BREAKING: Two Individuals Arrested for the Murders of Gustavo and Johnny Perez

TRENTON ( MERCER)

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that the Mercer County Homicide Task Force has charged a man and a woman in this week’s murders of Gustavo and Johnny Perez on Mulberry Street in Trenton.
Dajuan Kelley AKA “Bando,” 26, of Ewing, and Destanie Ellis, 29, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and one count of first-degree conspiracy. Ellis was arrested Thursday night in Trenton. Kelley was arrested today in Hampton, Georgia, by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force. The prosecutor’s office is filing motions to detain both defendants.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force. Ellis conspired with Kelley, who ultimately shot and killed Gustavo and Johnny Perez, who were standing in front of a second floor kitchen window of their residence on Mulberry Street.
The shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m. on October 20, 2020. Kelley shot into the second floor of the Perez residence in the 200 block of Mulberry Street. Upon arrival, police located Gustavo, 16, and his brother Johnny, 8, in the kitchen suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims were taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where they were pronounced dead a short time later.
Officers located eight spent shell casings on the opposite side of Breunig Avenue, approximately 50 feet from Mulberry Street. HTF detectives reviewed numerous surveillance videos from the

area of the homicide and identified two vehicles of interest and two persons of interest. A blue Chevrolet Malibu was observed making a left turn onto Enterprise Avenue, turn around toward Mulberry Street, and park in a no parking zone with its headlights off as Gustavo Perez and his older brother walked toward Breunig Avenue. Moments later, a black Ford Expedition was observed driving at a slow speed following the brothers on Mulberry Street. The driver of the Ford Expedition was observed to be a black male.
The investigation revealed that Destanie Ellis was the driver of the blue Chevrolet Malibu following Gustavo and his older brother, and Dajuan Kelley was identified as the shooter. Prior to the shooting, Ellis and Kelley were sitting in the Ford Expedition on New York Avenue when the brothers walked past her vehicle and attempted to gain entry. A verbal dispute ensued between the brothers and Kelley and Ellis.
Ellis left the area in her blue Chevrolet Malibu and called other individuals to her location as she followed Gustavo and his older brother to their residence. Ellis, Kelley and other individuals arrived on Mulberry Street in separate vehicles, and Ellis pointed out the house where Gustavo and his older brother entered. Then Kelley began shooting at the males who were in standing in front of the window.
Prosecutor Onofri thanked the all of the members of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force, comprised of assistant prosecutors, detectives, officers and agents with the prosecutor’s office, the Trenton police, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and the New Jersey State Police.
“Law enforcement is always working tirelessly to protect the public and solve crimes, but the work accomplished by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force over the last few weeks has been nothing short of extraordinary,” Prosecutor Onofri said. “To be actively investigating multiple cases, tracking down witnesses and leads, reviewing hours and hours of surveillance footage, obtaining and executing search warrants, all the while responding to new crime scenes as they develop, and be able to make several arrests in multiple cases is an example of unrelenting fortitude and dedication to public safety. I could not be more proud and I can only hope that the community continues to recognize their effort, and remain vigilant and involved.”
Prosecutor Onofri also expressed his gratitude to Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler, the Trenton Police Department, the New Jersey State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service for their continued support, shared resources and manpower.
The shooting remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

Trenton fire battle fatal multi-alarm fire in North Ward

TRENTON (Mercer) Trenton fire department responded to the 700 block of Southard street Tuesday night after receiving multiple 911 calls for a house fire. Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the residence and had trouble gaining entry as well, there were reports of a person possibly trapped inside the home but was later found dead in the home. The fire grew so intense that all fire personnel had to leave the house and move to a defensive operation shortly after that a loud explosion occurred that sent residents watching running screaming. The fire chief placed the fire under control just after 11:00 Pm, there were no reports of any injuries to firefighters, Trenton Ems and Capital Health paramedics were on scene standing by. The Mercer County Prosecutors office arson unit and the Trenton fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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.

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.

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/

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.

Woman dies after shooting in West Ward of Trenton

Jolisa Marshall 28 of Hamilton Township NJ.

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.

UPDATE: Hamilton Police searching for man wanted in multiple armed robberies

Dollar General, 2130 South Broad Street

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP: Hamilton Police responded to the Dollar General in the 2100 block of South Broad Street just after 5:00 this evening for an armed robbery. The suspect fled on foot towards Trenton.

Hamilton Police also responded to the 1700 block of Greenwood Avenue around 5:20 this evening for an armed robbery at the Delta Gas Station. The suspect fled towards Atlantic Avenue.

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a black hoodie, grey sweatpants, white shoes, and a blue face mask. It is believed to be the same suspect for both incidents. Anyone with any information should call the Hamilton Police Division at 609-581-4000.

Update:

On June 25 at approximately 5:06 pm, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the Dollar General located at 2130 South Broad Street on a report of an armed robbery. An employee told police that a black male came in the store, walked behind the register, pulled a gun out and pressed it against the employee’s hip. The suspect told the employee to “give it up” and took approximately $500 from the register. He was last seen walking through the parking lot towards Genesee Street. No injuries were reported.

A short time later at approximately 5:27 pm, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the Delta Gas Station located at 1704 Greenwood Avenue on a report of an armed robbery. An employee told police he had just finished pumping gas into a vehicle when the suspect walked up to him, pulled a semi-automatic handgun out of his waistband, racked the slide back, and pointed it at the employee. The employee backed up and the suspect followed him and reached into his pants removing approximately $853. He was last seen walking down Atlantic Avenue towards Walnut Avenue. No injuries were reported.

The suspect in both armed robberies was described as a black male, wearing a black ‘Temple Wrestling’ hoodie, grey sweatpants, white sneakers with black and red soles, and a blue medical face mask.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Burger of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4010, Detective Chris Pullen of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4080, or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

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