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Arrest made for Burglary, Terroristic Threats and Simple Assault

November 15, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief of Detectives Paul Skill announce the arrest of Dylan J. Keenan-Hannum, a 30 year old resident of the Del Haven section of Middle Township and police officer for the City of West Wildwood.

On the morning of November 14, 2021, Hannum was charged by the Lower Township Police Department with Burglary, a crime of the third degree, Terroristic Threats, a crime of the third degree, and Simple Assault, a disorderly persons offense. Hannum was then lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Center pending Court proceedings.* Continue reading

2 Arrested for Theft

October 26, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Paul Skill announce the arrest of Eric Campbell, (age 28) and Austin Craig (age 28) both residing in Lower Township, NJ for theft.

These arrests were the result of an investigation initiated by the Cape May Police Department on October 8, 2021, regarding the theft of two bicycles from the area of Decatur Street in Cape May City. Continue reading

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