Trenton, NJ (MERCER) Earlier today while waiting for the highly anticipated protest in downtown Trenton, with sirens blaring, a Trenton Police unit was in pursuit of a truck traveling up Barrack Street towards West State Street.
While stopped at the traffic light, multiple news media ran to the corner to watch as the Officer, with his gun drawn, approached the stopped vehicle. The officer could be heard shouting: “Put it in park, put it in park!” At that moment, the female driver was pulled out of the vehicle along with the passenger. The two were spoken to by the police and were eventually released after receiving what appeared to be multiple tickets.
Trenton, NJ ( Mercer ) Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri today announced that a six- month, multi-jurisdictional investigation of narcotics distribution and violent crime in the Mercer County area has culminated with the arrest of 18 individuals and the seizure of approximately 1,000 grams of heroin, 1,000 grams of methamphetamine, 15 pounds of marijuana, 11 guns, six vehicles and more than $22,000 in cash. “Operation Eight-Ball was an enormous investigative endeavor and as a result, many violent offenders have been taken off of the street,” said Prosecutor Onofri. “I cannot thank our many law enforcement partners enough for their dedication and assistance in providing safer neighborhoods for the residents of Trenton and Mercer County.” “Our law enforcement challenges this year required a coordinated plan, and I’m thankful for the city, county, state, and federal officers who stepped up to make Trenton a safer place to live,” said Trenton Police Director Sheilah A. Coley. “In just this operation alone, their hard work yielded multiple firearms, high-capacity magazines, kilograms of narcotics, and more than 15 arrests, six of which are connected to several homicides. This multi-tiered response awaits any criminal group that seeks to plague our streets with drugs and violence.” STEPHANIE A. KATZ First Assistant Prosecutor TAREK A. ELKACHOUTY Deputy Chief of County Detectives
“This investigation makes clear the violence associated with drug trafficking,” said Susan A. Gibson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division. “Those targeted in this investigation brought violence and misery to the residents of Mercer County. Their arrests have made the community safer, and DEA will continue to work with our partners to pursue those who violate the law.” “In the spring of 2020, as the number of shootings and homicides in Trenton began increasing at an alarming rate, we set out to expose trends and connections that might be responsible for triggering the uptick in violence,” said Prosecutor Onofri. The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Economic Crime Unit, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and many state, county and local police agencies, began their hard-hitting investigation a short time later and dubbed the job “Operation Eight-Ball,” representing the eight-ball logo used by Trenton’s H-Block, a violent criminal street gang responsible for numerous shootings and murders in the city. According to Prosecutor Onofri, the initial investigation focused on the alleged drug activities of H-Block, and through informant information, controlled buys, surveillances and intelligence, authorities were able to obtain and execute more than 40 warrants of individuals, vehicles and locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. On November 4, 2020, search warrants were executed and arrests were made as this investigation progressed. On this day, an undercover officer made arrangements to purchase a quantity of heroin from Joseph Kaite. After conducting the narcotics transaction with the undercover detective at a gas station on North Olden Avenue in Trenton, detectives attempted to arrest Kaite, however, he fled in his vehicle. When detectives attempted to stop Kaite, he collided with a police vehicle causing heavy damage to both vehicles. He then attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended after a brief struggle. Also arrested inside the vehicle were Vincent Bowman and Zaire Jones. Search warrants related to the investigation were subsequently executed and detectives located 30 bricks of heroin and a shotgun. At an apartment on Beakes Street in Trenton, detectives located evidence related to murder of Derek Colley that resulted in homicide charges being filed against Kaite and Tabika Hale. The investigation continued into 2021 and last week, search warrants were executed at locations in Trenton and Ewing, New Jersey, and Bristol and Morrisville, Pennsylvania. Prior to the execution of these warrants, surveillance officers followed Deshawn Abner as he traveled by cab from Bond Street in Trenton to the Extended Stay Motel on Route 1 in West Windsor where Abner and a second individual, identified as Aziz Stroman, were
observed searching a wooded area around the hotel. After searching the area for about 30 minutes, Abner was seen retrieving a box containing 210 bricks of heroin from the bushes in the hotel parking lot. After retrieving the package, Abner entered the Mercedes Benz Stroman had arrived in, and the two men departed the area. Arrest teams converged on the area and both Abner and Stroman were eventually detained after attempting to flee. A search warrant for Stroman’s Mercedes Benz was obtained and detectives located 210 bricks of heroin on the front passenger floor. Both Abner and Stroman were charged with first-degree narcotic offenses. After Abner and Stroman were taken into custody, detectives contacted officers in Pennsylvania who had an individual identified as Ricardo Moise under observation. Through the investigation, authorities had pinpointed Moise as the supplier of heroin to North Trenton. At that time, Moise was seen moving items out of his apartment on Beaver Street in Bristol Township, and detectives from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, with assistance from Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and the Bristol Borough Police Department, arrested him for outstanding warrants as a result of distributing 75 bricks of heroin to an undercover officer in the spring of 2020. Search warrants were subsequently executed at related locations. According to Prosecutor Onofri, the total retail value of the confiscated drugs is $228,000. The heroin is valued at $60,000; the methamphetamine is valued at $100,000; and the marijuana at $68,000. In addition to the narcotics, authorities also seized 11 guns, six vehicles and approximately $22,000 in cash. Approximately 24 bank accounts in connection to the investigation were frozen and continue to be investigated by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Economic Crime Unit.
As a result of this cooperative investigation, the following arrests were made with the listed charges: Ricardo Moise, 31, Bristol, Pa. – Numerous narcotic-related offenses Deshawn Abner, 31, Trenton – Numerous narcotic- and weapons-related offenses Daishawn Dickerson, 30, Trenton – Numerous narcotic-related offenses Aziz Stroman, 31, Trenton – Numerous narcotic- and weapons-related offenses Zaire Jones, 20, Trenton – Conspiracy Vincent Bowman, 20, Trenton – Conspiracy Kashawn Batts, 33, Trenton – Numerous weapons-related offenses Jaquane Leonard, 32, Trenton – Numerous weapons-related offenses Joseph Kaite, 19, Trenton – Homicide, numerous narcotic and weapons offenses Tabika Hale, 26, Trenton – Homicide and weapons offenses Aniyah Boone, 20, Bensalem, Pa. – Numerous narcotic-related offenses Casimer Phillips, 22, Newtonville – Numerous narcotic-related offenses
Aleque Williams-Dixon, 21, Blackwood – Numerous narcotic-related offenses Prince Attoh, 20, Trenton – Numerous narcotic-related offenses Additionally, information obtained during Operation Eight-Ball directly linked Tyzir Hamilton, 19, Treizon Thompson, 20, and Darnell Davis, 19, to the murders of William Irizarry and Julius Vargas. Arrest warrants for the three defendants were obtained in October 2020 and search warrants were also executed at several locations, which led to the recovery of several weapons. Operation Eight-Ball developed over six months of investigation. It initiated with the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Economic Crime Unit, and received support and resources from 16 additional agencies including: ▪ Drug Enforcement Administration ▪ Federal Bureau of Investigation ▪ Homeland Security Investigations ▪ New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central ▪ Mercer County Sheriff’s Office ▪ Bucks County District Attorney’s Office (Pa.) ▪ Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office ▪ Ewing Police Department ▪ Hamilton Police Division ▪ Lawrence Police Department ▪ Princeton Township Police Department ▪ Robbinsville Police Department ▪ Trenton Police Department ▪ West Windsor Police Department ▪ Bristol Borough Police Department (Pa.) ▪ The College of New Jersey Police Department In the interest of investigative security and pursuant to established court requirements, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office is limited in discussing specific details regarding the ongoing investigation and the alleged conspiracies.
TRENTON ( MERCER ) Tuesday, November 24, the Trenton Police Department and Community Affairs Unit were able to provide 110 families with a Thanksgiving baskets. Funds for the meals were raised by Police officers and civilians working at the Trenton Police Department. The meals were provided for families in need with the partnership of the Trenton Board of Education, Puertorican Daycare, Trenton Housing, Luther Arms & South Village. Trenton PD would like to thank all Police officers that donated their time and also their partners for being able to bring joy to these families for the holiday.
TRENTON ( Mercer) On Monday October 12, 2020 proud loving father of two sons Samuel Santiago Jr. passed away suddenly at his home in Ewing, New Jersey. He was 47. Samuel was born on March 12, 1974 in Trenton,N.J. to Samuel Santiago and Mildred Hudson. Sam is survived by his mother Mildred Hudson, his father Samuel Santiago, two sons Dennis Samuel Santiago and Jovanny Yadiel Negron, His fiance Lexi Graham, two brothers Jonathan Santiago, and Kelvin Santiago, two sisters Jajaira Colon and Cathy Santiago.
Samuel was a 14 year veteran of the Trenton Police Department where he served the city with honor. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and truly missed by his family, friends, and his family in blue.
“This tragic incident illustrates why the Trenton Police Department must continue to expand its efforts to be more accountable to the community we serve. We must increase the rate at which we review complaints from area residents and, when necessary, take departmental disciplinary action. This matter was immediately referred to the N.J. Attorney General’s Office when it happened earlier this year.
Today, more Trenton Police Officers are equipped with body cameras than ever before. In addition, we’re starting to train officers in techniques for restraining suspects that don’t require the use of physical force.
TPD officers are contending with a simultaneous uptick in crime and a greater demand for accountability. I’m confident that my officers can – and will – meet that challenge. Trenton residents deserve nothing less.”
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.
Police confirmed Wednesday August 5th that Jolisa Marshall, 28, of Hamilton Township , succumbed to her injuries after being wounded in a double shooting around 10:35 p.m. Sunday August 2nd on the first block of Delawareview Avenue. Marshall was a mother to a 4-year-old daughter. Marshall becomes the 22nd homicide in Trenton of 2020.
The Mercer County Homicide Task force is investigating the homicide, no arrest have been made.
TRENTON: Trenton police were involved in a crash early morning Wednesday at the Intersection of South Clinton Ave and North Clinton Ave . Firefighters from fire station 6 ran out to assist all the injured parties involved in the crash. Trenton Emergency medical services along with Ewing Township transported multiple patients to the hospital
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office stated that around 2 a.m., Trenton police officers spotted a stolen red Ford Focus around Parkside and Olden avenues and began to follow it.
During the pursuit, authorities said the suspects fired several shots at the officers, hitting the police vehicle, but not the officers. They said no officers opened fire.
The pursuit ended with a crash at North Clinton and North Olden.
The stolen car collided with a responding Trenton police SUV and a minivan.
Trenton Police started their enforcement of City curfew due to Covid-19 at 8Pm Monday night by 9Pm all gas stations were closed and stores were closed in the western/Northern Trenton area the curfew is from 8Pm to 6Am. The New Jersey state police are also in Trenton enforcing The curfew and Phil MurphyGovernor of New Jersey orders. Anyone stopped after 8Pm can get a fine up to two Thousand dollars Mayor Reed Gusciora said at a Press conference at Trenton Fire headquarters Monday afternoon.