Hamilton Police attempting to identify theft/fraudulent credit card suspect

The Hamilton Police Division is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individual captured on video surveillance.

The suspect is wanted for questioning regarding a theft and fraudulent use of a credit card that took place on August 27, 2020 at the Gulf Gas Station on the 1100 block of Chambers Street in Hamilton, NJ.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the above pictured individual is asked to contact Detective Daniel Inman of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4035 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

Trenton Police Officer Starkey returns home with warm welcome

HAMILTON TWP ( Mercer) Trenton Police Officer Kevin Starkey was released from Rehabilitation in Philadelphia on Friday, August 28th. Starkey arrived at his Hamilton Township home with a large welcoming of Police-Firefighters-EMTs from all over Mercer County, speechless as he hugged his niece and his colleagues.

Wednesday July 29th around 2 a.m.

An investigation has revealed that Trenton police officers were made aware of a social media posting that showed a group of individuals with guns driving around the west district of the city looking for people to shoot. An alert was broadcast via the radio and at approximately 2:26 a.m., Officers Michael Gettler and Jeffery Pownall came upon a 2003 red Ford Focus four-door sedan. After checking the license plate and confirming it was stolen in Trenton, the officers tried to initiate a traffic stop on Parkside Avenue when the vehicle began to elude them. The officers pursued the vehicle into Ewing Township onto Olden Avenue and then back into Trenton. As the officers pursued the vehicle past the Home Depot on Olden Avenue in Ewing, at least four rounds were fired from the Ford Focus at the patrol vehicle before entering back into the city. The patrol vehicle was struck one time in the top light bar before bouncing off the roof of the patrol vehicle. The officers continued their pursuit of the Ford Focus back into Trenton and as the vehicle approached the intersection of North Olden and North Clinton avenues, the stolen vehicle struck a responding Trenton police vehicle containing Officers Kevin Starkey and Brian Walker. Both vehicles spun and the stolen vehicle struck a white minivan that was traveling in the opposite direction.
Trenton Police Officers Orlando Santiago and Andy Gomez then approached the stolen vehicle and Officer Santiago slipped in fluids from the crash. He sustained cuts to his elbow as a result. Officer Gomez sustained lacerations to his hand from glass that was broken out. The three suspects were taken into custody without further incident. All injured officers and suspects were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center.
One shell casing and two projectiles were recovered by the Home Depot in Ewing. A FN PS90 sub-gun was recovered in the city in the area in front of 664 Olden Avenue. A Glock 26 9mm and an AR-15 pistol were recovered in the backseat of the stolen Ford Focus, and three spent 9mm casings were recovered in the front passenger seat floor board.

21 People in New Jersey charged with sexually exploiting children online

Twenty-one individuals are facing charges in New Jersey for sexually exploiting children online. Attorney General Grewal announced Wednesday the arrests on 19 men, one woman, and one juvenile in “Operation Screen Capture,” a collaborative operation launched in response to a dramatic increase in reports of potential threats to children from online predators during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eighteen of the individuals are charged with endangering the welfare of children for possession and/or distribution of child sexual abuse materials. The other three individuals – two men and one woman – are being charged with sexually assaulting or attempting to sexually assault children.

There had been an increase of up to 50 percent of cyber tips to the New Jersey Regional Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force about potential threats to children online in New Jersey since the start of the pandemic in March.

The operation came from cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), as well as other undercover chat investigations where perpetrators were attempting to meet children or other individuals online in order to sexually assault children.

One of the accused is from Mercer County: Juan Ceballos, 31, of Hamilton: Arrested June 26 for 3rd Degree of Possession of Child Pornography.

Operation Screen Capture was led by the Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, ICAC Task Force, US Homeland Security Investigations, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, and Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office. The New Jersey State Parole Board assisted with arrests and search warrants.

All arrests were made between March 18 and July 32, 2020.

Hamilton Fire Departments quickly knock down bedroom fire

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Hamilton Fire Departments responded to the 1800 block of Orchard Avenue this afternoon for reports of a bedroom fire. The fire department arrived on scene with fire coming from the second floor window and called the “all-hands.” Quick action of the fire fighters led to the fire being placed under control in minutes. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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.**

PHOTOS: ‘Back the Blue’ event yields huge turnout in Hamilton Township

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Around 1,000 people gathered this morning for a ‘Back the Blue’ event held in Hamilton. The event started at 9:30 Saturday morning at Veteran’s Park on the Klockner Road side where vehicles gathered with flags and other supportive gear, then a procession was held to the VFW on Fisher Place in Yardville. Residents could be seen with flags and clapping hands outside of their houses cheering on the procession. Hamilton Police cars were able to show appreciation by driving through Veteran’s park blaring their lights and sirens. At the VFW, attendees were honored to have Ronald C. Brooks, a double amputee war Veteran, sing the National Anthem. A few guest speakers also spoke on problems they thought should be addressed and other topics that were worthy of the event. A NJ State Police helicopter also conducted a flyby at the VFW to give thanks to all attendees showing support.

Route of the procession