Friday, December 30, 2016

Press Release- Pedestrian struck

On Thursday, December 29, 2016 at approximately 5:31 pm, a pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle while crossing S. Front St. / W. Clinton Ave. The pedestrian was crossing S. Front St., in a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident. The vehicle, a 2007 Honda Accord was stopped at the traffic light, facing northbound on S. Front St. The traffic light turned green at which time the vehicle proceeded and struck the pedestrian.

The pedestrian, identified as Lilian Cupa, age 57 of Bergenfield, NJ, sustained a lower leg injury. Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance responded and transported the pedestrian to Englewood Hospital.


The driver of the vehicle, identified as Lali Thomas, age 37, of Englewood, NJ was not injured and was issued two summonses, one for careless driving and one for Failure to yield to pedestrian.                              

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Press Release Interrupted burglary / suspicious incident

On Tuesday 12/27/2016, at approximately 3:06 pm, a call was received from a neighbor of the victim, stating that a house invasion just occurred. Officers responded, secured the scene and rendered aid to the victim. The victim is a 71 year old male resident of Bergenfield. He was transported to the Hospital for his injuries which consisted of a gash on top of his head.

The victim stated that he was walking up the steps to his bedroom when he observed a tall, thin white male, wearing a gray sweater with a black winter cap walking down the steps. The victim reported that the male struck him with an object, tied his hands together before fleeing the home. It was reported that $10 and a debit card were stolen from the victim. A search of the area was conducted for the actor with negative results.

Bergen County Sheriff’s Dept. K-9 unit responded to assist. The victim’s statements and investigation has not confirmed or ruled out the incident as an interrupted burglary or any other incident. This is an active investigation and Detectives are following all potential leads. This is the first and only press release submitted by the Bergenfield Police Department. As the investigation unveils more details, updated press releases will follow.

The male victim has since been released from the hospital.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Bergenfield Police Department's Detective Bureau at 201-387-4000. ext. 4011

Friday, November 4, 2016

Bergenfield Police Open House








NOvember 11, 2016 10am-12pm

Open House

Come join the members of the Bergenfield Police Department at “our house.”  We will be conducting two tours, one at 10:30am, and one at 11:30am.  You will see the communications area, cell area, offices and police vehicles used on a day to day basis.  We will have light refreshments.  At 11 am please join us in front of Borough Hall to honor our veterans with a short ceremony.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Press Release- Barricaded Subject / Arrest

On 11/2/2016, at approximately 2:04 pm, a call was received from a third party that there was a male threatening suicide with a gun inside of the residence. Officers responded but were unable to make contact with the male. The male along with the third party caller were in contact with each other while the incident was unfolding. Unable to directly make contact or visualization with the suicidal male, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Swat team was notified. Mutual aid was requested from Tenafly and Dumont PD’s for traffic control. The area was secured and awaiting the arrival of the SWAT team when the suicidal male exited his residence and surrendered. The suicidal male was transported to Bergen Regional Medical Center.

 Officers secured the residence and obtained a search warrant. The search of the home resulted in the finding of numerous weapons. The resident, who is not the suicidal caller, is identified as Edward Obertlik, age 42, of Bergenfield, NJ was subsequently arrested and charged with the following:

1.  2C:39-5b(1) Possession of a handgun
2.  2C:39-7B(1) Certain persons not to have weapons.
3.  2C:39-5J Possession of an assault firearm
4.  2C:39-5C(1) Possession of a rifle
5.  2C:39-5C(1)  Possession of a shotgun (4 counts)

Superior Court Judge Langan was contacted and set bail at $120,000 with 10% option to post bail.  Mr. Obertlik was remanded to BCJ in lieu of bail.

Friday, October 28, 2016

"Meet Our Officers", introducing Officer Eugenio Estevez

Eugenio was born in Jersey City, NJ and raised in Union City and Moonachie, NJ.  He attended Wood-Ridge High School and graduated in 2000.  Eugenio served in the United States Marine Corps from 2003 to 2007.  He graduated from Bergen Community College with an associates degree in 2013 and is currently seeking a Bachelor's degree from FDU.  

Eugenio began his law enforcement career in 2012 with the Hudson County Sheriff's Office as a Sheriff's Officer.  He then transferred to South Hackensack PD in 2014, and eventually hired by the Bergenfield Police Department off of the NJ Civil Service Law Enforcement List in 2015. Eugenio is currently serving in the patrol bureau for the PD and participating in the 4th Grade Program.  

When not at work, Eugenio likes to spend time with his friends and family, and preparing for an additional family member come 2017.  Eugenio looks forward to continuing to provide guidance to the youth of Bergenfield.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Seeking assistance with Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Crash involving a pedestrian

The Bergenfield Police Department is investigating a Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Crash involving a pedestrian that occurred on 10-10-16 at approximately 5:10 pm at the intersection of S. Washington Avenue and Bedford Avenue.
The victim, a 73 year old female from Westwood, was crossing S. Washington Avenue westbound, when a vehicle, described as a black Nissan SUV, made an illegal left turn onto S. Washington Avenue from Bedford Avenue, striking the victim. The Nissan SUV immediately reversed and left the scene traveling the wrong way on Bedford Avenue.
With the assistance of local surveillance video and the Bergenfield Nissan dealership, the fleeing vehicle is described as a Black 2013 Nissan Rogue SL with tinted windows. There is no further description for the driver of the vehicle. The vehicle possibly sustained front end damage or damage to the hood.
The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to Pascack Valley Hospital.

Anyone with information regarding the crash, please contact the Bergenfield Police Department at 201-387-4000.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Press Release- Stabbing incident / arrest

On Saturday, 9-17-16 at approximately 8:36 pm, Officers were dispatched to the area of 202 Howard Drive on a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival at the scene, officers located a 36 year old male victim of Bergenfield, who had sustained a stab wound to his abdomen.  The victim reported that he was involved in a physical altercation with the suspect prior to being stabbed.  The suspect fled the scene and discarded the weapon prior to police arrival. The Bergen County Sheriff’s K9 unit was summoned to assist.

The victim was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and is expected to survive and make a full recovery.

The suspect was identified a short time later after he returned to the scene as Emmens Forges, 34 year old male of Phillipsburg, NJ.  Mr. Forges was placed under arrest and transported to Englewood Hospital by the Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corp. for injuries he suffered during the physical altercation with the victim. Mr. Forges was treated and released to the custody of the Bergenfield Police Department.

Mr. Forges was charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Tampering with Evidence. Bergenfield Municipal Court Judge Herbert set bail at $50,000.00 with no 10% option. Mr. Forges was transported to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of posting his bail.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Press Release- Eluding arrest

On Saturday, 9-3-16 at approximately 1:19 am, Officer Christopher Brugger observed a black Chevy driving recklessly in the area of Sylvan Avenue and Beechwood Street. Officer Brugger attempted to initiate a motor vehicle stop, but the vehicle failed to stop and continued traveling southbound into Teaneck on S. Washington Avenue. Officer Brugger pursued the vehicle into Teaneck. Due to the high rate of speed of the fleeing vehicle and the potential for injury, Officer Brugger terminated the pursuit.

The vehicle continued traveling southbound, and shortly thereafter, crashed into another vehicle that was also traveling southbound on Teaneck Road. Officer Brugger responded to the Motor Vehicle Crash. Teaneck PD, along with the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corp responded to assist. The condition of the driver of the vehicle that was struck is unknown at this time, but any injuries are not considered life threatening.

The driver of the black Chevy, identified as Harry Allen, a 53 year old male from Bergenfield, was placed under arrest after attempting to walk away from the scene. Mr. Allen was also observed throwing a Newport cigarette pack, which was later found to contain marijuana.

Mr. Allen was transported to Holy Name Hospital by the Teaneck Ambulance Corp. for treatment for his injuries.

Upon his release, Mr. Allen was charged with Eluding, 2C:29-2B and Possession of CDS, 2C:35-10A(4) along with being issued several motor vehicle summonses for Reckless Driving, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Driving while Suspended, Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Stop.


Bail was set at $25,000, no 10% option, by Bergenfield Municipal Court Judge Helene Herbert. Mr. Allen was transported to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of posting his bail. Mr. Allen also had outstanding warrants for Failure to Appear from Englewood, NJ $600.00 bail, and a No Bail Warrant from Columbia South Carolina for Illegal Use of Credit Cards. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Press Release-Attempt to identify vehicle / driver


On Thursday, 8-25-16 at approximately 1:06 pm, the Bergenfield Police Department received a 911 call regarding a Motor Vehicle Crash, with injuries, in the area of W. Clinton Avenue and Melrose Avenue. Upon the arrival of Officers, it was determined that one of the vehicles was seen fleeing the scene Eastbound on W. Clinton Avenue. The 78 year old female driver of the vehicle who was struck, sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the crash.
Witnesses described the fleeing vehicle as an older model, blue/green Subaru hatchback, possibly an Outback. Video surveillance provided an additional description of the fleeing vehicle and it is described as having front, driver’s side damage, as well as a flat, front driver’s side tire and a spare donut tire for the front passenger side tire.
The driver of the vehicle who was struck was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment for her injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this crash, please contact the Bergenfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 201-387-4000 x4011.
 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Press Release- Drug arrest

On Wednesday, 7/27/2016, at 11:24 am, while on patrol, Officers Peter Morano and Eric Lind observed an occupied vehicle parked in the Fire Zone in front of 425 S. Washington Ave.(Rite Aid) Officers Morano and Lind approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver. While speaking to the driver, officers Morano and Lind detected a raw odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.

The driver was instructed to exit the vehicle. When questioned about the odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle, the driver, now identified as Danielle Sproviero, age 22, of Fair Lawn, NJ  admitted to possessing marijuana in her pocketbook at which time, officers retrieved a medium sized zip lock baggie containing the marijuana.  She was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters for processing. The vehicle was left parked legally in the lot while Ms. Sproviero was transported.


Ms. Sproviero was charged with the following complaint summons. 2C:35.10a(4) for possession of CDS, summons for Parking in a fire zone and M.V summons, 39:4-49.1 for CDS in a Motor Vehicle.  Upon being served the Complaint Summons, Ms. Sproviero was released and given a court date of 8/03/16 at Bergenfield Municipal Court.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Prayers for Dallas Police Department



Please join the members of the Bergenfield Police Department in sending our deepest condolences to the officers who lost their lives protecting others in Dallas, to their families, the Dallas PD, and their community.

This was a horrible attack on law enforcement.  We ask our residents to assistance us in keeping our community safe by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity, vehicles, or persons in their areas.  

Our officers have been urged to be even more vigilant than normal due to this horrific event.  

The members of the Bergenfield Police Department are committed to protecting and serving the residents and all who travel through our Borough.   

We hope and pray the Dallas Police Department and their Community bands together in this time of darkness.  

Chief Madalone

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Press Release- Walgreen's theft

On 7/1/2016, at approximately 6:19 pm, officers were dispatched to 406 S. Washington Ave (Walgreen’s) on a report of a theft. Upon arrival, officers were met by the employees of Walgreen’s. Officers were advised that an employee who works in the cosmetics area of the store left her station and returned soon after to find that the cash register drawer was missing.  Officers reviewed surveillance video of the incident and observed an adult male, in his late 20’s, wearing a black t shirt, black pants and white Air Jordan sneakers with a sweatshirt on his shoulder enter the store and proceed to go behind the counter. The male is observed removing the cash register drawer and placing it in the sweatshirt and walking out of the store.

The amount of money in the cash register is believed to be a minimum of $100.00. If anyone has any information, please contact the Bergenfield Police Department at 201-387-4000.


Monday, June 20, 2016

"Meet Our Officers" introducing Sgt. Daniel Brizek


Dan is the youngest of 11 children, and was born and raised in Fair Lawn, NJ.  He attended Fair Lawn High School and is a graduate of the class of 1985.  He attended William Paterson University for 2 years, before enrolling at the Computer Processing Institute.  He completed a 6 month course of study and received certification as a Computer Programmer. Over the course of the next 14 years, he went on to be employed by several fortunate 500 companies, moving up the ladder, and eventually becoming a Senior Systems Analyst with Prudential Financial.  Shortly after 9/11, he felt compelled to make a difference, and so he decided to change careers and pursue law enforcement.

            Initially, he took a job with Homeland Security as a TSA Security Screener at Newark airport from 2002 to 2003.  During this time, he took the Law Enforcement Exam.

He was hired by the Human Services Police Department in June of 2003 and was assigned to the Greystone Psychiatric Facility in Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ.  He attended the Morris County Police Academy, where he was President of his academy class.  Shortly thereafter, he received a call from, the Bergenfield Police Department and interviewed for a position.  In February of 2004, he left Human Services and was hired by Bergenfield where he was assigned to the Patrol Division.

In August of 2011, Dan was reassigned from the Patrol Division to the Traffic Bureau.  While in Traffic, he represented the department as a member of the Police Traffic Officer’s Association of Bergen County and sat on the board of the Barrier Free Committee.

Dan is currently a member of the Honor Legion, the Honor Guard, the Motorcycle Squad and is the department’s Radar Instructor.  Formerly, he participated in the 4th Grade program, he was the department’s PBA Delegate for 3 years and was a member of the Rapid Deployment Force of Bergen County for 7 years.  Dan was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in March of 2013.

When not at work, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife Pamela and his two daughters Alexandra and Isabella.