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Llewellyn Park Man Handcuffed, Robbed at Gunpoint

Burglar allegedly snuck up on a 61-year-old West Orange resident as he parked his car in garage.

West Orange police are searching for a man who attempted to rob a 61-year-old Llewellyn Park homeowner with a semi-automatic handgun, officials said. 

According to the police reports, the homeowner parked his car in his garage around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 before getting out of the car and heading into his house. As he walked to his door, the burglar appeared with the gun.

The burglar then threatened the resident by pointing his gun at the homeowner’s head, police said. The homeowner was then handcuffed and forced to lie on the garage floor. The house key was then removed from the resident’s key ring.

When the homeowner told the burglar there was an alarm in the house, the man fled through an upstairs window, police said.

According to the report, the resident was able to break out of the handcuffs and call 9-1-1 from his cell phone. Police responded with a K-9 unit and tracked the burglar through the backyard, but the dog lost the scent. 

The burglar is described as Hispanic, approximately 5-foot-10-inches tall and of average build. He was wearing a black ski mask, black sweatshirt and pants.

According to the report, the only items stolen were keys to the resident's house and car.

An investigation is continuing.

john anthony prignano March 02, 2013 at 09:10 PM
These excerpts are from an article dated December 30, 2010. The title of the article is "Domestic Disturbance Calls Are the Deadliest For Officers " - "Last year more officers nationwide were shot answering domestic - disturbance calls than any other type of call, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Fund" Retired police officer David Peart writes; "I seriously doubt that 1 -3 Bias reports impact the total enough for you to make an argument, and that the reasoning behind eliminating DV stats is obvious for anyone interested in seeing it absent an agenda."
john anthony prignano March 03, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Memorial Fund*
JF March 03, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Hey, i think your car just got stolen. Stop arguing the nonsense numbers and get out in your crime ravaged neighborhoods and do something beneficial.
Tom March 03, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Hey JF That can't be possible! Don't you know that the crime rate is down since the 90s?! And if it did happen we should just appreciate that the crime rate is down Since the 90s regardless of how is reported And recorded! And oh yeah I forgot this one, it's the Internet's fault!
Gary Englert March 03, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Tom: Just because a crime, or two, happens in proximity of one individual and/or he happens to have some specific awareness of a crime (or any number of them), is no evidence at all that crime is increasing; it only speaks to the individuals awareness of that crime...and the more widespread awareness of the crime that does occur is as a result of the Internet. The simple fact remains that (and any parsing of words/numbers notwithstanding) there is approximately half as much crime as there was 15 years ago...period. Mock these assertions all you'd like but, they are factual and can't be disproved.
john anthony prignano March 03, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Tom Englert says there were 874 reported crimes in 2011. David Peart says there were 976.They're both right, but it's very likely one of them is wrong on how they arrived at their total. Mr. Peart also states there is now mandatory reporting of domestic violence incidents.There has been an increase in the population of West Orange. Gary Englert and Mayor/Police Director Parisi, among others, say the increase in crime in West Orange is partly attributable to the bad economy. Parisi is the Police Director, after all. Now combine all those factors, and the reported incidents of domestic violence in 2011 were DOWN about 65% from the 1997 total. Look at the very large number and types of very serious crimes that have been reported on PATCH that will never appear in the. Uniform Crime Report.
john anthony prignano March 03, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Just a short time ago,I was able to look at the Uniform Crime Report for West Orange going back to 1996. Felony possession of a dangerous controlled substance, possession of a dangerous controlled substance with intent to distribute, selling drugs, purchasing drugs, buying and/or selling drugs in a Drug - Free School Zone, where are those statistics., I think , as I do, U C R intelligence is being insulted.
Tom G. March 03, 2013 at 10:13 PM
@Gary - Exactly. It's funny how every time people hear about a crime they automatically assume crime is "on the rise". People need to accept that a certain level of crime will always occur. Just because an individual becomes aware of that crime or is somehow personally affected is not indicative of any trend.
Tom March 04, 2013 at 12:41 AM
"a crime or two" your words...you remind me of another Gary...Gary Busey!
Gary Englert March 04, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Tom: Say what you will but, the UCRs are the official and verifiable record of crimes that occur in our community and the fact that the number of incidents has declined significantly is manifest. Go to the FBI's website, study the documents and educate yourself. Any assertion that these reports are inaccurate and/or do not reflect the reportable criminal activity in our community is without basis in fact.
Jeff T March 04, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Ken, the traffic lights are ALL the ones along main street and elsewhere that are painted black. Those are all new. Nearly every single light, lamppost, signal etc that had been working perfectly fine were replaced by near replicas, albeit painted black instead of raw steel. I can only hope that the decision was made because the new lights are more energy efficient, not because someone, somewhere decided they needed to spend the budget to justify what they're seeking for the following year. Thanks for the info about the tram though.
Jeff T March 04, 2013 at 04:41 AM
Crime may be down as of 15 years ago. I'll give you that. But is it down or up from 9 years ago? In other words, 15 years ago, crime might have been at an all time high for this area. But if things improved over time, and people like me began moving in to town in the mid 2000s because things seemed hunky dorey, then to our experiences, crime IS on the rise. As I said in a previous post, in nine years time there had been no armed robberies in my neighborhood. Now there've been two in just a couple weeks. In nine years being here, I've never once been awoken in the middle of the night by a police helicopter doing search patterns over our house. The internet has been around for longer than nine years, so it's difficult for me to accept your argument that i'm only now "just becoming aware of it because of the internet"
john anthony prignano March 04, 2013 at 04:57 AM
No less an authority than David Peart says that there were 976 criminal incidents in 2011.That number includes 1 bias incident and 101 domestic violence incidents. I have a question .If the UCR doesn't list crimes like arson, terrorism threats that compel the authorities to have buildings evacuated, luring, and endangering the welfare of a child, does that mean these incidents didn't happen? Or could it mean that they did happen, but the powers - that - be don't regard them as incidents that are serious enough to be included in the Uniform Crime Report?
Gary Englert March 04, 2013 at 05:46 AM
Jeff T: Please go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's website and access the the Township's Uniform Crime Reports, as they will confirm that crime has been steadily declining for years, violent crimes in particular. There was an uptick in property crimes (burglaries, auto thefts) in 2011 and those number dropped the following year. While the Internet has been around for a while, the proloiferation of local media outlets (The Patch and Alternative Press) is new and I don't think either of those covering West Orange is yet 3 years old. Until such organizations exisited, nobody on the Internet was specifically covering local news so, yes, more people are hearing about what crime does occur, far more quickly, because of the Internet. West Orange is not Dodge City and never has been but, crime occurs here as it does everywhere...and it includes violent and heinous crimes too, just like everywhere else. There's still less of it that there ever was just more of what's left being reported more broadly and quickly.
Tom March 05, 2013 at 03:29 AM
West Orange is not Dodge City and never has been but, crime occurs here as it does everywhere...and it includes violent and heinous crimes too, just like everywhere else. Gary your above statement is ridiculous. Crime does not happen everywhere the same way it is happening in West Orange now.
Gary Englert March 05, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Tom: What's ridiculous is someone hiding behind a screen name deriding the entirely factual pronouncements of someone who isn't. Crime does happen everywhere and West Orange certainly has its share but, any assertion that it has risen precpitously, or is out of control, has no basis in fact. Crime in West Orange has been steadily decreasing since 1997...period.
Tom March 05, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Gary My name is Tom. The reports you refer to are not worth the paper they are printed on or the site they are posted on. Armed robbery and violent crime is on the rise in West Orange and it is unacceptable. We don't need to blame the Internet for our awareness or claim that these sorts of crimes happen everywhere...because they DON'T We need to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activities and people and our Police need to experiment with new methods to combat the recent violent crime surge.
Gary Englert March 05, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Tom: While your given name well be Tom, the absence of a surname renders you unidentifiable and, therefore, anonymous. Your assertions that the crimes that occur in West Orange are so unique that such things happen nowhere else, and that the UCRs are not an accurate accounting of the Township's actual experience, are nothing but delusional nonsense. Do you honestly believe that our 100 man police force, its hierarchy, county, state and federal law enforcement are all conspiring to fudge these numbers? They most certainly are not and I would challenge you to make your case if you believe they are...and good luck with that!
Ralph Di Zio March 05, 2013 at 03:05 PM
There appears to have been an increase in crime involving guns since July of 2012. While overall crime may be down, incidents that involve guns in our community is what most of our residents are concerned about. Most people don't care what was the average for crime in the mid-90's. They are comparing gun incidents to more recent months/ years. After all our mayor came out last summer touting a 20 percent drop in the township’s overall crime rate for the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.....If it's OK for the mayor to compare 6 month increments it's more than OK for the taxpayers to do so. The more recent data shows the trend line that residents care about. I think we can all be happy that overall crime is down, but we shouldn't dismiss recent trends.....especially gun crimes
HMV March 05, 2013 at 05:49 PM
There is a principle in comp sci known as GIGO. The UCR stats are only as good as the voluntary reports sent to FBI. Due to errors, nonreporting, misreporting, or downgrading of crimes (stemming from departmental or political pressure) the UCRs are not completely representative of reality. Does the FBI audit or validate the data in any way to assure the accuracy of reporting? Is there any penalty imposed on a local agency for underreporting or misreporting? Say, for example, a city launches a marketing campaign to attract businesses and homebuyers after a layoff has cut the police force. Might there be some political pressure to underreport or misclassify certain crimes under to demostrate low crime numbers? There have been numerous reports (NYT, Village Voice, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News) about the manner in which crime statistics reported to the FBI have been manipulated. Google "UCR misreporting". Violent crime in West Orange is increasing and no amount of deflection by changing the subject to Tom's anonymity or repeating what the UCR says will change that. Enough with the "don't believe your own lying eyes".
HMV March 05, 2013 at 05:52 PM
There is a principle in comp sci known as garbage-in-garbage-out. The UCR stats are only as good as the voluntary reports sent to FBI. Due to errors, nonreporting, misreporting, or downgrading of crimes (stemming from departmental or political pressure) the UCRs are not completely representative of reality. Does the FBI audit or validate the data in any way to assure the accuracy of reporting? Is there any penalty imposed on a local agency for underreporting or misreporting? Say, for example, a city launches a marketing campaign to attract businesses and homebuyers after a layoff has cut the police force. Might there be some political pressure to underreport or misclassify certain crimes under to demostrate low crime numbers? There have been numerous reports (NYT, Village Voice, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News) about the manner in which crime statistics reported to the FBI have been manipulated. Google "UCR misreporting". Violent crime in West Orange is increasing and no amount of deflection by changing the subject to Tom's anonymity or repeating what the UCR says will change that. Enough with the "don't believe your own lying eyes".
Status Quo March 05, 2013 at 08:13 PM
"in order to demonstrate low crime"* (typos)
Status Quo March 05, 2013 at 08:20 PM
in ORDER to DEMONSTRATE low crime ** (there - fixed it for ya).
Gary Englert March 05, 2013 at 08:28 PM
HMV: Any citizen wishing to take the time and effort to do so can file an OPRA request for the relevant police reports( for a specified period of time and crime), and then compare them with the numbers reported on the Township's UCRs. Anecdotal information and/or a news report from one media outlet or another is scant evidence that fudging these reports is widespread, let alone that it's being done in West Orange. There is, however, potentially quite significant reason for the over reporting of crime as it would tend to bolster police requests for more manpower, better pay, benefits, equipment, working conditions, etc., as it is law enforcement professionals who compile the reports. The bottom line is you need to prove your premise as the generally acceped data (the UCRs) simply don't support it.
john anthony prignano March 05, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Tom The number of reported crimes in West Orange for 2011 has been adjusted from 874 to 976. Can, you imagine, very serious illegal acts that have been reported just on Patch such as luring[s], terrorism threats that compel the authorities to order buildings evacuated, endangering the welfare of a minor, DUI et al DON'T qualify for the Uniform Crime Report.
Scott March 05, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Gary Englert: (hilarious) While you, as a "legislative aide" to John McKeon obviously have an abundance of free time (evidenced by no fewer than 205 PAGES -- not COMMENTS, PAGES -- of comments† under your Patch profile), many other people who have fulltime private-sector employment do not. The fact that you keep repeating the same crock in the comment section of every article on Patch does not make it so. Your strange need to respond to every comment, to minimize other people's concerns, and to attack the messenger is duly noted. If you've filed the OPRA request and done the independent analysis that supports your repetitious claims, please share it along with your methodology. Otherwise, your opinion carries no more weight than anyone else's does. If your neighborhood hasn't been hit yet, just wait for it. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- †http://westorange.patch.com/users/gary-englert/comments?page=205 (it may be 206 pages by now)
Gary Englert March 05, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Scott (anonymously hilarious): As my service to Assemblyman McKeon is unpaid and voluntary, my time is my own to do with as I please; made all the more productive since the advent of smart cell phones, iPads, etc., and engaging in a dialogue here is no heavy lift, nor is it time consuming. I need not analyze, investigate and/or second guess the Township's Uniform Crime Reports as I know the men running the department, respect them as the educated, competent and dedicated law enforcement professionals that they are...and fully trust that they're not cooking the books. Again, those of you suggesting that they are need to support your allegations; it's not up to me to refute them when universally accepted data already exists. If you've got something better, and/or with more gravitas, bring it on. Rather than "shooting the messenger," the thrust of most of my posts is that people should rely on scientific method when examining any situation and not fall victim to irrational fears based on very subjective and unsubstantiated personal opinion. The fact that you and the rest of your ilk continue to post this nonsensical "the sky is falling" crap carries absolutely no weight...and even less so since none of you have enough courage of conviction to put a name, face or reputation behind the opinions. The same can't be said of me.
Gary Englert March 06, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Scott (anonymously hilarious): My service as a Legislative Aide is as an unpaid volunteer and the advent of smart phones, iPads and the like have made engagin in dialogue on the Internet far from time consuming. Never having been much of a conspiracy theorist, I have no reason to question the professional ethic and competency of the leadership of the WOPD, as they are decent, educated and dedicated men who I know and am confident aren't cooking the books. Your saying they do doesn't make it so and it's incumbent upon you (and others of your similarly inclined ilk) to prove the allegation that they are...and your strange need to cower behind a screen name and deride someone refuting nonsense is duly noted as well.
David Peart March 07, 2013 at 06:12 AM
John, What I said is by the formula YOU insist reflects a more accurate picture of crime, the numbers would be 976 in 2011. Still a significant drop from the 1686 incidents they were being compared to from 1997. Your need to offer false narratives only exposes the weakness of your argument, as well as their grossly suspect intent.
David Peart March 07, 2013 at 06:22 AM
John, Is there a point in any of that nonsensical attempt to contradict my factual statement? DV incident reports are still mandatory today, and they still were not always mandatory. DV incident calls are the deadliest for responding officers. Every cop knows that domestic dispute radio runs and pick ups can be volatile, so what's your point? What does that have to do with the fact that what were once referred to as Family Dispute calls, did not always require that the responding officer file a report? The numbers were still higher before, the numbers are still down nationally, and you still have yet to substantiate any of your assertions. None of those facts change with your apparently desperate attempts to make points where there are none.

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