Day: August 31, 2022

No Serious Injuries Reported In Route 33 Crash

August 31, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 12:30 p.m. the Robbinsville Police Department, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS responded to Route 33 and Robbinsville-Edinburg Road for a motor vehicle crash. Firefighters and EMS treated for minor injuries on scene and no one was transported to the hospital. Robbinsville Township Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.

Police Investigate Murder-Suicide In Woodbridge

August 31, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Robert Hubner of the Woodbridge Police Department announced today that the Woodbridge Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office responded to a shooting on Soren Street.

Today, at 4:37 p.m. Woodbridge Police officers responded to Soren Street after receiving a 911 call about an unresponsive female laying on a front lawn. Upon arrival, it was determined two people were deceased at the scene.

At this stage of the investigation and based upon what is known to law enforcement at this point, the incident is being investigated as a murder/suicide. Authorities have determined that there is no threat to the public.

Coming Off Two Record Years, Homicides and Shootings Decline in New Jersey’s Capital City

Mayor thanks community, city leaders for collaborations and interventions aimed at curbing violence

August 31, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Reed Gusciora announced today that the City of Trenton has made significant progress in reducing violent crime, specifically gun-related homicides, through collaborative initiatives and social intervention efforts.

The Gusciora administration deployed several social interventions with the primary or ancillary goal of affecting a noticeable decline in violent crime. Since June 1, 2022, there have been no homicides in the City of Trenton.

“While violent crime has continued to surge in other cities across America this summer, Trenton is doing what it takes to become a leader in urban violent crime reduction,” Mayor Reed Gusciora said. “We are pulling out all the stops to ensure that the Capital City is a safe place for all who live, work, learn, and play here. With the help of our law enforcement partners and members of our community, we are innovating to establish a new public safety standard and we are doing it together.”

Relative both to historical levels of crime occurring last summer and to this time last year, homicides and shootings are down. Year-to-date, the City has seen a 62% reduction in shooting homicides, down from 21 last year to eight this year. The City has also seen a 46% reduction in overall homicides year-to-date, down from 22 last year to 12 this year.

The City of Trenton adopted the Strategic Integrated Policing philosophy, which aims to address crime through a two-level approach in addition to stepping up enforcement: (1) target the deployment of City resources, such as recreational opportunities, mental health and public health services, and blight reduction efforts towards vulnerable communities, and (2) collaborate with local, county, state, and federal law enforcement to prevent gun violence and de-escalate situations.

“The Trenton Police Department’s investments in long-term public safety and neighborhood wellness are paying off, and our collaborations with other law enforcement agencies have enhanced the Department’s capacity to prevent crimes from taking place and find the offenders when they do,” Trenton Police Director Steve Wilson said. “The efforts of our officers out in the community make our streets safer every day for residents, business owners, and visitors to the Capital City.”

The Real Time Crime Center, one such collaboration, is an informational nerve center tying in the Trenton Police Department, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, and New Jersey State Police.

This operational asset has fostered unprecedented cooperation through the ability to share high-quality intelligence that prevents crime and increases violent crime clearance rates. The City, in conjunction with Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, currently has a clearance rate of 35% for incidents of persons struck with a bullet, higher than the national average of 25% to 30%.

The administration recently launched Trenton Community Street Teams, a community violence intervention initiative that is a collaboration between the Trenton Health and Human Services Department, Trenton Police Department, and Trenton-based community development and environmental organization Isles, Inc.

The initiative empowers civilian leaders (including formerly incarcerated and justice-impacted citizens) in Trenton to mediate conflicts in areas at high-risk for violent crime. The teams also provide support for community members affected by violent crime and will be ensuring safe passage for children in the coming school year.

As part of their outreach, the Trenton Community Street Teams are hosting public safety forums with higher education institutions and engaging in weekly community walks in areas impacted by violence. This initiative will foster critical conversations with the goal of preventing violence and supporting vulnerable community members.

Another such measure underway is Trenton’s CHANGE Committee, an 11-member civilian public safety panel that is charged with reviewing and making recommendations on public safety in the Capital City. After kicking off in June, the committee is currently establishing subcommittees through which other residents may contribute and will being issuing their first report this Fall.

During the summer season, the City hired more than 200 city youth for summer employment with federal grant funding. Research suggests that offering youth a summer job can even reduce urban violent crime even after the summer ended.

Additionally, the City operated its Summer Youth Camp, which ran from June 20 to August 26, provided breakfast and lunch to 6- to 12-year-olds and engaged the children in field trips, arts and crafts projects, and swimming. Recreation Supervisor La’Keisha Sutton, a Trenton native and a former Harlem Globetrotter, oversaw ten weeks of free summer basketball offered from June 20 through September 1.

Prior to the summer, the Health and Human Services Department hired multiple mental health counselors and the Police Department increased the number of new officers.

“We are not done, not by a mile,” Gusciora said, “but we are proud of the progress being made. I want to thank the leaders out there doing the work and I want to encourage more members of our community to become a part of the multi-faceted solution. We can do this together.”

Names of the 2022 homicide victims in the City of Trenton:

  1. 2/15/2022 Antwone Barnes, 37, of Trenton, Stabbing
  2. 2/23/2022 Leonardo Fernandez, 32, of Trenton, Stabbing
  3. 3/01/2022 Shimon Nesmith Jr., 19, of Trenton, Shooting
  4. 3/03/2022 Helen Nelson, 73, of Trenton, Physical Assault
  5. 3/15/2022 Albert L. Barnes, 46, of Trenton, Shooting
  6. 3/25/2022 Sequoya Bacon-Jones, 9, of Trenton, Shooting
  7. 3/31/2022 Tahaad Goss, 16, of Trenton, Shooting
  8. 4/07/2022 Jaquir Queen, 26, of Willingboro, Shooting
  9. 4/09/2022 Leroy Davis, 31, of Trenton, Shooting
  10. 5/01/2022 Jamir McNeil, 25 of Trenton, Shooting
  11. 5/22/2022 Ali Abdullah, 25, of Trenton, Shooting
  12. 6/01/2022 Dreiby Osorio, 16, of Trenton, Stabbing

Trenton Murders Per Year Since 1989

NJ State Police Uniform Crime Report available here:

1989 = 22

1990 = 21

1991 = 7

1992 = 16

1993 = 11

1994 = 9

1995 = 16

1996 = 14

1997 = 12

1998 = 15

1999 = 8

2000 = 14

2001 = 13

2002 = 19

2003 = 13

2004 = 18

2005 = 31

2006 = 18

2007 = 25

2008 = 19

2009 = 18

2010 = 15

2011 = 23

2012 = 24

2013 = 37

2014 = 32

2015 = 17

2016 = 21

2017 = 23

2018 = 16

2019 = 15

2020 = 40

2021 = 40

2022 = 12 as of 8/31/2022 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Prior to 1989 the known highest murder number in Trenton, NJ was 1970 with 27

Florence Woman’s Death Ruled A Homicide

August 31, 2022

FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw and Florence Township Police Chief Brian Boldizar announced that the death of a Florence woman whose body was found inside her home earlier this week has been ruled a homicide.

Police discovered Sheila Maguire, 54, late Monday afternoon after family members requested a wellness check at her residence in the 200 block of Birch Hollow Drive because they had been unable to reach her for a few days.

The autopsy was performed yesterday by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood. The cause of death is being withheld at this time.

No arrests have been made.

The investigation is being conducted by the Florence Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. The lead investigators are FTPD Detective Chris Powell and BCPO Detectives Shawn McDonough and Andrew Ridolfi.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to call Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113, or send an email to

Trenton Man And 15-Year-Old Charged With Unlawful Possession Of Handguns, Ghost Gun, Defaced Gun, Juvenile Possession Of A Handgun

August 31, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Trenton Police reported that on Thursday August 25, 2022, Violent Crimes Interdiction Detectives Mahan and Quinones observed two males on social media brandishing handguns. Both parties were identified and taken into custody without incident.

Erick Goodman-Hooks


#1: Unlawful Possession of a Handgun

#2: Ghost Gun

Polymer 80, .9mm semi-automatic handgun, No serial number.

Juvenile Offender 15 years old:

Charges 15-year-old:

#1: Unlawful Possession of a Handgun

#2: Defaced

#3:  Juvenile in possession of a handgun

Taurus g3, .9mm semi-automatic handgun, defaced. 

Drug Arrests Reported On Home Avenue In Trenton

August 31, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–On Friday, August 19, 2022, Trenton Police Violent Crime Unit Detectives executed a narcotics search warrant in the area of Home Avenue in response to numerous nuisance complaints received by the community. As a result, the below arrests were effected and Controlled Dangerous Substances confiscated. This incident occurred within 1000’ of a school and 500’ of a park. Thank you for helping us keep our City safe.

Ronaldo Najera charged with:

1: Possession of CDS [Cocaine]

2: Possession of CDS Cocaine w/Intent

3: Possession of CDS Cocaine w/Intent w/in 1000’ of a school

4: Possession of CDS Cocaine w/Intent w/in 500’ of a park

5: Possession of CDS Paraphernalia

Jonathan E Lemus-Zamora charged with:

1: Possession of CDS [Cocaine]

2: Possession of CDS Cocaine w/Intent

3: Possession of CDS Cocaine w/Intent w/in 1000’ of a school

4: Possession of CDS Cocaine w/Intent w/in 500’ of a park

5: Possession of CDS Paraphernalia

6: Hindering Apprehension

Property confiscated:

Item #1: 35 grams CDS Cocaine
Item #2: $185.00 U.S. Currency
Item #3: Assorted CDS Paraphernalia
Item #2: Seized vehicle