  Defendant’s bank records revealed that he spent the sale proceeds on his business and for his personal expenses. 

Justin Aiello, a cooperating co-defendant who is the defendant’s son, testified at his father’s trial.  Justin Aiello had previously pled guilty on October 17, 2013 to Third Degree Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition regarding the $10,000 share of the money he kept. 

Defendant Dennis Aiello faces 5 to 10 years imprisonment on each of the two counts upon which he was convicted.                                            

After the guilty findings, the trial judge, Honorable Mary Gibbons Whipple, J.S.C. remanded the defendant to the custody of the Morris County Correctional Facility pending sentencing.  The defendant’s sentencing is scheduled for February, 2014.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp stated: “Assistant Prosecutors Kabse and Knutsen both worked extremely hard on this case.  Notwithstanding excellent defense representation, they presented a clear picture to the jury as to how the defendant perpetrated these crimes.  Both Assistant Prosecutors are being commended for their work on this very difficult case along with Detective Leah Atterbury of our Fraud Unit who conducted the investigation along with the Riverdale Police.”

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks Chief Kevin Smith and the Riverdale Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fraud Unit whose efforts contributed to this result.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].