TRENTON – A Trenton man was convicted by a jury on Thursday of robbery and carjacking offenses, all of which are first-degree charges that make him eligible for an extended prison term at sentencing, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.
On February 13, 2020, a Mercer County jury found Jamil Hilton, 46, of Trenton, guilty of two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree carjacking.
On August 12, 2015, Hilton robbed two employees of the Auto Outlet in Ewing Township at gunpoint. He took approximately $240, two rolls of quarters and a 1998 black Lexus. The defendant drove the Lexus around the corner, abandoned it on Short Olden Avenue and fled the area. Two days later, a police investigation led officers to Hilton’s home on Daymond Street in Trenton. Hilton admitted to officers that he committed the robbery at the Auto Outlet, and he directed police to the location of the gun. Following his arrest, Hilton provided a full confession to detectives.
Hilton is scheduled to be sentenced on March 27. He is extended-term eligible due to his previous convictions and faces a state prison sentence of 20 years to life.
Assistant Prosecutor Alycia Beyrouty represented the state during the five-day trial before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Thomas F. Scully. The defendant was represented by Jason Matey, Esq.
Trenton, N.J. – The New Jersey State Police have arrested three men and one woman in connection to the shooting of a task force vehicle earlier today in Trenton.
Based on the preliminary investigation, at approximately 2:17 p.m., a Hamilton Township police officer assigned to the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression Central Unit Task Force observed a shooting in progress in the area of West State Street and Parkside Avenue.
The officer, who was operating an unmarked task force vehicle, followed the suspect vehicle to the area of the Oakland Park Apartments on Coolidge Avenue when he was fired upon. The task force car was struck, but the officer was not injured.
When the suspect vehicle stopped, multiple occupants fled on foot. At this time, three male suspects and one female suspect are in State Police custody, and several weapons have been recovered.
This is an active investigation, and there is no additional information available.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Wrestling Tournament was held today at Robbinsville High School. Joey Lamparelli (Allentown) received the 2020 Most Outstanding Wrestler award. (more to follow on Joey). Hopewell Valley High School was first place team.
Individual Results 1st through 6th:
1st Place – Shailen Savur of Robbinsville
2nd Place – Robert Fattore of Hightstown
3rd Place – Nicholas Ricigliano of Steinert
4th Place – Chloë Ayres of Princeton
5th Place – Kyle Doherty of Hopewell Valley
6th Place – Johnae Drumright of Trenton Central
1st Place – Sudesh Gurung of Nottingham
2nd Place – Christian Micikas of Hopewell Valley
3rd Place – Cory Stallworth of Trenton Central
4th Place – Martin Brophy of Princeton
5th Place – Aiden Weil of Robbinsville
6th Place – Rommel Mendez of Lawrence
1st Place – Joey Lamparelli of Allentown
2nd Place – Jacob Venezia of Hopewell Valley
3rd Place – Dylan Cifrodelli of Robbinsville
4th Place – Joseph Obst of Hightstown
5th Place – Silvia Aparicio of Hamilton West
6th Place – Gavin White of Notre Dame
1st Place – Drake Torrington of Robbinsville
2nd Place – Allen Lopez of Hopewell Valley
3rd Place – Anthony Verdi of Steinert
4th Place – Giovanni Morina of Hightstown
5th Place – Kolin O`Grady of Allentown
6th Place – Bakhtiyar Bajwa of Lawrence
1st Place – Kether Thornton of Hightstown
2nd Place – chris Sockler of Princeton
3rd Place – Cole Cifrodelli of Robbinsville
4th Place – Joe Vannozzi of Hopewell Valley
5th Place – Alexander Samayoa of Ewing
6th Place – David Aboasu of Nottingham
1st Place – Aaron Munford of Princeton
2nd Place – Alejandro Lopez of Hopewell Valley
3rd Place – Mason Louderback of Notre Dame
4th Place – Isaiah Lederman of Robbinsville
5th Place – Reece Schenck of Lawrence
6th Place – Isaiah Thornton of Hightstown
1st Place – dominic Riendeau-Krause of Princeton
2nd Place – Careem Frost of Lawrence
3rd Place – Elijah Rodriguez of Hightstown
4th Place – Owen Weigle of Ewing
5th Place – Andrew Nixon of Hamilton West
6th Place – Jeremy Murray of Robbinsville
1st Place – james romaine of Princeton
2nd Place – Matt Paglia of Allentown
3rd Place – Sean Mills of Lawrence
4th Place – Brian Zeglarski of Hopewell Valley
5th Place – RJ Stradling of Robbinsville
6th Place – Robert Doss of Hightstown
1st Place – Nicholas Golden of Allentown
2nd Place – Alex Stavrou of Hightstown
3rd Place – Kwanir Edwards of Nottingham
4th Place – Te`amo Nazario of Trenton Central
5th Place – Ben Shevlin of Hopewell Valley
6th Place – matt elsworth of Princeton
1st Place – Ryan Bennett of Hamilton West
2nd Place – Jake Dallarda of Lawrence
3rd Place – Tommy Zovich of West Windsor-Plainsboro North
4th Place – Nicodemus Leaver of Hightstown
5th Place – Gael Vasquez of Hopewell Valley
6th Place – Manuel Roman of Nottingham
1st Place – Josh Beigman of Hopewell Valley
2nd Place – Connor Verga of Lawrence
3rd Place – Paskal Miga of Allentown
4th Place – Dorian Henry of Nottingham
5th Place – Ireayo Kuku of West Windsor-Plainsboro South
6th Place – Clayton Resch of Steinert
1st Place – Chris Stavrou of Hightstown
2nd Place – Brian LaCross of Hopewell Valley
3rd Place – Timothy Glynn of West Windsor-Plainsboro North
4th Place – Jaylen Bynes of Notre Dame
5th Place – Jayson Williams of Trenton Central
6th Place – Ricardo Cruz of Lawrence
1st Place – Bryan Bonilla of Hightstown
2nd Place – Christian Cacciabaudo of Hopewell Valley
3rd Place – Daniel Schweitzer of Allentown
4th Place – Eric Brown of Trenton Central
5th Place – Jonathan Jupiter of Nottingham
6th Place – Mohamed Abdelatty of Lawrence
1st Place – Brenden Hansen of Hightstown
2nd Place – Matthew Moore of West Windsor-Plainsboro North
WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Friends and families packed the gymnasium at Mercer County Community College for Mercer County Police Academy, graduation exercises held for the Basic Recruit Class # 22-19. Marty P. Masseroni Director, Detective Robert Gioscio Chief Instructor, Inv. Michael Winget Staff Instructor, Rene Mastroianni Staff Secretary, Detective Dennis Schuster (Retired) Range Master Sheriff’s-Liaison, Brian Hughes County Executive, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri, John Kemler Mercer County Sheriff Board Chairman, Chief Lance Maloney President Chief’s of Police Association and Dr. Jianting Wang President of Mercer County College.
Mercer County Press Release:
WEST WINDSOR—Sixty-one cadets who made up the 22nd basic class of police officers took part in today’s Mercer County Police Academy commencement held in the gymnasium at Mercer County Community College (MCCC).
An audience of several hundred family members, friends, Mercer County dignitaries and law enforcement officials from around State of New Jersey saw the cadets receive graduation certificates to officially make them police officers.
The graduates endured 21 weeks of training at the academy in all aspects of law enforcement and will now serve in police agencies within Mercer County and elsewhere (see complete list below). The academy, which was created in October 2006, is located on the grounds of MCCC.
Michael Flanagan, who will join the New Jersey Transit Police Department and was chosen by his fellow graduates as class speaker, told the gathering that he was inspired by a Police Academy instructor’s pep talk in which he asked the cadets if they knew why police officers train so hard. “It’s because we always win … we have to.”
“Mercer Class 22-19, I want you to leave this graduation today with the mindset that we always win,” Officer Flanagan said. “Maintain your physical fitness because we always win. Keep up on your case law because we always win. Take your in-service training seriously because we always win. Know what’s around you 360 because we always win. While on this job, stay locked in and do not get complacent, because you always have to win.”
Also addressing the class were Police Academy Director Martin Masseroni, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, Mercer County Sheriff John A. Kemler, Hopewell Township Police Chief Lance Maloney, president of the Mercer County Chiefs of Police Association; and Dr. Jianping Wang, MCCC president. Also in attendance were Freeholders Ann Cannon, John Cimino and Lucylle Walter.
During training, the class studied in disciplines such as use of force, firearms, vehicle pursuit, hostage negotiation, advanced crime scene processing and domestic violence prevention, among others. Several cadets received awards at the graduation ceremony for their excellence in training. Ethan Fisher, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, was chosen by his classmates to receive the Certificate of Merit awarded by the N.J. Police Training Commission to the best all-around graduate. Officer Fisher also received the academic award; Ayaz Kahn, New Jersey Transit Police Department, and Danae Rebelo, Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, both earned the firearms qualification award with perfect scores; Alyssa DiPierro, Trenton Police Department, and Thomas Tramontana, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, both received the physical training award; and Jonathan White, New Jersey Transit Police Department, received the emergency vehicle operations award.
The Mercer Police Academy consists of two classrooms specially designed for the needs of law enforcement training, and recruits use MCCC grounds, its library and its gymnasium for training purposes. The campus includes a padded training room that is used for “defensive tactics” classes. A shooting range in Hopewell Township operated by the prosecutor’s office is part of the academy as well.
The following is a list of the graduates, their hometowns and the law enforcement agency each will join. (Alternate Route trainees attend the academy at their own expense and now can pursue employment as a certified police officer.)
Alternate Route: Ahmet Ekiz, Hamilton; Arthur Juba, South River; Anthony Leone, Springfield; William Revesz, Montgomery; and Tyler Vandergrift, Hamilton
Hamilton Township Police Division: Gregory Danley, Hamilton
Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Office: Timothy Althamer, Flemington
Lawrence Township Police Department: Nigel Davis and Michael Hammond, both of Lawrence
Linden Police Department: Michael Linebaugh and Antoine Suggs, both of Linden
Mercer County Sheriff’s Office: Tyler Beers, Hamilton; Alesha Bethea, Trenton; Anthony Herold, Lawrence; Dylan Tallman, Hamilton; Thomas Tramontana, Hamilton; and Lawrence Windsor, Lawrence
Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office: Taylor Clanton, Piscataway; Jaquan Cook, New Brunswick; Devin Gray, Milltown; Lawrence Lenahan, Sayreville; Jennifer Lukacs, Perth Amboy; Christian Paez, Sayreville; Helder Paredes, Monroe; Danae Rebelo, Middlesex; Islam Saad, Sayreville; Jessica Tymitz, Woodbridge; Jeremy Vargas, Woodbridge; and Antonios Zaferellis, South River
New Jersey Transit Police Department: Mohammed Ahmed, Haledon; Michael Baloga, North Arlington; Michael Dowdy, Irvington; Michael Flanagan, Jersey City; Sean Gallagher, Belvidere; Paul Gawin, Saddlebrook; Kevin Guy, Fairlawn; Katherine Hormaza, Morristown; Ayaz Kahn, Nutley; Kevin Kolbenschlag, Brick; Joseph Mastropfilipo, Paramus; Christopher Montalvo, Bloomfield; Matthew Reiter, Manalapan; Elias Statham, Bayonne; Jonathan White, Jefferson; and Jonathan Ydo, Bloomfield
Somerset County Sheriff’s Office: Ethan Fisher, Branchburg; and Kyle Lippincott, Milford
Trenton Police Department: Michael Cahill, Lawrence; Julio Casso, Hamilton; Alyssa DiPierro, Hamilton; Austin Fountain, Hamilton; Michael Giovannetti, Ewing; Scott Hussey, Hamilton; Michael Kovacs, Hamilton; Alyssa Mantuano, Hamilton; Matthew Martindell, Hamilton; Jeffrey Pownall, Yardville; Michael Tylutki, Hamilton, Christopher Vitoritt, Hamilton; Brandon Walker, Hamilton; and Justin Walker, Hamilton