For Immediate Release:

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On Tuesday November 1, 2016 at approximately 9:25PM, a man was robbed at gun point and assaulted as he was walking in the vicinity of Orchard Place and Summit Avenue.  The victim was walking and making telephone calls, when a  Honda or Toyota typed vehicle with a loud muffler, passed him on Orchard Place.  The actor asked the victim for directions.  The victim then began to run, due to his knowledge of previous street robberies in Ramsey.  The victim was then attacked on a front lawn of a Summit Avenue home.  The actor reentered his vehicle and headed south on South Central Avenue, towards Allendale.  The actor was described as an a dark skinned, tall, skinny with dread-locks, wearing a cabbie cap and  spoke with a heavy Spanish accent.  The handgun was only described as dark colored. The proceeds of the crime was and IPhone and prescription medication. The actor meets the description of previous cell phone robberies that occurred in last summer. The Ramsey Police Department urges the public not to use cell phones outwardly on the streets after dark.  Parents are also urged to reinforce this with their children.

If anyone has any information on this crime, please contact the Ramsey Police Department at 201-327-2400.

Thin Blue Line on School Street

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The Ramsey Police wants to thank Mayor Dillon, Council President Vanessa Jachzel, Councilman William Jones, Councilman Ken Tyburczy, Councilman Harry Weber, Councilman Joseph Verdone, Councilman Peter Kilman for their continued support! The governing body recently approved the Thin Blue Line being painted on School Street as a sign of their continued support and the support of our residents!

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For Immediate Release:

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On Wednesday October 26, 2016 at approximately 2:50PM, the Ramsey Police Department was dispatched to the Peach Hill Townhouse Community with regard to an unconscious person.  Upon arrival it was determined that a tree service worker was struck with a large part of a tree.  The tree service was hired by Peach Hill Townhouse Community to perform tree work on the property.  The worker was a 30 year old husband and father of two from New City, New York. Members of the Ramsey Police Department and Ramsey Ambulance Corps administered first aid to the worker/victim for upper body and head injuries. The worker/victim was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern NY, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 3:35PM.

The Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the scene.  The matter continues to be investigated.

Chief Bryan Gurney, MAS,
Ramsey Police Department
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Be Mindful of Your Surroundings

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Dear residents:

Be advised that a 14 year old high school boy was walking south on N. Central Ave. at 8PM on the evening of October 11th when a white SUV-type vehicle stopped and asked the boy for a ride.  The driver identified himself as a varsity coach at the High School. The boy was shown last year’s Ramsey HS yearbook and could not positively identify any of the coaches.  Schools have been contacted.  I am going to post this on our website and Facebook page.  I have asked the schools to do the same.

Please be mindful of your surroundings. If you suspect something isn’t right, call the Ramsey Police at 201-327-2400.

Thank You,

Sgt. Falotico

Creepy Clown Threats

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Law enforcement always finds itself facing new and challenging problems.  In recent weeks a new problem has emerged; clowns!

Throughout the nation police departments have been receiving complaints of clowns chasing people, attempting to lure people, causing lockdowns at schools or just being present and creeping people out.  Many law enforcement professionals and residents are asking themselves; “What can I do if confronted with such a report?”

Depending on the circumstances of the encounter with the clown, some statutes may apply.  However, please be mindful that people may dress as they wish and we must be cautious and reasonable about addressing a person’s attire; what we can address is their conduct.

Below is what the Ramsey Police Department plans to do.

Step 1:  Conduct a proactive media campaign utilizing your social media outlets and other resources advising your residents of the issue, proactive tactics to enhance security in the community and what offenders will face if they conduct themselves inappropriately.

Step 2:  Review scenarios and the elements of criminal statutes with our officers so that we increase their situational awareness.  Officers need to have the tools necessary so they can properly utilize discretion and reasonableness when dealing with these situations.  In addition, your entire agency needs to be consistent with how these situations are addressed and documented.

Step 3: Know your criminal statutes and the elements of the crime that must be present to make the arrest.  Don’t ignore the obvious:
If a clown directs violence toward a school or other area of public assembly and creates fear, that threat may fall under a “False Public Alarms” type of statute (2C:33-3)

If a clown directly threatens anyone. That threat may fall under “Terroristic Threats” (2C:12-3) or under “Harassment” (2C: 33-4)
If you have clown that has been dealt with at a location and they return after being warned about their conduct previously, a statute of trespassing (2C:18-3) or even stalking (2C:12-10) may be appropriate. If a clown approaches a juvenile and lures or attempts to lure him/her to a secluded area with the purpose to commit a crime against them, a statute of luring, enticing a child (2C:13-6) may be appropriate. If an adult is the victim, a statute of luring, enticing an adult (2C:13-7) may be appropriate.
If a juvenile in a clown suit engages in conduct that would expose others to bodily injury or death, a statute of Endangering Another Person (2C:24-7.1) may be appropriate. For Example, a juvenile dresses as a clown and attempts to scare others in a park as a prank.  Children see him and run due to fear. During their flight, they run into a street and almost get struck by a passing car. This charge may be appropriate.
Step 4:  If your agency falls victim to such an incident, be sure that you fully document all the elements of the crime committed/charged, document all the actions of the suspect and get witness/victim statements to demonstrate the fear created or risk of injury created by this fear.  You may also want to document your proactive media campaign initiative that warned your community about such activity.

We hope that this information assists you and makes your feel a little more comfortable should you be.

Thank You,
The Ramsey Police

Media Release: Robberies

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Chief Press Release

 

The Ramsey Police Department is investigating three recent robberies. The Ramsey Police Department is asking that anyone with any information regarding these three incidents to contact the Ramsey Police Department at 201-327-2400. Residents are advised to be vigilant and to walk with a friend.

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Strong Arm Robbery- July 25, 2016

On Monday, July 25, 2016 at approximately 2347 hours (11:47PM), a pedestrian was approached in the area of North Island Avenue and Washington Drive by two male suspects. Suspect #1 is described as a black male; about 160 pounds; approximately 5’8″ in height; thin build. Suspect #2 is described as a white male; approximately 160-170 pounds; 5’8″-5’10” in height; slender build. See below link for the sketch of Suspect #1. No sketch available of Suspect #2 at this time.

July 25th, Suspect #1

Armed Robbery – August 2, 2016

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at approximately 2324 hours (11:24PM), a resident of East Crescent Avenue, Ramsey, was approached by two males, one of which displayed a black handgun. Suspect #1 is described as light skinned, black male; 18-25 years old; muscular build; approximately 150-175 pounds; approximately 6’0″ in height; short, black hair. Suspect #2 is described as a black male; muscular build, approximately 6’0″ in height. See below link for the sketch of Suspect #1. No Sketch available of Suspect #2 at this time.

August 2nd, Suspect #1

Attempted Strong Arm Robbery – August 11, 2016

On Thursday, August 11, 2016 at approximately 2259 hours (10:59PM), two juvenile residents were walking on Hart Street while using their cell phones. Three actors in a dark-colored four door sedan stopped next to the victims. Two black male suspects exited their vehicles and approached the victims. The two victims were able to flee the scene after a brief collision with a suspect and call for help. No proceeds were taken and no weapons were shown to the victims. No sketch of the suspects available at this time.

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