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Alleged Gang Members Charged in Robberies

Gang members arrested as they planned more robberies, according to county prosecutor.

Two men accused in a Teaneck robbery are among five members of a violent street gang charged in connection with similar crimes across Bergen and Passaic counties, the prosecutor's office said Monday. 

Steven Olivo, 19,  and Jose L. Rosario-Florentin, 23, both of Hackensack, were charged by Teaneck police late last month in a Queen Anne Road street robbery, and prosecutors allege they were planning more robberies with fellow members of the Trinitarios street gang.

"The Trinitarios is one of the most violent and fastest-rising street gangs in the tri-state area," Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement. "They started as a prison-based gang and now have become a dominant presence in the urban and suburban communities."

A county task force linked the group to several random robberies in Hackensack, Lodi and Passaic, Molinelli said. Last Thursday, investigators learned the crew was about to carry out more attacks and arrested the five.

In addition to Olivo and Rosario-Florentin, Hackensack residents Michael Perez, 19, Ovardy D. Esquea, 18, and 18-year-old Lajoni Sena, of Rochelle Park were charged with strong armed robbery, unlawful possession during the commission of a crime and unlawful weapons possession. 

The five were ordered held on $150,000 bail with no ten percent option.

shimon baum December 12, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Gangs now. We really get all the benefits of the city living here.
JamesTS December 12, 2012 at 02:53 PM
There have been gangs around this area for years. We do live around the city.. people need to stop thinking we are on some farmland or in the middle of the forest.
sharon December 12, 2012 at 03:55 PM
You are correct there has been gangs aroud this county for a long time. It appears not many folks has talk about it or want outsiders to know we have the same issues they have encountered. I hope our Police force is on top of these gangs because I am worried. Besides the robberies that has plagued Bergen county, I have fears for my child walking home from school and possibly being attack!
Diane Schwarz December 12, 2012 at 04:52 PM
"prison based gang". Doesn't that say something about our prison system, that sends young people away to learn to refine their criminal pursuits, instead of preparing them to live among us as workers & citizens? And how are they helped in transitioning from prison to the neighborhood and society again? Tossed out to return to their old friends and ways, or helped to change their lives around? The Fortune Society and The Castle were formed to do exactly that, very successfully in NY. What does NJ do?
vic December 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Protect your home and your family, get a dog and support the second amendment to bear arms.
shimon baum December 12, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Yes James it's a city, nobody thinks this is a farmland or a forest. Although it would probably be nicer it was. However it is also a suburb one with excessively high taxes. It's one thing to have the negatives of the city nobody expect the place to be perfect but where are the pluses of living in the suburb? If I wanted the negatives I could have stayed in the city.

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