Major Case Bureau reports the arrests of four (4) New Jersey men for Grand Larceny that occurred on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:30 pm in Russell Gardens.
According to Robbery Squad detectives, an unknown male contacted the male victim, 75, impersonating his son. The subject claimed to have been arrested after being involved in a car accident that injured someone in Reddington Pennsylvania. He gave the victim an arrest number and advised him a representative from the Public Defender’s Office would call with instructions on bail.
A short time later, the victim received a call from a woman demanding $15,500 dollars for the release of his son. He was directed to call when he had the money and a courier would pick it up. After withdrawing the money from the bank, the victim called his son to check on him. His son informed him he was currently in Manhattan and was not arrested.
Police were contacted and a transaction was arranged. A grey Honda with four (4) occupants parked down the block from the victim’s house and a male exited the vehicle with a receipt. The subject went to the door and received an envelope from the victim.
Police attempted to arrest the subject who resisted. After being subdued, Alvin Rufino, 22, of 307 Hyland Avenue, Passaic, was placed under arrest.
A thorough investigation was conducted and the three males in the car were also arrested.
Darwin Marcano Jimenez, 28, of 217 Burgess Place, Passaic
Jose Soriano, 30, of 22 Tulip Street, Passaic
Engel Paulino Gomez, 20, of 137 9th Street, Passaic
All Defendants are charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree (ATTEMPT). Defendant Rufino has an additional charge of Resisting Arrest. Defendant Paulino Gomez has an additional charge of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. They will be arraigned on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Mineola.
Details by: Det. Toussaint/Fraud and Forgery Unit 04/20/21/0600/8688