BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano announced that Crime Stoppers of Somerset County, Inc. is offering $1,500 for information leading to the arrests of the persons responsible for the New Years Day Robbery of Americas Best Value Inn located on U.S. Highway Route 22 West in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey.
According to Soriano, on Jan 1, 2015 at approximately 4:27 a.m., Bridgewater Township Police responded to a report of a robbery/shooting at the motel. When the responding Officers arrived on the scene they encountered a motel employee suffering from multiple lacerations to her head, and a graze gunshot wound to her leg. While operating the front desk, two unknown black males entered the Inn and exposed firearms towards her. The suspects demanded money and the victim complied giving them an undisclosed amount of currency, according to Soriano. The suspects then led the employee at gunpoint towards a back office in the motel and demanded additional money, at which time one of the suspects began to pistol whip the victim, causing multiple lacerations to her head. During the assault one of the suspects fired a round from his handgun thus striking the victim on her right calf, causing a minor graze wound.
Following the assault, the suspects fled from the motel on foot heading south across Route 22 West towards Adamsville Road. Immediately after the suspects ran to this location video footage from a nearby business shows a silver vehicle exiting Adamsville Road and making a right onto U.S. Highway Route 22 East. The victim was transported to an area hospital where she received treatment for her injuries and was subsequently discharged. Soriano states that the ongoing investigation is being conducted by detectives from the Bridgewater Township Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.
Detectives are releasing the following descriptions of the suspects:
- Suspect #1 – Light skin black male, 5’9”- 5’11”, slender build, wearing a black “snorkel” jacket, black beanie cap and dark pants
- Suspect # 2 – Black male, 5’10”- 5’11”, medium build, wearing a dark colored face mask, gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jacket with white stripe, dark colored jeans, black shoes and gloves. Both suspects were armed with handguns at the time of robbery.