BY EMILY JOHNSON
OF NORTHERN VALLEY PRESS
CRESSKILL – A Cresskill teen accused of marijuana distribution following a search of his Tenakill Park Drive home on Feb. 3 was assaulted three days later by two men and a female accomplice that police arrested following a brief search, a borough police investigation report describes.
Numerous law enforcement agencies assisted in capturing suspects Zavian Strader, 22, and Brinkley White, 22, both of Teaneck, and Vincent Lewis Jr., 27, of Hackensack, quickly after responding to a report of a fight in progress at 11:44 p.m. on Feb. 6, according to the investigation report.
“Lewis Jr. and Strader were directly involved in the aggravated assault, but it was Lewis Jr. who struck the victim in the head and face with the firearm, later learned to be a BB gun,” Lanzilotti told Northern Valley Press. “The amount of counterfeit money recovered was $230 in 50s and 20s, which was attempted for use in a drug transaction.”
Responding officers initially arrived at the scene to find “several people [who] appeared to be hiding behind cars and the building,” Solow wrote in his report. With a description of the suspects, responding authorities set up a perimeter and searched for the suspects, Lanzilotti confirmed.
“The actors were taken into custody quickly due to an efficient response by all the officers who assisted in apprehension of the suspects, while, at the same time, ensuring the victim and surrounding areas remained safe, especially with the seriousness of this type of incident when weapons were involved,” Lanzilotti said.
Solow wrote he took possession of the gun, later determined to be a BB gun, shortly after arriving on the scene. It had been left on a retaining wall outside of the apartment, Solow wrote in his report.
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Bergen County Sheriff's Officer Peter Flannery arrested Zavian Strader, who had a taser in hand and threatened to use it during the incident, Solow wrote in his report. Lanzilotti said Strader is charged with: first degree robbery, second degree possession of a firearm, third degree forgery, fourth degree aggravated assault, fourth degree possession of prohibited weapons, namely a stun gun, and a disorderly persons offense for resting/eluding arrest. Strader was released following his first court appearance, with restrictions, pending a court date, said Lanzilotti.
White was arrested by Sgt. Hirsch, described in the report as “the female driver of the vehicle." White is charged with first degree robbery, second degree possession of a firearm, fourth degree aggravated assault, fourth degree possession of prohibited weapons, namely a stun gun, and a disorderly persons offense for resisting/eluding arrest, Lanzilotti said. White was also released following her first court appearance, Lanzilotti said, pending future court dates.
During this incident, no contraband was found in Reynoso’s possession, Lanzilotti said. Authorities found about three to four ounces of marijuana while executing a search warrant on his residence, three days earlier on Feb. 3, Lanzilotti wrote in an operations report.
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal earlier announced Reynoso is accused of the second degree crime of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in quantity of one ounce or more within 500 feet of Cook Field, a public park. He’s also accused of the third degree crimes of possession with intent to distribute marijuana in a quantity of one ounce or more and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 1,000 feet of Edward A. Bryan Elementary School in a quantity of one ounce or more. Police searched the residence after obtaining a warrant acting on information they received, Grewal said.