Press Releases

2017 Press Releases

JANUARY 25, 2017
NEWS RELEASE - FLEMINGTON MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED IN STRING OF GAS STATION THEFTS

JANUARY 24, 2017
NEW RELEASE - BLOOD HOUND TRAINING SESSION CONDUCTED AT SOURLAND MOUNTAIN PRESERVE

JANUARY 20, 2017
NEWS RELEASE - WARREN TOWNSHIP MAN PLEADS GUILTY

JANUARY 12, 2017
NEWS RELEASE - CRIME STOPPERS INCREASE REWARD FOR FRANKLIN FATHER AND SON

JANUARY 6, 2017
NEWS RELEASE - SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP SHOOTING

JANUARY 5, 2017
NEWS RELEASE - ARREST MADE IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP ATTEMPTED BURLARY

JANUARY 4, 2017
NEWS RELEASE - POLICE INVESTIGATE FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP SHOOTING

 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

JANUARY 25, 2017
NEWS RELEASE - FLEMINGTON MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED IN STRING OF GAS STATION THEFTS

SOMERVILLE, N.J. –Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, Bridgewater Township Chief of Police Al Nicaretta and Bound Brook Borough Chief of Police Michael Jannone announced the arrest of Karl M. Bavos, age 29, of U.S. Highway 202, in Flemington, New Jersey.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on January 23, 2017 at approximately 9:04 p.m., Bound Brook Police responded to the BP Service Station located on West Union Avenue on a report of a theft. An attendant at the station reported that a male walked into the gas attendant’s booth and requested to purchase a cigar. While the transaction was occurring, the unknown white male reached into the cash register and removed an undisclosed amount of currency. The suspect then left the booth and entered a dark colored vehicle. The victim obtained a partial plate of the suspect vehicle which he gave to the responding officers.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on January 23, 2017, at approximately 11:43 p.m., Bridgewater Township Police responded to a report of a theft at the Valero Service Station located on Route 22 East. The victim, an attendant, reported that a dark colored vehicle had pulled up to one of the gas pumps and requested to purchase fuel and cigarettes. The victim further stated that as he walked back to the attendant’s booth to retrieve the cigarettes, the driver of the vehicle exited his vehicle and began to follow him. The victim further stated that while he was retrieving the cigarettes the suspect reached into the victim’s pocket and removed an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then ran back to his vehicle and left the area.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on January 24, 2017 at approximately 8:17 a.m., Bridgewater Township Police responded to the Speedway Service Station located on Route 22 West on a report of an attempted theft. A station attendant stated that a motorist had pulled into the station and asked him for change. When the attendant retrieved currency from his pocket the driver attempted to grab the money. The driver was unsuccessful in taking the currency and he fled the parking lot in his vehicle. The incident was captured on the service station’s video camera. After viewing footage from the surveillance system, detectives were able to confirm the identity of the suspect as Karl M. Bavos.

On January 24, 2017 at approximately 11:15 a.m., a Bound Brook Patrol Officer observed defendant Bavos and the suspect vehicle, a blue Volvo that was parked on Fisher Avenue. Defendant Bavos into custody without incident.
Defendant Bavos was charged with 3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking and 3rd Degree, Criminal Attempt.
He was lodged in the Somerset County Jail without bail pending a detention hearing.

NOTE:
We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

< Back

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 24, 2017
NEW RELEASE - BLOOD HOUND TRAINING SESSION CONDUCTED AT SOURLAND MOUNTAIN PRESERVE

SOMERVILLE, N.J. - On Sunday, January 22, 2017, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Hillsborough Township Police Department coordinated a training session for “Joker” and “Aleck” two (2) tracking blood hounds utilized by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The 2 hour session took place at the Sourland Mountain Preserve located in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey.


Front Row (L to R) "Aleck ", Mike Campbell, "Joker" and Debbie Campbell
Back Row (L to R) Captain Brian Hoey, Somerset County Prosecuter's Office
Laurie Huze, Doriana Allyn, Volunteers
Somerset County Parks Manager/Ranger David Dendler
Captain Christopher Penna, Middlesex County Prosecuter's Office
Matthew Vargas, Volunteer
Hillsborough Township PD K-9 Handler Chris Engelhardt


Captain Christopher Penna of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office along with Captain Brian Hoey of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and Officer Chris Engelhardt of the Hillsboro K9 unit accompanied Mike and Debbie Campbell of South Plainfield and their canines who are part of the Middlesex County Canine Search and Rescue Team. The dogs have assisted Middlesex County Law Enforcement authorities in over 50 investigations involving missing and endangered adults and children.

The mandatory monthly training sessions included several volunteers who were also in attendance on Sunday.

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office would like to thank Dan Livak and Ranger David Dendler of the Somerset County Park Commission for assisting Somerset County’s law enforcement community. Prosecutor Robertson stated, “this training session is yet another great example of the relationship between the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office working together to best serve our community, I thank all who participated.”

< Back

 

 

 

JANUARY 20, 2017
NEWS RELEASE - WARREN TOWNSHIP MAN PLEADS GUILTY

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson stated that today, Kai Peter, age 36, of Mount Horeb Road, Warren Township, N.J., pled guilty to 1st Degree, Maintaining a CDS Productions Facility, 1st Degree, Possession of Over 25 Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and 2nd Degree, Possession of Less than 5 pounds of Hashish with Intent to Distribute.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on March 16, 2016, detectives executed a Superior Court Search Warrant on Peter’s residence which resulted in the seizure of over 100 pounds of marijuana and under five pounds of hashish. The residence was equipped with supplemental ventilating and lighting systems. Detectives also located and seized boxes of plastic bags, humidifiers, vacuum sealers, marijuana cultivation books, mason jars, digital scales, recipes for marijuana candy and other drug paraphernalia items.

In exchange for the guilty plea, before the Honorable Robert Reed, P.J.Cr., the State recommended a sentence of ten years in the New Jersey State Prison with three years of parole ineligibility. Defendant Peter is scheduled to be sentenced on March 10, 2017.

Assistant Prosecutor Jamin Cooper represented the State.

< Back

 

 

JANUARY 12, 2017
NEWS RELEASE - CRIME STOPPERS INCREASE REWARD FOR FRANKLIN FATHER AND SON

SOMERVILLE, N.J. –Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson announced that Somerset County Crime Stoppers, Inc. has increased their reward to up to $1,000 for information leading to arrests of Jaki Hooks-Lewis, age 20, and his father Jason Lewis, age 43, who have been charged in a January 3rd shooting that occurred in Franklin Township.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on January 3, 2017, at approximately 7:44 p.m., multiple 9-1-1 calls were received by the Franklin Township Police Department, reporting gunshots in the area of Dewald Avenue, in the Somerset section of Franklin Township. Responding officers located a 31 year old male outside a Dewald Avenue residence, suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg. Officers provided medical aid to the victim, who was then transported to a local trauma center for emergency treatment.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that detectives have identified the shooter as Jaki N. Hooks-Lewis, age 20, of Dewald Avenue. Defendant Hooks-Lewis was charged with 2nd Degree, Aggravated Assault. His father, Jason Lewis, age 43, also of Dewald Avenue, was charged with 3rd Degree, Hindering Apprehension.

The investigation has revealed that defendant Jason Lewis assisted his son in fleeing from the area following the shooting. Detectives are searching for both defendants, and urge them to surrender to authorities. Detectives caution the public from approaching either defendant as defendant Jaki Hooks-Lewis should be considered armed and dangerous.

Tipsters interested in collecting the reward must call the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept anonymous and confidential.

NOTE:
We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Download Reward Poster

< Back

 

 

 

JANUARY 6, 2017
NEWS RELEASE - SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP SHOOTING

SOMERVILLE, N.J. –Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Chief of Police Lawrence Roberts announced that detectives have identified the suspect involved in Tuesday evening’s shooting in the Somerset section of Franklin Township.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that at approximately 7:44 p.m., multiple 9-1-1 calls were received by the Franklin Township Police Department, reporting gunshots in the area of Dewald Avenue. Responding officers located a 31 year old male outside a Dewald Avenue residence, suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg. Officers provided medical aid to the victim, who was then transported to a local trauma center for emergency treatment.


Detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit have identified the shooter as Jaki N. Hooks-Lewis, age 20, of Dewald Avenue. A criminal complaint has been filed against defendant Hooks-Lewis charging him with 2nd Degree, Aggravated Assault. Detectives have also filed a criminal complaint against Jason Lewis, age 43, also of Dewald Avenue, charging him with 3rd Degree, Hindering Apprehension. Defendant Jason Lewis is identified as Jaki’s father.


The investigation has revealed that defendant Jason Lewis assisted his son in fleeing from the area following the shooting. Detectives are searching for both defendants, and are urging them to surrender to law enforcement authorities. Detectives caution the public from approaching either defendant as defendant Jaki Hooks-Lewis should be considered armed and dangerous. Somerset County Crime Stoppers has announced a reward for information leading to the apprehension of either defendant.


Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Roberts request anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of either defendant to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department (732) 873-5533 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.


NOTE:
We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

< Back

 

 

JANUARY 5, 2017
NEWS RELEASE - ARREST MADE IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP ATTEMPTED BURLARY

SOMERVILLE, N.J. - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Franklin Township Chief of Police Lawrence W. Roberts announced the arrest of Edward A. Rowe, Jr., age 19, of Harrow Drive in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, New Jersey.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on January 4, 2017 at 10:54 a.m. the Franklin Township Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting that an individual was attempting to break into a Cheshire Court residence. The caller was able to give a detailed description of the suspect to the dispatchers.

Patrol officers and detectives responded to the area in an attempt to locate the suspect. Defendant Rowe Jr. was spotted nearby and a short foot pursuit ensued. He was taken into custody by officers on Jordon’s Circle as he was attempting to hide under a residential deck.

Defendant Rowe Jr. was charged with 3rd Degree, Attempted Burglary and Criminal Mischief, a Disorderly Persons Offense. After being processed at Franklin Township Police Headquarters he was released on his own recognizance.

NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

< Back

 

 

JANUARY 4, 2017
NEWS RELEASE - POLICE INVESTIGATE FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP SHOOTING

SOMERVILLE, N.J. –Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Chief of Police Lawrence Roberts announced that an investigation is ongoing regarding last evening’s shooting in the Somerset section of Franklin Township.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that at approximately 7:44 p.m., multiple 9-1-1 calls were received by the Franklin Township Police Department, reporting gunshots in the area of Dewald Avenue. Responding officers located a 31 year old male outside a Dewald Avenue residence, suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg. Officers provided medical aid to the victim, who was then transported to a local trauma center for emergency treatment.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department, along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. The investigation thus far has revealed that this was an isolated incident and the victim was the intended target.

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Roberts request anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department (732) 873-5533 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

< Back