HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - One suspect has been arrested, and a second suspect is being sought for an attempted home invasion on Mersher Court at 1:20 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.
Jhamir Hoagland, 18, of Taylor Drive, Franklin Township is charged with 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, 2nd degree Burglary, 3rd degree Hindering Apprehension, Disorderly Persons Offense Criminal Mischief, and Petty Disorderly Person’s Offense Defiant Trespass, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Hoagland is lbeing held in the Somerset County Jail in Somerville pending a detention hearing..
Robertson provided the following account:
The homeowner called 911 and reported the doorbell rang and the motion light detectior outside the residence was activated but she saw no one but but then heard noises within the residence.
When police arrived they saw two men inside the backyard fence; the men ran away when they saw the police officers,. A search of the area with police K-9 from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit was unsuccessful.
Hillsborough Police detectives began their investigation and found a broken basement window; blood was on the window, and a handgun was located near the residence, which is alleged to accidentally have been fired into the residence.
A suspicious vehicle was also located by officers parked near the residence. Police determined the vehicle did not belong to any nearby homeowners.
While detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit were processing the crime scene, police saw a man later identified as Hoagland walking towards the car.
His left wrist was injured and his clothes and shoes were wet and covered in mud. Hoagland was taken into custody without incident and subsequently charged.
The investigation continues as police attempt to identify a second suspect that was with Hoagland, according to Robertson.
Robertson and Hillsborough Police Chief Darren Powell request anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at (908) 369-4323 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.