Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office

Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Raymond S. Santiago, Monmouth County Prosecutor

With over 50 Assistant Prosecutors and more than 80 Detectives, the Prosecutor's Office is the largest law firm in Monmouth County and one of the largest police departments. Together with a support staff of secretaries, paralegals and law clerks, we prosecute thousands of juvenile and adult criminal cases every year. The historical roots of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office are intimately ti

ed to the history of the County as one of the original four counties which comprised New Jersey in 1682.

Eighty-two years ago today, the closest thing on American soil to heaven on earth instantly and unexpectedly turned into...
12/07/2023

Eighty-two years ago today, the closest thing on American soil to heaven on earth instantly and unexpectedly turned into a living nightmare.

In a matter of hours, more than 2,400 were dead, nearly 1,200 were wounded, and eight of the U.S. Navy's mightiest vessels were damaged or sunk -- although six of them would be resurrected and returned to duty before World War II's end.

We continue to honor the legacy of those lost, for their service in defense of freedom, recognizing that Pearl Harbor marked the advent of American involvement in a far broader conflict that ultimately saved democracy as we know it worldwide -- at a tremendous cost.

On behalf of Prosecutor Santiago and the MCPO staff, we wish you a very Happy Hanukkah. May these eight days bring you g...
12/07/2023

On behalf of Prosecutor Santiago and the MCPO staff, we wish you a very Happy Hanukkah. May these eight days bring you good health, love, laughter, peace and prosperity. May the Festival of Lights be bright for you and your loved ones all year long.

A Howell Township man has admitted to intentionally killing his pet cat earlier this year, and now faces up to five year...
12/05/2023

A Howell Township man has admitted to intentionally killing his pet cat earlier this year, and now faces up to five years in state prison when he is sentenced early next year.

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FREEHOLD – A Howell Township man has admitted to intentionally killing his pet cat earlier this year, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Tuesday.     During a h…

Last week we at MCPO collectively wished Detective Daniel Newman a fond farewell and happy retirement after more than ei...
12/04/2023

Last week we at MCPO collectively wished Detective Daniel Newman a fond farewell and happy retirement after more than eight years with the Prosecutor’s Office and a 25-year career in law enforcement.

Detective Newman joined the Prosecutor’s Office in 2014, after spending nearly 16 years as a Police Officer with the Asbury Park Police Department. Overlapping much of the early part of his career in Asbury Park were seven years of service with the U.S. Coast Guard, which included multiple humanitarian deployments across parts of the Caribbean.

Upon joining the Prosecutor’s Office, Detective Newman was initially assigned to the Professional Responsibility Unit, and thereafter he spent time in several additional investigative units, working on many of the most sensitive, labor-intensive, and high-profile cases that arose. For these efforts, he received numerous commendations and citations for service, both from the office’s command staff and from outside organizations.

While his experience, skill, and gregarious personality will all be deeply missed by his colleagues, we wish Detective Newman all the very best in a long, healthy, and fruitful retirement.

The former youth tennis instructor recently convicted at trial of numerous sexual crimes committed against a student has...
12/02/2023

The former youth tennis instructor recently convicted at trial of numerous sexual crimes committed against a student has been sentenced to 56 ½ years in state prison.

Sincere thanks to our investigative partners with the Marlboro Township Police Department for their invaluable assistance in this matter.

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FREEHOLD – The former youth tennis instructor recently convicted at trial of numerous sexual crimes committed against a student has been sentenced to 56 ½ years in state prison, Monmouth County Pro…

On behalf of Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago and the staff of the MCPO, we would like to congratulate and shine a spotlig...
12/02/2023

On behalf of Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago and the staff of the MCPO, we would like to congratulate and shine a spotlight on MCPO employees who were recognized at the 45th Annual Monmouth County Service Awards Ceremony for their years of public service. The honorees were:

Ellen Coy - 40 years

Reginald Grant - 35 years (not pictured)

Joy Berning - 25 years

Marianne Capo - 20 years

Richard Chapman - 20 years

Christopher J. Decker - 20 years

Donald Kronenwetter - 20 years (not pictured)

Barbara Orgen - 20 years

Kimberly Triola - 20 years

Congratulations to all our award receipients on your stellar careers with the office, and thank you for all your dedication and hard work over the years.

** Special thanks to Monmouth County Government for the photos from the ceremony.

Robert L. Wisiak, 44, formerly of Keansburg, was arrested by members of the Keansburg Police Department on charges of fi...
11/30/2023

Robert L. Wisiak, 44, formerly of Keansburg, was arrested by members of the Keansburg Police Department on charges of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Minor and third-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child in connection with a sexual assault of a minor from 20 years ago.

Investigators are also seeking additional information about Wisiak’s activities. Anyone with information is being asked to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Charles Trucillo at 800-533-7443 or Keansburg Police Department Detective Thomas Sheehan at 732-787-0600.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about a crime can submit a tip to Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tip-line at 1-800-671-4400; by downloading and using the free P3 Tips mobile app (available on iOS and Android – https://www.p3tips.com/1182), by calling 800-671-4400 or by going to the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com

View the full release here: https://mcponj.org/2023/11/30/south-river-man-arrested-for-aggravated-sexual-assault-of-a-minor/

Looking for a summer internship or summer law clerk position? Come join the MCPO team! Applications are now being accept...
11/24/2023

Looking for a summer internship or summer law clerk position? Come join the MCPO team! Applications are now being accepted for our 2024 summer internship and summer law clerk programs. Learn more by visiting the MCPO website via this link: https://mcponj.org/employment/

On behalf of Prosecutor Santiago and the staff of the MCPO, we wish you and yours a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving....
11/23/2023

On behalf of Prosecutor Santiago and the staff of the MCPO, we wish you and yours a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving. To all our military and law enforcement personnel that will be working through the holiday, we are eternally grateful and would like to express our deepest gratitude for your service and all that you do. We hope that you get to spend time with your families and loved ones soon.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago is pleased to announce that several agencies are partnering to host the i...
11/22/2023

Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago is pleased to announce that several agencies are partnering to host the inaugural Monmouth County Free Expungement Clinic in Asbury Park, with members of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, private attorneys, and representatives of other local agencies collaborating to organize and support the event with the goal of offering free legal advice for those who may be eligible to have their record expunged.

Please see the attached flyer for further details. You can also learn more by viewing the full release here:

On behalf of the Eatontown Police Department:On the morning of November 9, 2023, at approximately 4:13 a.m., members of ...
11/21/2023

On behalf of the Eatontown Police Department:

On the morning of November 9, 2023, at approximately 4:13 a.m., members of the Eatontown Police Department responded to a business on the 700 block of Hope Road for a report of an armed robbery.

The investigation revealed that an armed male, approximately six-feet-tall and stocky build approached the victim and pointed a small silver handgun at the victim. The accused male had a deep voice and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a ski mask and black sweatpants. After a slight struggle, the accused male fled the scene with a black briefcase from the victim. The accused headed in an eastbound direction. There were no injuries as a result of the struggle.

Anyone who may have information or witnessed this incident, please contact the Eatontown Police Department’s Detective Christopher Casson at 732-542-0100.

As we begin the holiday season later this week, we'd like to take the opportunity to recognize and thank law enforcement...
11/20/2023

As we begin the holiday season later this week, we'd like to take the opportunity to recognize and thank law enforcement members of PBA Local 256, Monmouth County Detectives, who graciously donated and delivered 760 lbs of turkeys to for local families in need this Thanksgiving.

The Monmouth County DWI Task Force will be conducting their last checkpoint for 2023 this coming Wednesday, November 22,...
11/20/2023

The Monmouth County DWI Task Force will be conducting their last checkpoint for 2023 this coming Wednesday, November 22, from 11p-3a, in Howell. All northbound vehicles on Route 9 will be diverted in the Regal Plaza parking lot, where all drivers will be screened for their sobriety. Members of the Task Force will be working alongside local officers from the Howell Township Police Department.

***ALERT***The Monmouth County DWI Task Force will be conducting a DWI checkpoint on Friday, November 17, from 10pm to 2...
11/16/2023

***ALERT***

The Monmouth County DWI Task Force will be conducting a DWI checkpoint on Friday, November 17, from 10pm to 2am, in Freehold Township. All northbound vehicles on Rt 9 will be diverted into the Juniper Plaza. The Task Force members will be working alongside local officers to determine the sobriety of each driver.

Freehold Township Police Department Allenhurst Police Department

An Ocean County woman has been criminally charged with stealing nearly $200,000 from her Wall Township-based employer. F...
11/14/2023

An Ocean County woman has been criminally charged with stealing nearly $200,000 from her Wall Township-based employer.

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FREEHOLD – An Ocean County woman has been criminally charged with stealing nearly $200,000 from her Wall Township-based employer, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Tuesday. J…

To all those in the midst of celebrating Diwali, may the Festival of Lights bring you peace, happiness, good health, and...
11/13/2023

To all those in the midst of celebrating Diwali, may the Festival of Lights bring you peace, happiness, good health, and prosperity.

The five-day holiday, one of the largest in India, is observed by more than a billion people around the globe. It’s also widely celebrated in Nepal, Malaysia, Fiji and other countries with large South Asian roots. Homes, businesses and public spaces are lit up with diyas, or oil lamps made from clay, and fireworks displays abound. People gather with their families, eat sweets and exchange gifts. While each religion has its own purpose for marking the occasion, all share the common thread of celebrating the eventual victory of good over evil.

Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak!

A former Special Law Enforcement Officer (SLEO) in Long Branch has been arrested and charged with several financial crim...
11/10/2023

A former Special Law Enforcement Officer (SLEO) in Long Branch has been arrested and charged with several financial crimes targeting members of the local Brazilian-American community.

Many thanks to our partners with the Long Branch Police Department for their invaluable work on this investigation. Anyone with information about this defendant's activities is being asked to contact LBPD Detective Daniel Cunha at 732-222-1000.

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FREEHOLD – A former Special Law Enforcement Officer (SLEO) in Long Branch has been arrested and charged with several financial crimes targeting members of the local Brazilian-American community, Mo…

On behalf of Prosecutor Santiago and the staff of the MCPO, we'd like to honor the many men and women who are not only p...
11/10/2023

On behalf of Prosecutor Santiago and the staff of the MCPO, we'd like to honor the many men and women who are not only part of the MCPO Family, but also current and former members of the United States Armed Forces. Your resolute commitment to serve not only the people of Monmouth County, but also your nation and its citizenry, is far beyond merely commendable – it’s extraordinary. And your many sacrifices of resources, energy, and time, the latter often spent in the absence of your loved ones, will never go unrecognized. Thank you to all our veterans of Monmouth County and beyond.

Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago and First Assistant Prosecutor Julia Alonso were thrilled to take part in a unique experi...
11/04/2023

Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago and First Assistant Prosecutor Julia Alonso were thrilled to take part in a unique experience at West Belmar Elementary School in Wall Township this week: a Día de los Mu***os celebration!

Marked annually over the first two days of November, el Día de los Mu***os (in English, “the Day of the Dead”) is a holiday largely developed in Mexico and now recognized worldwide; it was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) in 2008. The purpose of the holiday is to allow families and loved ones to honor their deceased relatives, especially those lost over the previous year, and to share memories of them together.

If that sounds a bit dour, don’t be fooled: el Día de los Mu***os isn’t a lugubrious lamentation of lives lost, but a joyful celebration of lives lived! Some of its most cherished traditions include building home altars called ofrendas, which feature centrally placed photos of dearly departed relatives surrounded by candles, flowers, and some of their favorite foods, beverages, and personal belongings. These ofrendas are often decorated with bright-orange cempasúchil (marigolds); West Belmar Elementary grew theirs right in their community garden! Other traditions include calaveras literarias (“literary skulls”): satirical and/or otherwise lighthearted writings in verse, through which relatives share often humor-filled stories from memories of their lost loved ones.

The scene at West Belmar Elementary certainly matched that tone Thursday evening, with traditional Mexican food, music, dancing, and arts and crafts – it was a mesmerizing mosaic of color, sound, motion, and flavor. Thanks to the entire school community for having us!

Students at the Monmouth County Vocational School District Academy of Law and Public Safety- MCVSD in Long Branch no dou...
11/03/2023

Students at the Monmouth County Vocational School District Academy of Law and Public Safety- MCVSD in Long Branch no doubt drew ample inspiration from a unique presentation today, when all three of Monmouth County's female police chiefs -- Tina Scott of the Belmar Police Department, Shannon Torres of the Keyport Police Department, and the newly sworn-in Marlowe Botti of the West Long Branch Police -- delivered remarks.

We salute our policing trailblazers of both today and tomorrow!

We'd like to take a moment today to recognize and thank Assistant Prosecutor Ashley Behre, who is marking her final week...
11/03/2023

We'd like to take a moment today to recognize and thank Assistant Prosecutor Ashley Behre, who is marking her final week in the Office following a decade of service to the people of Monmouth County.

Ashley initially joined us as a Law Clerk assigned to the Appellate Unit before becoming an Assistant Prosecutor assigned to the Trial Unit, then just last year she joined the Special Victims Bureau. During her time here, she handled a wide variety of cases involving a number of different crimes.

All of us at MCPO wish Ashley the very best as she turns the page on a new chapter in her life!

This is a story that just keeps getting better. Remember when a Freehold Borough Police Department officer and a young m...
11/02/2023

This is a story that just keeps getting better.

Remember when a Freehold Borough Police Department officer and a young man recreated an iconic Norman Rockwell painting at a local diner recently? Well, they figured Halloween was the perfect time for a reunion.

Any guesses as to what Elijah dressed up as? Check it out below. And thanks, Officer Werner, for clearly being such a source of inspiration.

As kids, parents, and families begin gearing up for Halloween festivities across the county later today, we at MCPO woul...
10/31/2023

As kids, parents, and families begin gearing up for Halloween festivities across the county later today, we at MCPO would just like to ask everyone to keep a few simple safety tips in mind.

Prosecutor Santiago, First Assistant Prosecutor Alonso, and Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Decker were honored to hos...
10/31/2023

Prosecutor Santiago, First Assistant Prosecutor Alonso, and Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Decker were honored to host newly appointed New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) Director J. Stephen Ferketic and Special Assistant Deputy Attorney General Alyssa Bloom during their visit to the Prosecutor’s Office yesterday.

In his capacity as Director of DCJ, the investigative arm of the New Jersey OAG, Ferketic oversees more than 400 investigators, detectives, prosecutors, and professional personnel charged with investigating, enforcing, and prosecuting criminal activity throughout New Jersey. He was appointed to the position in August, having previously served as the Chief of Staff for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA, and earlier in his career he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

We’re eternally appreciative of all of our partners at DCJ and at the local, county, state, and federal law enforcement levels, who routinely help us work toward our core mission of serving the interests of justice.

Following a recent increase in Asbury Park Police Department Officers filing internal affairs complaints against each ot...
10/30/2023

Following a recent increase in Asbury Park Police Department Officers filing internal affairs complaints against each other, the Prosecutor’s Office has installed an on-site monitor at the Asbury Park Police Department, effective last week, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced today.

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FREEHOLD – Following a recent increase in Asbury Park Police Department Officers filing internal affairs complaints against each other, the Prosecutor’s Office has installed an on-site monitor at t…

Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago and members of the MCPO were so happy to be able to take part in this afternoon's Trunk o...
10/28/2023

Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago and members of the MCPO were so happy to be able to take part in this afternoon's Trunk or Treat Halloween event in the parking lot of iPlay America in Freehold.

The team was floored by how many amazing costumes they saw from all the trick or treaters that stopped by the MCPO table. From unicorns, to Barbie, to a Rubix Cube, ninjas, police officers, firefighters and so many other creative characters.

It was such a fun afternoon being part of the Halloween festivities with so many other local businesses and groups in the communtiy.

10/27/2023

Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago, in conjunction with Sheriff Shaun Golden of the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, as well as Chief Peter Cooke of the Englishtown Police Department, would like to remind everyone that tomorrow is National Prescription Take Back Day. We all need to join together to fight the war on drugs and we are requesting residents of to join us in the war against opioid addiction.

Bring your unused or unwanted medications to a drop-off location tomorrow to safely dispose of them. Learn more from the Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA on where your closest drop-off location is by visiting: https://www.dea.gov/takebackday -locator

Prosecutor Santiago was honored to be among a host of speakers at the Red Bank Cares 2023 Winter Services Press Conferen...
10/26/2023

Prosecutor Santiago was honored to be among a host of speakers at the Red Bank Cares 2023 Winter Services Press Conference held at the municipal complex today -- where despite ample sunshine and warm temperatures, everyone's minds were on the months ahead and the unique challenges they pose to underserved populations.

It was the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the ways in which the Prosecutor's Office is actively changing lives for the better in the Greater Red Bank community, such as with our Recovery Diversion Program (RDP), which offers low-level and nonviolent criminal offenders battling addiction and mental health challenges a pathway to recovery. Other examples include Hope for the Holidays, which annually delivers food baskets and holiday resources to families in need, as well as Breakfast with a Side of Hope, which offers Monday- and Friday-morning hot meals and coffee to community members following instances of a Code Blue (when temperatures drop below freezing).

Check out the Borough of Red Bank, NJ page to view a video of the press conference in its entirety. And our sincere thanks go to the entire municipal leadership, including Mayor Portman and Deputy Mayor Triggiano, the Red Bank Police Department, under the leadership of Chief McConnell, Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank, under the leadership of Pastor Porter, and the JBJ Soul Kitchen Red Bank and Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, among numerous others.

Members of the MCPO and the Neptune Township Police Department are looking for anyone with information regarding who may...
10/25/2023

Members of the MCPO and the Neptune Township Police Department are looking for anyone with information regarding who may have been responsible for the death of a Bradley Beach man in 2016 to come forward, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago urged on Wednesday.

If anyone has any information they are asked to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sergeant Keith Finkelstein (732) 431-7160, ext. 3019 or Neptune Township Detective Carrie Bartlett (732) 988-8000.

View the entire news release here: https://mcponj.org/2023/10/25/law-enforcement-seeking-publics-assistance-with-2016-neptune-township-fatal-shooting/

A Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Police Officer who worked at the Monmouth County Correctional Institutio...
10/23/2023

A Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Police Officer who worked at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) has admitted to providing a cell phone to an inmate.

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FREEHOLD – A Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Police Officer who worked at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) has admitted to providing a cell phone to an inmate, Monm…

Some choose to call them “paralegals.” Here at MCPO, we prefer the more accurate term of “miracle workers.” We are proud...
10/23/2023

Some choose to call them “paralegals.”

Here at MCPO, we prefer the more accurate term of “miracle workers.”

We are proud to mark today’s by taking a moment to fondly recognize and sincerely thank those who serve in this capacity at the Prosecutor’s Office.

Per the American Bar Association, a paralegal is a person – qualified by education, training, or work experience, and retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity – who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work. A simpler way to put it might be that they are individuals that our various Assistant Prosecutors rely on every day for some of the most fundamental and foundational work we do.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are more than 350,000 paralegals working in various capacities nationwide, with an estimated 8,000 here in New Jersey.

We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have many of the very best.

10/23/2023
It is with extremely heavy hearts that Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago and members of the MCPO announce the passing of re...
10/22/2023

It is with extremely heavy hearts that Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago and members of the MCPO announce the passing of retired Deputy Chief Guy McCormick. Guy truly lived a life devoted to public service, protecting the residents of Monmouth County for over 44 years. Guy was the second in his family to serve the MCPO, as Guy’s father, the late Albert McCormick, at one time served as former Chief of Detectives. (pictured side-by-side below)

Guy began his career with the Manalapan Police Department in 1974, first as a dispatcher before being sworn in as an officer. In 1977, Guy joined the MCPO as a detective and served in many units during his career, including the Homicide Unit, where he investigated and then oversaw some of the most noteworthy cases handled in the history of our office –including the 1984 case of Kenneth Taylor, a Manalapan dentist who was tried and convicted for brutally murdering his young wife and discarding her body in Pennsylvania. The case inspired both a bestselling book and TV movie.

Guy ultimately rose to the rank of Deputy Chief of Detectives, a position he left in 2006 before he was appointed to head the MCPO’s Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism Division.

We send our deepest condolences and sympathies to retired Deputy Chief McCormick’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Great job and thank you to Hazlet Township Police Department for hosting such an important event for the community. Than...
10/21/2023

Great job and thank you to Hazlet Township Police Department for hosting such an important event for the community. Thank you to the Monmouth County Special Needs Registry for being a vital resource at the event and for our Monmouth County residents.

An innovative program designed to shepherd individuals battling substance abuse and mental health disorders into recover...
10/20/2023

An innovative program designed to shepherd individuals battling substance abuse and mental health disorders into recovery was introduced to Monmouth County’s largest and second-most populous municipality this morning, when candidates for the MCPO Recovery Diversion Program (RDP) first met with Program representatives at Howell Township Municipal Court.

It marked the completion of a rapid initial expansion of the program, which has grown from one pilot location to five municipalities during the course of just the current calendar year, at the direction of Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago.

Here’s how it works: first, upon arraignment, a Municipal Prosecutor will offer participation to a defendant charged with a non-violent, low-level crime who has a substance use or mental health disorder. If interested, the candidate will be scheduled for a preliminary RDP session, during which he or she will meet a recovery specialist, who will explain the program and introduce the candidate to a clinician who schedules an intake appointment and mental health evaluation. After attending the appointment, the participant will begin treatment at the recommended level of care, with regimens ranging in length from 12 weeks to six months.

The RDP team receives monthly compliance reports for each participant, and if he or she completes all recommended treatment, maintains contact with their caregivers, and remains arrest-free, the Municipal Prosecutor will make a motion for dismissal of the charges against them before the Municipal Court Judge. Dismissals are then left to the discretion of the Judge.

Sincere thanks to all of our many partners in this growing venture, including virtually every branch of local government in each participating municipality, New Jersey OAG, which provided funding through an Operation Helping Hand grant, New Jersey Reentry Corporation, HOPE Sheds Light, CPC Integrated Health New Hope Integrated Behavioral Healthcare, and of course our partners with Asbury Park Police Department Howell Township Police Department Keansburg Police Department Long Branch Police Department and Red Bank Police Department

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