Suspect in Washington Township Armed Robbery & Carjacking Indicted
A man accused of committing an armed robbery at a Washington Township gas station and then carjacking a local resident has been indicted by a Gloucester County grand jury.
The crimes were allegedly committed during the early morning hours on May 12, 2016. According to Gloucester County prosecutors, the suspect approached a worker at the Shell gas station located on Route 168 in Washington Township and threatened the man with a knife. The suspect allegedly told the victim that he would use the knife unless the gas station employee handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and multiple packs of cigarettes. Once the suspect had the money and the cigarettes, he reportedly ran out of the gas station and fled the area on foot.
The victim dialed 911 and alerted the Washington Township Police Department, which immediately dispatched officers to the scene. However, by the time the Washington Township cops arrived at the gas station, the suspect was nowhere to be found. Police canvassed the area in search of the suspect, but they were unable to locate him.
Approximately six hours after the gas station robbery, the suspect allegedly entered a residence located on Forrest Drive in Washington Township. Once the suspect was inside the house, he reportedly brandished the knife and demanded that the homeowner give him the keys to a car parked outside. A struggle ensued, with the suspect reportedly using the knife to brutally assault the victim. As a result of the violent incident, the victim reportedly sustained deep cuts on his forearm. Officials later described the victim’s injuries as “significant.”
The suspect managed to get the car keys from the victim. He then drove off in the stolen motor vehicle, only to be apprehended sometime later by police officers while driving on Route 73 in Camden County, NJ.
The suspect is a 30-year-old male from Winslow Township, New Jersey. He has been charged with a number of very serious crimes, including carjacking, burglary, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The suspect has also been charged with resisting arrest because he allegedly struggled with police officers while being arrested.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the most serious charges of carjacking, he could end up spending a very long time behind bars. That’s because carjacking is classified as a special kind of first degree felony in the NJ Criminal Code. While most first degree criminal offenses carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in New Jersey State Prison, carjacking is treated differently: a conviction for carjacking could result in a sentence of up to 30 years in state prison.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was remanded to the Salem County Correctional Facility. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a $250K bail amount. Now that the suspect has been indicted on the criminal charges, it is not likely that the high bail amount will be lowered. If the suspect cannot post bail, he will have to remain at the correctional facility until his criminal case is resolved.
For further information, check out the NJ.com article, “Man Indicted in Washington Twp. Robbery, Carjacking, Assault.”
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