Burglary, Aggravated Assault and Weapon Offenses

Three weapon-related offenses were committed this week in Bloomfield, one involving aggravated assault with head/facial injuries, according to a report from Bloomfield Police Department.


On Tuesday, July 10 on the 100 block of Newark Avenue, a witness said he saw two men with handguns emerge from the back of a private home.  The suspects got into a silver or gray car and fled south on Newark Avenue.  The men were wearing t-shirts pulled up over their faces and dark clothing, according to the witness. 

When officers arrived at the scene they found two victims who said they had been forced into a garage by the two men and robbed of their belongings, including $600.00 in cash. 

This investigation is ongoing.   Anyone with information should call the Bloomfield Police Department at 973-680-4000.


On Thursday, July 12, around Montgomery and Walnut Street, a man said he was approached by two men, one of whom pointed a black automatic handgun at him.  The victim said he was robbed of his I-Phone and a messenger bag and was physically assaulted, suffering head/facial injuries.  He reported hearing a car leaving the area after the robbery but never saw one.  Upon returning home, the man called the police and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Newark for treatment.

The victim described the two suspects as a “skinny” black male  approximately 5’10” tall and a black male approximately six feet tall.

Anyone with information should call the Bloomfield Police Department at 973-680-4000.


On Monday, July 16 at 1:30am, a Spring Street resident, after having been involved in a motor vehicle accident on Sunday July 15, 2012, called police to report suspicious people in a car outside of his home.   

When police arrived on the scene, one of the people in the car became aggressive and refused to leave the property.  Police attempted to place him under arrest for trespassing and obstruction but he resisted and had to be physically restrained. A search revealed that he was in possession of a knife.  The man was later identified as Nicholas Neilan, 22, of Bloomfield, the brother of a one of the people injured in the car accident the previous day.

Neilan was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with trespassing, obstruction, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and resisting arrest.  A court date of July 19, 2012 was set and he was released on his own recognizance.



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