02.27.2018 - Linden Police Request Public’s Help to Identify Robbery Suspect
The Linden Police Department is requesting the public’s help to identify a robbery suspect. On Friday, February 23rd at about 2:40 a.m. the suspect, shown in the video below, entered the Walgreens store located at 22 E. St. George Ave brandishing a black handgun. He proceeded to the Pharmacy area in the back of the store where he jumped over the counter and stole a large quantity of prescription medications, including several opioids. The exact amount and type of pills taken is still unclear.
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male approximately 5’9” wearing black pants, a black hooded sweatshirt, black mask, and yellow gloves.
Detectives are asking anyone with information, particularly those who may have been in the area at the time of the incident, to contact Detective Juan Velarde or DSgt Jeff Carhart at (908) 474-8537.
03.06.2018 - Linden Police Officer Attacked by Dog
At about 9:00 a.m. this morning, Wednesday March 7th, Officers were dispatched to the area of Bedle Pl and Worth Ave to check on the welfare of a homeless man.
The man was living in a make-shift shelter with his four dogs. As the Officer approached he was attacked by the dogs, and fired two shots in defense, wounding one of the dogs.
The Officer was treated for a dog bite at Trinitas Regional Medical Center and released. The dogs were taken by the Newark ASPCA Humane Society for evaluation and treatment.
The man was released from the scene without further incident and was referred to an assistance program.
03.06.2018 - Elizabeth Man Convicted on All Charges for Motel Sexual Assaults of Couples
A Union County jury has returned guilty verdicts on all 60 counts filed against an Elizabeth man who terrorized, robbed, and sexually assaulted couples staying at local motels over the course of six weeks in 2012, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Tuesday.
Rasheed Powell, 42, of Sheridan Avenue was convicted on 24 counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, 12 counts of second-degree sexual assault, eight counts of first-degree robbery, four counts of second-degree burglary, and 12 related weapons offenses following an eight-week trial before state Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch and jury deliberations lasting three and a half days.