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Woman Found Dead Inside Her Westville Residence; Jose Saez Charged With Felony Murder, Robbery

On Sunday, September 20, 2020, at approximately 1:25 pm, officers from the Westville Police Department responded to 608 Broadway, Westville, Gloucester County, New Jersey for a reported unconscious person at the residence.

Upon arrival, officers discovered 53 year-old Patricia Dorman deceased inside her residence.

An autopsy conducted on Monday, September 21, 2020, by Gloucester County Medical Examiner Dr. Gerald Feigin, ruled Dorman’s cause of death as blunt force trauma and the manner of death as homicide.

Through aggressive investigation, detectives from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and Westville Police Department worked as a team, identifying 38 year-old Westville resident Jose L. Saez, as the person responsible for the murder of Patricia Dorman.

During the afternoon of September 22, Saez was arrested in the City of Camden by members of U.S. Marshal’s NY-NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Camden County Sheriff’s Department.

Jose L. Saez is charged with the following criminal charges:

  • 1 Count: Murder
  • 1 Count: Felony Murder
  • 1 Count: Robbery
  • 1 Count: Tampering
  • 1 Count: Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
  • 1 Count: Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose

“The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and the Westville Police Department, under the leadership of Chief William Whinna, have been working tirelessly since the inception of this investigation. Through hard work, tenacity, and determination they promptly identified Saez as a suspect and developed key evidence linking him to the homicide. Patricia Dorman was well known by her neighbors and the cooperation and assistance from the Westville community was crucial in the arrest of Saez,” stated Acting Gloucester County Prosecutor Christine Hoffman.

Agencies assisting in and supporting this investigation and arrest include the U.S. Marshal’s NY-NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, Camden County Sheriff’s Department, Camden County Metro Police Department, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Deptford Township Police Department, Woodbury City Police Department, and Brooklawn Police Department.

This investigation remains active and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office encourages anyone with information regarding this homicide to contact Detective Keith Palek of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-254-2433 or Detective Eric Hibbs of the Westville Police Department at 609-374-4737.

Information can also be e-mailed to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at tips@co.gloucester.nj.us.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of their rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State Law. 

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Westville Man Arrested & Charged With Narcotics Offenses

In a statement released today, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s office announced the arrest of Samuel A. Faison, 59, of Westville, on narcotics possession charges with intent to distribute.

Faison was arrested on March 13 following a month long investigation by the Guns, Gangs and Narcotics Task Force of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office.

After the execution of a search warrant at Faison’s residence, a quantity of cocaine in excess of half an ounce along with 30 milligrams of oxycodone pills were seized.

Faison is being held without bail in the Salem County Jail pending a detention hearing.

The Westville Police Department assisted with the case.

*All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.

Westville Police Department

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K9 Remi Retires From Westville PD After Many Years of Service

Today marks the last working day for a distinguished member of the Westville Police Department: Remi, the K9. Remi will be working the streets during his final shift with his handler, Patrolman Brian Ewe, just as he has for many years before easing into a “well earned retirement.”

On its Facebook page, the Westville PD posted that Remi “has been responsible for numerous apprehensions, seizing countless amounts of drugs, and bringing in currency as well as seized vehicles.”

Remi Shows Off

In July, 2009 during Westville’s Independence Day Celebration Events, a canine demonstration was part of the day’s festivities. A large crowd gathered to watch Patrolman Brian Ewe and Remi demonstrate suspect apprehension techniques. The demonstration also highlighted the close relationship between Patrolman Ewe and Remi while showcasing the high level of training required of K9’s and their handlers.

Special Recognition for Remi

The Boardwalk Kennel Club and the Gloucester County K9 Association will be recognizing Remi on Saturday, January 21st at 5:00 p.m. at the Wildwood Convention Center.

Westville Council will honor Remi at their monthly meeting on Monday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Westville Council Chambers.

All are welcomed attend.