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Indictments Filed Sept. 19

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By Vince Conti

Readers are reminded that not only are all individuals listed below presumed innocent unless proven guilty, but there may also be multiple individuals who share the same name, even in the same town.

COURT HOUSE – A Cape May County grand jury handed up 17 indictments September 19. 

The abbreviation CDS below stands for controlled dangerous substance.  A “certain person” charge can be brought against individuals whose previous convictions bar them from having weapons. 

Jacob J. Rinier was indicted for possession of a prohibited weapon, a firearm without a serial number, and certain person since he was prohibited from possessing a firearm under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991. Since the day of his arrest in Lower Township on July 2, Rinier has been lodged at the Cape May County Corrections center. Both counts were in the third degree.

Ashley A. Tracy faces a single count of obstructing the administration of law in the fourth degree. The count regarded obstruction of a criminal investigation.

Patrick Iannone was indicted on a count of third degree aggravated assault on a Philadelphia TV personality at a charity event at the Oar House Pub in Sea Isle City.

Toni E. Harris was named in a third degree count for making terroristic threats, threatening to kill another individual.

Mark Eckel, Luis B. Castrodad, and Harry Kotyk were indicted separately for one count each of third degree possession of a CDS. The drugs involved were alprazolam, diazepam, and methamphetamine.

Robert L. Barreto faces two fourth degree counts for unlawful possession of a weapon, a knife, and certain person. The latter charge arises due to Barreto’s conviction in 2008 for possession of a CDS with intent to distribute.

Roger L. Reeves was named in a 12 count indictment including two second degree counts for unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a prohibited weapon. The weapon was an AR-15 assault weapon. Reeves will also face three third degree counts for possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and one fourth degree count for the same. The weapons in this case were two crossbows, a pellet gun, and a machete. The indictment also contains five fourth degree counts for certain person, related to a 2009 conviction for possession of a CDS, along with a third degree count for making terroristic threats.

Brian M. Boyce faces a one count indictment for third degree making terroristic threats.

Faustino Colon was indicted for third degree shoplifting of merchandise valued in excess of $500 in Ocean City.

Jorge A. Cardenas was named in two second degree counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Both counts have to do with possession, selling or distribution of child pornography.

Vincent P. Spalliero was indicted for possession of a CDS with intent to distribute, third degree. The drug in question was marijuana in an amount greater than one ounce.

Christopher Vesey faces a second degree count for aggravated assault and a third degree count for endangering an injured victim. This related to an incident in Ocean City in July.

Ivan Gudelj was named in two fourth degree counts for uttering a false instrument and possession of a fake government ID.

James D. O’Connor was indicted on two third degree counts for possession of a CDS, methamphetamine and phencyclidine (PCP). The indictment also contained a third degree count on possession of a legend drug, gabapentin, and a fourth degree count for resisting arrest.

Max L. Wylen faces a nine count indictment including two counts of aggravated assault, one in the second and one in the third degree, two counts of third degree making terroristic threats, along with two third degree possession of a weapon for unlawful practice, a black spring assisted pocket knife, and resisting arrests. The indictment also contains three fourth degree counts for obstructing the administration of law, unlawful possession of a weapon, and resistant arrests.


Vince Conti is a reporter for the Cape May County Herald.

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