Gloucester Township Police Detective, & His Family, Continue 6 Year Pursuit To Find His Cousin/ Godson’s Murderers: 9-28-2014
Today, September 28, 2014, is the 6 year mark of Detective Chuck Dougherty’s cousin and Godson’s unsolved murder. Matt Novak, Jr was killed in Philadelphia by 3 unknown suspects in a blue Chevy Impala with New Jersey tags shortly after he and friends left the Philadelphia Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday, September 28, 2008.
This year, Detective Dougherty and his Uncle Matt Sr. have once again reached out to the local media to cover Matt Jr’s story. They have received a lot of news coverage which have been aired and published this past week. Several other news agencies are working to publish their stories in the near future.
Detective Dougherty and his Uncle have also recorded and published a new detailed video. Not only does it describe the exact circumstances, but includes actual surveillance video captured of Matt, his friends, and the suspect’s blue 2006 to 2008 Chevy Impala with New Jersey tags displayed on the front. That video can be viewed on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/VODC713w_-c
All of the recent and past news coverage, videos, photos, and progress into their investigation can be viewed on their website at http://www.WhoKilledMattNovak.com , on their Facebook page at http://www.Facebook.com/WhoKilledMattNovak , and on their YouTube Channel at http://www.YouTube.com/WhoKilledMattNovak .
Below are direct links to the recent news coverage:
Fox 29’s News Story, published on September 25, 2014: http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/26630653/family-seeks-justice-in-2008-murder-of-matt-novak
CBS Philly’s News Story, published on September 25, 2014: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/09/25/6-years-later-family-seeks-justice-in-murder-of-south-jersey-man-in-philadelphia/
6 ABC’s News Story, published on September 28, 2014: http://6abc.com/news/$42k-offered-in-08-fatal-northern-liberties-shooting/327176/
South Jersey Times/ NJ.com’s News Story, published on September 27, 2014: http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2014/09/matt_novaks_killers_remain_a_mystery_6_years_later.html
Gloucester Township Police Media Release: GTPD Arrest Two For Robbery As Investigation Continues
On September 24, 2014 at approximately 10:53 AM, the Gloucester Township Police Department (GTPD) responded to York Terrace for a report of several suspicious males walking around a residence. Officers quickly arrived and were confronted by one of the residents as he ran from the home and told them that people had broken into his house, assaulted him and were still inside.
Two male suspects were taken into custody, and it was reported that one other subject had fled on foot that resulted in several nearby schools being placed in a precautionary “LOCKOUT,” which is a school security procedure that secures the building perimeter from an external threat, while normal school activities occur inside the school. GTPD officers also responded to the schools as school officials quickly secured the school. After a search of the area for the possible suspect, approximately one hour later the LOCKOUT was lifted and normal school activities resumed.
There are two males in custody at this time for robbery and additional charges will be pending. The investigation is still ongoing at this time by the GTPD Investigations Bureau. An updated media release will be issued as soon as further details are available.
Gloucester Township Police Community Bulletin: Captain Anthony Minosse Graduates From FBI National Academy 9-19-2014
On September 19, 2014, Gloucester Township Police Department Captain Anthony Minosse graduated from the 257th Session of The FBI National Academy Program. Captain Minosse joined Deputy Chief David Harkins and Chief Harry Earle as fellow alumni of this premier law enforcement executive training program. Less than 1 percent of applicants who apply to the FBI National Academy are accepted into the program.
Captain Minosse was one of 210 officers, representing various law enforcement agencies from 49 states, the District of Columbia, 26 international countries, three Federal civilian organizations, and three branches of the United States military, who graduated from the intensive 10-week program located at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The FBI National Academy was founded in July 1935, and has had 47,464 graduates from the program. According to the FBI, the program offers “advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.” The program is internationally known for its academic excellence and is offered free of charge to the selected students and their agencies. Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.
Captain Minosse focused his course work on leadership training, law enforcement media relations, contemporary issues in law enforcement, drug enforcement strategies, physical fitness and use of force investigations. His classes earned him 12 undergraduate credit hours, and 6 graduate credits through the University of Virginia.
GTPD Media Release ***UPDATE to College Drive Crash 9-22-2014***
The Gloucester Township Department responded to a single car motor vehicle crash on College Drive near Winding Way on Saturday September 20th at 3:57 am. The vehicle had left the roadway and struck a telephone pole. The driver was transported to Cooper Hospital in critical condition. It was reported that the driver, identified as Oladapo Alao, succumbed to his injuries on Monday, September 22, 2014. The crash remains under investigation by the Gloucester Township Police Serious Crash Investigation Team.
Driver: Oladapo Alao, age 22, 300 block of Erial Road, Sickelrville NJ
Gloucester Township Police Media Release: GTPD Responds To Two Serious Crashes Overnight 9-20-2014
Crash #1: Car vs. Pedestrian – 700 block of Somerdale Road., Case #: 14-39366
On September 20, 2014 at approximately 01:03 AM, Gloucester Township Police responded to Somerdale Road for a pedestrian that was struck by a motor vehicle. Upon arrival officers found a male pedestrian collapsed on a front lawn in the 700 block of Somerdale Rd. suffering from injuries to his head and upper torso. He was taken to Cooper Hospital Trauma Center by ambulance for further evaluation, and was reported to be in critical condition. The driver stopped at the scene, and was not injured. There are no charges at this time. The identities of the driver and pedestrian are not being released at this time, pending family notifications.
Crash #2: Car into Utility Pole – College Drive near Winding Way, Case #: 14-39372
As Officers were clearing from this incident, at approximately 3:57 AM, Officers responded to College Drive near Winding Way for a report of a vehicle into a utility pole. Officers arrived and found the car wrapped around a utility pole, entrapping the lone occupant in the vehicle. Fire Department and EMS extricated the driver out of the vehicle and the driver was flown to Cooper Hospital Trauma Center via helicopter. The driver was reported to be in critical condition. The crash caused portions of College Drive to be closed for approximately 8 hours. The identity of the driver is not being released at this time, pending family notifications. Both crashes are being investigated by the Gloucester Township Police Serious Crash Investigations Team.