NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Camden man has been sentenced to serve 25 years in a New Jersey state prison for carjacking the vehicle of a 79-year-old Cranbury man, who was abducted in his car before being released unharmed Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced.
Frankie N. Gonzalez, 21, was sentenced to the term in New Brunswick on January 13, 2015, by Superior Court Judge Diane Pincus, who said the defendant must serve 85 percent of the term before he can be eligible for parole.
Gonzalez was sentenced after he was found guilty on October 9, 2014 of carjacking, kidnapping, criminal restraint, armed robbery, eluding police, resisting arrest, terrorist threats, burglary and theft.
He was convicted following a trial in which Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Vincent Vitale presented evidence and testimony showing the defendant carjacked the victim’s car on July 29, 2013.
The incident began at 10:25 a.m. when Gonzalez approached the 79-year-old Cranbury resident, who was stopped at a red light while sitting in his car, a 2009 Mercedes CLK, on Route 130 north at the Dey Road intersection.
Gonzalez got into the vehicle, threatened the man by claiming to have a gun, and ordered him to drive south on Route 130. Gonzalez released the man on North Main Street in Cranbury and drove away in the stolen car.
Hightstown Police, alerted to the carjacking, saw Gonzalez driving on Route 130 in Robbinsville and stopped the driver, who pulled over, but then fled, heading west onto Route 195, where he crashed on the off-ramp at about 10:45 a.m. Gonzalez was apprehended by State Police, who had joined in the search for the stolen Mercedes.