Three Sentenced in Connection with Home Invasion Robbery in Victory Gardens

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MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, and Rockaway Borough Police Chief Conrad Pepperman announce the sentencing of three males in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred on the evening of October 21, 2018, in Victory Gardens.

On September 6, 2019, Victor Hernandez, 20, with a last known address in Rockaway Borough, and Marlon Martinez, 24, also with a last known address in Rockaway Borough, were both sentenced by the Hon. Robert M. Hanna, J.S.C. to three years in New Jersey State Prison subject to the eighty-five (85) percent parole ineligibility requirements of the No Early Release Act.

On February 11, 2019, both Hernandez and Martinez had entered separate guilty pleas to one (1) count of second degree Conspiracy to Commit Robbery before the Hon. Catherine I. Enright, J.A.D.

Carlos Rodriguez, 22, with a last known address in Victory Gardens, was previously sentenced by Judge Enright on March 29, 2019, to five years in New Jersey State Prison subject to the eighty-five (85) percent parole ineligibility requirements of the No Early Release Act. On February 27, 2019,

Rodriguez entered a guilty plea to one count of first degree Robbery before Judge Enright.
The charges arise from a home invasion robbery that occurred in Victory Gardens on October 21, 2018.

The investigation revealed that the defendants entered a residence through a closed, but unlocked, front door during the evening hours. The residence was occupied by the leaseholder and two guests. During their guilty pleas, Hernandez and Martinez both acknowledged that they were armed with weapons, specifically metal pipes, and that they had agreed with Rodriguez and one another to enter the residence to commit theft. During his guilty plea, Rodriguez acknowledged that he entered the residence with the two other males, both of whom were armed with metal pipes. Rodriguez further acknowledged that he stole a safe and metal chains from the residence while the other males used the metal pipes to threaten the victims.

Prosecutor Knapp acknowledges Assistant Prosecutor Tara Wang, who represented the State in these cases, members of the New Jersey State Police, the Rockaway Borough Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, who contributed to the successful prosecution of this matter.

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Frank Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since January 1, 2019 both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation, Vice Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board and Co-Host of Focus on Business, Cable TV Business Show.