Armed Kidnappers Robbed, Stuffed Woman in Trunk, Prosecutor Says

New Hampshire resident, 71, kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint in Route 10 parking lot.

Two East Rutherford residents have been accused of carjacking and kidnapping a 71-year-old woman at gunpoint from a Parsippany parking lot before stuffing her in the trunk of her car, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.

Joseph Defreitas, 41, and Marilyn Nadeau, 52, were charged Thursday with kidnapping, robbery, carjacking, conspiracy and credit card theft. Defreitas was also charged with possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

According to a statement released Friday by Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, a 71-year-old New Hampshire woman traveling home from a holiday visit with family in Mount Laurel became lost and stopped in a Route 10 parking lot on Dec. 29. The prosecutor's office did not indicate where on Route 10 the incident took place.

While attempting to get directions, the woman was approached by Defreitas and Nadeau, Knapp said. Defreitas brandished a handgun and forced the woman into his car, Knapp said. Nadeau followed in the victim's car to an ATM machine in Parsippany, Knapp said.

Defreitas demanded the woman reveal her personal identification number to complete the cash withdrawal, Knapp said. The woman complied and was then driven to a parking lot outside a Parsippany industrial building on Woodhollow Road, Knapp said.

Defreitas then stuffed the woman in the trunk of her car, Knapp said. The woman was later able to free herself and call for help, Knapp said.

After stealing the woman's purse, Defreitas and Nadeau used her credit cards at stores throughout North Jersey and New York, Knapp said.

Members of the Parsippany Police Department and Morris County Prosecutor's Office arrested Defreitas and Nadeau in East Rutherford on Thursday, Knapp said.

Bail was set at $500,000 for Defreitas and $300,000 for Nadeau, both without a 10 percent cash option, Knapp said. The pair was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail.

Mike January 19, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Seems like these two left this lady for dead. Left in a parking lot during the end of the holidays when the company wouldn't open back for business until after New Years. So maybe they were building a case against these two.
Dori M. January 19, 2013 at 06:04 PM
This is scary!
Denise January 19, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Why do the police get bashed here? They did not rob and kidnap the woman. Perhaps we did not hear about it because they didn't wAnt to tip off the thieves. Once our media gets hold of a story there are no rules And sometimes less common sense.
Par4theCourse January 19, 2013 at 06:54 PM
To the person making the comment about crime not getting resolved like CSI, you are absolutely correct. However, when there are ATM surveillance photos and retail video of where the lowlifes used the credit cards, it makes this one a no-brainer. A child could have solved this crime.
Mike January 19, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Just because they used CC and atm doesnt mean it solved in an hour..gotta build a case..track them..probably not these two criminals first rodeo...again another great job by all law enforcement officers
Michelle Cicala January 19, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Really? I didn't realize it was so easy to look at a tape of a man and woman and know instantly who and where they are in the country . Maybe we can just ask the guy who was in jail for 20 years to please confess and he would sweetly oblige too??
Par4theCourse January 19, 2013 at 07:32 PM
There is a prior conviction, correct? So the photo gets run against a digital database, now you have a name. This isn't rocket science. Now if they solve the burglaries in town, then I'll join in on the praise. This one was handed to them.
Michelle Cicala January 19, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Again, too much csi. This conversation is draining my intelligence... I'm out.
slm January 19, 2013 at 07:47 PM
par4 you just could not be more wrong. a fuzzy video does not identify anyone. Running photos against a digital database? are you serious? facial recognition technology? perhaps they could've checked the driver's seat for remnants of criminal flatulence and put the cloth fibers through a magical gas detector, then cross referenced the DNA through the FBI...seriously, you have no idea what you're talking about. This was an intense investigation and it bore fruit. Go hate cops somewhere else.
George L. Blair January 19, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Racist statement b flake, shame on you. Horrific crime just made worst by lousy statement you just made. Shame, shame on you.
Par4theCourse January 19, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Slim, I think they tried all that and still couldn't find them in a timely fashion. And I don't hate cops, love their services when the traffic lights are out...
mab January 19, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Great job Parsippany Police!!
parhome January 19, 2013 at 08:18 PM
I'd like to have know about the event, so I could be extra vigilant.
Par4theCourse January 19, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Decent job. Again, the anointing oil will come out when the burglaries get solved. This was routine but hey, if they need a confidence booster, I'm all for it. Peace out.
Natalie Davis (Editor) January 19, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Correct, Michelle. Some of these do take considerable crime to crack and then prove. They want the charges to stick, after all.
Nice January 20, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Good for the police doing a sound job. but-wtf with parsippany, I mean even for the rathole town that it is, this is way beyond.
fullwater January 20, 2013 at 02:13 PM
The ppd is unable to take all the credit as report by the ppd. Star Ledger: In a joint statement, Knapp and DeZenzo thanked the Morris County Sheriff's Office, police departments from East Rutherford, Trenton and Woodland Park, as well as the New Jersey State Police and Connecticut law enforcement authorities for help during the investigation. Nice try though.
fullwater January 20, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Star Ledger: In a joint statement, Knapp and DeZenzo thanked the Morris County Sheriff's Office, police departments from East Rutherford, Trenton and Woodland Park, as well as the New Jersey State Police and Connecticut law enforcement authorities for help during the investigation. Maybe parsippany should be patting these guys on their backs and not so much their own.
Kieran Kole January 20, 2013 at 02:25 PM
It is obvious you are "clueless"!
Par4theCourse January 20, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Fullwater, you're absolutley correct. However, to be fair, it's not the PPD patting themselves. It's the bizarre, hero-worshipping, attention-starved groupies that come out of the woodwork each time they do a routine job. When sanitation takes my garbage should I post what a great event has just been witnessed?? This was all part of the job they signed up for.
Mike January 20, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Sanitation dept. isn't that great...On recycle day my cans and bottles are in the can..they come and dump them into the truck...some miss the truck..common knowledge is to bend over and pick them up...NOOO not them...they leave them on the ground.
4kidsproductions January 21, 2013 at 03:11 PM
I like how people think that it is so easy, "a no brainer", to capture a criminal in this day and age because of technology. If that was the case, there should be barely any crimes with fear that the criminal will be caught within 29 to 31 mins (average time of an episode of CSI minus commercials). It is also nice to see how people condemn the police department when they don't catch someone (burglaries) and when they actually do catch someone they are also condemned because it took longer then 1 episode (another CSI reference because that person who stated that was dead on). It's as if they are damned either way. As for the people on here saying Parsippany is like Camden and such, move, no one is keeping you in Parsippany. It's the same nonsense that is in a majority of patch articles... "Parsippany is horrible...", "...the board of ed is horrible", "cops in Parsippany suck...", "taxes are way too high..." --- Just move, you don't have to live here if it is such a horrible town to live in. I am sure the other "promiselandtown.patch" people will love to hear your positive thoughts and comments!
Lisa Camacho January 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM
I'd like to know where this occurred. I have a mom the victims age. I thought this town is a great place to live (rank 16). Good job to PPD. But if we're getting whole foods here, our streets, parking lots need to be safer. More traffic, more people= more chaos. I hope the victim is better now. Hopefully family gets her a GPS.
stephen January 23, 2013 at 01:01 AM
par4thecourse your such a loser. you hide behind a keyboard anonymously and talk a lot of crap. your just a loser with wayy too much time on your hands. you couldnt do the job a police officer does for a single day if you tried your pathetic little heart out. by the way my name is stephen porter of ball ave in parsippany. id like to meet you in person and have a chat about your views, maybe a trip to the police station to say a word to any of the cops involved in this investigations faces'. you dont have the balls.
Par4theCourse January 24, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Stephanie, Stephanie, Stephanie Porter of Ball ave. Oh, my bad, apologies. Each time I deal with you guys who spell it "PH" it makes me think you're a girl. I decline your offer of whatever criminality you have i.n mind. I don't dirty my hands on uneducated sots like you. Do yourself a favor, go to the library and read up on the constitution. I have every right to be critical of all our branches of gov. The aggression you show when differing on an opinion can be either your immaturity or your obvious self-frustration on the inadequacies in your life. Maybe you're a cop wannabee who keeps getting passed over, maybe you're tired of renting and not owning, whatever is bothering you, its important to identify the root. I strongly urge counseling for you. Whatever I can do to help, friend. I'll even come over and clean the Jon and Ponch poster you still have hanging.
stephen January 24, 2013 at 06:26 PM
look at the old man picking fights with a 21 year old. like i said... your a seriously sad invividual. theres nothing you could say or do to anger me in any way. Criminality i have in mind? I am pretty sure putting you in your place is far from criminal. Why dont you post your name and where your from? someones a little scared :) Just another internet tough guy. hahahahaha, oh and by the way im a college student pursuing a lucrative degree, if you want to go down personal roads, we can go down them. Granted you'll never put any information on here that would allow people to find out who you really are, because you must be so ashamed. :) Oh and i never said you didnt have the right to do or say or opinionize in whichever way you please, just simply stating that its pathetic. I hope your response makes you feel really good about yourself as im sure it does, and that in itself is again beyond pathetic... have a good day!!
stephen January 24, 2013 at 06:37 PM
oh and calling me stephanie.... i havent heard that since the 4th grade.... hahahahahaha your going to have to do a LOT better than that to get to me old man. :)
Par4theCourse January 24, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Steph (I'll keep it gender-neutral), Good luck in college. Hit those library resources, your grammar needs some tweaking. Other than that, I hope you don't wind up at the next OWS. Remember, the future looks very, very bleak for college graduates. Shame us old guys left such a mess for you. But alas, the 80's were very good to me, with all our borrowing and defaulting. Life is still good, and thanks for picking up my tab. Good day, friend.
stephen January 26, 2013 at 04:51 AM
Looks like you ran out of anything concrete to say,(not that you had in the first place). I also have a great job lined up for me when i graduate. I'm not worried about my future, it's looking pretty good. I've got great credit, a beautiful girlfriend of 6 years, and get straight A's. I'm not exactly sure what tab of yours i personally am picking up... your mindless banter is boring me, im sure you'll respond to this again but i most certainly won't be considering i have much more important things to be doing than sitting on a computer whining at people all day :) Have a great existence buddy ol' pal!
Par4theCourse January 26, 2013 at 06:27 AM
You know what? You sound like a fine young man. All the best to you, your lady and your future :)


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