Unit Commendation

Sergeant Michael Egan, Detective Dennis Chieffo, Detective Brian Adams, Detective Crispin Farrace, Detective Michael Methner, Patrolman Jeffrey Dougherty, Patrolman Christopher Williams, Patrolman Robert Thuring, Dispatcher Scott Kelton

During the month of September 2020, the Quik Food Mart located at 234 Old Stage Road was the victim of two separate burglaries. During October, the Guitar Center was the also victim of two burglaries. The cases were assigned to Detective Dennis Chieffo, who was able to develop a suspect.  He learned that this suspect may have also perpetrated burglaries in Old Bridge and Sayreville. Detective Chieffo, along with detectives from Old Bridge and Sayreville developed a plan to investigate the suspect. This included the use of a GPS tracking device that was attached to his vehicle.

On the afternoon of Thanksgiving, November 26, 2020, the GPS placed the suspect in the area of the Guitar Center.  Detective Chieffo notified police headquarters and coordinated a plan with Sergeant Michael Egan and patrol officers to contain the suspect if he made another burglary attempt.  Patrolman Jeffrey Dougherty observed the suspect exit the Guitar Center onto Highway 18, where he was stopped by Patrolman Christopher Williams. Patrolman Dougherty provided the backup. They detained the suspect for a short period until Detective Chieffo arrived on scene. While this was occurring, Sergeant Egan responded to the rear of the Guitar Center and observed what appeared to be evidence of a fresh burglary attempt.  After speaking with the suspect for a period of time, he was asked to step out of the vehicle. The suspect refused to exit, had to be removed, and was then placed under arrest. The suspect’s vehicle was also impounded.  Dispatcher Scott Kelton was crucial through this investigation in coordinating these events on the radio.  Detective Chieffo was then able to secure a telephonic search warrant for a location in Sayreville, along with consent to search the suspect vehicle from the registered owner.  Inside the suspect vehicle, a yellow crowbar, a black pry bar tool, two large screwdrivers, a claw hammer, and a pair of bolt cutters were located. Furthermore, clothing matching surveillance footage of several burglaries was also found. The suspect was ultimately charged with three burglaries in East Brunswick along with narcotics offenses, obstruction, and possession of burglary tools.  The suspect was also charged with one burglary in Old Bridge. 

For their dedication to duty and sound use of tactics and investigative skills, which resulted in the arrest of suspect involved in multiple burglaries, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Sergeant Michael Egan, Detective Dennis Chieffo, Detective Brian Adams, Detective Crispin Farrace, Detective Michael Methner, Patrolman Jeffrey Dougherty, Patrolman Christopher Williams, Patrolman Robert Thuring, and Dispatcher Scott Kelton with this Unit Commendation.

Lieutenant Wade Gordon, Sergeant Glenn Tabasko, Sergeant John Bird, Patrolman Luke Guinee, Patrolman Amanda Maggio, Patrolman Michael Napoli

On June 5, 2019, at approximately 05:45, multiple patrol units responded to the area of Gulf Road for a motor vehicle burglary in progress. Patrolmen Michael Napoli and Luke Guinee were the first to arrive on scene and observed the suspect vehicle, a silver Audi, occupied and idling on the side of the road. As they attempted to step out with the vehicle, the driver fled the area. 

Patrolman Amanda Maggio was next to arrive on scene and began to pursue the vehicle, which was a confirmed stolen vehicle.  The pursuit was terminated, and the officers now focused their efforts on locating the second suspect who was still in the area. With further assistance from Sergeant John Bird, Sergeant Glenn Tabasko and Lieutenant Wade Gordon, the officers were able to locate the suspect in a wooded area behind a nearby gas station. After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody and transported to headquarters. The suspect was then interviewed and admitted to burglarizing a dozen vehicles that morning.  Officers were provided with the information of the other suspect who was operating the stolen vehicle. Both individuals were subsequently charged with numerous Burglary offenses and Possession of Stolen Property.

For their quick actions, perseverance, and investigative techniques, which led to the arrest of two individuals making East Brunswick a safer place, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Lieutenant Wade Gordon, Sergeant Glenn Tabasko, Sergeant John Bird, Patrolman Luke Guinee, Patrolman Amanda Maggio, and Patrolman Michael Napoli with this Unit Commendation.

Sergeant Thomas Appell, Detective Dennis Chieffo, Patrolman Brian Brownlie, Patrolman Michael Smith

On June 24, 2019 officers responded to the East Brunswick Car Wash located at 1075 Highway 18 on a report of a possible abduction.  A witness observed a female get assaulted in the lot and pushed into her vehicle by two males.  The female had previously said “help” to one of the employees prior to being taken.  The suspects fled with the victim in her vehicle.  A lookup on the registration helped identify the victim as the registered owner’s daughter.  The victim’s cell phone was pinged, however she was not able to be located.  The victim’s mother responded and reviewed surveillance video.  She was able to positively identify one of the suspects as her daughter’s ex-boyfriend.  It was believed that that the suspects may travel to a relative’s house in Staten Island, New York.  

NYPD was then requested to respond to that location.  The victim was able to make two phone calls to her mother, and it was confirmed that her ex-boyfriend was still with her.  Officers kept NYPD apprised of the information that they were receiving.  The NYPD located the victim’s vehicle leaving the apartment complex.  Upon stopping it, one of the suspects fled.  The victim was in the vehicle and able to be taken to safety.  Both suspects were later apprehended and charged.

For their quick actions, perseverance, and investigative techniques, which led to the safe return of our victim and the arrest of two individuals involved in the kidnapping, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Sergeant Thomas Appell, Detective Dennis Chieffo, Patrolman Brian Brownlie, and Patrolman Michael Smith with this Unit Commendation.

Sergeant Michael Egan, Sergeant Glenn Tabasko, Detective Alexander Danese, Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld, Patrolman Nicholas Mauro, Patrolman Shawn Yeager, Dispatcher Andrew Weiss, Dispatcher Michelle Tejada

On August 8, 2019, patrol officers were dispatched to Cranbury Road and Davidson’s Mill Road in South Brunswick to assist with a serious motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and a Jeep.  East Brunswick patrol officers arrived on location first and determined that the motorcycle driver suffered fatal injuries.  Patrol officers immediately began securing the scene, setting up traffic control, and gathering witness statements.  Witnesses were able to provide a description of the suspect vehicle which had left the scene prior to police arrival.  This suspect information was relayed to the South Brunswick Police Department.  

East Brunswick Detectives quickly arrived on location and began checking the area, locating a fluid and debris trail, and ultimately locating the suspect vehicle unoccupied in a South Brunswick parking lot.  Additional East Brunswick patrol officers arrived in South Brunswick to assist and began setting up a perimeter to search for the suspect.  Police Communications was able to locate an address in Jamesburg that was associated with the registered owner of the suspect vehicle.  The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit also responded, alerted on an odor, and tracked it to the same residence Communications provided in Jamesburg.  With the information gathered through witnesses and Communications officers, and the investigation of the detectives and patrol officers, the South Brunswick Police Department obtained a telephonic search warrant for the residence.  South Brunswick and East Brunswick officers were able to take the suspect into custody without incident.  The suspect was later sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing the fatal motor vehicle crash and leaving the scene.  

For their rapid response, perseverance, and investigative techniques, which led to the apprehension and conviction of an individual responsible for a fatal hit and run motor vehicle crash, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Sergeant Michael Egan, Sergeant Glenn Tabasko, Detective Alexander Danese, Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld, Patrolman Nicholas Mauro, Patrolman Shawn Yeager, Dispatcher Andrew Weiss, and Dispatcher Michelle Tejada with this Unit Commendation.

Patrolman John Breen, Patrolman James Angermeier, Patrolman David Velez, Patrolman David Methner, Patrolman Michael McGlynn Jr., Patrolman Sean Clayton, Patrolman Matthew Anderson, Patrolman Michael Manning

On November 18, 2019, Patrolman Michael Manning was investigating a burglary to a motor vehicle in the Retro Fitness parking lot.  Patrolman Manning’s investigation obtained enough pertinent information to develop a description of the suspect’s vehicle.  Patrolman Manning located and stopped the suspect vehicle in the Midstate Mall parking lot.  Patrolman Manning exited his patrol car and observed that the vehicle was occupied by two males.  The suspect vehicle then fled.  A motor vehicle pursuit was initiated, but ultimately terminated due to the increased risk to public safety.

Officers working a traffic detail several miles from where the pursuit was terminated reported seeing the suspect vehicle, and immediately notified headquarters of its location and direction of travel.  Patrolman John Breen responded to the area, and located the suspect’s now abandoned vehicle in the Route 18 Shopping Center.  There were several items inside the vehicle that were purchased from Best Buy and Game Stop. The vehicle was secured, and a Middlesex County Sheriff’s Officer responded to the scene with a canine.  The canine acquired the scent of the suspects from the items left behind in the vehicle, and a search commenced.  Concurrent to the search, Patrolman Sean Clayton responded to Best Buy and Game Stop and verified that the suspects purchased the items found inside of the suspect vehicle using stolen credit cards obtained from previous car burglaries.

Chief Frank LoSacco, Patrolman James Angermeier, Patrolman David Velez, Patrolman David Methner, Patrolman Michael McGlynn Jr., and Patrolman Matthew Anderson converged on the area to assist with the search.  Through a collaborative effort, the officers located two suspects in a residential neighborhood near the abandoned suspect vehicle.  Additionally, the canine tracked directly to the location of the suspects while they were being detained and indicated a positive match for their scent. 

For their keen observations, sound use of investigative techniques, and teamwork, which resulted in the arrest of two criminals and the recovery of property, The department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman John Breen, Patrolman James Angermeier, Patrolman David Velez, Patrolman David Methner, Patrolman Michael McGlynn Jr., Patrolman Sean Clayton, Patrolman Matthew Anderson, and Patrolman Michael Manning with this Unit Commendation.

Patrolman Luke Guinee, Patrolman Agnieszka Marino, Patrolman James Angermeier, Patrolman Robert Theoret, Patrolman Christopher Williams, Lieutenant Robert Zielinski, Lieutenant Joseph Kowal, Lieutenant Charles Bobal, Patrolman Paul Muszynski (SRPD)

On September 12, 2020 patrol units were dispatched to 246 Highway 18 room 104, at the Studio 6, to assist Robert Wood Johnson EMS with a 27 year old male having a psychotic episode. EMS arrived on location just prior to patrol. As Patrolman Luke Guinee arrived, he observed two EMS members running down the hallway.  They advised him that the male armed himself with a knife, and there were still two females in the room.  Patrolman Guinee heard screaming from the room and pushed the door open. Upon doing so he observed the male armed with a large knife in one hand and a pair of scissors in the other hand. Patrolman Guinee gave the male commands to drop the weapons and the male began to charge at him, while one of the females was in the direct path. Patrolman Guinee was able to pull that female from the room to safety. 

Patrolman Agnieszka Marino then arrived on location as the other female was still in the room. Patrolman Guinee continued giving commands for the male to drop his weapons. The remaining female was eventually able to exit the room and quickly close the door, preventing the male from entering the hallway.  Additional officers took a defensive position in the hallway, while Patrolman Marino began negotiations with the male. Patrolman Marino continued to speak and negotiate with the male as he continually threatened to kill her and other officers if they tried to enter the room. The East Brunswick Police SWAT team then arrived on location.  Patrolman Marino continued her negotiation attempts for over two hours, before the SWAT team breached the room and took the male safely into custody. 

For their rapid response, dedication to duty, and proper use of tactical training with an armed adversary, which resulted in a safe outcome, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman Luke Guinee, Patrolman Agnieszka Marino, Patrolman James Angermeier, Patrolman Robert Theoret, Patrolman Christopher Williams, Lieutenant Robert Zielinski, Lieutenant Joseph Kowal, Lieutenant Charles Bobal, and South River Patrolman Paul Muszynski with this Unit Commendation.