On Monday February 13, 2012 at approximately 2pm, patrolman Nicholas Vaughan stopped a vehicle occupied by two (2) males for seat belt violations. Neither the driver nor the passenger were able to provide identification.
After a brief investigation, the driver was identified as a licensed driver and was later issued summons for violations of 39:3-76.2f and 39:3-74.
The passenger, who had previously identified himself as Angel Ortega, was unwilling to help police confirm his identity. He refused to provide phone numbers for any of his family members. After a telephone conversation with Ortega’s girlfriend, patrolman Vaughan placed Ortega under arrest for hindering apprehension by providing a false name.
Once back at the Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD), the suspect continued to claim his true name was ‘Angel Ortega’ however a fingerprint examination revealed his true name to be Marcus M. Flores, age 20 from Linden, NJ. Mr. Flores was found to be wanted on a no bail warrant for Robbery, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm by the Union County Sheriff’s Department. He was also found to have a $1,000 criminal warrant from Newark Municipal Court.
Judge Gary Bundy set bail at $2,500 for Flores for the charge of Hindering Apprehension (2C:2-3B4), a disorderly persons offense. Mr. Flores now has pending court dates in Roselle Park Municipal Court as well as Union County Superior Court.