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

UPDATE: Fatal Crash on I-195 in Hamilton

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Hamilton Fire Department, EMS, and NJ State Police responded to I-195 Westbound in the area of Exit 3A for a serious motor vehicle crash with entrapment around 6:45 p.m. Thursday. At least 3 patients were transported to the trauma center with serious injuries. An unknown number of patients were freed from the vehicle.

UPDATE: A 22 year old Trenton resident ran off I-195, colliding with several trees, killing one of her passengers, and injuring the other.

NJ State Police spokesperson Sgt. Lawrence Peele says the crash occurred at 6:39 p.m. on I-195 Westbound in the area of Exit 3 in Hamilton Township. Preliminary information indicates that a green Mitsubishi Galant was traveling Westbound on I-195 when it ran off the roadway and overturned. All three occupants of the vehicle were transported to Capital Health Trauma Center in Trenton. One of the occupants, Yelitza Rivera, 16 years old, of Trenton, was pronounced dead at the hospital. As of Thursday, the driver was listed in critical condition while the other 16 year old passenger from Hamilton was stable. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Man arrested after robbing woman at Burger King

HAMILTON: Police responded to the Burger King located at 2700 South Broad Street just after 10:00 p.m. Wednesday after a woman was reportedly robbed.

Responding officers spotted the suspect at South Clinton Avenue and Maddock Avenue and engaged in a foot pursuit. The suspect was able to temporarily evade police, but shortly there after was located in a shed by a homeowner. He fled once again, but was then apprehended in front of the Broad Street Diner.

Police were able to recover a cell phone that was stolen during the robbery.

The suspect was transported to the hospital with minor injuries by Robert Wood Johnson EMS and Hamilton Police.

**This story is developing and more information is likely to come**

Hamilton Police investigating 4th bias incident since June

HAMILTON: On August 12, 2020, Hamilton Police were detailed to the area of 210 Ridge Avenue bear the entrance of the Ahavath Israel Congregation Cemetery, on a report of a bias intimidation complaint regarding graffiti spray painted at that location Responding officers observed graffiti on the roadway on Ridge Avenue which read “Kill N*****s,” in red spray paint.

The criminal mischief appears to be the fourth such incident since June 11, 2020, believed to be involving the same suspect.

The first reported incident occurred on June 11, 2020 at Saint Mary’s Cemetery located at 1200 Cedar Lane. In that incident, the same words were painted in red spray paint on the roadway near Clover Avenue.

Two additional bias intimidation complaints occurred this month, in which investigators believe involve the same suspect, using the same red spray paint.

The first incident that occurred this month was on August 3, 2020, at the Shady Brook Park located at 655 Pitman Avenue. The second incident occurred again on August 6, 2020 in the roadway of Clover Avenue in the cemetery. In both incidents, the same wording was used by the suspect, but a Swastika was also drawn in red spray paint.

In each of these bias intimidation incidents, detectives have not been able to develop a suspect.

Anyone with additional information registering these incidents is asked to contact Detective Lawrence MacArthur of the Criminal Investigations Section at 609-689-5827, or via email at lmacarthur@hamiltonpd.org. You can also contact the Hamilton Township Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008 with any information.

Link to June 11, 2020 bias incident: https://petersonsbreakingnewsoftrentons.com/2020/06/12/hamilton-police-investigating-racial-graffiti-at-cemetery/

Link to August 3, 2020 bias incident: https://petersonsbreakingnewsoftrentons.com/2020/08/04/hamilton-police-investigating-bias-graffiti/

Link to August 6, 2020 bias incident: https://petersonsbreakingnewsoftrentons.com/2020/08/07/hamilton-police-investigating-augusts-second-bias-incident/

Food delivery makes unexpected stop

HAMILTON: A Chicken To Go food delivery driver struck a utility pole in front of St. Mary’s Cemetery on Cedar Lane in the area of Pitman Avenue just afternoon 3:00 p.m. Friday. Following impact, the pole, which had live electrical wires attached, fell onto the hood of the vehicle. The delivery driver was treated on scene for his injuries. PSE&G is responding to the scene to repair damages.

Hamilton Police investigating August’s second Bias Incident

HAMILTON: On August 6, 2020, Hamilton Police were detailed to the area of St. Mary’s Cemetery, located at 1200 Cedar Lane, on a report of a Bias Intimidation complaint regarding graffiti at the location. Responding officers observed graffiti on the roadway of Clover Avenue which read “Kill N*****s” in red spray paint, which was also accompanied by a Swastika sprayed in red paint.

This criminal mischief appears to be the second such incident this week involving the same suspect. The first incident occurred on August 3, 2020 at Shady Brook Park located at 655 Pitman Avenue. In that incident, the same words were spray painted in red paint on a fence post located in the park.

In both Bias Intimidation incidents, no suspects have been identified.

Anyone with additional information regarding either incident is asked to contact Detective Larry MacArthur of the Criminal Investigations Section at 609-689-5827 or via email at lmacarthur@hamiltonpd.org. The public can also contact the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008 with any additional information.

Photo of the Bias Incident on August 7, 2020. (Submitted photo)

Click here to view the article of the Bias Incident from August 3, 2020: https://petersonsbreakingnewsoftrentons.com/2020/08/04/hamilton-police-investigating-bias-graffiti/