2017 News Release

January 25, 2017

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Violent Crime Initiative Captures Over 150 Fugitives Throughout the State

-Attorney General Announces New Directive to Prevent Victim and Witness Intimidation-

Hamilton, N.J. - Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes today announced a statewide violent offender fugitive sweep that has resulted in the arrest of more than 150 offenders.  The ongoing investigation began November 1, 2016.  To date, authorities have seized 11 firearms (2 assault rifles), 631 decks of heroin, and 60 vials of crack cocaine.  In addition, Attorney General Porrino announced a new law enforcement directive designed to prevent victim and witness intimidation.

The Violent Crime Initiative was coordinated by the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit at the request of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General in an effort to further suppress violent crimes throughout the state.  The operation is intended to target violent fugitives, many of whom are criminal gang members with arrest warrants for crimes such as murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, and drug trafficking. 

Some of the more serious offenders captured during this initiative are:

Jeremy Arrington, 27, of Newark

  • Wanted for a triple homicide in Newark where an 8-year old, an 11-year old and an adult female were murdered.  In addition, Arrington was charged with Attempted Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Sexual Assault, and Possession of a Firearm for Unlawful Purpose.  He was arrested on November 6, 2016 in Newark.

Juprie Wadley, 19, of Trenton

  • Wanted on charges of Murder and weapons offenses resulting from the shooting death of a 15-year old in Trenton on June 11, 2016.  He was arrested on December 7, 2016 in Trenton.

Kamal Sears, 36, of Atlantic City

  • Wanted for escaping from a New Jersey Department of Corrections facility where he was serving a five-year prison sentence for multiple weapons offenses.  He was arrested on December 8, 2016.

Otis Dennis, 21, of Millville

  • Wanted for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.  At the time of his arrest, it was discovered that Dennis was out on bail from a previous murder charge.  He was arrested on November 15, 2016 in Millville.

Balil Burton, 26, of Atlantic City

  • Wanted for an armed robbery in Galloway Township and is a member of the “Bloods” Street Gang.  He was arrested on December 14, 2016 in Atlantic City.

Charles Willis, 24, of Trenton

  • Wanted for Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, and Possession of a Handgun for Unlawful Purpose in connection with a shooting in Trenton.  He was arrested on November 30, 2016.

State Police Units assisting with the operation include the Crime Suppression Unit, Gangs and Organized Crime Unit, NJ Regional Operations Intelligence Center, and the Real Time Crime Center.  The United States Marshals Service and the NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force have also assisted with the initiative.

“Through these sweeps, we not only take dangerous criminals off the street, we also develop investigative leads that can help us dismantle the drug rings that are driving violent crime and fueling the epidemic of opiate addiction in our communities,” said Attorney General Porrino. “Narcotics trafficking and violence are inextricably linked, and as addiction has grown, so has the challenge of combating violence in our urban centers. Our message today is that we will continue to work tirelessly to solve the problem of addiction and stem the tide of violence in New Jersey.”

“The Violent Crime Initiative has resulted in the apprehension of some of New Jersey’s most dangerous criminals, and the sweep represents a significant step towards disrupting the violence that currently exists in some urban areas,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “The operation has not only made the targeted jurisdictions and surrounding areas safer, but valuable information has been gathered that will, in all likelihood, lead to future arrests.”

“The cooperation amongst law enforcement agencies in New Jersey is worthy of notice,” said U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos Jr., United States Marshal Service. “When every agency, whether city, county, state, or federal, is committed to working together to locate and arrest criminal offenders, we all enjoy safer communities.”

At the same time that he announced the warrant sweep, Attorney General Porrino also announced another anti-violence initiative involving his issuance of a new law enforcement directive to prevent victim and witness intimidation.  The problem of witness intimidation and tampering is pervasive, particularly in urban centers where the “snitches get stitches” culture is common.  The Attorney General’s Office held a series of meetings where law enforcement, community leaders, and civilians alike spoke-out recently against the deeply destructive practice of witness intimidation.  Such intimidation impedes the ability of law enforcement to prosecute violent crimes, thereby breeding more violence and undermining public trust and confidence in police.

“Our message today to community members is that police will do everything possible to protect them if they do the right thing and cooperate in an investigation,” added Attorney General Porrino. “With this directive, we are seeking to protect witnesses and ensure that violent criminals face stern prosecution, particularly if they engage in this type of intimidation.”

“We have spoken with citizens across the state and they have made this clear: the 'no snitching' mentality is destroying communities by preventing law enforcement from serving and protecting good people who deserve to live without fear of violent reprisal if they cooperate,” said Director  Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “This Directive enables prosecutors and police statewide to use all available means to combat this pervasive problem.”

Implementation of the Bail Reform Act, which became effective January 1, has provided a unique opportunity to address the problem of witness intimidation.  Attorney General Porrino has seized that opportunity with the new directive issued today, which, among others, takes the following actions:

  • Directs that when prosecutors have reason to believe a defendant or his associates might engage in witness intimidation, they must notify police before producing any evidence or documents in discovery to a defense attorney that could reveal the identity of a victim or witness, so police can take immediate precautions to warn and protect the victim or witness.
  • Mandates that when charges of victim or witness intimidation can be substantiated, police and prosecutors must aggressively pursue such charges.  The directive instructs them to be particularly wary of emerging forms of witness intimidation, including social media.
  • Directs the development within 90 days of an online training course for police and prosecutors to teach them about the legal tools available to fight victim and witness tampering. Requires all prosecutors to take the course within 90 days of its launch.
  • Requires that when officers learn that a defendant might try to intimidate a victim or witness, they shall promptly notify the prosecutor.  The prosecutor, in consultation with the police, must consider whether to seek pretrial detention of the defendant under the Bail Reform Act, or whether some form of restraint (e.g., no contact order, electronic monitoring of defendant, etc.) should be imposed by the court as a condition of pretrial release.
  • Mandates certain protocols (use of anonymous references, seeking protective orders) to protect witness confidentiality and anonymity wherever possible and specifically authorizes use of forfeiture funds for witness relocation.

Arrest Results

The primary focus of the operation has been Newark, Trenton, Camden, Millville, and Atlantic City/Pleasantville areas.  The following offenders were arrested at various locations throughout the state:


Clauvens Alcius 28 Irvington
Adam Ali 45 Mays Landing
Lisa Anderson 33 Trenton
Malik Anderson 21 Buena
Dremere Anthony 21 Fair Haven
Jeremy Arrington 27 Newark
Clifton Bailey 25 Vineland
Antwone Bethea 30 Trenton
Corey Billings 36 Trenton
Jules Black 30 Vineland
Kai Bowman 39 Trenton
Jamie Buhpan 21 Camden
Jashawn Burnett 23 Newark
Balil Burton 26 Mays Landing
Tyreef Burton-Spellman 24 Wrightstown
Saymon Cabral 33 Paterson
Gerry Caridad 24 Neptune
Jermaine Carmichael 33 Atlantic City
Jermel Carter 35 Trenton
Ameer Castleberry 33 Newark
Rashon Causey 38 Burlington
Anthony Chatum 29 Millville
Nyron Chin 18 Pemberton
Christopher Clark 25 Burlington
Tirkirah Clark 19 Trenton
Kevin Clayton 25 Newark
Timothy Cocchi 34 Burlington
Geoffrey Colucci 49 Toms River
Tyson Coney 30 Wharton
Brian Cox 27 Vineland
Quantea Crawley 24 Browns Mills
Antoine Crawley 31 Pemberton
Paul Crawley 17 Burlington
Fuquan Cromwell 30 East Orange
Emmanuel Cruz 29 Morrisville
Corey Dames 40 Newark
Jarett Darby 25 Hamilton
Shabriya Dash 24 Trenton
Yusef Davis 20 Irvington
Shakiera Davis 21  
Alicia Dennis 39 Willingboro
Otis Dennis 21 Millville
Tiago Diaz 31 Neptune
Kateena Diggs 28 Burlington
Welder Dubon 31 Piscataway
Dantavis Dukes 23 Carney’s Point
Matthew Dukes 27 Trenton
Gary Elysee 26 Orange City
Roger Estivez-Jimenez 22 Perth Amboy
Jennifer Ferro 32 Belmar
Bryheem Frazier 31 Camden
Thomas Fryar 36 Burlington
Carlos Garcia 37 Fort Myers
Carson Givens Jr. 36 Manalapan
Louis Gould 41 Haddon Twp.
Chance Graves 19 Vineland
Kareem Griffin 39 Oaklyn
Bernadino Guervil 28 Trenton
Angel Jose Guzman 55 Vineland
Bryant Hawkins 39 Newark
Niquawn Hayes 35 Trenton
Angel Hernandez 35 Mays Landing
Kevin Hernandez 20 Elizabeth
Kenneth Hilton 43 Newark
Ibn Holman 35 East Orange
Michael Jackson 47 Mays Landing
Antonio Jefferson 30 Willingboro
John Johnson 23 Newark
Tysheim Johnson 26 Newark
Djuan Johnson 23 Newark
Terrence Jones 34 Millville
Raheem Jones 35 Newark
Timothy Jones 35 Newark
Belinda Kellicker 49 Bellmawr
Stephon Keys 24 Asbury Park
Deondrae King 34 Vineland
Ramel Kirkpatrick 30 Neptune
Essance Kurkland 27 Atlantic City
Thomas Lacovara 45 Williamstown
Rose Landwher 46 Deptford
Danielle Landwher 20 Swedesboro
Jaquan Lane-Nevius 22 Newark
Tyrone Lattie 33 Jackson
Troy Leary 30 Camden
Devan Leggette 20 Mays Landing
Altyreek Leonard 23 Asbury Park
Leon Livingston 54 Trenton
Jose Lopez 45 Newark
Alexandra Louzan 25 Manchester
Alfatah Loyal 31 Irvington
Asad Majors 24 Irvington
Dayron Marquez 24 Camden
Jaishawn Mathis 23 Trenton
Frank McCord 23 Jersey City
Thomas McGinnis 35 Toms River
Nikkiya McKenzie 33 Newark
Isaiah McNeil 20 Newark
Patricia Mendez 41 Toms River
Jeremiah Monell 32 Cedarville
Emils Mors 22 Egg Harbor Twp.
Kenny Mosley 52 Willingboro
David Murri 46 Westville
Zeldrick Nance 29 Trenton
Bruce Neal 37 Burlington
Joshua Norwood 27 Newark
Ricardo Palacios 25 Long Branch
Deandre Parker 27 Irvington
Myson Peeples 26 Paterson
Mario Perez-Gonzalez 60 Newark
Jeremy Pickett 27 Salem
Laquinta Price 26 Pleasantville
Alex Pullen 25 Trenton
Rashaida Rhett 21 Millville
Devon Rocker-McAlpin 25 Commercial Twp.
Hezron Rodgers 28 Newark
Rasheeda Sampson 22 Trenton
Edwin Santiago 24 Newark
Kamal Sears 36 Atlantic City
Terrance Shells 19 Newark
Marquis Skillman 30 Trenton
Patrick Smith 26 Willingboro
Jashawn Smith 18 Trenton
Tyre Sorbino 18 Newark
Darnell Starks 27 Newark
Lucas Sumler 42 Newark
Jacob Surwilla 48 Milleville City
Nysha Taylor 23 Mount Holly
Jayce Thomas 25 Atlantic City
Aljuquan Thomason 24 Newark
Larry Thompson 35 Princeton
Shawn Tift 24 Trenton
Abdul Wahid Ubaidah-Crumblin 48 Linden
Kyle Vance 20 Ewing
Juan Velazquez 26 Vineland
Juprie Wadley 19 Trenton
Paulette Wakefield 35 Tinton Falls
Jesse Weaver 19 Monroeville
Kahail Weeks 24 Newark
Bryan Weisgerber 32 Stow Creek
Rashad Wells 22 Trenton
Shaeed White 30 Newark
Marquise Wiggins 20 Newark
Allen Williams 23 Bridgeton
Blair Williams 19 Camden
Darell Williams 20 Newark
Marvin Williams 31 Trenton
Charles Willis 24 Trenton
Darshon Womack 28 Newark
Timothy Wright 24 Hamilton

Under the Bail Reform Act, which took effect Jan. 1, authorities have sought pretrial detention or protective conditions for pretrial release for some of the more dangerous defendants, while other defendants have been released and ordered to appear at a later date for first appearances. These are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Because these are indictable offenses, the charges against the defendants will be presented to a state grand jury for potential indictment.

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