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An Elizabeth resident has been arrested this morning at his home without incident, being criminally charged with stabbing and killing a man in the City this past Sunday, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl Graves and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca jointly announced Friday.

Alexis Mondesi, 48, is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and third-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes in connection with the death of Yonatan Alexander Vasquez-Torres, 21, of Elizabeth. 

Shortly before 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 10, 2021, members of the Elizabeth Police Department responded to the 300 block of Center Street and found Vasquez-Torres at that location, having sustained a serious stab wound. He was subsequently pronounced dead, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Cleaver, who is prosecuting the case.

An investigation led by the Union County Homicide Task Force, assisted by the Elizabeth Police Department and the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, resulted in the identification of Mondesi as the murder suspect and led to his eventual capture and arrest.

“As in every case, we are grateful for the collaboration with our partner law enforcement agencies who assisted our Office in locating and apprehending the suspect,” Prosecutor Daniel said. “And we hope that this arrest can bring some small measure of comfort to all those grieving Mr. Vasquez-Torres.”

Anyone with information about this matter is still urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force Detective Ryan Kirsh at 908-347-1420, Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force Detective Patrick Bradley at 908-418-2817 or Elizabeth Police Department Detective William Valladares at 908-591-4677.

Convictions on crimes of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of up to life in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

A homicide that took place in Elizabeth yesterday is under investigation, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl Graves and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Saccajointly announced Monday.

The deceased victim has been identified as 21-year-old Yonatan Alexander Vasquez-Torres of Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to the 300 block of Center Street shortly before 3:00 a.m. Sunday in response to a report of an injured male and found Vasquez-Torres at that location, having sustained a fatal stab wound, according to the preliminary investigation.

The investigation into the stabbing is being led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by members of the Elizabeth Police Department and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.

Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force Detective Patrick Bradley at 908-418-2817 or Elizabeth Police Department Detective William Valladares at 908-591-4677.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at www.uctip.org; submission of tips made in this fashion that result in an indictment and conviction can be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000 via the Union County Crime Stoppers.

Tyler Rios

Yesterday, a Union County Grand Jury returned a six-count indictment against a man charged with killing his former girlfriend and kidnapping their minor child, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced Thursday.

Tyler Rios, 27 of East Orange, is charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree kidnapping, and one count each of desecrating human remains, endangering the welfare of a child, contempt by violating a domestic violence restraining order and theft in connection with the kidnapping of his son and murder of the child’s mother, 24-year-old Yasemin Uyar of Rahway. The indictment alleges that on July 8th of this year, defendant kidnapped their child, Sebastian Rios and murdered Uyar.

The July incident that resulted in a widely broadcasted Amber Alert launched a multi-state investigation which led to the recovery of the child and the discovery of Uyar’s body in Tennessee.

An investigation led by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office – and assisted by members of the FBI’s Newark Field Office and satellite offices, the New Jersey State Police, and the Rahway Police Department – led to Rios being identified as a suspect in the case after Sebastian Rios did not show up for daycare on July 9th and Uyar did not arrive for scheduled work shifts, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Grady, who is prosecuting the case. A welfare check was conducted on Uyar’s home by members of the Rahway Police Department, but no one was found inside, Grady said.

Shortly thereafter, the State Police issued an Amber Alert that was sent to privately owned cell phones, broadcast on electronic billboards along highways in New Jersey and beyond, and widely shared via social media.

Through the tireless efforts of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the above-named agencies — as well as a result of the extraordinary assistance from the Putnam County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office – Sebastian Rios was found unharmed in Monterey, Tennessee on July 10th, when Tyler Rios was taken into custody without incident. Later in the day, investigators located Uyar’s body in a wooded area nearby, off of I-40.

An autopsy performed on Uyar revealed that her death resulted from strangulation and blunt force trauma.

Rios was extradited back to New Jersey on July 16th and remains housed in the Essex County Jail pending an October 12th post-indictment arraignment before the Honorable John M. Deitch of the Union County Superior Court.

“We are grateful for the collaboration with the many local and federal law enforcement agencies who assisted our Office in not only apprehending Mr. Rios, but also in safely recovering Sebastian Rios, locating Ms. Uyar’s remains and bringing them both home to their family” Prosecutor Daniel said. “And we hope that this can bring some small measure of comfort to all those grieving Yasemin.”

Convictions of crimes of this nature can be punishable by terms of up to life in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.   

A homicide that took place in Elizabeth yesterday is under investigation, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca jointly announced Tuesday.

The deceased victim has been identified as 17-year-old Paul Baez of Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to the 100 block of Fulton Street shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday in response to a report of gunshots and found Baez at that location, having sustained a fatal injury, according to the preliminary investigation.

The investigation into the shooting is being led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by members of the Elizabeth Police Department, Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.

Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873, Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sean Holcomb at 908-358-8377 or Elizabeth Police Department Detective Edward Benenati at 908-328-6972.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at www.uctip.org; submission of tips made in this fashion that result in an indictment and conviction can be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000 via the Union County Crime Stoppers.

Quahif Lane

A Plainfield man has been arrested and charged in connection with the fatal shooting earlier this week of a delivery driver subcontracted by Amazon, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Plainfield Police Department Officer–in-Charge Captain David M. Guarino jointly announced Friday.

Quahif Lane, 26, of Plainfield, has been charged with first-degree homicide and two related second-degree weapons offenses in connection with the death of 36-year-old Jamar S. Harris of Newark.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, members of the Plainfield Police Department responded to the 200 block of Garfield Ave in Plainfield and found Harris at that location having sustained a fatal gunshot wound, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Ruppert, who is prosecuting the case. Harris was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.

Video evidence recovered at the scene revealed Mr. Harris was approached by Mr. Lane during the course of a delivery, with the fatal attack taking place just outside the delivery van.

A joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force, and members of the Plainfield Police Department, Union County Police Department, and Union County Sheriff’s Office resulted in Lane being swiftly identifiedas a suspect in the case. He was taken into custody without incident Thursday afternoon, and is lodged in the Union County Jail pending a first appearance currently scheduled for later today.

“I commend all involved law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens whose contributions were essential to the expeditious apprehension of Mr. Lane,” Prosecutor Daniel said. “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and loved ones.”

Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sergeant Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873, Prosecutor’s Office Detective Angela Concepcion at 908-341-5416, or Plainfield Police Department Sergeant Thomas Collinaat 732-620-2209.

A defendant found guilty of first-degree homicide may be sentenced up to life in prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

A fatal shooting that took place in Plainfield yesterday is under investigation, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Plainfield Police Department Officer–in-Charge Captain David M. Guarino jointly announced Thursday.

The deceased victim has been identified as 36-year-old Jamar S. Harris of Newark, a delivery truck driver who was working at the time.

Members of the Plainfield Police Department responded to the 200 block of Garfield Ave shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday and found Harris at that location. Harris had sustained fatal injury from a gunshot wound, according to the preliminary investigation.

The investigation is being led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by members of the Plainfield Police Department, Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.

Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sergeant Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873, Prosecutor’s Office Detective Angela Concepcion at 908-341-5416, or Plainfield Police Department Sergeant Thomas Collina at 732-620-2209.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at www.uctip.org; submission of tips made in this fashion that result in an indictment and conviction can be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000 via the Union County Crime Stoppers.

A long-term investigation led by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Division has yielded 19 complaints and the seizure of significant quantities of narcotics, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced Monday.

Search warrants were simultaneously executed at six locations early Wednesday last week within the Joanne Hollis Gardens community and other locations in Plainfield. Twelve of the nineteen individuals charged in this investigation have been arrested. A total of over 100 grams of crack/cocaine, 800 glassine envelopes of heroin, 9 grams of raw heroin, 1.5 grams of fentanyl, and 1 firearm with a large capacity magazine were seized during the operation.

These arrests come as the result of a several months-long investigation led by Detectives in the Major Crimes Division’s Intelligence-Driven Prosecution Unit.

Legal guidance and supervision throughout the case was provided by Major Crimes Division Legal Supervisor Peter DeRose and Assistant Prosecutor Alaina Caliendo.

“I am grateful to the members of the Prosecutor’s Office for their tireless dedication throughout this investigation,” said Prosecutor Daniel. “Together with the partnership of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, our efforts to reduce violence and positively impact the communities we serve continue.”

This multi-agency investigation included collaboration and support from the ATF Newark Field Division under the supervision of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews, the Plainfield Police Department under Officer-In-Charge Captain David Guarino, and with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Agency Newark Field Division High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Group 1, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, and the police departments of Summit, Westfield, Cranford, Union County, and Berkeley Heights. The Union County Emergency Response Team (UCERT) SWAT Unit assisted with search warrant execution.

“ATF will continue to work cooperatively with our local, state, and federal partners to strategically and proactively target individuals who contribute to violent crimes in our communities,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Matthews. “The results of this investigation demonstrate the common goals and resolve of all the parties involved. I commend their efforts.”

The defendants arrested as a result of this investigation include:

  • Saad S. Spivey, 38, of Plainfield, is charged with first-degree leader of a narcotics trafficking network, four related second-degree narcotics offenses including conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances, and six related third-degree narcotics offenses
  • Kiyan C. Cagle, 21, of North Plainfield is charged with three second-degree offenses including conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances, and four related third-degree narcotics offenses
  • Norshawn Dorsey, 41, of Plainfield, is charged with three second-degree offenses including conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances, second-degree possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances within 500 feet of certain public property, and six related third-degree narcotics offenses
  • Donald L. Muldrow, 55, of Plainfield, is charged with third-degree conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances
  • Qiana C. Harriatt, 30, of Plainfield, is charged with second-degree conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances
  • Tyejuan L. Taylor, 44, of Plainfield, is charged with three second-degree offenses including conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances, and one related third-degree narcotics offense.
  • Jaquan S. Edwards, 22, of North Plainfield, is charged with second-degree possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances within 500 feet of certain public property, and four related third-degree narcotics offenses
  • Jade B. Greene, 28, of Plainfield, is charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance
  • Rayjourn Johnson, 31, of Plainfield, is charged with second-degree possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances within 500 feet of certain public property, and four related third-degree narcotics offenses
  • Jose Otero, 34, of Plainfield, is charged with two charges of second-degree possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances within 500 feet of certain public property, and five related third-degree narcotics offenses
  • Darren Scruggs, 27, of Plainfield, is charged with two charges of second-degree possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances within 500 feet of certain public property, and seven related third-degree narcotics offenses
  • Kyle S. Valentin, 25, of Plainfield, is charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, two third-degree offenses including receiving stolen property, fourth-degree possession of a large capacity magazine, and two disorderly persons offenses

Convictions on first-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 10 to 20 years, second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years, and third-degree crimes can result in 3 to 5 years.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

A fatal shooting in Plainfield that left one person dead and a second individual injured is under active investigation, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Plainfield Police Department Officerin-Charge David M. Guarino jointly announced Friday.

The deceased victim has been identified as 30-year-old Jasper Moss of Plainfield.

Members of the Plainfield Police Department responding to the intersection of Pond Place and W Third St in Plainfield shortly before 11 a.m. on Friday found Moss and a second adult victim at that location, both having sustained injury, according to the preliminary investigation.

Both victims were transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for emergency treatment, where Moss was pronounced dead shortly after 2:30 p.m. The second victim remains in stable condition as of Friday evening.

The investigation is being led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by members of the Plainfield Police Department, Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.

Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Christopher Scuorzo at 908-472-0492, Det.Michael Tambini at 908-472-4301, or Plainfield Police Det. IlyasMuhammad at 908-753-3360.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at www.uctip.org; submission of tips made in this fashion that result in an indictment and conviction can be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000 via the Union County Crime Stoppers.

Darrius L. Easterling

A Newark resident has been arrested this morning at Newark Airport after being criminally charged with shooting and killing a man in Hillside in July, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Hillside Police Chief Vincent Ricciardi jointly announced Wednesday.

Darrius L. Easterling, 30, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes in connection with the death of Steven Zimmerman, 31, of Hillside. 

Shortly before 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021, members of the Hillside Police Department responded to the 1400 block of North Broad Street and found Zimmerman at that location, who had sustained serious injury resulting from having been shot. He was subsequently pronounced dead, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Peter Benza, who is prosecuting the case.

An investigation led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by the Hillside Police Department, the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, the Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, the Port Authority Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, resulted in the identification of Easterling as the murder suspect and led to his eventual capture and arrest.

“We are grateful for the collaboration from the local and federal law enforcement agencies who assisted our Office in locating and apprehending the suspect,” Prosecutor Daniel said. “And we hope that this arrest can bring some small measure of comfort to all those grieving Mr. Zimmerman.”

Anyone with information about this matter is still urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Christopher Scuorzo at 908-472-0492, Detective Nora Berrio at 908-370-3016, or Hillside Police Department Detective Natalie Ogonowski at 732-540-2029.

Convictions on crimes of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of up to life in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

A homicide that took place in Linden yesterday is under investigation, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced Saturday.

The deceased victim has been identified as 35-year-old Carlo Dauphinof Linden.

Linden Police Department patrol units responded to 1400 block of Union Street shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday and found Dauphin at that location, having sustained a fatal injury, according to the preliminary investigation.

The investigation into the shooting is being led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by members of the Linden Police Department, Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.

Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873,Prosecutor’s Office Detective Rich Acosta at 908-347-0404 or Linden Police Department Detective Juan Velarde at 908-474-8552.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at www.uctip.org; submission of tips made in this fashion that result in an indictment and conviction can be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000 via the Union County Crime Stoppers.

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