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Statement Regarding Community Concerns

FROM THE DESK OF CHIEF FRANCAVIGLIA: STATEMENT REGARDING COMMUNITY CONCERNS:

The Hillsdale Police Department is committed to learning all of the facts that revolve around the recent media coverage relating to thefts and vandalism of “Black Lives Matter” lawn signs, as well as other acts of mischief. Hillsdale remains a beautiful safe community and we will not let our neighborhoods be terrorized by would-be thieves. Given the importance and emotional nature of these incidents and investigations, we wish to issue the following statement:

Based on our own records, we have the following information to share: The total number of “Black Lives Matters” signs that were reported stolen to the Hillsdale Police Department is six (6), and two (2) additional signs were defaced. There were three (3) reported incidents of harassment related to the signs displayed at two (2) residences in July. This is in direct contrast of recent social media reports that signs are continued to be stolen and acts of harassment are on-going. If in fact that is true, the Hillsdale Police Department has not received any reports and we need the public to report this activity.

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Endangering the Welfare of a Child

 

On 5/18/2019, the Hillsdale Police Department arrested THOMAS SQUILANTI (DOB: 07/27/1966) of 431 Piermont Avenue, Hillsdale, New Jersey, on a charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

 

On 5/18/2019, the Hillsdale Police Department received information about an incident that occurred on 5/16/2019, in the early evening hours on the George White Middle School outdoor basketball court. The Hillsdale Police immediately began an investigation of the incident. The investigation revealed that an adult male, later identified as THOMAS SQUILANTI, approached multiple juveniles while they were playing basketball. THOMAS SQUILANTI then proceeded to allow the children to drive his electric scooter and began a conversation with the children. During the course of the conversation with said juveniles, THOMAS SQUILANTI used inappropriate, alarming and threatening sexual language directed at the children that he encountered.

 

At the conclusion of the investigation, SQUILANTI was arrested and charged with one count of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A(2) a 3rd degree crime. SQUILANTI was released from the Hillsdale Police Department with a complaint summons and is scheduled to appear in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court on Wednesday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.

 

If anyone has, any further information pertaining to this case, please contact the Hillsdale Police Department Detective Bureau at 201-664-4200

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Press Release

 

TO:                       ALL NEWS MEDIA

FROM:                 CHIEF ROBERT FRANCAVIGLIA

DATE:                 JULY 3, 2019

CONTACT:          DET. T.WOODS 

 

 

RICHARD C OKORIE OF MISSOURI CITY TX & BARBARA LYNN ALEXANDER OF GRAHAM NC ARE CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT EACH OF THEFT BY DECEPTION 2C:20-4A, IDENTITY THEFT 2C:21- 17A, MONEY LAUNDERING 2C:21-25B(1) AND CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT CRIME 2C:5-2A(2).

 

Hillsdale Police Department Chief Robert Francaviglia announced charges against RICHARD C OKORIE (DOB: 06/07/1977) of 1510 Daffodil Road Missouri City TX and BARBARA LYNN ALEXANDER (05/15/1940) of 1710 Wedgewood Drive Graham NC. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Hillsdale Police Department and members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Financial Crimes Unit.

In March of 2019, the Hillsdale Police Department received information from a victim of identity theft that his company-sponsored retirement account was compromised and $400,000.00 was stolen. The Hillsdale Police Detective Bureau began an investigation with assistance from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Financial Crimes Unit.

 
 
 
 
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