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Seeking Information Regarding a Vehicle Believed to be Involved in a Possible Hit and Run

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Madison Police Department are seeking information from the public concerning a possible hit and run that occurred on June 20, 2015 in Madison, New Jersey.

  
On Saturday, June 20, 2015, at approximately 9:45 pm, a 53 year old male was found to be critically injured in the area of Main Street and Prospect Street in Madison, New Jersey.  

Law enforcement believes that the male’s injuries are the result of a possible hit and run.  The investigation has led to information involving a vehicle leaving the scene of this incident and traveling east on Main Street towards Chatham, New Jersey. 

  
The vehicle in question is believed to be a 2013-2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.  Damage may be minimal and possibly concentrated to the front part of the vehicle. 

The following is the surveillance photograph of the vehicle:

2013-2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The Madison Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying this vehicle, as well as speaking with anyone with information regarding this incident and/or the circumstances leading to this male’s injuries. 

Any person with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Madison Police Department at 973-593-3000, the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255.  All calls will be kept confidential.

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Deputy Chief of Investigations Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or darseneault@co.morris.nj.us.

Man Sentenced in 2013 Motor Vehicle Crash That Killed Three in Jefferson Township

Friday, June 26, 2015


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Defendant Luis E. Torres, age 39, of Jersey City, New Jersey, has been sentenced today to twenty (20) years in prison in connection with the charges stemming from a drunk driving motor vehicle crash that occurred on August 24, 2013 in Jefferson Township, which left three occupants of his vehicle dead.

 

The sentencing in this matter was heard before the Honorable James DeMarzo, J.S.C.   Under the sentence imposed by the Court, the defendant must serve 85 percent of the twenty year sentence before becoming eligible for parole, pursuant to the No Early Release Act. The Court also imposed a 10 year loss of driving privileges to commence after the defendant has served his prison sentence.

 

On March 23, 2015, the Defendant pled guilty to one count of Aggravated Manslaughter, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-4a(1), a crime of the first degree, two counts of Vehicular Homicide, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5a, crimes of the second degree, four counts of Assault by Auto, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1c(1), crimes of the fourth degree, one count of Assault by Auto, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1c(2), a crime of the third degree and Driving While Intoxicated.




This prosecution stemmed from the arrest of Torres for his role in the August 24, 2013 incident where he was operating a 2002 Ford Explorer when it flipped over. He was travelling with his family on Route 15 South in Jefferson Township, New Jersey at the time of the accident. There were nine occupants inside the vehicle including the defendant. Three of the occupants were children under the age of 18. Several passengers were ejected from the vehicle resulting in the deaths of three passengers. The defendant and five remaining passengers suffered injuries.  The decedents are Lucila Colon, age 62; Julissa Colon, age 36; and Tevia Booth, age 11. 

 

Assistant Prosecutor Brian DiGiacomo represented the State during the prosecution of this matter.

 

The Prosecutor would like to thank the Jefferson Township Police Department, the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Section.

 

Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault, at 973-285-6262 or darseneault@co.morris.nj.us.

Boonton Woman and Morris Plains Man Arrested for Human Trafficking of Teen Girls


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Acting Chief/Officer in Command Martin McParland, Jr. of the Rockaway Township Police Department announce two Human Trafficking related arrests, early this morning. 

 

Debbie Kooken, DOB 12/19/1972, 42 years-old of Boonton, New Jersey, was charged with two counts of Human Trafficking, in violation of N.J.S 2C:13-8(a)3, crimes of the first degree and  two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:24-4(a)1, crimes of the third degree. The defendant was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.
 

 Aldopus Mims, DOB 01/09/1977, 38 years-old of Morris Plains, New Jersey, was also arrested  and charged with two counts of Human Trafficking, in violation of N.J.S 2C:13-8(a)3, crimes of the first degree; one count of Sexual Assault, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:14-2(c)4, a crime of the second degree, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S. 2C:24-4(a)1, crimes of the third degree. The defendant was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.

  

The alleged victims in this matter are two females, aged 15 and 17, who reported that they were led to engage in prostitution by the two defendants between the dates of June 12, 2015 and June 16, 2015.   The 17 year-old victim alleged that Ms. Kooken would make arrangements for the victims to meet with several male clients at area hotels.   Mr. Mims would then allegedly collect the money received after the sexual acts were completed. In addition, the 15 year-old victim disclosed that Mr. Mims engaged in sexual acts with her.   

 

Bail was set for Ms. Kooken by the Honorable James M. DeMarzo at $300,000 cash only, with conditions of no contact with any child under the age of 18.  Bail also was set for Mr. Mims by Judge DeMarzo at $400,000 cash only, with conditions of no contact with any child under the age of 18 and a waiver of extradition.  Judge DeMarzo also issued a Nicole's Law Restraining Order against each defendant.     

 

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Rockaway Borough Police Department, specifically, Officer Scott Haigh, the Rockaway Township Police Department, specifically, Detective Thomas Takacs; the Town of Boonton Police Department, the Hackettstown Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit.

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Marshall Wang of the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office at 973-285-6200 or Det. Thomas Takacs of the Rockaway Township Police Department at 973-625-4000.

 

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

 

Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or darseneault@co.morris.nj.us. 

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