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On April 13, 2019, the Maywood Police Department received a report of an apartment burglary that just occurred.  While Patrol and Detective William Phayre were investigating, Headquarters received a report of a second burglary in-progress where the victim was home and the suspect entered the apartment, one block away from the first burglary scene. 


Det. Phayre conducted an investigation into these two apartment burglaries.  With the assistance of D/Sgt. Dennis Cappello, New Jersey State Police Forensic Composite Artist Unit, a composite sketch of the suspect was developed.  The vehicle used to drive the suspect away from the area after the burglaries was also developed by Det. Phayre by reviewing area surveillance video.  Upon developing this information, the burglary suspect was identified as James Taylor, 50, and the vehicle’s driver as Tammy Harrell-Brayboy, 50, both of Carteret, NJ. 


On April 29, 2019, Ms. Harrell-Brayboy and Mr. Taylor were arrested by the Maywood Police Department in Carteret. 


Det. Phayre charged Ms. Harrell-Brayboy and Mr. Taylor in connection to the April 13, 2019 incidents. 


Ms. Harrell-Brayboy was issued a criminal complaint summons for two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary (NJSA 2C:5-2A(1) / 2C:18-2A(1)) and released from Headquarters pending her CJP Court date. 


Mr. Taylor was charged with two counts of burglary (NJSA 2C:18-2A(1)), theft (NJSA 2C:20-3A), and criminal mischief (NJSA 2C:17-3).  Mr. Taylor was lodged at the Bergen County Jail pending his CJP Court date.


During this investigation, Det. Jason Liaban was able to clear a cold case burglary from October 10, 2015 by arresting Mr. Taylor for burglary (NJSA 2C:18-2A(1)) and theft (NJSA 2C:20-3A).    


The Maywood Police Department’s Detective Bureau is continuing the investigation where Mr. Taylor is a person of interest in other area apartment burglaries that occurred in the past.  The Maywood Police Department would like to thank the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, NJSP Forensic Composite Artist Unit and Carteret PD.  The charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.


James E. Taylor

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NJSP Composite Sketch

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Tammy Harrell-Brayboy

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