BREAKING: Mercer Country Homicide task force investigating homicide in downtown Trenton

TRENTON ( MERCER ) Trenton Police and Mercer County homicide task force prosecutors were on the scene of a possible homicide at the intersection of East state street and South Warren at the bus stop early Friday morning before 3:00Am. The gender is unknown and was pronounced dead on arrival by Trenton Emergency medical services and Capital Health paramedics.

UPDATE: Early Friday morning, at approximately 1 a.m., Trenton patrol officers were alerted to an unresponsive male at a bus stop in the first block of West State Street. The victim, believed to be in his 30s, suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The stabbing in under investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force. Anyone with information is asked to call (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed tomchtftips@mercercounty.org.

The victim’s identity will be released after positive identification and family notification are made.

UPDATE 3:59Pm : The Mercer County Prosecutors office has identified the victim of this morning’s homicide on East State street as Sam Livingston III, age 41, of Trenton.

DEVELOPING STORY STAY TUNED.

BREAKING: TWO CHILDREN CRITICALLY INJURED IN SHOOTING

TRENTON ( MERCER) Trenton Ems and Capital Health paramedics responded to the area of Mulberry and Breunig Ave Tuesday night just before 11:00 Pm where two children were critically injured after being shot. Neighbors reported hearing at least 8 gunshots and then people screaming for help. Trenton Ems and Capital Health paramedics transported both children to the trauma center in grave condition. Trenton police and the Mercer County shooting response team and the Homicide task force investigating the scene.

The Mercer County Prosecutors office, confirmed a eight year old boy and a 16 year old male boy was shot and killed.

This is a developing story article will be updated as more information becomes available.

Woman stabbed to death becomes 27th Homicide in Trenton

TRENTON: The Mercer County Homicide task force is investigating a Stabbing in Trenton early Tuesday morning. Adult female found in a residence on Laurel Place suffering from multiple stab wounds. The Homicide task force is speaking to a person of interest.

Victim has been identified as Shamira Williams, 32. She was found in the living room of her home. No arrests or charges. Shamira Williams has become Trenton’s 27th murder victim of the year.

58 Arrested and Charged in Mercer Countyin Multi-Jurisdictional ATM Theft Scam

MERCER COUNTY, NJ – Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that 58 individuals were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit theft by deception in an organized scheme that used prepaid debit cards to steal from ATMs across the county.

On August 18, 2020, at approximately 8 a.m., Robbinsville Township police officers responded to the Santander Bank on Route 33 after receiving information that multiple individuals were gathering around the ATM using stacks of cards to withdraw money and attempting to avoid the camera on the ATM. As officers approached, the group took notice and began to hurriedly move away from the ATM. Ultimately, 20 individuals were taken into custody by police, each with multiple debit/credit cards and money in their possession.

Robbinsville police reached out to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for assistance and investigators from both agencies quickly began collaborating with authorities in nearby towns like Hamilton, Hopewell, Lawrence, Princeton and West Windsor, as well as Santander Bank.

During the course of the investigation, officers learned that Camden County Prosecutor’s Office reported that multiple thefts occurred at Santander ATMs in its jurisdiction by individuals to fraudulently obtained money.  Camden County Prosecutor’s Office advised that the suspects in those thefts came from New York to commit the fraud in New Jersey.  Officers also received information from multiple law enforcement sources that instructions were being shared on social media on how to defraud Santander ATM machines.

Prosecutor Onofri praised the teamwork of local law enforcement and said the open lines of communication and sharing of resources allowed law enforcement to get ahead of these scammers in some instances.  

At about 9:40 a.m., West Windsor dispatch relayed the information that Robbinsville had a number of individuals in custody.  Dispatch also advised that Princeton reported a large sum of money fraudulently obtained from a Santander ATM in its jurisdiction.  Information also came in relating that the FBI and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office were actively investigating these cases.

“As a result, heightened awareness was given to the activity at Santander locations in West Windsor,” Prosecutor Onofri said.  “West Windsor officers and detectives from my office were able to detain and investigate five separate crews of suspects at different times throughout the day at the Santander Bank on Princeton-Hightstown Road, resulting in many arrests.”

In Lawrence Township, police were also alerted to the ATM scam perpetrated against the Princeton Santander, and a description was provided of the suspects and the vehicles used in commission of that crime.  Lawrence was further made aware of the countywide scam that was occurring and heightened attention was given to the Santander banks in their town.  Shortly thereafter, at about 9:45 a.m., a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle used in the Princeton scam was spotted in the area of the Santander bank at on Franklin Corner Road.  The occupants from the suspect vehicle were stopped and investigated, and ultimately charged with the conspiracy.  The bank reported abnormally high ATM usage and a shortage of approximately $40,000. 

In Hamilton Township, at approximately 10 a.m., Hamilton police were detailed to the Santander Bank located on South Broad Street on the report of two suspicious vehicles in the parking lot of the bank.  It was reported that other Santander Banks in neighboring jurisdictions were reporting suspicious activities at the ATMs so units were detailed to Santander Bank ATM locations throughout Hamilton.  Additional vehicles and suspects were located throughout the day at the ATMs found at 1700 Nottingham Way, 1700 Kuser Road and 2730 Nottingham Way.  During the investigations bank cards, cash, marijuana, and a handgun were recovered.

Hopewell Township had three separate incidents involving separate crews that started around 11:30 a.m. at the Santander Bank on Pennington Road.  Several foot chases ensued and all subjects were apprehended.  In addition to the conspiracy charge, Sekou Touray, of East Orange, NJ, was charged with resisting arrest and aggravated assault of a prosecutor’s detective.

Similar incidents were reported in multiple other jurisdictions throughout the state.  The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pending.  Authorities are still executing search warrants and working with Santander Bank to determine exactly how much money was stolen.  At this time, the total across municipalities in Mercer County is more than $250,000.

During the investigation, bank cards, debit cards, credit cards, cash, marijuana, and a handgun were recovered.  Additionally, more than a dozen vehicles were seized throughout the county.  Robbinsville K-9 Quori sniffed out cocaine totaling 150 grams in the trunk of one of the suspect vehicles in Robbinsville.

The following individuals were arrested and charged in Mercer County on Tuesday, August 18, 2020:

Hamilton Township: 1. Tyler Holness, 21, of Yonkers, NY | 2. Rasheem Lee Jr., 18, of Bronx, NY | 3. Kymani Hinds, 18, of Bronx, NY | 4. Michael Santiago, 26, of Bronx, NY | 5. Saquan Vaines, 21, of Arverne, NY | 6. Kareema Hall, 20, of Bronx, NY | 7. Justin Brown, 22, of Arverne, NY | 8. Michael Manroop, 24, of Cambridge Heights, NY | 9. Nayvon Patten, 18, of Linderhurst, NY | 10. Jerry Trujillo, 24, of Maplewood, NJ | 11. Zaire Lewis, 18, of Maplewood, NJ | 12. Frankie Jerome, 21, of Maplewood, NJ | 13. Ahmad Muhammad, 18, of Maplewood, NJ | 14. Jordan Saquan, 24, of Brooklyn, NY | 15. Arian Rasul, 22, of Brooklyn, NY | 16. Starsheen Jones, 24, of Brooklyn, NY | 17. Jordan Amador, 27, of Brooklyn, NY | 18. Steven Wilson, 23, of New York, NY | 19. Nikye Bee, 25, of New York, NY | 20. Kevin Jones, 23, of New York, NY

Hopewell Township: 1. Ebrama Touray, 23, of East Orange, NJ | 2. Mbemba Kaba, 23, of East Orange, NJ | 3. Yacouba Sanogo, 24, of Newark, NJ | 4. Sekou Touray, 22, of East Orange, NJ | 5. Kingsley Nicolas, 22, of East Orange, NJ | 6. Orlando C. Chambers Jr, 21, of Lindenhurst, NY | 7. Emmanuel Edoise Oyakhilome, 22, of Lindenhurst, NY

Lawrence Township: 1. Elijah N. Oliver, 22, of Brooklyn, NY | 2. Dandrea Taylor Dey, 22, of Brooklyn, NY | 3. Quentin A. Hosten, 22, of Brooklyn, NY | 4. Zachary B. Johnson, 21, of Brooklyn, NY

Robbinsville Township: 1. Amoire Dupree, 26, of Brooklyn, NY | 2. Brittany Gittens, 20, of Brooklyn, NY | 3. Hurshum Gittens, 26, of Brooklyn, NY | 4. Charles Gordon, 30, of Brooklyn, NY | 5. Veronica Gregory, 22, of Brooklyn, NY | 6. Oswin Philander, 21, of Brooklyn, NY | 7. Jeffrey Debrosse, 31, of Brooklyn, NY | 8. Bolade Akingboy, 29, of West Hempstead, NY | 9. Jeffrey Desir, 34, of Brooklyn, NY | 10. Julio Ramos, 33, of Jamaica, NY | 11. Kevin Philander, 26, of Newark, DE | 12. Jishawn Lee, 19, of Brooklyn, NY | 13. Marlon Owens, 28, of Bronx, NY | 14. Alex Burnett, 30, of Jersey City, NJ | 15. D.T., 16, of Brooklyn, NY | 16. J.F., 16, of Brooklyn, NY | 17. Ackeem Samuel, 25, of Brooklyn, NY | 18. Brandon Esperance, 20, of Brooklyn, NY | 19. Kevin Owusu, 19, of Brooklyn, NY | 20. Kareem Courtney, 23, of Brooklyn, NY

West Windsor: 1. Philek Barington, 25, of Queens, NY | 2. LaTonya S. Stevens, 26, of Bronx, NY | 3. Qwashan D. Mack, 19, of North Brunswick, NJ | 4. Hymeen S. Reynolds, 19, of East Orange, NJ | 5. Brajae U. Jones, 23, of Englewood, NJ | 6. Bryon K Jones Jr., 28, of Garfield, NJ | 7. Carla E. Donayre-Solano, 28, of Garfield, NJ.

Hamilton arrests multiple in connection with Santander ATM scam

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): On August 18, 2020 at approximately 9:45 AM, Hamilton Police were detailed to the Santander Bank located at 2465 South Broad Street on the report of two suspicious vehicles in the parking lot of the bank. It was reported that other Santander Banks in neighboring jurisdictions were reporting suspicious activities at the ATM’s. During the investigation, it was uncovered that the Santander Bank ATM’s were being targeted and suspects were using ATM cards, credit cards, and bank cards to access the ATM for withdraw. Units were detailed to Santander Bank ATM locations throughout the township and located additional vehicles and suspects throughout the day at the ATM’s located at 1700 Nottingham Way, 1700 Kuser Road, 2730 Nottingham Way, and again at 2465 South Broad Street. During the investigations, bank cards, cash, marijuana, and a handgun were recovered. THe following individuals were arrested and charged:

-Tyler Holness, 21, of Yonkers, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Synthetic Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

-Rasheem Lee Jr., 18, of Bronx, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Possession of Marijuana.

-Kymani Hinds, 18, of Bronx, NY.   Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Possession of Marijuana.

-Michael Santiago, 26, of Bronx, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

-Saquan Vaines, 21, of Arverne, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Possession of Marijuana.

-Kareema Hall, 20, of Bronx, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Possession of Marijuana.

-Justin Brown, 22, of Arverne, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Possession of Marijuana, Possession of an Unlawful Weapon, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

-Michael Manroop, 24, of Cambridge Heights, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Possession of Marijuana.

-Nayvon Patten, 18, of Linderhurst, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Possession of Marijuana.  

-Jerry Trujillo, 24, of Maplewood, NJ.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Possession of Marijuana.

-Zaire Lewis, 18, of Maplewood, NJ.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Possession of Marijuana.

-Frankie Jerome, 21, of Maplewood, NJ.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Possession of Marijuana.

-Ahmad Muhammad, 18, of Maplewood, NJ.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Possession of Marijuana.

-Jordan Saquan, 24, of Brooklyn, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Hindering Apprehension.

-Arian Rasul, 22, of Brooklyn, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Hindering Apprehension.

-Starsheen Jones, 24, of Brooklyn, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Hindering Apprehension.

-Jordan Amador, 27, of Brooklyn, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and Hindering Apprehension.

-Steven Wilson, 23, of New York, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception.

-Nikye Bee, 25, of New York, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception.

-Kevin Jones, 23, of New York, NY.  Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception

Similar incidents were reported in multiple other jurisdictions throughout the state. The incident is still ongoing and additional charges may be pending.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Thomas Clugsten at 609-581-4027, or Detective Frank Burger at 609-581-4010 of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section. You can also contact the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Our links to previous articles related to these incidents:

https://petersonsbreakingnewsoftrentons.com/2020/08/18/5-in-custody-after-theft-at-santander-atm/

5 in custody after theft at Santander ATM

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Hamilton Police have five people in custody after an ATM theft committed at the Santander Bank located at 2730 Nottingham Way.

An off-duty officer called police to report suspicious activity at the bank. The officer was able to follow the suspect vehicle, a gold Lexus with Florida license plates, until on-duty officers were able to stop it. A final stop of the vehicle was made at Nottingham Way and East State Street.

Upon investigation and searches, Hamilton Police took all five occupants into custody. Amount of proceeds are unknown at this time.

This is a multi-jurisdictional investigation in several counties from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. The scam appears to be an error in Santander ATMs where people can continuously withdraw money using fake debit cards.

The FBI has now joined in on this ongoing investigation. Many suspects are in custody and more are actively being arrested.

Multiple other thefts have taken place throughout Mercer County, however we do not have enough information yet to release. This story continues to be developing.

Photos by Breaking news of Trenton reporter Eckel.

DEVELOPING: Fatal accident on I-195 under investigation

HAMILTON: NJ State Police as well as Hamilton Fire Departments and EMS responded to an accident with entrapment on I-195 on the eastbound side near exit 5B around 5:40 pm Sunday. Units on scene recovered a body heavily trapped inside of the vehicle. The accident remains under investigation.

**This is a developing story. More information is likely to come.**