Police Blotter: Teen Assaulted, Decorations Stolen and DWI Arrests
● By Rebecca K. Abma
Midland Park Police
On Oct. 18, as the result of investigating a report of a motor vehicle crash on Goffle Road, Officer Steven Vander Pyl arrested a 33-year-old male resident of East Rutherford for driving while intoxicated. The male subsequently failed field sobriety tests and was transported to headquarters for processing. He was issued three summonses and released into the custody of his brother. The subject is scheduled to appear in the Midland Park Municipal Court. Lt. Bernard Vandenberg and Sgt. Noah Van Vliet assisted.
On Oct. 28, a 14-year-old male Midland Park resident reported to Officers Kevin Van Dyk and Jason Tillson that he was assaulted on Oct. 26. He stated while he was walking on East Center and Vreeland between the hours of 8pm and 9 pm, he was approached by six white males, and two white females. He stated two of the males held his arms back while the other four assaulted him.
Oct. 28 at 2:36 a.m. a 24-year-old Midland Park resident reported his vehicle was stolen. He stated he was at a club in Paterson and was unable to drive home. The male asked a female friend to drive him home and wait for him. When he returned to the street the vehicle and driver were gone. Sgt. Noah Van Vliet and Officer Christopher Birch investigated the incident with the assistance of two officers from the Wyckoff Police Department. The vehicle was later recovered in Paterson.
On Oct. 28 a Midland Park resident reported she discovered Halloween decorations were stolen from the front lawn. She stated sometime overnight eights gray headstones, two black spiders and one white ghost were taken. The total value of the theft amounted to $80.
On Nov. 1, a Midland Park resident reported to Officer Jason Tillson that he was a victim of a fraud. He reported a male called him and stated his granddaughter was arrested and incarcerated in New York City due to being involved in an accident while under the influence of alcohol. The caller stated the subject should wire-transfer $1,407.60 for her bail to an individual in the Dominican Republic. After following the instructions given to him, the victim telephoned his granddaughter and found out none of the alleged events occurred. The incident was referred to the Detective Bureau.
On Nov. 2 as the result of investigating a report of a motor vehicle crash on Godwin Avenue Officer Steven Vander Pyl arrested a 42-year-old female resident of Old Bridge for driving while intoxicated. The female subsequently failed field sobriety tests and was transported to headquarters for processing. She was issued two summonses and is scheduled to appear in the Midland Park Municipal Court. Officers Christopher Birch and Thomas Bedoe assisted.
On Nov. 8, a business owner reported to Officer Vander Pyl an antique sign displayed outside his business was discovered missing. He stated the sign, valued at $300.00, was taken sometime the previous day. The incident was referred to the Detective Bureau.
On Nov. 10, police responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Franklin Avenue and Logan Drive. The vehicle crashed into a stone retainer wall and a utility pole. In investigating the crash, Officer Kevin Van Dyk discovered two airbags were deployed and shattered windows. When asked where the passenger was the driver stated he fled the scene and, was later found walking on Vreeland Avenue. In speaking with the driver, Officer Van Dyk detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his person, and initiated field sobriety tests. Subsequently, the 45-year-old male resident of Ridgewood was arrested for driving while intoxicated and, transported to headquarters for processing. He was issued three summonses, and is to appear in the Midland Park Municipal Court. He was released into the custody of his wife. Sgt. Noah Van Vliet, Officer Kenneth Junta and officers from neighboring towns assisted in the investigation.