January 7, 2022
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On November 19, 2021, Hamilton Police were detailed to the first block of Peabody Lane, on an armed robbery investigation involving two male suspects. The suspects were allegedly selling a PlayStation 5 gaming system off of an advertisement on Facebook Market Place. During the sale, both of the suspects brandished handguns and fled the scene with the money and the gaming system.
Hamilton Detective Nicholas Schulte, and Hamilton Police Officer Matthew Mayhew, developed two suspects as they followed up with the sales correspondence between the buyer and seller from the Facebook advertisement. The two involved Trenton suspects were identified as Hassani Webb ( 18yrs), and Nestor Rivera (18yrs). Detective Schulte was advised by Trenton Detectives that both suspects were also involved in similar robberies in their jurisdiction.
On December 21, 2021, Hamilton Police detectives along with the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit, US Marshals, Trenton Police and the Mercer County SWAT Team, executed search warrants on the 600 block of W. State Street and the first block of Murry Street for both suspects. Both Hassani Webb and Nestor Rivera were arrested at those locations.
During the execution of the search warrants, detectives recovered (4) “Ghost “ guns in Webbs’ residence and (1) “Ghost” gun in Riveras’ residence, along with several high capacity extended magazines. The “Ghost” guns recovered were manufactured firearms with no serial numbers. Subsequently, Hassani Webb and Nestor Rivera were charged with Robbery, Weapons Offenses, Possession of Weapon Parts, and Certain Persons not to Possess Weapons.
Hamilton Police detectives are asking if anyone has additional information regarding any similar incidents possibly involving these two suspects, are asked to contact Detective Nicholas Schulte of the Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 689-5825 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.
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