SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Michigan man was arrested in connection with a carjacking in Branchburg, according to a release from Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.
Kylle L. Alexander, 23, was charged with first degree carjacking, second degree eluding, third degree aggravated assault, fourth degree resisting arrest, third degree receiving stolen property, two counts of third degree burglary and numerous motor vehicle summonses in connection with the Nov. 12 incident.
According to Robertson, at about 9:27 a.m., Bridgewater Township Police responded to a report of a person selling tools out of a white Dodge pickup truck in the Home Depot parking lot on Route 202 South. Officers found an unoccupied white Dodge pickup truck with NY license plates in the parking lot and an NCIC check of the vehicle came back negative.
Police, Robertson said, found someone trying to sell a Milwaukee power toolbox to another individual. Officers approached the individual, Robertson said, and asked for identification, and the man produced a Michigan photo driver's license and identified himself as Kylle Alexander.
Alexander then claimed he was homeless and needed money, Robertson said. Officers said there was a soliciting ordinance in Bridgewater, Robertson said, and that what he was attempting to do without a permit is illegal.
Robertson said police reported that Alexander left the area and began to walk toward Wegmans.
At about 9:59 a.m., Robertson said, one of the Bridgewater officers saw Alexander operating the white Dodge Ram pickup in the parking lot, and he turned on the overhead lights, but Alexander accelerated through a portion of the parking lot that didn't have an exit, jumped a curb onto a grassy area and drove directly into the travel lane of Route 202 South.
Robertson said the officer ran the vehicle's plates through NCIC and the vehicle came back as stolen out of New York.
According to Robertson, at about 10:21 a.m., a vehicle crash involving a white Dodge pickup truck and a blue Honda CR-V was reported on Route 202 in the area of North Branch River Road in Branchburg Township. The officer handling the vehicle crash investigation was also advised to respond to a nearby hotel to assist with an injured individual who was assaulted.
At the hotel, Robertson said, the victim said that while putting luggage in his vehicle, Alexander, who appeared injured, approached him and advised that he was being chased. The victim refused to allow Alexander to use his cell phone and give him his car keys, so Alexander struck him in the head and proceeded to assault him as the victim walked back toward the hotel.
Robertson said Alexander punched the victim in the face and head as he forcibly took the car keys from the victim. After taking the keys, Alexander took the victim's vehicle, a Honda Pilot SUV, and drove off the property, Robertson said, before crashing with another vehicle at the intersection of Milltown Road and Old York Road, in Bridgewater.
The victim of the other vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
Alexander then fled on foot toward Milltown Road, Robertson said, and, in the search to locate him, officers responded to a disturbance at an Old York Road residence. Outside the home, Robertson said, Alexander was arrested without incident.
Robertson said the owner of the home said he saw Alexander standing nude near the side of his home, and then witnessed Alexander enter the driver's door of his vehicle that was in the garage.
Before being processed, Alexander was transported to the hospital for injuries from the two motor vehicle accidents.
Alexander was taken to Somerset County Jail, pending a bail hearing.