Middlesex County News

Camden Man Imprisoned for Carjacking in Cranbury


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.

Sign Up for E-News

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.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Sat, July 21, 10:00 AM

NJ Convention and Exposition Center, Edison

82nd Annual Garden State Cat Show & Expo

Giving Back Other

Wed, July 25, 7:00 PM

Washington Park, Dunellen

Free Music in the Park | Princesa - Pop / Latin

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, August 1, 7:00 PM

Washington Park, Dunellen

Free Music in the Park | Rockabilly Roadhouse

Arts & Entertainment

Prosecutor: FBI Agent Took Improper Photos of Woman in Dressing Room

July 21, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ  - An FBI agent was arrested and charged with illegally photographing a 22-year-old woman in a dressing room, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said today.

The agent, Danuel Brown, 30, of Piscataway, was arrested was Thursday and charged with a single count of fourth-degree invasion of privacy for allegedly using his cell phone to take pictures of the woman while ...

Mayors Push for Law Permitting Driver's License for Immigrants

July 20, 2018

PERTH AMBOY, NJ - Five mayors from northern and central New Jersey today called for passage of a state law permitting immigrants to get driver's licenses even if they are undocumented, saying it boosts public safety as well as the economy.

"This is important for every resident for a better life and a better life for the state of New Jersey," said Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda ...

Edison Based India Day Parade Kick's Off in Washington D.C.

July 20, 2018

In a “Kickoff Event” for the annual India Day Parade, taking place this year on August 12th in Edison, members of the Indian Business Association descended on Capitol Hill to promote national awareness of the annual celebration and highlight policy issues affecting Indian-Americans.


The event, held in the conference room of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, was ...

Crowdfunding Options for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

Source: Many small start-up businesses and tech ventures in search of capital turn to popular online platforms for crowd fundraising of financial resources to get their concept off the ground and launched into market. Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and GoFundMe, to name a few, offer solutions in generating cash to fund new ideas. How do you get people to contribute to your cause?  Sam Burlum ...