Hamilton Police arrest two after illegally firing gun in a county park

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Hamilton Police responded to Roebling Park, also known as White City Lake, just after 6:30 Friday afternoon when multiple 911 calls reported over 30 gunshots in the area. Police located two males who appeared to be firing a gun at targets on trees, disregarding multiple signs throughout the park that prohibit discharge of any weapon. White City Lake is not only surrounded by homes, but Route 29 also cuts through a portion of the park. Luckily, these men were taken into custody before the situation injured, or even killed someone. Hamilton Police are investigating the crime scene.

Serious head on collision sends two to the hospital

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Police and EMS responded to Yardville-Hamilton Square Road in the area of Veterans Park for a head on motor vehicle crash around 5:15 PM. Witnesses stated that one of the vehicles crossed into oncoming traffic. Both victims were transported to the hospital by Robertwood Johnson EMS and Capital Health Paramedics. A Township sand truck was requested to sand the Northbound lane of Yardville-Hamilton Square Road for oil and other fluids in the roadway.

3 Day multi-agency operation leads to 20 arrests in Trenton. Drugs, guns, ammunition, and cash seized

TRENTON, NJ: The New Jersey State Police, Trenton Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, and the New Jersey Department of Corrections conducted a 3-day mobile deployment initiative in the city of Trenton that resulted in the arrest of 20 fugitives and the seizure of drugs, guns, ammunition, and cash.

Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, Crime Suppression Central Unit, K-9 Unit, and Electronic Surveillance Unit along with members of the United States Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force – Trenton Division, Trenton Police Department, and the New Jersey Department of Corrections targeted violent, recidivist criminals who had warrants for their arrest and were believed to be involved in recent criminal activity within the city. The targets for the operation were identified through various investigative means including street level-intelligence, patrol advisories, and information provided by the Crime Analysis Unit of the New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC).

From Wednesday, August 26 to Friday, August 28, a total of 20 fugitives wanted by state, county, and local law enforcement agencies were apprehended in Trenton. The accused were wanted for various crimes including unlawful possession of firearms, certain persons not to possess a firearm, parole violations, burglary, and various drug-related offenses. All suspects were lodged at the Mercer County Correction Center.

Evidence seized as a result of the operation:
• .40 caliber Hi-Point semi-auto handgun (defaced) with extended magazine
• .45 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-auto handgun
• .32 caliber RG revolver
• .357 caliber revolver
• 12-gauge Remington shotgun
• 10-gauge Browning shotgun
• Hollow point ammunition
• More than 21 bricks of heroin
• More than 10 grams of crack cocaine
• More than 3 pounds of marijuana
• 18 ecstasy pills
• More than $38,400 cash

“This fugitive operation reflects the commitment of our state, federal and local law enforcement agencies to work together to stem the tide of violence in Trenton,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “Through these warrant sweeps, we not only take dangerous criminals off the street, we also develop leads that can assist us in dismantling the drug networks that are driving gun violence in the city and fueling the epidemic of opiate addiction. I commend all of the law enforcement partners who collaborated in this proactive violence-suppression effort.”

“This multi-agency collaborative operation resulted in the apprehension of dangerous fugitives from justice, many of whom were armed at the time of their arrest, responsible for violent crimes within the city of Trenton,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Our commitment to protecting our Capital City does not end with these 20 arrests. We will continue to work cooperatively with our law enforcement partners in our relentless pursuit of violent crime offenders who attempt to hide from justice.”

“This initiative clearly demonstrates that there are significant legal consequences for those who willfully engage in corrupt, unlawful activity,” said New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner Marcus O. Hicks, Esq. “We are grateful to those members of the criminal justice system who collaborated on this operation.”

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.

UPDATE: Missing Princeton resident found deceased in Community Park

The Princeton Police Department is seeking your help in locating a missing “at risk” person by the name of Jeffery Bossart. Jeffery Bossart is a 67 year old white male, 6’0” in height and 200 lbs. Bossart was last seen on September 1, 2020 at 11:00 PM in the area of Bayard Lane on foot. If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Jeffery Bossart, Princeton Police asl you to please call them at 609-921-2100 or dial 911.

Update:

Through a coordinated effort between the Princeton Police Department and the New Jersey State Police, Jeffery Bossart, who was reported missing September 2, 2020 to Princeton Police Department, was found deceased in Community Park North. Based on the initial information learned from the investigation, Mr. Bossart’s death is considered not suspicious at this time.

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.

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.

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.