Newark Continues as the COVID-19 Non-Compliance Capital of New Jersey and Other Murphy’s Law Arrests for 4/23/20

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  • Newark Enforcement.  The Newark Police Department’s COVID-19 task force issued 57 summonses for violations of the emergency orders and ordered two non-essential businesses closed in enforcement actions yesterday, April 22.
  • Elvis Perez-Astacio, 25, of Union City, was charged on April 12 by the Guttenberg Police Department with two counts of terroristic threats (3rd degree), simple assault (disorderly persons offense), resisting arrest (disorderly persons offense), possession of under 50 grams of marijuana (disorderly persons offense), being under the influence of marijuana (disorderly persons offense), failure to make lawful disposition of marijuana (disorderly persons offense), and violating the emergency orders. Police responded to a report of domestic violence allegedly committed by Perez-Astacio. When police located Perez-Astacio, he allegedly resisted arrest and verbally threated to harm an officer. While being transported to police headquarters, Perez-Astacio allegedly said he would cough on the officers and infect them with COVID-19. He allegedly coughed throughout the trip to headquarters and while being processed.


  • Kevin Ellerbee, 28, of Paterson, owner of the Billiards Pool Hall in the 100 block of Market Street, was charged last evening, April 22, by the Paterson Police with violating the emergency orders. Police responded to on a report of a non-essential business being open and found the pool hall open for business with customers inside.
  • Stephen Pasternak, 23, of Morristown, was charged yesterday, April 22, by the Morristown Police with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and violation of the emergency orders. He was trying to visit a person at a group home without an essential purpose and was found to be in possession of marijuana. He falsely claimed to be registered to use medical marijuana.
  • Stephen Wulff, 56, of Rockaway, was charged last night, April 22, by the Parsippany Police Department with DWI and violating the emergency orders.


  • Jonathan Santiago, 23, Janelle Best, 68, Sherman Day, 38, Rodney Stovers, 19, Godfrey Stichell, 27, and James Jackson, 27, all of Paterson, were charged by the Paterson Police Department on April 21 with violating the emergency orders. Police were dispatched at 5:30 p.m. to Rosa Parks Boulevard and Keen Street, where they found of group of individuals who refused to disperse. They allegedly were not practicing social distancing and did not have an essential reason to be at the location.