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Dover Man Charged with Murder

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Town of Dover Police Chief Harold Valentine announce that Daneri Javier-Medina, 21 years old, of Dover, New Jersey, has been charged with Murder and weapons related crimes. The victim has been identified as Jacinto Flores Zapata, 39 years old, of Dover, New Jersey.

Daneri Javier-Medina is alleged to have stabbed the victim outside of Xclusiv Lounge located at 337 East Blackwell Street, Dover, New Jersey during the early morning hours of November 24, 2014.  The victim was found suffering from multiple stab wounds and pronounced dead a short time later.  An investigation was conducted by members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Town of Dover Police Department which led to the arrest of Danier Javier-Medina. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigations Unit and K-9 Unit were also instrumental in this investigation.

Javier-Medina was charged by way of Warrant-Complaint with Murder, a crime of the first degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the fourth degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the third degree, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.

The Honorable Stuart A. Minkowitz, P.J.Cr. set bail in the amount of $500,000 cash, bond or property, with additional conditions set by the Court.

Anyone with information relating to these charges or the incident itself is urged to contact the Town of Dover Police Department at 973-366-0302, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200, or Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255.

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp would like to thank the Town of Dover Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

Prosecutor Knapp stated: “The joint efforts of all participating law enforcement agencies was a textbook example of how an investigation should be handled.  Apprehension and charging of this suspect in less than 24 hours was an outstanding accomplishment by all investigative and legal staff and is to be highly commended.”

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

Defendant Enters Guilty Plea to Dec. 29, 2012 Parsippany Carjacking

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany Police Chief Paul Philipps announce that defendant Joseph DeFreitas, 43, entered a guilty plea before the Honorable James M. DeMarzo, J.S.C. to one count of First Degree Carjacking. 

The defendant DeFreitas and co-defendant Marilyn Nadeau, 53, were indicted on charges of First Degree Carjacking; First Degree Kidnapping; First Degree Robbery; Second Degree Conspiracy to Commit Robbery; Third Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose; Fourth Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon; and Third Degree Credit Card Fraud. These charges stem from an abduction of a 71-year-old woman in Parsippany on December 29, 2012. 

On December 29, 2012, the victim, a resident of New Hampshire, had become lost while traveling home from a visit with her family in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.  While attempting to locate assistance for directions, the victim entered a parking lot, whereupon she was approached by DeFreitas who forced the victim into the passenger seat of her car. DeFreitas then took control of the victim’s vehicle and drove the car to an automated teller machine in Parsippany. DeFreitas forced the victim to reveal her personal identification number to complete a cash withdrawal. It is alleged that the victim complied and after completing the transaction, the victim was driven, with Nadeau following, to an industrial building parking lot on Woodhollow Road in Parsippany. Nadeau parked the car, at which time DeFreitas and Nadeau allegedly forced the victim into the trunk of her own car.  The victim freed herself from the trunk of her vehicle and called for help.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, the State will recommend a 25 year New Jersey State Prison sentence.  The defendant will have to serve 85% of that sentence before becoming eligible for parole under the No Early Release Act.  All remaining charges will be dismissed.  

Sentencing is scheduling for December 19, 2014.

Charges against the co-defendant, Marilyn Nadeau, remain open and are scheduled for December 2, 2014.  These criminal charges are only accusations.  She is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

This case is being prosecuted by Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Peter Foy and Assistant Prosecutor Brian DiGiacomo.

Prosecutor Knapp thanks Parsippany Police Chief Philipps, former Parsippany Police Chief Anthony DeZenzo and the Parsippany Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the East Rutherford Police Department, the Trenton Police Department, the Woodland Park Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, as well as Connecticut law enforcement authorities.

Any inquiries can be directed to Supervising Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Peter Foy at 973-285-6290 or pfoy@co.morris.nj.us.

Daytop New Jersey-Mendham Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault

Friday, November 7, 2014


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Mendham Borough Police Chief Pasquale Libertino announce that Donna D. Peirce-Faley, 28 years old, of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, has been charged with Second Degree Sexual Assault for acts involving an 18 year old.

Defendant allegedly engaged in oral sex and sexual intercourse with an 18-year-old male while he was a court-ordered resident at Daytop New Jersey-Mendham, a drug treatment facility, and defendant was a teacher at the facility.

Peirce-Faley was arrested on November 6, 2014 following an investigation conducted by the Mendham Borough Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation was led by Detective Supervisor Anne-Marie Truppo and Detective Jazmin Munoz-Felder of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Christopher Irons of the Mendham Borough Police Department.

The investigation was initiated by information forwarded to law enforcement authorities by Daytop New Jersey-Mendham which fully cooperated with the investigation.

The Honorable Catherine I. Enright, J.S.C. set bail at $150,000, no ten percent.  Defendant is to have no contact with the victim or children under 18.  The defendant was unable to post bail and was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact Detective Supervisor Anne-Marie Truppo of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Mendham Borough Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section, and the members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

There will be no further information released today.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

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