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Prosecutor: Monmouth Man Found Guilty of 2014 Armed Robbery; Could Face Life in Prison

A Monmouth County man has been found guilty of a 2014 armed robbery and could face life in prison due to a prior record, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said.

The Monmouth County jury returned the guilty verdict on Tuesday for Mario Figueroa, 40, of Asbury Park, in connection with an incident a little more than three years ago in Asbury.

The charges against Figueroa, which came after a two-week trial, are: first-degree armed robbery, fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second-degree aggravated assault, second-degree witness retaliation, and two counts of first-degree witness tampering for crimes committed against witnesses to the armed robbery after the incident.

The case background …

The charges stem from an Oct. 21, 2014 incident when Figueroa approached his victim on the corner of Main Street and Sewall Avenue. In an effort to steal victim’s wallet, Figueroa armed himself with a box cutter, held it to the victim’s neck, forced him to the ground and stole his wallet.

The Asbury Park Police Department Street Crimes Unit, patrolling in the area at the time of the incident, observed Figueroa running away from the scene of the robbery.

After conducting an initial investigation, Figueroa was arrested for the crimes committed against the victim. While incarcerated pending trial, Figueroa encountered a witness to the robbery inside the Monmouth County Correctional Institution and assaulted him for giving a statement to the Asbury Park police, leaving that witness with permanent vision damage as a result of the assault.

Figueroa then went after a second witness to the robbery, sending dozens of threatening letters to the witness in an effort to interfere with the witness’s testimony and cooperation in the investigation.

Figueroa had several disruptive outbursts during the two-week trial, resulting in Judge Falcetano ordering him removed by Sheriff’s officers from the courtroom. Tomorrow, Judge Falcetano is expected to inform Figueroa of the jury’s verdict in the case and to set a sentencing date in the matter.

Due to his prior criminal record, Figueroa is extended-term eligible and faces a potential sentence of life in a New Jersey state prison. Any sentence imposed will require Figueroa to serve 85 percent of the term before he would be eligible for parole, pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA).

Figueroa is also facing an additional term between 10 and 20 years of imprisonment for the witness tampering charges, which must be served consecutively to any period of incarceration imposed for the armed robbery and weapons offenses.

This case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Martha Nye.

Figueroa is represented by John Sheehy, Esq., of Toms River.

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Prosecutor: Three Charged with Attempted Bribery of Robbery Witness

Three area people have been charged with attempting to bribe a witness in a pending robbery case, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said on Monday.

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Police Report Major Heroin, Marijuana Busts, Robbery & More

The following recent arrests were made and reported by Middletown police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.

• Rebecca Bartos, 26, of Bayside Drive in Atlantic Highlands, was arrested on Oct. 14 by Patrolman Christopher Menendez and charged with defiant trespass and disorderly conduct.

She was released pending a court date.

• Danielle Powell, 20, of Southview Terrace West in Middletown, was arrested on Oct. 14 by Corporal Thomas Meckier and charged with escape, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing the administration of law, hindering apprehension, resisting arrest and possession of under 50 grams of marijuana.

She was released after posting $2,500 bail with a 10 percent option.

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Police Report Robbery, Criminal Mischief & Theft

The following recent criminal incidents were reported by Red Bank police:

• A theft was reported to have occurred sometime between Sept. 24 and 25 at the Red Bank Laundry Center, 54 North Bridge Ave. The victim reported that he washed a blanket and upon his return to pick it up it was missing.

Patrolman Shane Dengel took the report.

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Rumson Police: Rumson Man Jailed Over Two July Assaults, Robbery

The robbery and assault of a cab driver in Rumson early Friday morning ended in a Rumson man being held in jail over that and another alleged assault incident earlier in the month on a total of $150,000 bail, Rumson police said on Monday.

Phillip Sturner, 30, of Rumson, was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery, simple assault (DP), and theft of services (DP) for the July 17 incident.

He was also charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and false imprisonment in stemming from a July 5 incident that had been under investigation in which he allegedly assaulted two victims at his residence.

Bail was set, by Judge Honora Kilgallen J.S.C., at $50,000 for the July 17 incident and $100,000 for the July 5 incident, police reported.

In connection with the July 17 incident, another alleged perpetrator in the assault and robbery of the cabbie, Christopher Sutphen, 19, of Monmouth Beach, was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery, simple assault (DP) and theft of services (DP), police said.

Sutphen was also held in Monmouth Correctional Institution in lieu of $50,000 bail, set by Judge Honora Kilgallen J.S.C.

Police responded to the July 17 incident when at 3:08 a.m. they were dispatched to the area of Church and First Street “for a report of a fight in the street,” police said.

Upon arrival, police found two men with injuries — a cab driver and Sturner. EMS was called to the scene to treat the injured. In the meantime, a witness at the scene reported that another alleged perpetrator, who turned out to be identified as Sutphen, had fled.

Sutphen was found by an assisting unit of Little Silver police in the area of 15 First Street.

The cab driver — victim — was treated at Riverview Medical Center and released.

An investigation by Patrolman Anthony Ciambrone and Detective Christopher Isherwood determined that Sutphen was the alleged perpetrator of another assault incident on July 5.

That incident was reported to have occurred after a 1:30 a.m. 9-1-1 hang-up call was made to Monmouth County dispatch, which handles area emergency calls, sending Rumson Police Patrolman Daniel Campanella and Special Officer Class II to the area  of East River Road and Carton Street, where they found a man in his vehicle having sustained severe facial injuries, Detective Christopher Isherwood said.

Further investigation by Isherwood and Campanella revealed that the victim found at the scene and another had allegedly been assaulted by Sturner at his residence.

 

 

 

Crime Close By: Strong Arm Robbery & Theft

The following recent criminal incidents were reported by Red Bank police: 

• A strong arm robbery was reported to have occurred on May 25 on Leonard Street. The victim reported that a male approached him outside of his residence and assaulted him by punching him and knocking him unconscious. The perpetrator fled with the victim’s wallet, containing cash and a debit card.

Lt. Robert Clayton took the report.

• A theft was reported to have occurred on Maple Avenue on May 27. The victim reported that someone stole his wallet, containing cash and credit cards, from a gym locker.

Patrolman Cevin Albert took the report.

• A theft was reported to have occurred on May 27 on Harding Road. The victim reported that someone entered a parked vehicle and stole an iPhone, gold earrings, an HP tablet and a Garmin GPS.

Patrolman Michael Zadlock took the report.

Crime Close By: Robbery, Theft, Criminal Mischief

The following recent criminal incidents were reported by Red Bank police:

• A theft was reported to have occurred at a Riverside Avenue hotel on May 18. The victim reported that she had checked a Marc Jacobs diaper bag, containing credit cards (etc.) at the front desk of the hotel and upon retrieval it was missing.

Patrolman John Camarca took the report.

• A robbery was reported to have occurred on May 17 at a Shrewsbury Avenue residence. The victim said that she heard a loud bang on the front door. Upon answering the door, the perpetrator grabbed her, punched her in the face, stole her iPhone and then fled the area.

Lt. Robert Kennedy took the report.

• An incident of criminal mischief was reported to have occurred on May 16 on East Newman Springs Road. The victim reported that an unknown person keyed the side of a parked vehicle with a sharp object.

Sgt. David Hicks took the report.

• A theft was reported to have occurred at a Monmouth Street parking lot on May 15. The victim reported that someone cut the lock on a bicycle which was secured to a pole and stole it. The bicycle is described as a grey Schwinn Mountain Bike.

Sgt. David Hicks took the report.

• A theft was reported to have occurred on May 13 at the Bridge Avenue parking lot. The victim reported that someone entered a parked vehicle and stole a duffle bag containing clothing and prescription pills.

Lt. Errico Vescio took the report.