Category Archives: Hamilton NJ

Multiple injured in White Horse circle crash

Hamilton Twp: Two SUVs collided at the Whitehorse Ave circle, injuring four to five people Sunday night. All injuries were considered non-life-threatening and were transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton.

Fights broke out at the Regal Independence Plaza in Hamilton

Hamilton Twp, NJ (Mercer): The new movie scream was released on Friday over the weekend. Nearby movie theaters were packed. Chaos broke out at the Regal Independence Plaza & RPX, with fights occurring and Hamilton township Police seen on video trying to contain the issue. It is unknown if anyone was arrested during the altercation. Hamilton Police has not responded to a comment.

Hamilton man arrested on multiple charges including second-degree attempted kidnapping teenage girl

Hamilton, NJ (Mercer) Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported that an investigation into online child exploitation has resulted in the arrest of a Hamilton man.

Francis Frobose, 26, of Hamilton, NJ, is charged with second-degree attempted kidnapping, second-degree attempted luring, second-degree attempted sexual assault and third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Frobose pending trial. He is being held in the Mercer County Correction Center in Hopewell and a detention hearing is scheduled for this week in Mercer County Superior Court before Judge Robert W. Bingham II.

In August 2021, detectives with the prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit began an investigation into individuals attempting to use the internet to sexually exploit children. Frobose was identified as a subject and began chatting online with ICAC detectives.

More than 100 messages were exchanged between Frobose and detectives. The complaint alleges Frobose described the sexual acts that were to be committed, set up a meet, and showed up to the location to pick up an individual he believed to be a 15- year-old girl and engage in the sexual conduct discussed.

On Thursday afternoon, October 28, 2021, detectives followed Frobose from his Hamilton home to the meet location, where he was taken into custody without incident by officers with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. Third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Prosecutor Onofri urged anyone with information about suspected improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children to please contact his Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit at 609-989-6568 or the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force tip line at 888-648-6007.

“I want the residents of Mercer County to know we are out there online, protecting our children,” Prosecutor Onofri said. “This year alone, the ICAC Task Force has conducted 180 investigations into child pornography, child exploitation and luring minors to engage in illicit sexual activity. Thirty search warrants have been executed and 29 people have been charged, with more than 100,000 child pornography images and videos recovered.”
“We will use every investigative tool at our disposal to aggressively pursue and prosecute these predators that attempt to exploit our most innocent victims,” he continued.

Hamilton Starbucks closed after employees started feeling ill

Hamilton, NJ (Mercer) Some people were not able to get their morning coffee after reportedly 6 people unknown if all were employees begun to start to feel ill.

Hamilton township fire department responded to the Starbucks on Whitehorse Ave along with two Robert wood Johnson ambulances and shortly after requested for Hamilton township hazmat along with the township health inspector to the cafe.

Emergency medical services reportedly were treating two patients unknown if they were transported to the hospital. But later were requested back and transported one person to the hospital.

Starbucks remained closed, Fire department officials and township officials cleared the scene just after 10:Am. The cause is currently unknown. Starbucks Manager was not available for comment when a call was made. The Starbucks reopened hours later.

Edison man charged with Hamilton Twp homicide

Hamilton, NJ ( MERCER) Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported Wednesday that an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Hamilton Police Division has led to the arrest of an Edison man for last month’s murder of Dashawn Womack.
George A. Briscoe, 31, was arrested Wednesday morning in Edison by members of the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, and the Hamilton and Edison police. He is charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, and multiple weapons offenses. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Briscoe pending trial.
At approximately 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021, Hamilton patrol officers located 39-year-old Womack in a parked vehicle on Rosalie Avenue, adjacent to Victor Avenue. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Prosecutors say Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law

Grand Jury Returns Indictment Charging Michael Sanders in the Hamilton Fire that Killed Four People

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced that a Mercer County grand jury returned a 15-count indictment this week charging Michael Sanders with setting the Hamilton fire that caused the deaths of four people over the summer.
Sanders, 23, of Trenton, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of first-degree felony murder, four counts of second-degree aggravated assault, two counts of second-degree aggravated arson and one count of second-degree causing or risking widespread injury or damage.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Arson Unit and the Hamilton Police Division.
On July 9, 2021, at approximately 3:40 a.m., a fire started at 213 Woodlawn Avenue which quickly engulfed both sides of the two and a half story, wood frame duplex, causing a partial roof collapse. A nine-month-old baby girl, identified as Malani Sanders, and her 42-year-old grandmother, identified as Tiffany Abrams-Jones, were found deceased at the scene. Three additional individuals were transported to the hospital with critical burn injuries. The baby’s grandfather, 50-year-old Prince Jones, succumbed to his injuries on July 11, 2021, and Zamair McRae died a few weeks later.

Detectives were able to retrieve video from numerous cameras in the area and speak to witnesses. One witness told detectives that leading up to the fire, one of the residents of 213 Woodlawn Avenue, who is the mother of the deceased baby, received a text message from the baby’s father, Michael Sanders, telling her to get their baby out of the house.
Detectives determined that Sanders took a taxi from an area near his residence in Trenton and was dropped off approximately one block from 213 Woodlawn Avenue shortly after 3:00 a.m. Sanders, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood over his head, a mask, and white gloves, walked past the residence towards Greenwood Avenue approximately 15 minutes before the fire started. Detectives were also able to obtain surveillance video from the Fast Trac Gas Station on Greenwood Avenue from July 9, approximately 10 minutes before the fire, which showed Sanders making a purchase of what appears to be a dark colored torch lighter and cigars. During this purchase, he removed the mask covering his face. Sanders left the store and was observed walking on Woodlawn Avenue back in the direction of 213 Woodlawn. Approximately four minutes after Sanders passed that camera, the reflection of light from the fire at 213 Woodlawn can be seen on the video.
Additional video captured Sanders walking back to his residence on Bayard Street in Trenton. When he arrived on Bayard, he was no longer wearing a mask or gloves. Additionally, he was no longer wearing the dark hooded sweatshirt. After reviewing this video, detectives canvassed that area and recovered a dark hooded sweatshirt a few doors down from Sanders’ residence in the bottom of a basement stairway.
Sanders is being held in the Mercer County Correction Center pending trial. Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Cook presented the case to the grand jury.

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