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Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Implores Residents to Seek Help for Domestic Violence

January 13, 2021

January 10, 2021 (Cape May Court House, NJ) – The recent and unfortunate murder suicide of a couple living in Cape May County last week has sparked the Community Outreach Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office to reach out to people who may be suffering from Domestic Violence.

Domestic violence includes behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want. It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation. With COVID-19, existing problems in relationships can be amplified in incidents of Domestic Violence. If you are a victim of any of the above (or know someone who is) – we urge you to contact your local police department or contact the organizations listed below.

If you are feeling distress or having problems functioning in social, work or family activities, and are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, we urge you to talk with a supportive friend and/or seek the help of a professional. If you know someone that fits any of the above categories – direct them to the appropriate resources. Remember, you are not alone! Following is a list of organizations you can contact for help:

New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women 1670 Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road Trenton, NJ 08690 (609) 584-8107 www.njcb.org
New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline 1-1800-572-SAFE (1-800-572-7233) 24 hours a day – 7 days a week
Coalition Against Rape and Abuse (CARA) 609-522-6489 (24-hour hotline) www.njcasa.org
ACENDA Integrated Health 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-2632) ext. 9500 www.acendahealth.org
Cape May County Superior Court – Family Division/Domestic Violence Unit 609-402-0100 ext. 47710

For more information visit our website at www.cmcpros.net/domestic-violence-resources.

County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey Statement on Capitol Attacks

January 7, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ – Yesterday we witnessed an unprecedented and malicious attack on a pillar of our nation’s democracy – the certification of a free and fair election as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution. The mob of rioters was a sickening display of everything America is not – this was not patriotism, but rather terrorism. After seeing the response in Washington, D.C. to the BLM protests this past summer, the lack of preparation for the well-publicized event that was supposed to be a protest, but clearly with the tension and division in this country predictably would lead to violence, at a minimum raises the question – Are all Americans and their beliefs equally protected by the law? As Prosecutors it is our sworn duty to make sure everyone is treated equally under the law and call out when it is not the case. Continue reading

Additional Information in Ongoing Death Investigation

January 6, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief William Priole of the Lower Township Police Department announce additional information regarding the two deaths that occurred on Cardinal Avenue in the Villas section of Lower Township.

According to Prosecutor Sutherland, on January 5, 2020, the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office conducted autopsies and positively identified the two individuals as Kristin Ryan, 39 years old and Rick Ryan, 45 years old, both of 34 Cardinal Avenue, Villas, NJ. Continue reading

Ongoing Death Investigation

January 4, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief William Priole of the Lower Township Police Department announce an ongoing death investigation on Cardinal Avenue in the Villas section of Lower Township.

On the morning of January 4, 2021, the Lower Township Police Department responded to a residence on Cardinal Avenue to check the well being of the occupants. Upon arrival officers found two deceased individuals. Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lower Township Police Department immediately responded and are still currently conducting an investigation. Continue reading

Man Arrested for Attempted Murder

December 3, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Middle Township Police Chief Chris Leusner announce the arrest of Emanuel Rodriquez, 40 years old of the Burleigh section of Middle Township, for Attempted Murder charges.

On December 2, 2020, members of the Middle Township Police Department were dispatched to the Cape Regional Medical Center for the report of a subject with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. As a result, members of the Middle Township Police Street Crimes Unit and Major Crimes Unit as well as members of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Unit responded and initiated an investigation into this incident. Continue reading

2 People Arrested for Distribution of Narcotics

November 23, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner and Cape May County Sheriff Robert Nolan, announce the arrest of Branden Manyak, age 27 and Niki Kelley, age 29, both residents of the Rio Grande section of Middle Township, for distribution of Methamphetamine.

These arrests were the result of an investigation targeting the narcotics distribution activities of Manyak 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 Cape May County Sheriff’s Office, the Middle Township Police Street Crimes Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) resident Atlantic City Office. Continue reading

Man Arrested with Several Sexual Assault Charges and Endangering the Welfare of a Child

November 2, 2020

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 28-year-old Christopher Eggermont, a resident of Middle Township, New Jersey.

On October 28, 2020, Eggermont was charged with one count (1) of Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first-degree, one (1) count of Sexual Assault, a crime of the second-degree, three (3) counts of Criminal Sexual Contact, a crime of the fourth-degree, and one (1) count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second-degree. * Continue reading

Man Arrested on Additional Charges Related to Manufacturing and Possessing Child Pornography

September 24, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland along with Chief Christopher Leusner of the Middle Township Police Department announce the arrest of Gregory Mahley, 51 years old, of West Deptford, NJ, on additional charges relating to Manufacturing and Possessing Child Pornography.

On September 9, 2020, the Gloucester Township Police Department arrested Gregory Mahley after mirrors were found in girls bathroom stalls at the Glen Landing Middle School in Gloucester Township, NJ. Continue reading

Ongoing Investigation – Invasion of Privacy, Child Pornography, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child

September 18, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland along with Chief Christopher Leusner of the Middle Township Police Department announce an ongoing investigation into Gregory Mahley, 51 years old, of West Deptford, NJ, for Invasion of Privacy, Child Pornography, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

On September 9, 2020, the Gloucester Township Police Department arrested Gregory Mahley after mirrors were found girls bathroom stalls at the Glen Landing Middle School in Gloucester Township, NJ. Mahley was charged with second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Manufacturing of Child Pornography), third degree Invasion of Privacy, and third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Pornography).* Mahley was then lodged in the Camden County Correctional Center. Continue reading

Additional Charges and Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Case

September 17, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland along with Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police announce the arrests of 78 year old Carol Allen of Belleplain, New Jersey, 30 year old Willis Allen Jr. of Belleplain, New Jersey and 32 year old Vincent Allen of New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The initial investigation began in July of 2019, when a juvenile victim reported being sexually assaulted by two male individuals, Willis Allen Jr., and Ryan Roach at a residence on Tarkiln Road in Belleplain, New Jersey. As a result of this investigation, Willis Allen Jr. was charged on 7/19/20, with Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the third degree.* (Willis Allen Jr. was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Center, but was later released pending court proceedings.) Ryan Roach was charged on 12/3/19, with Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the third degree.* (31 year old Ryan Roach is currently incarcerated in the Cape May County Correctional Center pending court proceedings.) Continue reading