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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. 

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A fugitive who remained at large for several weeks after being charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a child in Plainfield has been apprehended in Texas, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

Walter Sosa, 33, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

A Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit investigation initiated in early August revealed that Sosa sexually assaulted the victim, who is under the age of 18, numerous times during the previous seven months. While attempting to locate Sosa, investigators distributed to the local media and public a photo and description of him, but it was later discovered that he had fled the area.

Special Victims Unit investigators managed to track Sosa south, and he was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Service in Arlington, Texas late last month. He is to be extradited back to New Jersey today.

Anyone with information about Sosa’s activities still is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit Sgt. Timothy Durkin at 973-698-9529 or Detective Nicholas Falcicchio at 908-721-8186.

Convictions on first-degree crimes are commonly punishable by 10 to 20 years in state prison.

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

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Investigators are requesting assistance from the public in identifying and locating a suspect or suspects in a homicide that took place last month in Plainfield, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Plainfield Police Director Carl Riley jointly announced Thursday.

The Prosecutor’s Office today is releasing two surveillance video clips depicting the vehicle used in the commission of the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Anthony Henry.

Plainfield Police Division patrol units responding to the 1000 block of East Second Street at approximately 11 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 found Henry there suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the investigation. Henry was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he died due to his injuries at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4.

The vehicle depicted in the video clips being released today appears to be a dark red, four-door Honda Civic. Multiple muzzle flashes can be seen emanating from the vehicle’s front passenger-side window before it abruptly speeds away.  

This matter remains under active joint investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force, Plainfield Police Division, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit. Anyone with information about the death of Mr. Henry is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Jose Vendas at 908-358-3048 or Detective Melissa Plum at 908-418-2817.

The Union County Crime Stoppers also are continuing to offer a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477), via text message by texting “UCTIP” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at www.uctip.org.

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12/29/2016 - WANTED FOR MURDER

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The Union County Homicide Task Force and Plainfield PD are investigating a homicide that occurred on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 5:41 PM at 1013 East 2nd Street, Plainfield, New Jersey.

The unknown individual on the attached video file, wearing blue pants and a white and grayish hooded sweatshirt, was the shooter and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Investigation indicates that this suspect got into A black 2005-2011 Volkswagen Jetta with a sunroof, wind deflector, five spoke alloy wheels, tan interior, and missing the front license plate.

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The Union County Prosecutor`s Office Homicide Task Force and the Elizabeth Police Department are requesting help from the public in identifying the people being sought in two separate homicide investigations.

One video shows a man walking just before he turns a corner and shoots the 39 year old male victim who was sitting on the front steps of a building on the 200 block of Pine Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey on October 14, 2014.  Investigators uncovered surveillance video footage that appears to depict the shooter rounding a street corner near the site of the homicide seconds before the homicide.  This suspect appears to be wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, beige boots and a belt with a large metallic buckle.  The sweatshirt looks white in the photograph but is actually black.

The second homicide occurred on October 19, 2014 in the area of Bond Street and East Sixth Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The shooter is described as a bearded man, 20-30 years of age, dressed in a dark hooded sweatshirt with white block lettering.  This suspect is seen exiting what appears to be a white minivan moments before the shooting.

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On December 25, 2013, the pictured individual, Rashad Daye, was the victim of a homicide on the 900 block of Prospect Street in the City of Plainfield

Anyone with any information pertaining to this incident should contact the Union County Crime Stoppers at 908-654-TIPS(8477).  Crime Stoppers will pay up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime.

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2/11/2012 - MURDER
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Derrol Nickles was assaulted and murdered in the area of 380 Irvington Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at approximately 7:30 PM.

Anyone with any information pertaining to this incident should contact the Union County Homicide Task Force; Detective Vincent Canavan at 908-527-4016 or Detective William Lord at 908-527-4104.

You can also contact the Union County Crime Stoppers telephone tip line at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or submit you tip with a text to UCTIP plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).  Tips can also be submitted via the Internet to www.uctip.org


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10/4/2011 - MURDER
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On October 4, 2011 Charles "Charlie" Panchery was found murdered in his home located near the intersection of Green Street and Summer Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Anyone with any information pertaining to this murder should contact Detective Pat Bradley of the Union County Homicide Task Force at 908-347-0186.

Individuals with information can also contact the Union County Crime Stoppers telephone tip line at 908-654-8477 or through this website.

All tips are kept anonymous.

Tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of a suspect are eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000.

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8/14/2011 - MURDER
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On Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 2:05 PM, Farad "Nino" Brown was shot and killed at 611 South Park Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

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