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Bergen County Democratic Sheriff Candidate Anthony Cureton. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF LAUNCHES REGIONAL FUGITIVE TASK FORCE

SIX ARRESTS MADE

By NJG Press Releases, June 18 2019 5:11 pm


Bergen County, N.J. – Sheriff Anthony Cureton has launched the Bergen County Fugitive Task Force through a partnership with the Bergen County Chiefs Association. The task force is charged with locating and arresting individuals who have outstanding criminal warrants and are fugitives from justice from Bergen County Superior Court.  The following police agencies have participated in new task force to date:

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office

Bogota Police Department

Demarest Police Department

Franklin Lakes Police Department

Glen Rock Police Department

Hillsdale Police Department

Little Ferry Police Department

Midland Park Police Department

Park Ridge Police Department

Saddle Brook Police Department

Westwood Police Department

Wyckoff Police Department

Under the direction of Sheriff Cureton, the Fugitive Task Force was dispatched during the early morning on Tuesday June 11, during which time, they located and arrested six (6) individuals for “Failing to Appear” in Bergen County Superior Court for various offenses:

Name

Location Found

Original Charges

Tracy Kraus

Hackensack

3rd Degree Failing to Appear and Register as a Sex Offender

Steven Thomas

Garfield

2nd degree Luring/Enticing a Child by Various Means

Christopher Azurdia

Palisades Park

3rd degree Burglary and Resisting Arrest

Joseph Chmielewski

Wallington

2nd degree Endangering – Abuse/Neglect of a Child

Juliann Chmielewski

Wallington

Failure to Make Child Support Payment to Child Protection and Permanency (Arrears)

Milagros Diaz

Paterson

3rd degree Burglary

 

 

 

 

 

All arrestees were transported to the Bergen County Jail pending Court Appearances. The charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The task force will continue to operate on a regular basis.

“I would like to thank the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association for partnering with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office on this initiative as well as the Chiefs of the twelve participating agencies. I look forward to the expansion of this task force as additional agencies sign on. Keeping our residents safe is the top priority for Bergen County law enforcement and the Fugitive Task Force will continue this mission by tracking down those who have evaded justice” said Sheriff Anthony Cureton.

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