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If you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or submit a Web Tip .  You do not have to give your name.  CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 and you can remain anonymous. 


6/3/2014 - WANTED FOR MURDER
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The Union County Homicide Task Force and Rahway PD are attempting to locate Ericdelman Vega and Alexis Vazquez.  Both men have been charged with the murder of Jorge Torres that occurred in Rahway, New Jersey on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at the Breathless Gentlemen`s Club.

Vega has a last known address of 255 Neptune Avenue, Apt. #2, Jersey City, NJ, but has friends who reside in Jersey City and North Bergen, NJ.  Vega has been linked to 3 motor vehicles:  2010 Black Nissan Maxima NJ registration C42-DVB, 2009 Yamaha motorcycle NJ registration 2JWD8, and 2008 silver Mazda NJ registration R42-CXJ. 

Vazquez has a last known address of 279 Manhattan Avenue, Apt. 2R, Jersey City, NJ.  His wife, Sandra Contrera, resides at 24 Pennsylvania Avenue, Carteret, New Jersey.  Vazquez has been linked to a 2007 blue Infinity G35 NJ registration S55-DXR.

ALEXIS VAZQUEZ TURNED HIMSELF INTO AUTHORITIES AND IS NO LONGER WANTED.  VEGA IS STILL AT LARGE.

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10/15/2013 - ARMED ROBBERY OF DUNKIN DONUTS STORE
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On October 15, 2013 at 12:39 AM, the Dunkin Donuts located at the intersection of the Boulevard and Michigan Ave in Kenilworth, New Jersey was robbed at gunpoint.  The suspect, described as a Hispanic Male, mid 20`s, round husky build, 5-05 tall, wearing dark colored pullover, blue jeans, boots, & black/yellow baseball cap, walked into the store and brandished a black semi-automatic handgun.  He ushered a male and female employee to the back of the store and ordered them to open the safe.  The employees could not open the safe so the suspect brought them back to the front and had the male employee put money from the cash registers into a bag while he held a gun to the female`s head.  He also pointed the gun at another customer when that person attempted to call 9-1-1 for help.  The suspect left with cash in a bag and with one black cash register drawer and fled on foot.  He ran east down the Boulevard to a waiting vehicle described as all white, 4 door, round style vehicle, no trim or side molding, moon roof, all black rims, and tinted windows.  The vehicle was parked between two buildings 50 yards from the Dunkin Donuts store.  No make, model or registration was given by the victims or witnesses.

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9/15/2013 - VEHICLE INVOLVED IN A FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
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The Union Police Department is investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred on North Avenue near the intersection of Vivian Terrace in Union, New Jersey on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 9:56 PM. A 30 year old former resident of Elizabeth, New Jersey died from injuries he sustained as a result of the accident.  Investigators are attempting to identify the pictured vehicle and driver who were also involved in this accident and fled the scene.

Video footage from the gas station adjacent to the accident site shows a vehicle exiting the station and turning left immediately before a brilliant flash of sparks zip across the screen.  The flash was the victim`s motorcycle.  Additional video obtained has the driver pulling over their light colored Chrysler Sebring or Mazda 6 and getting out of the car to inspect what he or she had just hit.  Investigators could not determine if the driver was a male or a female. The driver appeared to be startled, pulled back, and walked away towards their vehicle and drove away.

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7/10/2012 - WANTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY
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On Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM, the Quick Check store located at 1509 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey was robbed at gun point by the pictured suspects.

The suspects were described as being two black males, late teens, thin build, about 6`0" in height.  The suspect wearing the white tee shirt produced a silver revolver and ordered the employees to the floor.  The suspect wearing the striped shirt and bright powder blue sneakers removed the draws from the cash registers.

The suspects fled the store on foot towards Sayre Road.

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6/12/2012 - WANTED FOR BANK ROBBERY
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 On Tuesday June 12, 2012 at 1330 hrs the Roselle Savings Bank located at 655 Raritan Road was robbed. Witnesses at the scene advised the suspect fled on foot from the bank. 

Further investigation revealed the suspect entered the bank at approx 1300 hrs and announced he had forgotten his wallet. He was observed by the staff walking across Raritan Rd on to Dewitt Terrace in Linden and turning right on Springfield Rd. About 20 min later he was observed walking back the same way and entered the bank again. He passed an imitation bank cashier`s check to the teller. On the back of the check was a handwritten note demanding $100`s and $50`s and stating he had a gun. No firearm was displayed. A bank employee going to lunch reported seeing a grey or silver vehicle parked on Springfield Road with it`s headlights turned on during the time frame of the robbery.

The suspect is a light skin spanish male or a white male with tanned skin, 25-35 yrs of age, aprox 6`00", 160-180 lbs, dark hair, wearing aviator type sunglasses with orange/yellow lenses, a blue hoodie with white strings, dark colored baseball cap, dark colored sweats that were cut on the bottom and dirty white sneakers.

Witnesses describe a distinctive birthmark, tattoo,  or burn mark under his right eye along his cheekbone.

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5/8/2012 - BOMB THREATS

The Union County Prosecutor`s Office and the Cranford Police Department are investigating a series of bomb threats that have occurred between April 2, 2012 and April 27, 2012 at the Cranford campus of Union County College.

The Union County Prosecutor`s Office and the Plainfield Police Department are investigating a bomb threat that that occurred on April 20,2012 at the Plainfield campus of Union County College.

If you have any information about these bomb threats or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or submit a Web Tip at www.uctip.org .  You may also text your tip to UCTIP plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). You do not have to give your name.  CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $5000 and you can remain anonymous. 

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5/7/2012 - WANTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY
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 Hillside PD is attempting to identify the pictured black male who was armed with a hand gun during the course of an armed robbery on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 7:09 P.M.  The location of the armed robbery was 1536 Liberty Avenue, Hillside, New Jersey. 

Information developed during the investigation indicates that the pictured black male is only known as “Ali Mack” or “Machiavelli”.  “Ali Mack” appears to be in his 40’s and he might be from the East Orange, Newark, & Irvington area.  The weapon used in this armed robbery has not been recovered.

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5/5/2012 - WANTED FOR ROBBERY
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 On Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 11:00 P.M., New Providence PD responded to 851 Springfield Avenue, near the border with the City of Summit, on a report of a robbery.  The victim reported that she went outside to check that her car’s windows were closed and when she returned she noticed mud on the floor.  She walked a couple of steps into her apartment when she was tackled by a suspect who was attempting to burglarize the apartment.  A struggle occurred and the suspect fled in possibly a Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon.

During the investigation a witness was found who reported that he saw the suspect jump from the fire escape and leave in a white SUV, but neglected to contact the police.  While responding to this call a patrol officer passed a shite SUV about a mile west of the scene that appeared to be a Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon with black door handles and a black horizontal rail across the doors.

The suspect was described as a dark skinned Hispanic or Indian male, 5’7” in height, 25-35 years of age, medium build, with scruffy facial hair.  The victim indicated that the suspect was wearing a black dew-rag with a twisted knot on top, a black sweatshirt with a white stripe on the sleeves, and light colored jeans.

 

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5/3/2012 - WANTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY
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Roselle PD is attempting to identify the pictured black male who on Thursday, May 3, 2012  at 0024 Hrs., walked up to the counter of a 7-11 store located at 555 east 1st Avenue in Roselle, New Jersey and asked for a pack of Newport cigarettes.  The suspect then produced what appears to be a Glock handgun and demanded the cash from the cash register.  The suspect then jumped on top of the counter and removed cash from the register before fleeing on foot north on Linden Road into Roselle Park.  The suspect’s hooded sweat shirt was turned inside-out during the armed robbery and he was wearing black gloves, blue jeans, and black sneakers.  The suspect was described as being approximately 6’0” tall, 200 lbs., with facial hair and wearing sunglasses.

 

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4/5/2012 - WANTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY
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On Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM, four or five black males, age 40-50, all armed with handguns robbed the Club Taboo Gentlemen`s Lounge located at 2005 East Linden Avenue in Linden, New Jersey.  The manager of the club was pistol whipped and injuried during the armed robbery.

All of the suspects fled in a dark Ford Explorer with beige trim (Eddie Bauer Edition) and a blue 2 door compact vehicle similar to an Acura or Lexus.

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