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Composite Sketch Released of Suspect in Sexual Assault Investigation

May 28, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Matthew Gallagher of the North Wildwood Police Department announce the release of a composite sketch of the suspect in a sexual assault that occurred on May 21, 2019 in the 500 block of Anglesea Drive, North Wildwood.

The unknown suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’10”, in his 50’s with short brown hair and clean shaven. The male was described as wearing a light gray crew sweatshirt, dark blue jeans, and black sneakers at the time of the incident.

Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone who may have seen this individual in the area or may have information regarding this investigation to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit at 609-465-1135 or the North Wildwood Police Department Detective Division at 609-522-2411. Any information can also be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800.

The below composite sketch was completed by the New Jersey State Police Forensic Photography and Composite Artist Unit.

Ongoing Investigation

May 23, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland along with Chief Matthew Gallagher of the North Wildwood Police Department announce a joint investigation is being conducted of a reported Sexual Assault which occurred on May 21, 2019 in the area of the 500 block of Anglesea Drive, North Wildwood, New Jersey.

On May 21, 2019, at approximately 6:27 p.m., the North Wildwood Police Department received a report of a Sexual Assault. The victim reported while walking in the area of the 500 block of Anglesea Drive, an unknown male approached and sexually assaulted the victim. The unknown suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’10”, in his 50’s with short brown hair and clean shaven. The male was described as wearing a light gray crew sweatshirt, dark blue jeans, and black sneakers.

Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone who may have information regarding this investigation or if you reside in the vicinity of the incident location and have a video surveillance system to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit at 609-465-1135 or the North Wildwood Police Department Detective Division at 609-522-2411. Any information can also be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800.

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

May 8, 2019

Cape May Court House, NJ- A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Monday, May 20, 2019, to examine all aspects of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announced today. Continue reading

Arrest Made in Narcotics Investigation

April 17, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief of Detectives Paul Skill announce the arrest of Gonzalo Gonzalez, a 27-year-old restaurant employee and resident of the Villas section of Lower Township, for heroin distribution and weapons charges.

This arrest was the conclusion of a multi-month investigation targeting the narcotics distribution activities of Gonzalez throughout Cape May County. This cooperative investigation was initiated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force, and was assisted by the Lower Township Police Detective Division and the Middle Township Police Street Crimes Unit. Continue reading

3 People Arrested for Narcotics Distribution

April 2, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the arrest of three (3) individuals for the distribution of methamphetamine: Laura L. Abadie, age 50 and Robert S. Bellemare, age 47 both from the Villas section of Lower Township, NJ along with Terrance Mitchell, age 28 of Philadelphia, PA.

On March 29, 2019, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs Guns and Narcotics Task Force, the Lower Township Police Department Detective Division, and the Drug Enforcement Administration Atlantic County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force concluded a 6 month long investigation into a Methamphetamine Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) being operated in Cape May County, NJ.

On March 29, 2019, the Cape May County Regional SWAT Team and New Jersey State Police TEAMS Unit executed three (3) Superior Court Search Warrants on a residence located in the 100 block of Tennessee Avenue, Villas, NJ, the 100 block of Bentz Avenue, Villas, NJ, and the 700 block of Academy Road, Cold Spring, NJ. Additionally, an arrest operation was conducted in the area of the 700 block of Academy Road, Cold Spring, NJ for Terrance Mitchell.

During this operation, Mitchell attempted to elude arresting Officers and fled in his vehicle. The Lower Township Police Department engaged in a brief vehicle pursuit with Mitchell, however it was shortly terminated. A brief time later, Mitchell was involved in a single vehicle accident by crashing the car he was driving into a wooded area near Matthews Avenue and Route 9 in the Whitesboro section of Middle Township. Witnesses alerted Officers to the area of the crash and the direction the driver fled on foot. The driver, later identified as Terrance Mitchell, was located a short distance away and placed under arrest.

As a result of this investigation, over one pound of suspected Methamphetamine was seized along with approximately $14,000 in US currency and one vehicle. The street value of the suspected Methamphetamine seized is approximately $30,000.

Robert S. Bellemare was charged with Possession of CDS (methamphetamine), 3rd degree; Conspiracy to Possess CDS (methamphetamine), 3rd degree; Conspiracy to Distribute CDS (methamphetamine), 2nd Degree; Money Laundering, 3rd degree; and Possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Bellemare was released with a summons pending Court proceedings as per Bail Reform.*

Laura L. Abadie was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute CDS (methamphetamine), 1st degree; Conspiracy to Distribute CDS (methamphetamine), 2nd Degree; Possession of CDS (methamphetamine), 3rd degree; Conspiracy to Possess CDS (methamphetamine), 3rd degree; Possession of CDS (methamphetamine), 3rd degree; and Money Laundering, 3rd degree. Abadie was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility, pending Court proceedings, as per bail reform.*

Terrance Mitchell, who had a fugitive warrant from the State of Pennsylvania, was charged with Possession / Distribution (methamphetamine), 1st degree; Possession of CDS (methamphetamine), 3rd degree; Possession / Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia, 4th degree; Eluding in a Motor Vehicle, 2nd degree; Hindering Apprehension, 3rd degree; Obstruction of Justice , 4th Degree; and Fugitive of Justice. Mitchell was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility, pending Court proceedings, as per bail reform.*

Prosecutor Sutherland stated that his office will continue to work hand in hand with the local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to target anyone selling illegal controlled dangerous substances. Prosecutor Sutherland continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any information regarding illegal drug activity and or any criminal activity within the community and that this information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800, or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.

* Any charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty.

Sentencing in 2017 Murder Case

March 28, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief of Detectives Paul Skill announce the sentencing of Paul Kline to 19 years in New Jersey State Prison.

On July 22, 2017, Paul Kline, a 49 year old resident of Ocean City, NJ was charged with death of Denise Weber, also from Ocean City. On February 1, 2019, Kline pled guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter, a crime of the 1st degree. Continue reading

Man Arrested for Distribution of Heroin & Cocaine

March 20, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto announce the arrest of William C. McNeal (age 56) of Wildwood, NJ for the distribution of Heroin and Cocaine on March 19, 2019.

This arrest was the conclusion of a cooperative investigation between the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and the Wildwood Police Department Detective Division. Continue reading

Arrest in Theft of Benefits Case

March 12, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Cape May County Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson (Health and Human Services), and Cape May County Department of Human Services Department Head, Donna Groome announce an arrest has been made as the result of a joint investigation into theft from Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Cards and the misuse of temporary housing provided through Code Blue Alerts. Continue reading

Seizure of Narcotics and Handgun

March 12, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Cape May County Sheriff Robert Nolan and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the seizure of approximately one kilogram of suspected Cocaine and a loaded handgun.

On March 6, 2019, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs Guns and Narcotics Task Force was conducting a joint narcotics investigation with the Cape May County Sheriff’s Department and the Lower Township Police Detective Division into illegal narcotics sales in the Villas section of Lower Township. Continue reading

On-going Investigation

March 7, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – On January 19, 2019, at approximately 8:41 pm the Wildwood Police Department Patrol Division arrested Margarita Candelaria-Betancourt, 60 y/o, resident of Wildwood, New Jersey, for Possession of CDS Paraphernalia in the area of Cresse and New Jersey Avenues in Wildwood, New Jersey. Candelaria-Betancourt was arrested without incident and transported to the Wildwood Police Department. While being processed, Candelaria-Betancourt requested medical assistance. The Wildwood Fire Department responded to the Police Department to treat Candelaria-Betancourt. While being treated, Candelaria-Betancourt lost consciousness. Fire Department personnel rendered aid and transported Candelaria-Betancourt to Cape Regional Medical Center. Candelaria-Betancourt passed away on January 24, 2019 at Cooper Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. The Cause and Manner of Death are currently listed as “Pending” by the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. The initial arrest was conducted by Patrolman Tristan Johns and Patrolman Christopher Galloway of the Wildwood Police Department Patrol Division. This is an active investigation being conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit.