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Cranford Police Arrest Two Men In Connection With Sexual Assault

Authorities say the incident took place on the 'south side' of the township.

have arrested two men in connection with an alleged sexual assault that took place over the weekend.

In the early morning hours of May 12, the Cranford Police Department responded to a residence on the south side of the township on the report of a sexual assault, police said in a brief press release Monday afternoon.

Shortly after the arrival of Cranford Police officers, an extensive investigation ensued and the suspects in the sexual assault were quickly apprehended.

Taken into custody and charged with first degree aggravated sexual assault were, Marcus Mouzon, 21, of Princeton Road in Linden and Nahjee Faine, 19, of McArthur Court in Linden.

Both suspects are currently being held in the Union County Jail in Elizabeth on $300,000 and $250,000 respectively. They are scheduled for their first appearance hearing on May 18 in Union County Superior Court.

No further information regarding the details of the incident or the victim were released by authorities as of Monday afternoon. Police Chief Eric Mason did not return calls for comments regarding the assault.

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07016 May 15, 2012 at 03:35 AM
ABSOLTELY, insufficient manpower. Regrettably, I am not at all surprised that our Police Chief didn't respond...Reason being, I've personally written to him with regard to steps I feel are necessary following the brutal murder of my sister here in town. No one has ever reached out to me or my family nor did my recent letter warrant a reply from him or anyone else. Many in our CPD received citations for the excellent work done in this case. I wonder still exactly what they did to receive such merit? We told them were to find the killer n the night of the murder he was being pursued but was told. Or to chase him bkz someone could get hurt. Hello,it was 130AM, got a cell, a radio? Ever heard of a roadblock? I will forever wonder if he was caught if we could have saved her. And, that's only the beginning of the story. I deliberately waited a few years to write to him n clearly stated my letter was a request for Call To Action to put protocol or law in place so another family doesnt have the same fate as us following that tragic night. Yes, there are certainly some great police on our force but, as the saying goes, the fish stinks from the end. I have many unanswered questions about what happened on 12/31/05 but it appears the township doesn't agree or respect me enough to answer. I'm a lifelong resident n homeowner, not that it means a thing. I will say I told you so.
07016 May 15, 2012 at 03:49 AM
CORRECTIONS, ipad typos... We told them were to find the killer. The night of the murder killer was being pursued by a CPO but he was told by his superior NOT to chase him bkz someone could get hurt. fish stinks from the head.... Next tragedy, I will say I told you so....since no one feels it necessary to make changes TO PROTECT us and ESPECIALLY our CHILDREN. What did u learn?
John Maylan May 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM
This is mind boggling reading these comments here. We have a Police Chief, who also is/was the President of the NJ Police Chief's Association acting in a manner like this?? Blowing off the family of a homicide victim, and negating members of the media?? While I have been one to be supportive of our public safety professionals, the actions I am seeing and reading about Chief Eric Mason are giving me second thoughts. While I had an open mind after the You Tube video release, I am no beginning to question my thoughts on who Eric Mason really is. With all due respect to the female victim in this situtation, the people who had their houses broken into on Friday night where firearms were stolen are just as much victims as anyone else,and they had their street name posted in several news outlets. Would not take a genius to figure out what the exact address is. Why then is there not more information on this incident in terms of who the suspects are?? Do they have prior records? Are they wanted in other cases? Is this kind of bail normal in first offender cases??
Michele May 15, 2012 at 05:50 PM
To those who say she was walking down the street: No where in the article does it say that. Did these men break into her home? Did she know them? (and please note whether or not she knew them does NOT at all mean she was in any way at fault). Since it mentioned that the officers responded to a residence it sounds as if she was attacked in her home. Whatever the case may be I would like more information.
Toniann Antonelli (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Michele, thanks for your comments - you raise good points, and I would've like to provide more info as well. I know there were a lot of rumors going around regarding how/where the incident happened, but since it's only hearsay, I (obviously) couldn't include it.
Theresa May 15, 2012 at 07:42 PM
We should definitely be aware of where this took place-and what does sexual assualt imply here?
Toniann Antonelli (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Theresa, I agree that more information would benefit residents, but as of now, this is all that was released. Police did not indicate exactly what was implied by "sexual assault" or the severity of the incident, possibly because there are still parts of the investigation that are ongoing - but I can't say that with any certainty unless I get the info from the PD.
Michele May 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Hi Tonniann! From the amount of the bail for both those arrested and the first degree level of the offense it would seem like the incident was pretty bad. That being said I agree the investigation is probably ongoing. At this point I just want more info on where the incident occurred; did the poor girl know these men? Was she attacked on the street or in her home? I don't want to know because I'm nosy! I want to know for the protection of my kids and ANY woman who could potentially become victims. I know your hands are tied but I sure wish the police would give a few more details without in any way jeopordizing the identity of the woman involved. It could have been anyone and I don't want to see this swept under the rug. Thank you Toniann for keeping up on this.
Toniann Antonelli (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Michele, I will most definitely post any new information that the CPD releases.
Mr. Maggs May 16, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I have a few friends in the court system. Aparently these men were picked up on the street not at the female's home. The cops didnt even know the boys were at her house untill they volunteered that information on there own to the police.
Mr. Maggs May 16, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I felt the need to share that cause it seems crazy to me. That two men who assualted a woman with admit to being at her home.
J. Poore May 16, 2012 at 04:39 PM
What's interesting is that Chief Mason had time to run to Brookside School for a photo op with FEMA for a $1.6 million dollar check, but can't inform the public a little better? Hopefully the Homeland Security Dept, who oversees FEMA will keep and demand articulate records for how that money is spent. Where that woman was supposedly attacked is a route a lot of folks take who walk to and from the Cranford Station. I find it interesting, if true, how the Police Chief appears to be ducking the media and not returning calls?? What is that all about? That goes beyond the scope of this immediate situation. I recall he had no problem talking to Ryan Hutchins of Star Ledger after the You Tube video incident, yet he ducked Patch, Ch 11, and NJ 12 to name a few. Incidents like this rape unfortunately occur all the time in the media and we see police officials out in the news etc. why not in this case? ( I am making a rhetorical point with that question at this point). Why then are Cranford residents not being given more pertinent facts of a 1st degree crime ( highest degree you can be charged under NJ Criminal code laws)? Also, to RC, my condolences and I am sorry to hear that the Administration of the Cranford Police Department has been so insensitive to you and your loss! god Bless and hopefully some studious minded elected officials correct your wrong with Chief Mason and his management skills.
Concerned Parent May 17, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I ask that all that have posted and are truly concerned continue to demand more details be released on this case..you must ask yourself with all the mixed info coming out..how is it possible for an extensive investigation to occur with only 3 officers on duty..who was working the case..Inspector Gadget?..maybe i shouldnt make a joke in such a serious case..but it's obvious That CPD takes it's community as that (a joke)..I'm just saying..look at the info they did release..initially it stated police responded to a residence..now take a look at the *Adjusted article*..only thing CPD seems to have gotten correct is the young men's names and addresses..It's very possible especially with the "suspects" willing to volunteer there where abouts that they are innocent..(which in the U.S.A. you are until proven guilty in a court of law)..and if that is the case here then why put these young men on blast?..of course names should be released but addresses???..isn't it possible that they have families at home as well????..call me naive but something here doesn't sound right..and as long as CPD refuses to give more details..i'm sticking with my above statement that we are all innocent until proven guilty *IN A COURT OF LAW*..let's all remember that we are all an accusation away from possibly being faced with the same shock-wave i'm sure these boys are now faced with!(I say boys cause in all actuality 19 & 21 are college kids)
K. Pedroso May 17, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Concerned Parent - you raise some very valid points. However, let's remember that even though the police department was working with a skeleton crew (for whatever reason on a Friday night - with a total force of 47 or so cops), they most likely called in detective(s) and assistance from the Union County Prosecutors Office. Reason I make that assumption is that only the UCPO has the authority to file charges for 4th degree crimes and higher. These two suspects were charged with first degree, so there must have been some convincing evidence presented to the Assistant Prosecutor who authorized these charges, and then again to the Superior Court Judge who set the bail over the weekend. That is just my two cents, I don't know any more or less about the exact circumstances of this case - only my 30 years in law enforcement. What I am wondering at this late hour, with no booking photos being released, is if these two guys are not politically connected somehow, someway?? I also found it odd reading some of the other posts here that Chief Mason has established a record of not returning the calls of members of the media?? Hey Chief - that's a big NO NO and you of all people should know better as a FBI National Grad. The press can be your best canvass for info in an event like this. I am also surprised at the "RC" post and if that is true, again Chief - you got some explaining to do to the public and the elected members of the board.
K. Pedroso May 17, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Mr. Maggs - there is an old saying in law enforcement, "we only catch the stupid ones". This situation, unfortunately, seems to prove that theory once again. Not trying to be funny - and i offer my sincere best wishes to the victims and her family on a speedy recovery.
friend May 17, 2012 at 09:10 PM
she didn't know them! this is total BS! I know of the person who was attacked! She needs to be protected and treated with respect!
Kathy S May 18, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I believe there is insufficient manpower every weekend and an insufficient police chief running our department. We need to change this whole situation downtown and get this town where is was and needs to be.
Chris S. May 18, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Toni Ann - have you received any more updates from either from the elected body or the Police Chief on this incident? I understand there is an arraignment tomorrow in Union County Superior Court for both these suspects.
Lorraine May 18, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I think people should not be so quick to judge. Let our Judicial System do it's job. I agree with Concerned Parent "Innocent Until PROVEN guilty". I am a mother of a 19 year old son as well and I always tell him to be careful of the company he keeps. I've heard so many stories from him about how things quickly get out of control with our youth today with sex, drugs, etc. We need more facts before we can say what really happened. If she is truly a victim then she will have a day in court, but to me it is always the victims word against the defendents. None of us were there and none of us know what trully happened. As for me, I am waiting for more information. Why would the suspects offer information as to there whereabouts???
concerned parent May 19, 2012 at 04:03 PM
@Michael..let me get this straight.?.this girl made 2 calls to CPD that night..1st to report a fight?..Then after reporting the fight..she was followed,beat,and raped?..Did the CPD respond to the call for the fight?..if so how with 3 officers on duty.did they squash the fight..conduct an *extensive* investigation..and apprehend the 2 not 1 but 2 suspects???... where were u able to obtain that info?..I was hoping to find an update with more *official info* on this story..especially being as tho the 1st court appearance was listed as yesterday..@ToniAnn Antonelli ..follow up story requested
mind your own business May 21, 2012 at 08:49 PM
@Lorraine, you have nerve. I wonder if you have a daughter, and if so, would you question her? The wrong thing to post on the internet right now is whether or not it even happened. Oh, and another thing, your son may be 19, but the victim is older than your son. She is not of "high school youth." Focus on your son and leave this girl alone.
mind your own business May 21, 2012 at 08:50 PM
@Lorraine, you have nerve. I wonder if you have a daughter, and if so, would you question her? The wrong thing to post on the internet right now is whether or not it even happened. Oh, and another thing, your son may be 19, but the victim is older than your son. She is not of "high school youth." Focus on your son and leave this girl alone.
Lorraine May 22, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Mind your own business??? Really that comment does not make any sense because this is a public forum for citizens to give their opinions and comments. The fact that you mention the girl is not of "high school youth" when the article never mentioned her age gives me the impression that you have a personal connection to the story. I'm merely pointing out the fact that here in the United States of America we are ALL innocent until proven guilty. There doesn't seem to be enough evidence at least not in this article for us to conclude that these boys are guilty of the crime they have been accused of so we will all have to wait to hear the facts of the case. Anyone of us can be accused of a crime at any time and our names be published in paper but it does not mean that we are guilty of the crime.
mind your own business May 22, 2012 at 07:17 PM
No, I do not have a personal connection to what happened. I may know who the victim is but that is noone else's BUSINESS- just as I said before. Isn't it enough for you just to know it is a young woman, and not a highschool girl? What you are proving on this public forum is you like to apply your "the kids are out of control these days" mentality to this isolated situation. That doesn't apply to the victim, so you can leave your assumptions out of this, as well as anyone else who wants to assume.
Lorraine May 22, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I never said "the kids are out of control these days"....I said "our youth today" which I mentioned because of the ages of the suspects. Just as I thought, you do have a personal connection to the story as you are aquainted to the alleged victim. This explains your one-sided-ness. I hope more information is release shortly and all involved get their just due.
mind your own business May 23, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I didn't say you Stated that, I said it's obviously your mentality. Go ahead and "suspect" all you want. The people who know her are the only ones giving her privacy. Fond out the general info to help yourself and your community but don't bring the woman into it.
Chris S. May 29, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I don't think anyone was looking to have the victim's name released or revealed with having the information of the criminal act itself given to the press. The fact of the matter is that Chief Eric Mason was NOT going to release anything to the press, until Commissioner Adubato Nesi's inbox and voice mail began filling up Monday morning. That, sadly, is a fact, whether Commissioner Nesi wants to admit to it or not. The public has a right to know about the acts itself, when things like this happen. By covering this up, or attempting to cover it up, it has to make you wonder what else people like Chief Mason are not telling you, THE PUBLIC WHO PAYS HIS SALARY OF $190,000 a year, as well as Commissioner Nesi, with other important issues like the Birchwood Development going on.
07016 May 31, 2012 at 01:09 PM
The subject of personal privacy is an ongoing problem. This was ANOTHER point in my unanswered letter to Eric Mason. Sadly, the township committee was copied n didn't reply either. In our case, I can also point the finger at Ralph Froehlich, UC Sheriff, n specifically, Frank Coony also of the UCPO n coincidentally, is Ralph's stepson. I spoke w/ the Prosecutor about this n sadly, although victim's nformation should be private, and he agreed with me, but then indicated once a case closes the files are "handled" by the Sheriffs office. Said sheriff's office does not even have the decency to respond to my many inquiries (calls, emails, certified mail). Whenever I contact the anyone is the Prosecutors office, I get an immediate reply. Thank you for your support n input to our situation. Ive contacted our Govenor, Froehlich, Mason with copies to all the pertinent others. To date, I've only received one reply. That is, from Governor's office, letter read, 'we suggest you hire an attorney'. HELLO, the first paragraph of my letter indicated this is NOT for personal gain rather to bring a call to action on many points I witnessed through my family tragedy and, to save the next family similar misery on top of an already horrific time.
07016 May 31, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Why should someone in a County position be allowed to sell our information for personal gain? It's wrong, they should not. Our prosecutor spared us many of the specific details of my sisters murder however, Froehlich/Coony n some chick Rosalie Dipietro another "relative" on an insider at the PO. Isn't this sickening? The book gives way too many details, a picture of her home, etc. Everyone knows, we are life long residents and the victim had two girls, one in high school one in college both in town. how could you do this to us and all the others they wrote about? I could certainly go media route but, this isn't about us, it's about fixing things and making a better community. (continued). )Surely there is someone out there who can help me here...I need to resolve this, I need to heal n move on but things like this make it hard. Seeing the smiling happy Eric Mason lead of CPD in the parade on Monday made me feel ill. please consider helping me affect positive changes needed here in our community. Thank you.
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