Friday, May 15, 2020

Unlicensed and Intoxicated Driver Causes Accident; Eludes Police

On 5/13/20 at approximately 1840 hrs, the Riverside Township Police were investigating a motor vehicle accident along Taylor St in which a parked vehicle was struck and the driver fled the scene.   While officers were on location investigating the report, a witness to the accident observed the suspect vehicle drive by the scene.  A Riverside Township police officer entered a patrol vehicle and attempted to locate that vehicle.  The vehicle was located driving nearby and the officer attempted to stop the vehicle.  Once the officer initiated the overhead emergency lights, the suspect recklessly sped off.  The officer continued to pursue the vehicle while the suspect ignored the emergency lights and audible signals of the patrol car.  

The suspect vehicle eventually came to a stop several blocks away along Clay St.  The driver was  identified as Selvin Geovany Mejia Zuniga, 26 yrs, of Riverside, NJ.  He was found to be unlicensed, intoxicated and the operator of the motor vehicle that caused the motor vehicle accident minutes earlier.  Police also identified a juvenile female passenger in the vehicle.  No one was injured.  

Selvin Geovany Mejia Zuniga
As a result of the investigation, Mejia Zuniga was placed under arrest and charged with the following offenses: 

Eluding Police (3rd degree)
Obstructing the Administration of Law (Refusing to Submit to Identification Procedures) (DP)
Driving while Intoxicated
Driving while Unlicensed
Reckless Driving
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Failure to Report an Accident
Refusal to Consent to Taking Samples of Breath
Disregard Stop Sign

Mejia Zuniga was processed at the Riverside Township Police Department and lodged at the Burlington County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Car Burglar Arrested

Garrett Kamel, 30 of Riverside
On Tuesday, May 12th at 9:34 p.m., Riverside Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Taylor St. for a report of a male going through vehicles.  Riverside Officers located the suspect attempting to hide on the 200 block of Bridgeboro St., and took him into custody.

The suspect, Garrett Kamel, 30 of Riverside, resisted arrest and caused a minor injury to the arresting officer.  Mr. Kamel was charged with Burglary, Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement, Obstruction, and Criminal Trespass.

After being taken into custody Mr. Kamel's actions resulted in charges of Terroristic Threats to officers,  and Criminal Mischief for breaking a window at Virtua Hospital in  Willingboro.  He was lodged in Burlington County Jail.

Please remember to lock you car door to try to prevent this type of opportunistic theft.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Two-Time Bike Thief Arrested and Charged with Violating Stay-at-Home Order

On 4/24/2020 at approximately 10 a.m., Riverside Police were contacted by the Cinnaminson Police Department.  They advised the Riverside Police Department that a wanted person had just gotten off of the River Line in Riverside.  Riverside officers located the suspect and observed him stealing a bicycle from the porch of a residence on Bridgeboro St.

Officers apprehended the suspect and returned the bicycle to the owner.     The male subject was identified as Manuel E. Semidey of Camden, NJ.   Officers were familiar with Semidey because he was arrested and charged with stealing  a bicycle by the Riverside Police Department eight days ago, on 4/16/20.  

As a result of the ensuing investigation, Semidey was charged with theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Mr. Semidey was also charged with violating the Governor's Executive Order.  Semidey was processed on an outstanding Riverton warrant and turned over to the Palmyra Police Department for additional charges.

We would like to thank the Cinnaminson Police Department for their cooperation in this matter.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Man Threatens to Decapitate Police with Sword

On 4/19/20, at 7:29 p.m., Riverside Police were dispatched to a residence for a dispute.  Upon arriving, Louis Berger,
55 of Riverside, exited his residence and threatened police.  Police approached him and he retreated inside of the residence grabbed a sword.  He then came toward police telling them he would slice their heads off.

After refusing to comply with commands to drop the weapon an officer deployed his conducted energy device, commonly known as a, "Taser."  Mr. Berger was taken into custody without further incident and lodged in Burlington County Jail.

Mr. Berger was charged with:

  • Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement
  • Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
  • Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Obstruction

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Camden Man Charged with Theft of Bicycle

On 4/16/2020 at approximately 1713 hrs, the Riverside Police were dispatched to a business along St. Mihiel Drive for the report of a yellow racing bicycle that was just stolen from the property.  A Riverside police officer, who was on proactive patrol near the New Jersey Light Rail Platform, located an adult male sitting on the platform alongside a bike that matched that description.  The officer approached that subject and stopped him just before he entered the southbound train.  The male subject was identified as Manuel E. Semidey of Camden, NJ.   

As a result of the ensuing investigation, Semidey was found to be in possession of the stolen bicycle and placed under arrest.  Semidey was charged with one count of Theft of Movable Property and released pending court.  The bicycle was returned to the owner. 

Manuel E. Semidey, 41 yrs

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Road Rage Suspect Threatens Driver with COVID-19 Virus

On 4/2/20 a package delivery driver reported that she was stopped on Webster St. delivering a package when Ric Malik, 58 of Delanco, pulled up behind her delivery vehicle. The victim stated Mr. Malik became agitated at having to wait for her to complete her delivery.

Malik reportedly drove his vehicle into the rear of the  delivery vehicle.  He then exited his vehicle and attempted to gain access to the passenger side of the delivery vehicle but was unsuccessful.  He moved to the driver's side, opened the door and grabbed the driver by her arm and said, "I have the COVID-19 Virus."  He then walked to the back of the delivery vehicle and ripped off the paper temporary license plate and fled.

Riverside Detectives were able to identify Malik.  He has been charged with Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault, Theft, Hindering, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Reckless Driving, and other motor vehicle offenses.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Riverside Police Begin Utilizing Axon Citizen for Digital Evidence Collection

Axon has just announced it will offer law enforcement agencies their Axon Citizen evidence collection tool free for the remainder of the year in an effort to assist officers with social distancing.  
This is a new service we are able to offer our residents which will allow us to collect digital, non-urgent evidence like photos, videos or other data without putting officers and citizens at risk of exposure.
Officers will be able to provide residents with a link by phone or email which will allow them to upload photographs or videos to our digital evidence management system,   
"Axon Citizen radically simplifies evidence collection and allows officers to collect and manage community evidence from a mobile or desktop device. The intuitive interface allows critical evidence to be securely submitted into Axon Evidence in three clicks, where the software's features can be used to easily create a chain of custody and assess, catalog and search footage."
The Riverside Police Department currently utilizes other Axon technology for body worn cameras, conducted energy devices (Tasers), car cameras, and digital evidence storage.
We hope this new service will make it more convenient to share digital evidence of a crime or suspected criminal activity.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Public Safety Announcement

In light of the recent Coronavirus Pandemic and the Declaration of a National Emergency, in an attempt to limit the possibility of our Law Enforcement Officers being exposed to the COVID-19 virus the Riverside Police Department wants to keep the public apprised of how we will be providing some of our police services.

We, like many other entities, are monitoring all available information and regularly re-assessing the situation and methods to continue to provide the best possible service to the Community.

Our first responders will be taking extra precautions to protect not only themselves, but you in the community as well. If you have a non-emergency need for police assistance, we recommend calling our non-emergency number at 856-461-3434. 

Burlington County Central Communications call-takers will screen your call and send an officer if there is an immediate threat to you or another person’s safety. If you are calling for any non-life threatening matter, i.e. past tense criminal offenses, local ordinances, traffic violations, our officers will attempt to handle the call by phone. Please ensure you provide accurate call back information to Central Dispatch.

If you would like to take advantage of using the internet to limit social interaction, we have launched an enhanced online reporting process for incidents that can be handled via phone, email and online.  RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT ONLINE REPORTING FORM

If you or a family member have been sick, please relay this information to our officers so we can protect ourselves; but more importantly limit the chance of spreading the virus to others within the community.

If you or a family member in your household believe you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, please advise Central Dispatch of that concern. You may be asked to provide answers to the following questions from Central Dispatch or an officer if they arrive on location:
1) Is anyone in the building self-quarantined?
2) Is anyone in the building exhibiting flu like symptoms?
3) Has anyone in the building traveled outside of the county or to any area affected by COVID-19?

The Riverside Township Police Department is still handling ALL non-emergency and emergency calls during this crisis and we will continue to serve you during this trying time. We will get through this together as a community.

Please try and have patience with each other and our officers, as we as first responders cannot stay home from our jobs. We will be here to help you, so please help us by following the information we have listed.

Our best recommendation is to stay calm and stay informed.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Juvenile Arrested After Threatening Post on Social Media

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, the Riverside Police Department and Riverside School Administration were notified about a threatening message that was posted on social media. The threat was investigated and as a result a juvenile was arrested and charged with creating a false public alarm.

At this time, we do not believe there was a credible threat, but there will still be an increased police presence at the schools tomorrow.

We take all school threats seriously and strongly recommend parents speak with their children about internet use and further monitor their social media accounts to ensure inappropriate content is not posted, and incidents of this nature do not occur, as they will result in serious consequences.

Monday, March 2, 2020

COVID 19 Information from CDC

In an effort to keep our residents updated please find the below information from the CDC. 
CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States.
How COVID-19 Spread
Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.
Person-to-person spread
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How easily does the virus spread?
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:
Shortness of breath
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Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Prevention & Treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
See Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals for information on persons under investigation.
Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
Stay home except to get medical care
People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
Animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Wear a facemask
You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid sharing personal household items
You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
Monitor your symptoms
Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.
Discontinuing home isolation
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
For Further information please see the attached blow link from the CDC.

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