A police officer in Jackson, New Jersey was arrested Thursday after detectives alleged he gave false, deceptive and misleading information in the investigation of a murder.
Ocean County prosecutors say Officer Eric Prosniewski, 45, was charged with two counts of hindering apprehension. His bail was set at $100,000.
Prosniewski is alleged to have been friends with Daniele Romeodisantillo, one of two men accused of killing 34-year-old Peyman Sanandaji last month.
Prosecutors allege the officer used his position to throw investigators off Romeodisantillo’s trail.
Sanandaji was found dead inside Casanova Ristorante on South New Prospect Road on April 9.
“This is an isolated incident and it really doesn’t reflect the agency as a whole and our commitment to the community,” Jackson Township Police Chief Matthew D. Kunz said.
Kunz says after the criminal charges are resolved, Prosniewski will face an internal discipline process.
Kunz added that his department is working with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office to “get information to support the process.”
“I think it’s just important for the community to recognize that this alleged off-duty conduct by one member of the agency absolutely is not a reflection of the police department as a whole,” Kunz said.
“It’s important that the police department continues to maintain the trust of the community, so that we can continue to serve them effectively.”
Prosniewski, a 12 year veteran, has been suspended from duty without pay.
Romeodisantillo, 27, of Manalapan, surrendered to authorities on April 17.
He has been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He is being held at the Ocean County Jail on $1 million bail.