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Task Force Investigating Elizabeth Death

The Union County Homicide Task Force is investigating the suspicious death of a 72-year-old man found inside his home earlier this morning, announced Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr.

Charles Panchery was found in the kitchen of his home on 605 Green Street in Elizabeth. Police were called to the scene around 9:30 a.m. and he was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later, said Cernadas.

Investigators are waiting on autopsy results from the County Medical examiner before making a determination if the death will be considered criminal. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Arrests in March 2011 Plainfield Homicide

The Union County Homicide Task Force arrested a Plainfield man earlier today after he was charged in connection with a March 2011 homicide, announced Union County First Assistant Albert Cernadas, Jr.

Homicide Complaints were issued yesterday for Plainfield resident Jordan Camacho, a known gang member of the G-Shine set of the Bloods. He was arrested at his home this morning, said Cernadas.

A second suspect, a  juvenile, also a Plainfield resident was also charged.

Both are accused in the  murder of Nelson Santos-Betances. The homicide occurred at the intersection of 3rd and Monroe Street in Plainfield on March 21, 2011. Bail was set at $1 million  Jordan Camacho. He will be held at the Union County Jail.  The juvenile is presently housed at Jamesburg Youth Correctional Facility.

These criminal charges are mere accusations.  The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

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Man Charged in Plainfield Stabbing Death

The Union County Homicide Task Force and the Plainfield Police Department continue to investigate the stabbing death of a woman that occurred on Wednesday evening, announced Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr.

Around 5:10p.m. On Sept. 28, 2011 police were summoned to 316 East 7th Street in Plainfield. When they arrived they found the victim, Audrey Tanksley, 48, on the scene suffering from multiple stab wounds, said Cernadas. Anthony James DOB 8/1/1961 was taken into custody at the scene and charged with murder and weapons possession. He is being held at the Union County Jail on $1 million bail.

The investigation revealed that the homicide appears to be an act of domestic violence, said Cernadas. Any additional information will be released as it becomes available.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Additional Charges Against Online Predator After Second Victim is Discovered

A Middlesex County man who was arrested last week and charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl he met on Facebook, was charged again today in connection with an additional assault against a minor, who he also met on Facebook, announced First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr.

Michael Sebastian DOB: 11/27/1982 of Perth Amboy was charged today with 2nd Degree luring, 3rd Degree endangering the welfare of a minor and 4th Degree criminal sexual contact. These charges stem from an incident earlier this month after Sebastian – claiming that he was 17-years-old and using the alias Chris – contacted a 14-year-old Union County girl via the social networking site and convinced her to meet him, said Cernadas.

He picked up the girl at her house, drove to a motel on Rt. 22 where he rented a room, supplied the teen with alcohol and sexually assaulted her. The victim was able to escape the room and ran across the highway to a restaurant where she called a family member to pick her up.

The assault was discovered after Prosecutor’s Office Detective Patricia Gusmano and Detective Jim Morton of the Springfield Police Department were continuing their investigation into the assault of another 14-year-old girl who was assaulted by Sebastian in the parking lot of a Springfield store on Sept. 8.

“This commitment to the original victim and the safety of others led to these additional charges,” said Cernadas. “The detectives have been working nonstop to identify potential additional victims and we urge anyone with relative information to contact our office or the Springfield police department.”

The initial arrest and charges from the Sept. 8 assault came after Sebastian made contact with the teen on Facebook. He also told that victim in online conversations that he was 17-years-old, according to the investigation, and repeatedly had sent her sexually charged messages and requested a meeting with the girl. She had refused his advances, said Cernadas.

In early September the victim posted on the social networking site that she was going to a specific store in Springfield. As she exited, Sebastian pulled up to the curb in his car and pressured the victim to enter the vehicle. He parked a short distance away and assaulted the girl, according to the investigation.

The girl’s parent’s discovered the assault after reading online communications between Sebastian and the victim and notified authorities who immediately launched an investigation. He was charged in that case with 2nd Degree Sexual Assault, 2nd Degree luring and 3rd Degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

Sebastian was arrested on Sept. 23 at his office in Skillman, N.J. where he worked as a lab technician.

Following the additional charges this morning Sebastian’s bail was raised to $175,000. He remains in custody at the Union County Jail.

“It is not an invasion of privacy for parents to monitor their children’s online activity, it is a matter of keeping them safe from predators,” said Cernadas. “Situations like these can be avoided if parents are upfront about the dangers of online predators. Set and enforce rules for responsible internet use and make sure your kids know that very real dangers like this exist.”

This remains an active investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Patricia Gusmano at (908) 527-4589 or Detective Jim Morton of the Springfield Police Department at (973) 376-0400

These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Task Force Investigating Stabbing Death

The Union County Homicide Task Force and the Plainfield Police Department are investigating the stabbing death of a woman that occurred earlier this evening, announced Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr.

Around 5:10p.m. police were summoned to 316 East 7th Street in Plainfield. When they arrived they found the victim on the scene suffering from multiple stab wounds, said Cernadas. A suspect was taken into custody and charges are currently pending.

At this point it appears to be an act of domestic violence, said Cernadas. The name of the victim will be released pending notification of her family. This remains an active investigation and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Woman charged in Elizabeth Homicide

The Union County Homicide Task Force has charged a Newark woman with the shooting death of an East Orange woman that occurred in Elizabeth on Sept. 22, 2011, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Tiffany Moore (DOB: 9-19-90) a confirmed member of the Bloods street gang PIRU sect) has been charged with the murder of Felicia Hester,19, of East Orange said Romankow.

Hester was shot behind the Coco Bongo bar in Elizabeth around 2:00a.m. on September 22. She was taken to University Hospital in Newark in grave condition and succumbed to her injury at 5:10p.m. on Saturday, said Romanow.

During their investigation, the Homicide Task Force identified Moore as the suspect in the shooting and complaints were signed by Union County Superior Court Judge Joseph Donohue charging Moore with murder and weapon offenses. Her bail was set at $750,000.

Moore was served with the complaints at the Essex County Jail where she is being held on unrelated charges.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Task Force Investigating Rahway Homicide

The Union County Homicide Task Force is investigating the shooting death of a Middlesex County man that occurred earlier yesterday morning in Rahway, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

On September 11, Donta Mickens (DOB 6-12-90) of Avenel NJ was found in the City of Rahway at approximately 2:30am . The victim was shot multiple times in the area of 305 Waite Street, Rahway. No arrests have been made and the Task Force continues to investigate with the Rahway Police Department.

Anyone with information relating to the death of Donta Mickens is urged to contact Task Force Detective Martin Costello at (908)347-3768 . Members of the public are reminded that they can remain anonymous. Additionally, those providing information leading to an arrest are eligible for financial reward through Union County Crime Stoppers by calling (908) 654-TIPS orwww.uctip.org

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Rahway Woman Found Guilty of 2008 Kidnapping

A Rahway woman was convicted on two counts of 1st Degree Kidnapping earlier this week after abducting a 3-year-old child from an Elizabeth store in 2008, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Yvonne Alexander, 57 was found guilty on Wednesday following a bench trial before Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega, said Assistant Prosecutor John Esmerado who prosecuted the case.

Less than four hours after she abducted a child from the store on Broad Street in Elizabeth, members of the Elizabeth Police Department arrested Alexander, said Esmerado.

“It was an excellent investigation and outstanding police work,” said Romankow.

When investigators executed a search warrant of Alexander’s home they found a number of items relating to the crime, said Esmerado.

Alexander remains in the Union County Jail and faces up to 30 years in prison when she is sentenced on Dec. 2, 2011.

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Union County Grand Jury indicts Cranford Man

Earlier this morning a Union County Grand Jury indicted William Parisio, a Cranford man charged with killing his girlfriend earlier this year, announced Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.

Parisio (DOB 7/4/1988) is charged with Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. A copy of the Indictment is attached to this release.

According to the investigation, on March 13, 2011 Parisio struck the victim, Pamela Schmidt, 22, of Warren, N.J. with a 12 lb. dumbbell and then strangled her. Parisio remains in the Union County Jail on $400,000.

Following the homicide several media outlets reported that the defendant’s rumored use “Bath Salts” – a now-illegal drug – might have played a role in the homicide. However, toxicology reports revealed no presence of the substance in the defendant following his arrest, said Romankow.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Plainfield Men Charged with Kidnapping and Sexual Assault

        

A Union County Grand Jury returned an eight count indictment against two Plainfield men yesterday, charging one with kidnapping and both with sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman earlier this year, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. A copy of the indictment is attached to this release.

According to the investigation, Edward Woodson (DOB: 4/13/1980) of East Front Street in Plainfield had asked the then 30-year-old victim to come to his house around 9 p.m. on January 31, 2011 for a bible study, said Assistant Prosecutor Patricia L. Cronin, who is prosecuting the case. At the time, the victim was preparing for a baptism at a church frequented by both Woodson and the victim.

According to the investigation, Woodson brought the victim to his family’s home where he met up with a neighbor, Marcal Campbell (DOB: 9/21/1980). Together they brought the victim into the basement of the Woodson residence. The men then simultaneously sexually assaulted the victim, said Cronin.

The woman then spent the night sitting in a chair in Woodson’s bedroom, said Cronin. At 6 a.m. on February 1, 2011 Woodson forced the victim out of the house and into a falling snow. Not properly dressed for the elements, the victim spent at least two hours outside begging for a ride home from strangers. Eventually members of Woodson’s family found the freezing victim in the front of the house and arranged for and paid for a taxi to bring her home.

The victim reported the assault to relatives and she was taken to a local hospital for treatment, said Cronin.

A joint investigation was conducted by Plainfield Police Detective Ed Rivera and Union County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Brian O’Malley. Dozens of interviews were conducted, physical and biological evidence was collected and analyzed.

This remains an active investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact Det. O’Malley at (908) 965-3809.

Both Woodson and Campbell are being held at the Union County Jail on $300,000 bail.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.