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New Milford Man, Paramus Woman Charged in Alleged Armed Robbery

Police charge Vincent Ortenzio and Amanda Gaeta in alleged armed robbery of 7-Eleven

New Milford Police have arrested Vincent Ortenzio, of New Milford and Amanda Gaeta, of Paramus, charging the 21-year-old pair in connection with an armed robbery that occured early Monday at the River Road 7-Eleven. 

According to Police Chief Frank Papapietro, Ortenzio, wearing a ski mask, allegedly entered the store at approximately 3:45 a.m., displayed a handgun and took approximately $200 cash. 

When Ortenzio allegedly ordered the clerk to open the cigarette case, the clerk fled the store and called police on his cell phone. 

After interviewing the clerk, Papapietro said responding officers Sgt. John Moroney and Officer Brian Carlino quickly developed a lead male suspect and called in the Bergen County Police K-9 unit, along with officers from Bergenfield, Oradell, Haworth and Dumont, to assist with the search. 

Ortenzio and Gaeta were located at a New Milford home, in which he was currently residing, and taken into custody, Papapietro said. 

A search of the home yielded a handgun, cash and lighters as described by the store manager, as well as the mask allegedly used in the robbery. The handgun was found to be a pellet gun which resembled a larger caliber weapon, Papapietro said.

"In that split second that an officer has to make a decision, they can't tell the difference between a pellet gun and a large caliber gun," Papapietro said.

Ortenzio is charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphenalia and is being held at the Bergen County jail on $200,000 bail.

Bergen County jail records indicate that Ortenzio served time in 2009 for simple assault and robbery, and in 2011 for unlawful possession of a weapon, harassment and violation of probation. 

Gaeta was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. She is being held at the Bergen County Jail on $75,000 bail. 

Papapietro credited the quick resolve of this case with his officers strong street-level knowledge of the community. 

"In piecing together certain characteristics of this case, the officers were able to narrow the field of suspects and bring this case to a quick resolution," Papapietro said. 

Anthony October 02, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Don't do drugs. They are lucky they did not get killed or worse get someone else killed. He should spend the next 20 years thinking about what he did behind bars. The girl don't look too far gone, maybe some hope for her. Nice job NMPD.
Ulises October 02, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Great job by our men in blue.
Barbara October 02, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Heartbreaking how we fail to serve our youth. This is not the first of our young men and women to take this path. What needs to change in our town to prevent others from moving in this direction? This could be my/your son /daughter! How can we help their parents help them????? This is the challenge for each of us, our town and society.
newmilford1967 October 02, 2012 at 11:03 AM
This is not his first time.Read the paper today he has a history with NewMilford Police.Lock him up and throw the key away he is trailer trash.
bklynborn October 07, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Trailer trash is very harsh. He is a young man who is lost and can't find his way back.
lkjgfutrfgiokpl October 08, 2012 at 06:17 AM
he is a fukin scumbag n retard dats all n he is gettin his ass rub gud for him.....
shutthefuckup October 20, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Judging by your user name, your a New Milford resident born in 1967... which means your around the age of 45.. I would assume by your old age you would have been around the block a few times and wouldn't be so arrogant . Yes he is troubled, but calling someone who needs help white trash only proves one thing.. that you are white trash yourself. You don't know his story, or what has led him to make the turn down the unfortunate path hes headed down , but it is NEVER too late to turn around. He did not kill anyone, yes hes put his own life along with the public in danger.. but he is not a killer . He is not a women beater. He is not a molester and he is not out there hurting animals.. He is a lost soul , that needs help. And i bet you, like 100 percent of the world... is flawed too. You have made mistakes in your life, that put you in NO PLACE to be so judging. You live you learn.. and sometimes it takes some people different experiences to learn . He made a stupid decision, he is not an evil person. I feel bad for you though, your arrogance can't be fixed at your old age.

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