Posted Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Victory Gardens Home was Robbed in October 2018

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, and Rockaway Borough Police Chief Conrad Pepperman announce that three Morris County men have entered guilty pleas in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred on the evening of Oct. 21, 2018, in Victory Gardens.

Morris Prosecutor: Trio Enter Guilty Pleas in Connection with Home Invasion

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp

Victor Hernandez, 20, and Marlon Martinez, 23, both of Rockaway Borough, both pleaded guilty to second degree Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. Each made their plea on Feb. 11 before Superior Court Judge Catherine Enright. As part of the plea agreements, Hernandez and Martinez both will be sentenced to three years in state prison and subject to the 85 percent parole ineligibility requirements of the No Early Release Act.

On February 27, Carlos Rodriguez, 22, of Victory Gardens, entered a guilty plea to first degree Armed Robbery in a hearing before Superior Court Judge Donald Collester. As part of the plea agreements, Rodriguez will be sentenced to five years in state prison and subject to the 85 percent parole ineligibility requirements of the No Early Release Act.

Morris Prosecutor: Trio Enter Guilty Pleas in Connection with Home Invasion

In pleading guilty, the defendants admitted to entering the Victory gardens home, which was occupied by a leaseholder and two guests. 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.

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.

All three defendants continue to be lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Sentencing for all three individuals has been scheduled for March 29 before Judge Enright The State is represented by Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Schellhorn in this matter.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the New Jersey State Police, the Rockaway Borough Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit for their efforts in this case.

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or [email protected].