Dear Berkeley Township,
This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.
For the purpose of this OPRA request, I am seeking documents pertaining to the Berkeley Township Police Department response to Sloop Creek on 2/19/2019 that resulted in the detainment of a subject at approximately 5:30 AM (the "incident").
Pursuant to Executive Order 69 (Whitman, 1997), I request the following regarding this incident:
(a) where a crime has been reported but no arrest yet made, information as to the type of crime, time, location and type of weapon, if any;
(b) if an arrest has been made, information as to the name, address and age of any victims, unless there has not been sufficient opportunity for notification of next of kin of any victims of injury and/or death to any such victim or where the release of the names of any victim would be contrary to existing law or court rule. In deciding on the release of information as to the identity of a victim, the safety of the victim and the victim's family, and the integrity of any ongoing investigation, shall be considered;
(c) if an arrest has been made, information as to the defendant's name, age, residence, occupation, marital status and similar background information and the identity of the complaining party, unless the release of such information is contrary to existing law or court rule;
(d) information as to the text of any charges, such as the complaint, accusation and indictment, unless sealed by the court or unless the release of such information is contrary to existing law or court rule;
(e) information as to the identity of the investigating and arresting personnel and agency and the length of the investigation;
(f) information of the circumstances immediately surrounding the arrest, including but not limited to the time and place of the arrest, resistance, if any, pursuit, possession and nature and use of weapons and ammunition by the suspect and by the police; and
(g) information as to circumstances surrounding bail, whether it was posted and amount thereof.
Please note that Executive Order 69 requires a response to this OPRA request within 24 hours.
Dear Requested: In response to your OPRA request of February 19, 2019, the person arrested was Sean Sofield, of 81 Seameadow Dr Tuckerton, NJ. DOB: 12/1/1992, and was charged with 2c:18-a and 2c:33-2a. Additional information can be found at the following: https://patch.com/new-jersey/berkeley-nj... Thank you. Joyce Settembrino BTPD Records Bureau