DWI Arrests

On May 17th at 5:00am, Ptl. Brian Weber arrested Tina Danko, 33, of Barnegat for DWI after responding to a one-car collision on East Bay Avenue.
Ptl. Weber determined that Danko had been attempting to make a U-turn in the roadway when she struck the pole. Danko was not injured and the pole sustained minor damage. Danko’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s law. She was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.

On May 18th at 1:55am, Ptl. Alex Hoffman arrested Lisa Bumbarger, 41, of Rahway Rd after responding to a report that an intoxicated subject had left a residence and was operating a motor vehicle. Ptl. Hoffman was able to locate the vehicle at the Barnegat Municipal Dock where he determined that Bumbarger was intoxicated. Bumbarger’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. She was processed and released with summonses for DWI and reckless driving.

Warrant Arrest

On April 28th at 3:08pm, Patrolman Anthony King arrested Cornelius Robinson Jr., 49, of Barnegat on multiple outstanding warrants totaling $46,300 dollars. The warrants were issued by the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department, Ocean Township (Monmouth), Howell, New Brunswick, Princeton, East Windsor, and Summit.

Robinson Jr was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

Arrests Made in Armed Robbery Case

On April 26th at 12:42pm, Barnegat police officers responded to the Barnegat Motel for a report of an armed robbery. Officers were advised that two male subjects had forced their way into a motel room armed with what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money. The subjects reportedly fought with a male occupant of the room before fleeing the area in a white Ford Crown Victoria.

Patrolman Bryan Nogowski located the Ford Crown Victoria unoccupied on Water Street approximately 15 minutes later. Officers immediately established a perimeter and, due to the large size of the wooded and marshy area, requested additional resources from surrounding agencies. Officers from the New Jersey State Police, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Stafford Township Police Department, Ocean Township Police Department, and Little Egg Harbor Police Department responded to the scene to assist in maintaining the perimeter and searching for the subjects.

A New Jersey State Police helicopter was requested and responded to the scene as well as K9s from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and Little Egg Harbor Police Department. During the ensuing search operation, NJSP Troopers in the helicopter were able to locate both subjects who were attempting to flee the area through the difficult terrain. Officers on the ground were guided by the helicopter to the locations of the subjects who had split up. Both of the subjects- James Boone, 22, of Toms River, and Lance Alexander, 27, of Philadelphia, PA were taken into custody without incident.

The crime scene was processed by Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI. Officers at the motel recovered a black BB gun which may have been the weapon brandished during the robbery.

Alexander was charged with 1st degree robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and aggravated assault. He was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $70,000 bail (no 10% option). Boone was charged with 2nd degree robbery and was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $30,000 bail (no 10% option).

DWI Arrests

On April 1st at 1:00am, Patrolman Anthony Carlo arrested Tiffany Duffy, 43, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Duffy’s car on Village Dr for failing to maintain her lane of travel. Duffy’s car was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Duffy was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and driving with a suspended drivers license.

On March 27th at 1:41am, Patrolman Anthony Carlo arrested Sean Thorpe, 29, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Thorpe’s car on Route 9 for having tinted windows. Thorpe’s car
was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Thorpe was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, and tinted windows.

Heroin Arrest

On March 26th at 11:23pm, K9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested Mark McGinley, 46, of Barnegat for possession of CDS. Officer Armstrong had stopped McGinley’s vehicle on Village Drive for having inoperable taillights. During the course of the stop, Officer Armstrong made several observations that led to a consensual search of the vehicle. During the search, Officer Armstrong recovered heroin and hypodermic syringes.

McGinley was processed and released pending a court date.

Prostitution Arrests

On March 4, 2015 members of the Barnegat Police Department Investigative Division served a search warrant at the Rainbow Spa, 575 Route 9 in Barnegat. Arrested during the warrant service were Jian Zhou, 44, of Galloway, NJ and Xiuhong Fu, 49, of Brooklyn, NY. The warrant service was the result of a month long investigation into illegal prostitution at the location. Officers seized $2,000 dollars in cash during the subsequent search.
 Zhou was charged with promoting prostitution and engaging in prostitution. Fu was charged with engaging in prostitution. They were both processed and released pending a court date.
 The Barnegat Police Department was assisted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Group, the Toms River Police Department Special Enforcement Team, and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Overturned Vehicle

On March 5th at 10:23am officers responded to a report of an overturned truck on Route 539 south of Route 72. Upon arrival officers found that a Penske Leasing Co box truck that had been headed southbound left the roadway and overturned, damaging a utility pole.
  Officers determined that there were over 100 pressurized oxygen tanks in the cargo area of the truck. In response, Route 539 was closed to all traffic from Route 72 to Route 610 and a safety perimeter was established.
  The Station 85 Berkeley Emergency Response Team (BERT), which specializes in handling hazardous materials incidents, was requested and responded to the scene. The BERT team conducted an assessment and determined that none of the oxygen tanks had been compromised or were leaking.
  The roadway remained closed for several hours while the oxygen tanks were offloaded and Atlantic City Electric personnel repaired the damaged pole and wires.
  The initial investigation indicates that the snow covered roadway contributed to the accident. The driver, Gustave Demartin, 47, of Old Bridge, was uninjured.
  Barnegat police were assisted by the Ocean County Sheriffs Department, Stafford Police Department, Barnegat Volunteer Fire Company, and Warren Grove Fire Department.

2014 Professional Standards Unit Complaint Summary

This agency investigated a total of eight officer complaints in 2014. These complaints were lodged by either citizens or other police officers concerned by the actions of their colleagues. Six  of the eight complaints were brought forth by citizens and were as follows: three related to officer attitude and/or demeanor; two alleged excessive use of force, and one claimed officer harassment. The remaining two complaints were supervisory in nature and were brought forth by agency supervisors and or fellow employees. Each complaint can result in departmental discipline ranging in punishment from a negative performance notice and/or a counseling session to dismissal from the agency.

In each case, Professional Standards initiated an investigation to determine whether each complaint was valid. The outcome of each investigation was documented as follows: two of the three attitude/demeanor complaints were sustained meaning that there was clear evidence to prove that the incident did occur. In the remaining complaint the officer was determined not to have been involved in any wrong doing. The excessive use of force investigations cleared one officer of any wrong doing and the other was administratively closed because the complaint was withdrawn. The sole harassment allegation resulted in the officer being cleared (exonerated) of any wrong doing. Both of the supervisory complaints were sustained. All sustained complaints resulted in some form of departmental discipline in accordance with agency policy. Discipline ranged from a counseling session and or negative performance notice to an oral reprimand.


We also received one hundred-two (102) compliments in 2014 from citizens and police supervisors pleased with officer performance.

Warrant Arrest

   On February 13th at 7:47am, Ptl. Brett Taylor arrested Stanley Chambers, 30, of Toms River on a $45,000 warrant for a prior offense of distribution of CDS within Barnegat Township.
   Ptl. Taylor located Chambers at Southern Ocean Medical Center after receiving information that Chambers was possibly there. Chambers was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail. Stafford Township police assisted with the arrest.

Warrant Arrest

 On February 13th at 1:27am, K-9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested Joseph Garrett, 35, of Long Branch on $89,000 in outstanding warrants issued by the Monmouth County Sheriffs Department. Officer Armstrong observed Garrett inside of the 7-11 on West Bay Avenue and had prior knowledge of the warrants.
  Garrett was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
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