By Susan C. Moeller / Senior Reporter
(Dec. 10, 2010) — The information below is compiled from local police blotters, as that information is made available, and is not intended to give a full description of every criminal incident in the local area.
NORTH ARLINGTON — A police officer on patrol in the early morning hours of Nov. 25 observed a man on the ground in front of a Ridge Road address. The man was attempting to stand up and was bleeding from his face. The injured man told the police officer that he had been approached by another man who started an argument and then punched him in the face. The victim refused medical treatment. The suspect is a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with a thick beard.
CARLSTADT — Some time on Nov. 11, someone reportedly untied three ropes that were holding a 20-foot fiberglass boat to a dock on Outwater Lane. Police were notified Nov. 23 when a New Jersey Meadowlands Commission employee reported the lost boat. The boat had been observed floating near the Secaucus side of the river. The boat was eventually found and retrieved undamaged.
EAST RUTHERFORD — Two Park Avenue residents notified police Friday, Dec. 3 that their apartment had been broken into. A laptop computer valued at $600 and jewelry valued at $200 were reported missing. A fingerprint check indicated that the burglar wore cotton gloves.
Convenience store silent standoff
WALLINGTON — A gas station attendant notified police Nov. 22 that a man had walked into the establishment, said he had no money, and asked for a pack of cigarettes. The attendant refused to give the man the cigarettes. Then, the man reached into his pocket and acted like he had a weapon. The attendant responded by reaching under the counter as if he had an alarm button. Neither man spoke, according to police. The man who wanted the cigarettes left the store. Approximately 15 minutes later, a convenience store was robbed in Saddle Brook. Video taken at the Wallington store is being forwarded to Saddle Brook for further investigation.
LYNDHURST — Henok Zeleke, 24, of West Orange, and Hailesusus Zemene, 34, of Belleville, were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct Saturday, Dec. 6, following an incident at the Lyndhurst Diner. Police officers were called to the diner because the two men were reportedly causing a disturbance. They allegedly refused to leave and were taken into custody.
CARLSTADT — A Rutherford man was escorted from Biggie’s Clam Bar Nov. 25 at approximately 8:34 p.m. after he allegedly got upset while watching a football game and threatened employees by suggesting that he would return with a gun. No complaints were signed. Police officers took the man home, and Biggie’s management told him not to come back to the bar.
Drugs and alcohol
EAST RUTHERFORD — Sergio Garcia-Monzon, 37, of Bloomfield, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, following a motor-vehicle stop, Nov. 23. Garcia-Monzon was pulled to the side of the road after a police officer reportedly observed him driving at a high rate of speed, 82 mph in a 55-mph zone. As the officer interacted with the suspect, he reportedly saw a small baggie of what appeared to be marijuana in Garcia-Monzon’s pocket. When asked what it was, Garcia-Monzon allegedly said, “a little bit of weed.” The suspect also received a speeding ticket.
WALLINGTON — Katarina Krupova, 22, of Wallington, was arrested Nov. 29 and charged with DWI after she was asked to pull off the road by a police officer on patrol who allegedly observed her driving erratically.
WALLINGTON — On Nov. 28, Angela Iodaci, 45, of East Rutherford, was arrested and charged with DWI after she was allegedly observed driving erratically. A breath test indicated that Iodaci’s blood alcohol content was .27 percent, according to police.
WALLINGTON — On Nov. 23, Marek Rogala, 21, of Garfield, was arrested and charged with DWI at 1:15 a.m. An officer on patrol reportedly observed Rogala drive at a high rate of speed, then miss a stop sign. A breath test later indicated that Rogala’s blood alcohol content was .16 percent, according to police.
EAST RUTHERFORD — Rafael Bueno, 37, of Wayne, was arrested and charged with DWI Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4:48 a.m. Bueno was pulled over after a police officer reportedly clocked Bueno going 89 mph in a 55-mph zone and saw him stray from his lane. After stopping the suspect, the officer reportedly smelled alcohol and asked Bueno to do a field sobriety test. He was allegedly unable to complete it successfully and was arrested. A breath test later indicated that Bueno’s blood alcohol content was .15 percent, according to police.
EAST RUTHERFORD — Johanna Alva, 25, of Paterson, was arrested Friday, Dec. 3 and charged with DWI, following a motor-vehicle accident on Route 17 North. The vehicle Alva was driving reportedly had extensive front-end damage. Alva was taken into custody after she was allegedly unable to complete the field sobriety test. A breath test later indicated that Alva’s blood alcohol content was .21 percent, according to police. The East Rutherford Emergency Squad transported two males from the scene of the accident to the hospital.
EAST RUTHERFORD — Keith Brudnak, 43, of Elmwood Park, was arrested and charged with DWI Friday, Dec. 3 at 11:50 p.m. after a police officer reportedly observed Brudnak driving erratically. The officer noted the smell of alcohol as he interacted with Brudnak and subsequently asked him to perform a field sobriety test. Brudnak was allegedly unable to complete it successfully and was taken into custody, where he refused a breath test. In addition to the DWI charge, Brudnak was issued numerous summonses for motor-vehicle violations, including failure to wear a seat belt and careless driving.
CARLSTADT — A North Arlington resident notified police Nov. 24 that she had been the victim of identity theft. The woman discovered the alleged theft when she was denied medical benefits because she apparently had two jobs, one in Carlstadt. However, the victim reportedly does not have a second job in Carlstadt.
CARLSTADT — A Carlstadt resident notified police Nov. 24 that she had been the victim of identity theft. The alleged fraud was discovered when the victim and her husband filed a joint income tax return, then were informed by the Internal Revenue Service that someone using her name had already filed an individual form and been given a $5,000 tax refund.
Hood ornament stolen
NORTH ARLINGTON — Some time between Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 27 at 12 p.m., the hood ornament was stolen from a 2006 Jaguar while the vehicle was parked in front of a Rutherford Place residence. The iconic ornament is valued at $100.
LYNDHURST — An 86-year-old female notified police Friday, Dec. 3 that while she was driving her Acura in the ShopRite parking lot, a man who claimed to work for Acura approached her. The man told the woman that there was a problem with her vehicle, and it would normally cost $4,000 to repair. He then offered to do the repair for $1,000. The woman told the man she would check with her son, and the man left. Police are suspicious that the incident was a scam, and they are warning people to be cautious about unsolicited offers to conduct body work.
LYNDHURST — Cristina Rodrigues, 46, of Lyndhurst, was arrested and charged with shoplifting Sunday, Dec. 5 at approximately 10:32 p.m. Rodrigues, who was released on summons, allegedly tried to leave the store with $12.49 worth of unpaid merchandise.
LYNDHURST — An unidentified woman ran out of the Rite Aid Sunday, Dec. 5 at approximately 3:30 p.m. carrying a large amount of items. She was observed fleeing the area in a black Ford Explorer, going south on Grand Avenue. Police officers are reviewing store surveillance tapes as part of their investigation.
EAST RUTHERFORD — Massiel Abreu, 35, and Raul Fernandez, 54, both of Jersey City, were arrested Nov. 27 at 6:04 p.m. following an incident at BJ’s Wholesale Club on Route 17 North. Abreu was charged with shoplifting after six bottles of unpaid liquor were allegedly found in her purse. Abreu’s bail was set at $2,500, and she was taken to Bergen County Jail. Fernandez was charged with hindering apprehension after he allegedly attempted to create a distraction during Abreu’s interactions with law-enforcement personnel. He was transferred to the Fairview Police Department for outstanding warrants discovered during the arrest.
EAST RUTHERFORD — A 1996 Ford F15 was reported stolen from an East Rutherford residence, Nov. 30. The truck was parked behind the house at approximately 11 p.m. the night before. A cheese grinder valued at $3,000 and two food heaters, worth $280 each, were in the vehicle when it was stolen.
EAST RUTHERFORD — A 2005 Ford F35 belonging to a Massachusetts man was reported stolen from the Homewood Suites on Route 17 South Sunday, Dec. 5 at 11:05 a.m.
Taxi taken for a ride
WALLINGTON — A taxicab driver notified police Sunday, Nov. 28 that two white men ran up a $105 fare in his car, then left the cab without paying.
— All persons are presumed innocent until proved otherwise.