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The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office is currently seeking to hire qualified candidates for a County Detective position

August 31, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces the Prosecutor’s Office is currently seeking to hire qualified candidates for a County Detective position. Continue reading

Prosecutor Warns of ‘Spoofed’ Calls from County Phone Numbers

August 27, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland would like to alert the public of an increase in “spoof” calls to resident’s homes or cellular telephones. Spoofed calls are a strategy utilized by scammers in order to disguise their true identity and get people to answer their phones. Scammers are able to modify the caller ID of the phone number to make it appear it is coming from a friend, legitimate business, or even government agency.

Recently, it has come to our attention that scammers have spoofed numerous Cape May County phone numbers. If you receive any calls from any Cape May County Office or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, demanding payment for an “active warrant,” hang up immediately. Cape May County authorities will not reach out to individuals via telephone demanding payment for warrants (or any other cause), over the telephone.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) monitors these spoof calls and shared a website for reporting these incidents as listed below:

https://www.fcc.gov/robocalls

The (FCC) also shared the following tips on dealing with spoofed calls:

  • Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
  • If you answer the phone and the caller – or a recording – asks you to hit a button to stop getting the calls, you should just hang up. Scammers often use this trick to identify potential targets.
  • Do not respond to any questions, especially those that can be answered with “Yes” or “No.”
  • Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious.
  • If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the company’s or government agency’s website to verify the authenticity of the request. You will usually get a written statement in the mail before you get a phone call from a legitimate source, particularly if the caller is asking for a payment.
  • Use caution if you are being pressured for information immediately.
  • If you have a voice mail account with your phone service, be sure to set a password for it. Some voicemail services are preset to allow access if you call in from your own phone number. A hacker could spoof your home phone number and gain access to your voice mail if you do not set a password.

Prosecutor Sutherland advises that, as always, any individuals who are in doubt of the authenticity of a phone call to contact their local police department or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office (609- 465-1135, for further assistance.

Middle Township Officer Arrested for Witness Tampering

August 26, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Paul Skill of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announce the arrest of Joshua Bryan, a 39 year old Sergeant from the Middle Township Police Department for Witness Tampering.

On July 21, 2021, Bryan was arrested and charged by the Prosecutor’s Office with two counts of Witness Tampering, both crimes of the third degree.* Bryan was released on a summons pending Court proceedings. Continue reading

Wildwood Crest Builder Arrested for Theft

August 24, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief of County Detectives Paul Skill announce the arrest of John Ferry, a 57 year old building contractor from Wildwood Crest, New Jersey for a theft related offense.

According to Prosecutor Sutherland, multiple complaints regarding Ferry were received by the Cape May County Department of Consumer Affairs. These complaints were then passed on to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and a investigation was subsequently initiated. Continue reading

Pedestrian Involved in Automobile Accident Dies

August 16, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Jay Prettyman of the Ocean City Police Department announce the pedestrian involved in the motor vehicle accident at 26th and West Avenues has died as a result of her injuries.

On August 11, 2021, at approximately 8:45 PM, a 21 year old female pedestrian, identified as Katherine Lux of New Hope, P A, was struck by a motor vehicle driven by Wilfredo Latimer, 44 years old, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Lux was initially transported to the Shore Medical Center and then transferred to the AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center – City Division where she regretfully died on the afternoon of August 13, 2021. Continue reading

Several Arrest Made in Narcotics Investigation

August 11, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Lower Township Police Chief William Priole and Cape May County Sheriff Robert Nolan announce the arrest of Bryan Claudio-Reyes, (age 28), Steven R. Harpel (age 34), Benjamin J. Beason (age 39), Jessica K. Smith (age 34) and Sherri L. Schultz (age 47) all residing in Villas section of Lower Township, NJ for various narcotics offenses on August 6, 2021.

These arrests were the conclusion of a cooperative narcotics investigation between the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force, the Cape May County Sheriff’s Department and the Lower Township Police Department. Continue reading

Arrest Made for Homicide Investigation in Wildwood

August 5, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Robert Regalbuto of the Wildwood Police Department announce the arrest of Jeremias Ortiz, 37 years old of Wildwood, New Jersey.

On July 14, 2021, the Wildwood Police Department Uniformed Patrol Division responded to the 200 East block of Roberts Ave for the report of a medical emergency. Upon arrival officers discovered the unresponsive body of Jason Ruiz, 38 years old of Wildwood, New Jersey. Continue reading

Fatal Accident

June 23, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Jay Prettyman of the Ocean City Police Department announce the joint investigation into a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of 9th Street and Bay Avenue, Ocean City.

On June 22, 2021, at approximately 6:10pm, Ocean City Police Patrol Units and EMS responded to the intersection of 9th Street and Bay Avenue for the report of a serious motor vehicle crash. Continue reading

Cape May Councilman Christopher Bezaire Arrested for Cyber Harassment, Invasion of Privacy

June 16, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Paul Skill of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announce the arrest of Christopher Bezaire, a 43 year old resident of Cape May.

Since May 2021, detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office with the assistance of detectives from the Middle Township Police Department, have been conducting an investigation into allegations of cyber harassment allegedly committed by Bezaire involving a former girlfriend.

On the afternoon of June 16, 2021, Bezaire, who is a Realtor and a Councilman in the City of Cape May, was taken into custody without incident and Court authorized search warrants were executed at his residence in the 200 block of Windsor Avenue and his place of employment in the 500 block of Washington Street, Cape May.

As a result of this investigation, Bezaire was charged with Invasion of Privacy, a crime of the third degree; Cyber Harassment, a crime of the fourth degree; Stalking, a crime of the fourth degree; and Contempt of Court, a crime of the fourth degree.* Bezaire was processed and lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

According to Prosecutor Sutherland, individuals convicted of third degree crimes can receive a sentence of three to five years in New Jersey State Prison and fourth degree crimes can carry a sentence of up to eighteen months in State Prison.

Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone who has any information relating to this investigation to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, High Technology Crimes Unit at 609-465-1135, or report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers, 609-889-3597.

* Any charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty.

Couple Charged After Child Abuse Investigation

June 6, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Christopher Leusner of the Middle Township Police Department announce the arrest of 42 year old Dante Norton and 37 year old Andria Norton, both residents of Middle Township, New Jersey.

On May 26, 2021, Dante Norton and Andria Norton were each charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree; one count of Aggravated Assault, a crime of the second degree; one count of Aggravated Assault, a crime of the third degree; and one count of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the third degree. * The charges were a result of an investigation conducted by the Middle Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit involving the abuse of a juvenile victim. Dante Norton and Andria Norton were processed on the above listed charges and were lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Center. Continue reading