Category: Ewing

Firefighters Extinguish Truck Fire in Mercer County DOT Building Saving Fleet of Snow Removal Equipment as Storms Approach

January 20, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township firefighters and Mercer County Airport firefighters responded to 300 Scotch Road for a vehicle on fire inside a Mercer County Department of Transportation building around 3:30 a.m. First arriving firefighters found a DOT truck fully involved inside the center bay of the vehicle garage and a full first alarm was called. Mercer County Airport Fire Department used their ARFF front bumper turret to start knocking down the flames. Chief 33 reported water on the fire and flames knocked down. Firefighters used handlines to further extinguish and mop up.

It appears that there was smoke and heat damage to the structure and firefighters were able to knock the fire down in time before it spread to other vehicles saving the building, vehicles and other equipment stored there. Quick action by firefighters saved Mercer County’s fleet of snow removal equipment with a reported storm on the way.

No further details are available at this time.

About an hour later Ewing Township firefighters responded to a Mercer County DOT vehicle with a brake fire on Scotch Road and Parkway Avenue. The fire was quickly extinguished.





Around an hour later Ewing Township firefighters responded to a Mercer County DOT vehicle with a brake fire on Scotch Road and Parkway Avenue:

Serious Crash on Pennington Road in Ewing Township

January 19, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 5:00 p.m. a serious crash occurred on Pennington Road (Route 31) and Hilltop Road with reported people trapped. Upon arrival of the fire department there was reported entrapment in two vehicles. One person was able to self-extricate and reported not injured. The other vehicle a person was removed from the vehicle. It was unclear if anyone was transported from the scene to the hospital. New Jersey Department of Transportation was notified due to a fluid spill from the vehicles involved in the crash. No other information is available at this time.



2021 Murders Reach All-Time High in Mercer County as Trenton Ties Prior Year’s Record

Murder Totals in Mercer County for 2021: Trenton: 40 Hamilton: 6 Ewing: 3

January 1, 2022

MERCER COUNTY, NJ –Murder Homicides in Mercer County have reached an all-time high of 49 for the year 2021. Other higher years in Mercer County were tied with 41 murders in 2013 and 2020.

Trenton ends 2021 with 40 murders with a tie of the all-time high set the prior year in 2020. Ewing Township reported 3 murders and Hamilton Township 6 murders in 2021.

None of the other municipalities in Mercer Conty have reported any murders for 2021





Mercer county Murders Per Year Since 1989

NJ State Police Uniform Crime Report available here: https://www.njsp.org/ucr/uniform-crime-reports.shtml

1989 = 26

1990 = 25

1991 = 10

1992 = 17

1993 = 19

1994 = 12

1995 = 20

1996 = 16

1997 = 14

1998 = 15

1999 = 10

2000 = 17

2001 = 18

2002 = 21

2003 = 16

2004 = 23

2005 = 34

2006 = 21

2007 = 26

2008 = 24

2009 = 18

2010 = 20

2011 = 25

2012 = 26

2013 = 41

2014 = 32

2015 = 20

2016 = 26

2017 = 27

2018 = 22

2019 = 20

2020 = 41

2021 = 49** As of 12/31/2021 at 9:00 p.m.


Trenton Murders Per Year Since 1989

NJ State Police Uniform Crime Report available here: https://www.njsp.org/ucr/uniform-crime-reports.shtml

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** As of 12/31/2021 at 9:00 p.m.

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

Names of 40 Trenton 2021** homicide victims with links to MidJersey.News stories:

  1. 2/18/2021 Jabree Saunders, 26, from shooting on May 14, 2018
  2. 2/22/2021  Khalil Gibbs, 25, of West Windsor, shooting
  3. 2/25/2021  Lovelle Laramore, 60, of Trenton shooting
  4. 4/15/2021  Kaheem Carter, 22, of Trenton, shooting
  5. 4/20/2021  Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  6. 4/24/2021  Cheryl Jones, 65, of Trenton, shooting
  7. 4/29/2021  Ramire Harvey, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  8. 5/15/2021  David Williams 36, of Trenton, shooting
  9. 5/29/2021  Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021  Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting
  11. 7/14/2021  Pablo Herrera Chun, 53, Trenton, Shooting
  12. 7/19/2021  William Mitchell, 33, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 7/19/2021  Jermel Carter, 38, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 7/29/2021  Leonard Pettigrew, 58, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 7/30/2021  Shaquil Loftin, 23, Shooting, Trenton
  16. 8/01/2021  Daquan Basnight, 30, of Ewing, Shooting
  17. 8/13/2021  Javier Chaj-Ajtun, 33, of Trenton, Shooting
  18. 8/19/2021  Herberth Ramirez Pimentel, 37, of Trenton, Shooting
  19. 8/23/2021  Yanquai Edwards, 25, of Rancocas, NJ, Shooting
  20. 8/25/2021  Daron Cheston, 18, Trenton, Shooting
  21. 8/27/2021 Ziare Jones, Shooting
  22. 8/30/2021  Fred Davis, 43, Trenton, Shooting
  23. 9/06/2021  Shamiem Young, 26, Trenton, Shooting
  24. 9/17/2021  Jeff Charles, 37, Trenton, Shooting
  25. 9/25/2021  Shemiah Davis, 15, Trenton, Shooting
  26. 10/2/2021  Omar Burgess, 49, of Trenton, Shooting
  27. 10/3/2021  Elias Juarez Lopez, 31, of Princeton, Shooting
  28. 10/4/2021  Candice Ruff, 19, of Trenton, Shooting On September 25
  29. 10/7/2021  Douglas Munn, 50, of Trenton. Shooting
  30. 10/13/2021 Melvin Williams 26, of Trenton, Shooting
  31. 10/29/2021 Edwin Obdulio Gomez Interiano, 41, Shooting
  32. 10/29/2021 Everth Barrera, 56, of Ewing, Shooting
  33. 10/30/2021 Dartanian Ames of Lawrence, 41, Shooting
  34. 11/1/2021  Hector Torres, 43, of Trenton, Shooting on 10/31
  35. 11/17/2021 David Johnson, 39, of Trenton
  36. 12/11/2021 Michael Degrass of Trenton
  37. 12/18/2021Unidentified male, shot Garfield Ave
  38. 12/25/2021 Selvin Lima, Arson
  39. 12/25/2021 Dilman Canpos, Arson
  40. 12/31/2021 Shooting Donnelly Homes

*Updated to reflect the person who died in 2021 from complications from a shooting on May 14, 2018 as per medical examiner report.

**As of 9:00 p.m. 12/31/ 2021


Hamilton Township 2021 homicides stories:







Ewing Township 2021 Homicide stories:








Ewing Firefighters Respond to Crash on Bear Tavern Road at Nursery Road

December 16, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 12:59 p.m. Ewing Township firefighters responded to the intersection of Bear Tavern Road and nursery Road with reports of injuries and entrapment. Engine 30 and Rescue 33 arrived and found everyone out of the vehicles. Firefighters assisted with injuries until Capital Health Paramedics and Ewing EMS could arrive. Ewing Township Police Department is investigating the crash. No further information was available.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News


Maryland and California Siblings Indicted for Dependency Benefits Insurance Fraud from NJM

December 6, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck and Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Tracy M. Thompson today announced that two siblings were indicted on insurance fraud charges for allegedly submitting several forged and falsified proof of college enrollment letters in order to secure continued dependency benefits from New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group (NJM). NJM is headquartered in the West Trenton section of Ewing Township, New Jersey.

Paola Saray Portillo (also known as Paola Saray Reyes), 26, of Silver Spring, Maryland, was indicted on second-degree insurance fraud, third-degree theft by deception, five counts of fourth-degree forgery, and five counts of fourth-degree falsifying and tampering with records.

Paola Saray and her brother, Larry Ulisses Portillo (also known as Larry Ulisses Portillo Quinoñez), 25, of Long Beach, California, were both indicted on third-degree conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, third-degree insurance fraud, fourth-degree forgery, and fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records.

The indictment was returned by a grand jury on December 3, 2021.

The grand jury indictment alleges that between December, 2016 and September, 2018 the siblings submitted six forged and falsified proof of enrollment letters from Long Beach City College in order to secure continued dependency benefits from NJM to which neither were entitled. Since both Paola and Larry were no longer attending any college full-time, nor were they attending Long Beach City College, neither were entitled to any dependency benefits.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000, and third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000. Fourth-degree crimes carry a sentence of up to 18 months in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Deputy Attorney General Leslie-Ann Justus presented the case to the grand jury for the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor under the supervision of Private Insurance Bureau Chief DAG Cheryl Maccaroni, Assistant Bureau Chief DAG Crystal Callahan, and Deputy Insurance Fraud Prosecutor AAG Al Garcia. Detective Kirstie Krupa and Lt. Anne Hayes coordinated the investigation with assistance from CLASS Analyst Marwa Kashef.

Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Tracy M. Thompson noted that many cases have started with anonymous tips. People who are concerned about insurance cheating and have information about a fraud can report it anonymously by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-877-55-FRAUD, or visiting the website at www.NJInsurancefraud.org. State regulations permit a reward to be paid to an eligible person who provides information that leads to an arrest, prosecution, and conviction for insurance fraud.


Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigation Leads to Arrest of Trenton Man for Shooting Homicide

December 2, 2021

EWING TWP (MERCER)– Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today that an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department has led to the arrest of a Trenton man for Monday’s murder of Cedric Hennessee Flippin in Ewing Township.

Daryl K. Smith, 30, was arrested Thursday afternoon at Newark Liberty International Airport on an airplane departing for North Carolina by members of the U.S. Marshals Service. He is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and second- degree certain persons not to possess a firearm. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Smith pending trial.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on November 29, 2021, Ewing police were dispatched to Public Storage on Parkside Avenue in Ewing. Officers arrived on scene and located Flippin unresponsive on the ground outside of one of the storage lockers. Detectives located a shell casing nearby and Flippin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


It appears that Daryl Smith and Cedric Hennessee Flippin were also arrested together and appear in this August 29, 2019 press release from the Jackson Township Police Department:

Jackson Police Department News Release from August 29, 2019

Investigation Results in Drugs and Gun Arrest

On Wednesday August 28, 2019 while working a Directed Enforcement Detail coordinated with a Drunk Driving Enforcement Detail (DDEF), officers and detectives assigned to the detail received information of possible narcotics activity at the Jackson Premium Outlets located off of Monmouth Road.

While conducting surveillance in the area, officers observed the suspect vehicle enter the parking lot and conducted a motor vehicle stop with it. As the three occupants of the vehicle were being secured, officers observed the front seat passenger of the vehicle attempting to reach for his waistband before complying with their orders. As he was taken into custody, a Beretta M9 9mm handgun was recovered from the front area of his waistband. The gun was secured and discovered to have a 15 round magazine which was fully loaded.

During a further search of the vehicle, five bricks of heroin (in excess of 2 ounces) packaged for sale was also recovered. The 3 male suspects were placed under arrest and the 2005 Ford van they were in was impounded pending forfeiture proceedings.

Arrested:

Daryl Smith, age 27 of Trenton NJ. He was charged with: possession of heroin and possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.

Cedric Hennessee-Flippin, age 27 of Trenton NJ. He was charged with: possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and possession of a controlled dangerous substance while operating a motor vehicle.

Zaire Jackson, age 25 of Trenton NJ. He was charged with: possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a weapon while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute, possession of hollow point bullets and possession of a magazine capable of holding in excess of 10 rounds.

All three arrested were processed and later lodged in the Ocean County Jail.

In addition to this incident, other officers working the evening detail, which also included Ocean County Sheriff’s Officers, conducted 69 motor vehicle stops, issued 45 summonses and impounded 2 vehicles.

– The media and the public are reminded that any persons arrested or charged with any offenses or crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Captain Steven Laskiewicz

Uniformed Services Division Commander

Public Information Officer

Jackson Police Department

August 29, 2019


Shooting Homicide in Ewing Township Under Investigation

November 30, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department are investigating a Monday night shooting death in Ewing Township, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on November 29, 2021, Ewing police were dispatched to Public Storage on Parkside Avenue in Ewing.  Officers arrived on scene and located the victim, identified as 29-year-old Cedric Hennessee Flippin of Trenton, unresponsive on the ground outside of one of the storage lockers.  Detectives located a shell casing nearby and Flippin was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org



Other Ewing Township shootings and murders in 2021:







Two Ewing Residents Arrested in Connection to Ewing Murder

November 29, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced today that an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department has resulted in charges being filed against two Ewing residents in connection to last week’s murder of Mark Hudson Jr.

Tyshawn Smith, 23, is charged with murder, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a handgun.  Brianne Novak, 21, is charged with hindering apprehension for providing false information to the police.  Both Smith and Novak were arrested at their respective Ewing residences on Saturday, November 27, by members of the Mercer County Tactical Response Team.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Smith pending trial.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021, Ewing police were dispatched to Hudson’s residence in the 200 block of Douglas Avenue for a person shot.  Upon arrival, officers located the victim suffering from gunshot wounds to his chest and left hand.  Hudson was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

The murder remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call HTF Detective Jennifer Eyster at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



Early Morning 2-Alarm Fire Burns Apartments in Ewing Township

November 24, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township firefighters were dispatched for apartments on fire in the area of 451 of Silvia Street at 1:17 a.m. First arriving firefighters found heavy fire showing exterior decks Side A (front), second and third floors at 485 Silvia Street. A second alarm called on arrival of Chief 33 sending mutual aid to the scene from Lawrence, Hamilton, Pennington and Hopewell.

No further details are available at this time. This is a breaking news story and once details are released the story will be updated.






One Pronounced Dead in Ewing Shooting

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department are investigating a shooting homicide that occurred in the township Monday afternoon.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021, Ewing police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Douglas Avenue for a person shot.  Upon arrival, officers located the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

The victim has been identified as Mark Hudson, Jr., 21, of Ewing.  No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jennifer Eyster with the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org


Three Current and Former Ewing Township Police Officers Indicted on Civil Rights Charges in Their Roles Assaulting a Minor Victim During the Course of an Arrest

November 19, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Three current and former Ewing Township Police Department officers were indicted by a grand jury on civil rights charges for their roles in assaulting a minor victim during the course of an arrest, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Michael Delahanty, 51, of Robbinsville, New Jersey, a retired Ewing Township Police lieutenant; and Matthew Przemieniecki, 43, of Hamilton, New Jersey, and Justin Ubry, 33, of Burlington, New Jersey, both current Ewing Township police officers, are charged in a two-count indictment with deprivation of rights under color of law. Delahanty and Przemieniecki are charged in Count One with a felony offense of deprivation of rights under color of law causing bodily injury, and Ubry is charged in Count Two with a misdemeanor offense of deprivation of rights under color of law. Delahanty, Przemieniecki, and Ubry surrendered this morning and are scheduled to appear by videoconference this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni.

According to the indictment:

At approximately 8:15 a.m., on Jan. 5, 2018, more than a dozen police officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in Ewing Township. Officers located the vehicle, which had crashed, and saw the driver of the vehicle running from the scene. Shortly thereafter, officers located the driver, a minor, in a detached shed on a residential property, removed the minor from the shed, and laid him face down on the snow-covered ground. While other officers handcuffed the victim, Delahanty used his boot to step on the back of the victim’s head, pressing his face into the snow. Przemieniecki kicked snow three times directly into the victim’s face, and Ubry also kicked snow directly into the victim’s face. Przemieniecki then used his boot to step on the victim’s head, again driving his face into the snow. The victim did not resist law enforcement at any time while on the ground. Under the circumstances, the force that defendants Delahanty, Przemieniecki, and Ubry applied to the victim was unreasonable and excessive and violated the victim’s constitutional right to be free from such force.

The felony civil rights charge against Delahanty and Przemieniecki carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The misdemeanor civil rights charge against Ubry carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI Trenton Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Martha K. Nye of the Criminal Division in Trenton, and Senior Civil Rights Counsel R. Joseph Gribko of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig and Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck recently announced the creation of a federal-state Civil Rights Criminal Enforcement Initiative to enhance coordination in the investigation and prosecution of federal, state, and local cases involving civil rights violations by law enforcement officers and others acting under color of law. This initiative combines resources from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, and the FBI in a cooperative approach to criminal civil rights enforcement.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Defense counsel:
Delahanty: David P. Schroth Esq., Ewing 
Przemieniecki: Jerome A. Ballarotto Esq., Trenton
Ubry: Eric Marcy Esq., Woodbridge, New Jersey



Arc Mercer Dedicates Its Hall of Diversity to Beloved Employee

Local non-profit recognizes Dawn Carmosino whose selfless dedication made a lasting impact on the organization.

November 17, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Arc Mercer, Mercer County’s premier agency providing resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over seventy years dedicated the Hall of Diversity to the memory of former employee Dawn Carmosino.

Dawn, a native of Lawrence, New Jersey began her work with the Arc Mercer in 2005 and quickly became a vital part of the organization. She encouraged diversity in the workplace and strived to create a sense of camaraderie among all the employees. “In many ways Dawn was like our matriarch. She really believed in inclusion and welcoming everyone. She made the Arc of Mercer more than a workplace, she made it a family,” shared Steven P. Cook, Executive Director at the Arc Mercer.

It is fitting, therefore, that the organization has chosen to dedicate their Hall of Diversity to her. The Hall is decorated with flags symbolizing the diverse backgrounds of each employee on one side and a wall of employee recognition on the other.

To further her legacy, the Arc will also be unveiling a new award at Monday’s ceremony—the Dawn Carmosino Team Impact Award. The award will be presented annually to an employee selected by their co-workers who embodies the spirit of Dawn Carmosino and the example she set for all members of the Arc family. The first recipient will be announced on Friday, November 19th at the annual Gala.  

Dawn’s untimely passing left a gap in the world that can never be filled. The staff and supporters of the Arc would like to take the opportunity of this dedication and award presentation to remind us of the lasting impact that a single person can make. May Dawn continue to be an inspiration to us all.

Donations in memory of Dawn Carmosino can be to the Arc Mercer online at https://arcmercer.org/how-you-can-help/donate.

The Arc Mercer is a non-profit organization that has provided support and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Greater Mercer County region for more than six decades. The Arc Mercer provides over 1,000 individuals with special needs, access to their community, specialized pre-vocational training, readily available job opportunities, specialized medical care, friendships and often times, love. 

Vehicle Rolls Over In Ewing Township

November 7, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER) – The driver of a sport utility vehicle reportedly suffered only minor injuries when the vehicle flipped onto its roof after veering off Ewingville Road into a utility pole directly in front of the parking lot of Antheil Elementary School Sunday morning (Nov. 7, 2021). The accident, reportedly shortly before 9:45 a.m., was initially said to be in the area of Eggerts Crossing Road and Drift Avenue in Lawrence Township. Lawrence police, EMS and fire department units were dispatched but then were quickly recalled after the correct location – in the 300 block of Ewingville Road in Ewing – was determined. Ewing police, assisted by police from The College of New Jersey – closed Ewingville Road in both directions between Green Lane and Bakun Way. Ewing EMS and Capital Health System paramedics responded, but the paramedics’ services were not needed and they too were recalled. The driver was transported by Ewing EMS to a local hospital. The utility pole struck by the Honda CRV was split at its base and will need to be replaced.


The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office ObservesDomestic Violence Awareness Month

October 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office would like to remind the community that we are here to help. Domestic violence transcends all boundaries: age, gender, race, ethnic, geographical, economic and sexual orientation. Applications for temporary restraining orders are available Monday through Friday during business hours at the Mercer County Civil Courthouse located at 175 South Broad Street in Trenton. After business hours and on weekends, TRO applications can be made at your local police department. Our Office of Victim Witness Advocacy is here to assist you at (609) 989-6428. If you are in imminent danger or an emergency situation, always call 9-1-1.

Mercer County Narcotics Task Force Seizes $22,500 in Heroin, Guns, Cash, In N. Johnston Avenue Home In Hamilton

October 13, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force concluded a two-month investigation this week with one arrest and the seizure of $22,500 in heroin and three guns, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, members of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the Ewing Police Department, the Hamilton Police Division and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, under the command of the prosecutor’s Special Investigations Unit, executed search warrants at multiple locations in Ewing and Hamilton.  The target of the investigation, Justin Hill, was taken into custody during a motor vehicle stop in Ewing Township.  He was found to have a 9mm semi-automatic handgun concealed in his waistband and two bricks of heroin were observed on the center console of the Jeep Cherokee he was operating.

A search of 43 N. Johnston Avenue in Hamilton revealed 150 bricks of heroin in a second-floor bedroom and an automatic firearm with a suppressor and 30-round magazine on the floor in the living room.  Detectives executing a search warrant at Hill’s residence on Conway Avenue in Ewing located an AR-15 style rifle without a serial number, a 60-round magazine drum, a 30-round pistol magazine, and numerous rounds of rifle ammunition.  Cash totaling $1,048 was also seized during the investigation.  Onofri stated that the seized heroin has an approximate street value of $22,500.

Hill, 33, was charged with first- and second-degree narcotic and weapons offenses, and lodged at the Mercer County Correction Center pending a detention hearing.

Despite having been charged, all persons are presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



Ewing Township Man Pleads Guilty To Eluding, Terroristic Threats, Aggravated Assault and DWI

September 29, 2021

JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on September 29, 2021, Michael Mahan, 38, of Ewing Township, pled guilty to Eluding in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2b, Terroristic Threats in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3b, Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(2), and Driving While Intoxicated in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, before the Honorable Michael T. Collins, J.S.C., in connection with a series of events that transpired in Jackson Township on May 8, 2021.  At the time of his sentencing on November 19, 2021, the State will recommend a term of eight years New Jersey State Prison (NJSP) as to the Eluding charge, and five years NJSP as to the Terroristic Threats and Aggravated Assault charges.  The sentences are to run concurrently.

On May 8, 2021, Jackson Township Police Officers responded to a 911 call for a report of a stabbing incident on Maria Street.  Responding Officers discovered a female with a large slash across her face.  An investigation conducted by the Jackson Township Police revealed that the female victim had been followed to her residence by Mahan.  Mahan held a knife to the victim’s neck, threatened to kill her, and then punched her in the face while holding the knife, thereby causing a laceration to her face.  As a neighbor intervened and called 911, Mahan fled the area.  Mahan’s vehicle was observed by Officers traveling on Toms River Road.  A pursuit was initiated, and Mahan fled at a high rate of speed.  As Mahan was attempting to navigate a turn onto West Veterans Highway, he struck another vehicle.  As he continued travelling at a high rate of speed on West Veterans Highway, Mahan’s vehicle collided with yet another vehicle – forcing it off the road.  Mahan’s vehicle traveled approximately 500 more feet before it became disabled; he was subsequently taken into custody without incident. 

Mahan was initially transported to Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus in Lakewood for the purpose of securing a blood sample to determine whether he was operating the motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs; laboratory results from the blood draw later confirmed that Mahan’s blood alcohol level was .14 – nearly twice the legal limit under New Jersey law.  Mahan was transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he has been lodged since May 8, 2021.

The female victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  The occupants of the two vehicles struck by Mahan were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as Jackson Township Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation leading to Mahan’s apprehension, guilty plea, and soon his state prison sentence.


Car Fire Quickly Extinguished In Ewing Township

September 18, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–About 4:50 p.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 Ewing Township
firefighters were dispatched to a car fire in front of the Game Stop store at 1632 North Olden Avenue, near Arctic Parkway. The engine compartment of Dodge Charger was well involved on arrival of Squirt 31. Chief 31 called an extra engine (Engine 30). Ladder Tower 31 also responded. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire and there were no apparent injuries reported. Ewing Police closed the roadway until the fire was out.


Listen to the audio from the fire here


Ewing Police Capture Bank Robber Within Minutes

September 16, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—On Tuesday September 14, 2021 Ewing Township Police dispatch center received a call from an employee at TD Bank located at 1620 Olden Avenue. The caller stated that there was a hold up at the bank and that the suspect was still on location. Further information from the bank indicated that a male passed a note and demanded money. After receiving an unknown amount of money, the male fled the bank on foot. A description of the suspect was broadcast to responding units. Officer David Massi and Officer Joshua Mooring were in the area of the bank within minutes and observed a male matching the suspects description walking behind the CVS Pharmacy. The male was taken into custody without incident and subsequently found to be in possession of money belonging to TD Bank. The suspect was identified as Shareef Halley, 28, of Ewing. Halley was arrested and charged with Robbery and Terroristic Threat offenses.

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Ewing Police Detective David Morris at (609) 882-1313 ext 5561

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Ewing Township Carjacker Busted In Trenton With Help From The NJSP Real Time Crime Center

September 16, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—On Monday September 13, 2021 at 9:54 a.m. the Ewing Township Police dispatch center received a phone call from a victim stating that he was just carjacked in the area of 62 Ronald DeLorenzo Avenue. Responding officers made contact with the victim, who had injuries consistent with being involved in a fight. The victim stated he was sitting in his car in the parking lot with his window partially open when he was approached by a male who asked if he had any weed and began peering into his vehicle. The suspect then pulled the victims door open and a fight ensued outside the vehicle. During the fight, the suspect was able to enter the victim’s vehicle and drive away.

With the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Real Time Crime Center in Trenton, the vehicle was eventually stopped by Trenton Police in the area of Perrry and Stockton Streets in Trenton. When stopped, the vehicle was being operated by Isaia Parker, 27, of Ewing. Parker was also identified as the suspect from the Ewing carjacking and was subsequently charged by Ewing Police with Carjacking, Aggravated Assault and Weapons offenses.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Ewing Police Officer Michael Manfredi at (609) 882-1313 ext. 7590 or Detective Nick Muscente at (609) 882-1313 ext. 7596

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Police Arrest Juvenile In Possession Of Handgun During Fight At Ewing Township High School Football Game

September 11, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In statements released by both Ewing Township Police and Ewing Township Board of Education stated that a fight broke out after halftime at Lawrence Township at Ewing Township High School last night after 6:00 p.m. Police and high school staff broke up the fight and police found a handgun on a juvenile. The fight involved juveniles not involved with either of the schools that were playing the game.

See statements from the Ewing Township Board of Education as well as Ewing Township Police below:


District Statement on Incident at EHS Football Game on September 10th, 2021

On Friday evening at 6PM, Ewing High School hosted Lawrence High School for a varsity football game. 

This was our first major athletic event with spectators since March of 2020 and a large crowd was in attendance. 

Shortly after halftime, a fight broke out between a group of individuals on the home side of the athletic complex. 

These individuals were not students at Ewing High School, nor were they students of Lawrence High School.  This incident had nothing to do with students of either school, any kind of dispute between the schools, or the game being played. 

Ewing Township police and our district staff responded quickly to the fight.  In breaking up the fight, it was discovered that one of the individuals had a firearm in his possession. 

As police addressed the situation and arrested the individual, the decision was made to clear the athletic complex of spectators, and the game was paused.  

The game later resumed and concluded in front of only a small group of family members, staff and police. 

We are very disappointed that this incident occurred and saddened and frustrated that a group of individuals could ruin what should be a fun and positive event. 

It is clear from this incident that certain security concerns in the climate of Covid-19 are heightened.  The administration will reflect on this occurrence, review with stakeholders including the Ewing Township police, and make adjustments in our scheduling, site supervision plan and procedures to prevent something like this from occurring again.  

The district would like to thank the Ewing Township police for their assistance, and apologize to anyone who was negatively impacted by this incident.  


Statement from Ewing Township Police Department:

 

Fire At Trash Transfer Station In Ewing Township

August 26, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–All Ewing Township Fire Departments were dispatched to the trash transfer station at 1619 Calhoun Street for a working fire with a large column of smoke seen. A full first alarm was called sending additional units from Lawrence Township Fire Department to the scene.

Master streams were set up from Ladder Tower 31 and 33, along with several handlines pulled. Within a half an hour the fire department made good progress on knocking down the bulk of the fire.

No further information is available at this time.


Update: Trenton Man Killed In Ewing Shooting Last Night

August 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Ewing Police Department are investigating a shooting homicide that occurred Saturday night August 21, 2021.  Police responded to Stout Avenue in Ewing on a ShotSpotter activation shortly before 10:00 p.m., and found a male victim unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim, 44-year old Aula Boles of Trenton, was later pronounced deceased.  No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Andrew DiStefano at 609-989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

Early morning MidJersey.news story here: Developing: Shooting Investigation In Ewing Township


Developing: Shooting Investigation In Ewing Township

Update: Trenton Man Killed In Ewing Shooting Last Night

August 22, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:58 p.m. last night, August 21, 2021, the Ewing Police Department, Ewing EMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded to 1st Block of Stout Avenue for a gun shot victim. Upon arrival it was reported that it was an obvious death and that paramedics would pronounce the victim on scene a short time later. There were unofficial reports of around 17 shots fired at the scene. Crime scene investigators could be seen investigating the scene and collecting evidence. Ewing Police and the Mercer County Homicide Task Force are on scene investigating the shooting. No further information is available at this time.


House Fire In Ewing Quickly Extinguished

August 18, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 11:33 a.m. all Ewing Township Fire Companies were dispatched to 16 Garth Avenue for a house fire. Upon arrival crews were met with heavy fire in the rear of the structure and crews pulled two attack lines to quickly knock down the fire. Additional aid was called from Lawrence Township to the scene of the fire.

The is under investigation by the Ewing Township Fire Marshal and Ewing PD. No further information was available.




Crash With Injuries Route 29 South at W. Upper Ferry Road In Ewing Township

August 12, 2012

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 5:43 p.m. the West Trenton Fire Company, Ewing Police and Ewing EMS were detailed to Route 29 South at West Upper Ferry Road for a vehicle crash with reported entrapment. When the chief arrived it was reported that there was no entrapment but there was a small oil and paint spill that needed clean up. Ewing Township firefighters responded to apply oil dry to clean the roadway. Ewing Township EMS transported victims to the hospital. The Ewing Township Police Department is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.



Three Individuals Charged In Connection With Remote $450K Access Scam

Scammers were from Sewaren, Middlesex County and Ewing Township Mercer County

August 11, 2021

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Dennis McFadden of the Carteret Police Department announce authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in the investigation of three individuals who have been arrested and charged for their involvement in a fraud scheme that yielded the seizure of over $450,000.

On April 3, 2021, Saurabh Bhambri, 27, of Sewaren was charged and arrested for Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity, Theft by Deception, Identity Theft, and Forgery. Poonam Bhambri, 57, of Sewaren was also charged and arrested for Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity, Identity Theft, and Forgery. Karan Bhambri, 30, of Ewing was also charged with Conspiracy to Commit Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity.

The individuals were charged following an investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office – Special Investigations Unit and the Carteret Police Department with assistance of the Edison Police Department and the Homeland Security Investigation – Newark Field Office.

At present, defendants are alleged to have set up and used several IT businesses to persuade victims to give them remote access to their personal computers in order to obtain their personal identifying and banking information.

Below is a list of businesses with which the defendants are affiliated:

  • SR Business Services – Woodbridge Township
  • SKR Communications, LLC Colonia section of Woodbridge Township
  • Earthlink Networking Services, LLC – Woodbridge Township
  • Inciti Intermodal, LLC Sewaren section of Woodbridge Township
  • Tradex Indous Corporation Sewaren section of Woodbridge Township
  • Business Web, LLC – Ewing Township
  • SK Communications – Ewing Township
  • Inspired Networking Services, LLC – Dayton section of South Brunswick Township
  • Shivoham Partnership, LLC – Ewing Township
  • Delloid, LLC – Sewaren section of Woodbridge Township

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Christopher Van Eerde of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3300 or Detective Anthony Ramos of the Carteret Police Department at (732) 541-4181.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Saurabh Bhambri, Poonam Bhambri, and Karan Bhambri are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Reported Pedestrian And 2 Car Accident At Parkway And Concord Avenues

August 8, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–It is unclear exactly what happened but an accident occurred around 5:15 p.m. at Parkway and Concord Avenues involving a pedestrian and two cars. A witness on scene said his nephew was the pedestrian that was hit and taken to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threating injuries. No further information is available.


Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Ewing Township Man Creates False Public Alarm, Threatens Better Business Bureau With Bomb Threat In Hamilton Township

August 2, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On July 29,2021, Hamilton Police were dispatched to the Better Business Bureau located in Hamilton, New Jersey, on a threatening telephone call.  Responding officers were advised that a male, later identified as Litin Su, a 56 year old Ewing resident, contacted the business regarding a complaint filed about his business which is located in Pennington, New Jersey. Mr. Su was concerned about the rating his business would receive because of the complaint against the business. During the conversation, Mr. Su allegedly told the call taker that he would have someone bring a “bomb” to the Better Business Bureau if his business rating was affected by the complaint.

Detective Lawrence MacArthur conducted the investigation regarding this incident and charged Litin Su, with False Public Alarm and Terroristic Threats. Mr. Su was arrested on August 2, 2021, and is awaiting arraignment for these charges. 

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident, is asked to contact Detective Lawrence MacArthur of the Hamilton Police Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 689-5827 or via email at lmacarthur@hamiltonpd.org

Every defendant is presumed innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 


Update: Man Arrested In Death Of Transgender Person

August 1, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A 36-year-old Ewing man has been arrested in this week’s shooting death of Shaquil Loftin, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

Daniel L. Smith was taken into custody late Saturday evening during a motor vehicle stop in Ewing by members of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Special Investigations Unit.  He is charged with one count of murder and multiple weapons offenses.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Smith pending trial.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the MCHTF.  On Friday, July 30, 2021, at approximately 4:40 a.m., Trenton police responded to a report of a shooting at a residence in the first block of Kelsey Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers found the victim, identified as 23-year-old Shaquil Loftin, shot in the face.  Loftin was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

A search warrant was executed at the Kelsey Avenue residence.  Witnesses were interviewed and area surveillance footage was reviewed.  As a result, Smith was identified as the individual who shot and killed Loftin.

Detectives continue to investigate what prompted the attack.  The case remains under investigation for potential bias charges as Loftin is transgender and identified as female.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Dave Petelle 609-989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Related MidJersey.News story here: Early Morning Murder In Trenton




Names of 2021* homicide victims: 

  1. 2/18/2021 Jabree Saunders, 26, from shooting on May 14, 2018
  2. 2/22/2021 Khalil Gibbs, 25, of West Windsor, shooting
  3. 2/25/2021 Lovelle Laramore, 60, of Trenton shooting
  4. 4/15/2021 Kaheem Carter, 22, of Trenton, shooting
  5. 4/20/2021 Shaquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  6. 4/24/2021 Cheryl Jones, 65, of Trenton, shooting
  7. 4/29/2021 Ramire Harvey, 25, of Trenton, shooting
  8. 5/15/2021 David Williams 36, of Trenton, shooting
  9. 5/29/2021 Edgar Geovani Sis-Luis, 34, of Trenton, aggravated manslaughter
  10. 7/05/2021 Dion Ellis, 16, Trenton, Shooting
  11. 7/14/2021 Pablo Herrera Chun, 53, Trenton, Shooting
  12. 7/19/2021 William Mitchell, 33, Trenton, Shooting
  13. 7/19/2021 Jermel Carter, 38, Trenton, Shooting
  14. 7/29/2021 Leonard Pettigrew, 58, Trenton, Shooting
  15. 7/30/2021 Shaquil Loftin, 23, Shooting, Trenton
  16. 8/01/2021 Daquan Basnight, 30, of Ewing, Shooting

*Updated to reflect the person who died in 2021 from complications from a shooting on May 14, 2018 as per medical examiner report.


Acting AG Bruck Announces Indictment of 20 Members and Associates of Violent “Get Money Boys” Gang Allegedly Linked to Five Shootings in Trenton

Alleged Leader Charles M. Willis and Others Charged in 2019 Murder and 2020 Shooting That Left 12-Year-Old Girl in Critical Condition


July 29, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck today announced the indictment of 20 alleged members and associates of the “Get Money Boys” or “GMB,” a violent gang allegedly linked to multiple shootings in Trenton, including a December 2019 murder of a 32-year-old man, the attempted murder of a police officer in February 2020, and a June 2020 shooting that wounded several bystanders on Wood Street, including a 12-year-old girl who was critically injured.

Acting on intelligence from the Trenton Police Department about alleged gun violence by GMB members, the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau began investigating the gang and its alleged leader, Charles M. Willis, aka “Charly Wingate” or “Gate,” in late 2019. They collaborated with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Trenton Police Department, West Windsor Police Department, Hamilton Police Department, Ewing Police Department, Mercer County Shooting Response Team, and Mercer County Corrections.

The investigation led to numerous arrests last summer as violence linked to GMB escalated during the COVID pandemic, culminating in the June 3, 2020 shooting on Wood Street. Alleged GMB member Davion Fenderson allegedly attempted to murder a man, firing from a car at a crowded porch. The targeted man was only grazed, but gunfire struck three other victims, critically injuring two—a man who was shot in the chest, and the 12-year-old girl, who was shot in the abdomen.

Investigators—who had already arrested Willis and five associates in connection with the December 2019 murder, the attempted murder of the police officer, and another prior shooting—arrested 10 more alleged GMB members beginning two days after the Wood Street shooting.

The July 23, 2021 indictment charges all 20 defendants with first-degree racketeering. Fenderson was directly indicted for attempted murder and aggravated assault in the Wood Street shooting, and the indictment also charges Willis with those offenses for allegedly ordering the shooting. In addition, On February 12, 2020, GMB members allegedly shot at two men, causing them to crash their car, and when a police officer pursued the GMB members, they allegedly fired at him. The officer was not hit. Those men and Willis are charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault in the shooting involving the two civilians.

“We can and must end gun violence in New Jersey, and this latest indictment reflects our commitment to doing so,” said Acting Attorney General Bruck. “We are using every tool and resource at our disposal to keep the residents of New Jersey safe.”

“The Division of Criminal Justice and its partners acted with a sense of urgency when they arrested members of this gang last summer as violence escalated,” said Director Lyndsay V. Ruotolo of the Division of Criminal Justice. “Because of the intelligence-driven investigation we had conducted, we were prepared to act swiftly to protect Trenton residents. This indictment is an important next step in our efforts to keep the community safe by keeping these alleged gang members behind bars.”

“The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office is extremely proud of major collaborative investigations such as the one that led to these indictments,” said Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri. “When we all partner together to stop the criminal activities that threaten the safety of our citizens, we send a message to these violent gang members that their destruction won’t be tolerated in our communities.”

“We remain steadfast in our commitment to our law enforcement partners and the residents of Trenton to continue to aggressively pursue violent criminals and criminal organizations whose actions far too often have tragic and unintended consequences—like the shooting of an innocent 12-year-old child,” said Colonel Patrick CallahanSuperintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “Today’s indictments are the first step to ensuring that those responsible are held accountable.”

It is alleged that the Get Money Boys, under the leadership of Willis, controlled heroin and cocaine distribution in the area around the Oakland Street Apartments in Trenton. Willis allegedly gave orders to lower ranking GMB members to carry out acts of violence against rivals on behalf of the gang. In addition to being charged with other defendants in first-degree counts of murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder, Willis is charged with first-degree leader of a narcotics trafficking network and first-degree promoting organized street crime.

Many of the defendants face narcotics and/or weapons offenses. In addition, the 61-count indictment charges defendants in connection with the following shootings:

  • Sept. 17, 2019 Shooting.  Shaiquan Hearns is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses for allegedly shooting a man in the leg in the early morning hours of Sept. 17, 2019 on Lamberton Street in Trenton.
     
  • Dec. 27, 2019 Murder of Michael Barnes.  Michael Barnes, 32, was shot in the face on Commonwealth Avenue in Trenton on the night of Dec. 27. Davion Fenderson, Willis, Hearns, and Richard Fenderson are charged with murder.
     
  • Feb. 12, 2020 Shooting of Civilians and Attempted Murder of Police Officer.  On Feb. 12, GMB members allegedly shot at two men, causing them to crash their car.  When a police officer pursued the GMB members, they allegedly fired at him. He was not hit.  Hearns, Dion Battle, and Yahonatan Salter are charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault in the shooting involving the officer. Those men and Willis are charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault in the shooting involving the two civilians.
     
  • May 1, 2020 Shooting. On the night of May 1, 2020, five GMB members allegedly opened fire on a group of individuals on Sanhican Drive in Trenton, wounding two men. Willis, Shawn Anderson, Bobby Hood, Zaire Jackson, and David Williams are charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses in that shooting.

The state grand jury indictment is posted online at 


The indictment charges the following defendants with first-degree racketeering and other offenses:

  1. Charles M. Willis, 28, of Willingboro, N.J.
  2. Shaiquan Hearns, 22, of Trenton, N.J.
  3. Davion Fenderson, 27, of Trenton, N.J.
  4. Richard Fenderson, 33, of Trenton, N.J.
  5. Bobby Hood, 29, of Trenton, N.J.
  6. Dion Battle, 29, of Trenton, N.J.
  7. Yahonatan Salter, 29, of Trenton, N.J.
  8. Shawn Anderson, 23, of Trenton, N.J.
  9. Zaire Jackson, 26, of Trenton, N.J.
  10. David Williams, 29, of Camden, N.J.
  11. Dahquay Poole, 18, of Trenton, N.J.
  12. Tre Whetstone, 27, of Trenton, N.J.
  13. Charles J. Willis (Willis’ father), 50, of Lawrenceville, N.J.
  14. Fredrick Eutsey, 46, of Ewing, N.J.
  15. John M. Colvin Jr., 24, of Trenton, N.J.
  16. Laurence Green, 45, of Trenton, N.J.
  17. Briana Blue, 24, of Princeton, N.J.
  18. Tameka Flemming, 31, of Trenton, N.J.
  19. Ashley Jones, 31, of Trenton, N.J.
  20. Brittani Mims, 32, of Trenton, N.J.


Acting Attorney General Bruck commended all of the prosecutors, detectives, investigators and officers who participated in the investigation for the Division of Criminal Justice, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Trenton Police Department, Trenton Shooting Response Team, and New Jersey Department of Corrections.

Deputy Attorneys General Cassandra Montalto and Jaclyn Poulton presented the indictment to the state grand jury for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Cassandra Montalto, Bureau Chief Lauren Scarpa Yfantis, and DCJ Deputy Director Annmarie Taggart.

The detectives who conducted the investigation for the Division of Criminal Justice are Lt. Brian Woolston, Sgt. Kevin Gannon, Detective Scott Caponi, former Detective Zachary Grey, and other members of the Gangs & Organized Crime Central Squad, under the supervision of former Lt. Brian Bruton, Deputy Chief of Detectives Frederic Moore, and Chief of Detectives Weldon Powell.

First-degree murder carries a sentence of life in state prison, including 30 years of parole ineligibility, while the first-degree charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder carry a sentence of 10 to 30 years in state prison. The other first-degree charges carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison and fine of up to $200,000. The racketeering charge carries a period of parole ineligibility equal to 85 percent of the sentence imposed.

Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. Possession of a weapon as a convicted felon carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of five years, and unlawful possession of a weapon carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility equal to one-third to one-half of the sentence imposed or three years, whichever is greater. Third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000. 

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Defense Attorneys

For Charles M. Willis: Alan D. Bowman, Esq.

For Hearns: Michael R. Rosas, Esq.

For Hood: Patrick C. O’Hara Jr., Esq.

For Battle: Rukiya A. Blackwell, Esq.

For Salter: Deirdre C. Smith, Esq.

For Anderson: Arun D. Lavine, Esq.

For Jackson: Peter V. Abatemarco, Esq.

For Williams: Bruce L. Throckmorten, Esq.

For Poole: Kevin Hewitt Jr., Esq.

For Whetstone: John S. Furlong, Esq.

For Charles J. Willis: Jarred S. Freeman, Esq.

For Eutsey: Andrew Duclair, Esq.

For Colvin: Louis A. Mangione Jr., Esq.

For Blue: Mark A. Fury, Esq.

For Others: Undetermined.