Police & Fire

Assault, Shoplifting, Ecstasy in Recent Raritan Twp. Arrests


RARITAN TWP., NJ – Police here released this afternoon details on three separate arrests.

  • A township man was arrested and faces a string of charges related to a crash at the intersection of Case Boulevard and Voorhees Corner Road.

Jonathan P. Deisher, 37, was charged with aggravated assault, harassment and criminal mischief Jan. 10.

The two-vehicle crash happened Dec. 24 around 4 p.m. Police said that the driver of the other vehicle and his passenger reported that Deisher sped up and intentionally hit their vehicle. They added that after the crash, Deisher “was irate and got in the other driver’s face and pushed and shoved him,” police report. Three independent witnesses that were in other vehicles near the intersection reported similar accounts of the crash, according to police. No injuries were reported.

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Deisher was charged after a further investigation and the completion of formal interviews. He was turned over to the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Department to be lodged in the Somerset County Jail.

  • A passenger in a vehicle that police stopped around 8:15 a.m. Jan. 12 was arrested by Patrolman Aaron Roth on an outstanding warrant and a drug charge.

Police stopped the vehicle after a random license plate check “returned an active NCIC hit, for possession of forgery instruments, out of New York City for the registered owner of the vehicle,” police said. The NCIC hit was confirmed with New York and while being placed under arrest Felipa B. Giles, 27, of Paterson, was found to be in possession of ecstasy, police said..

After processing, Giles was turned over to the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Department to be lodged in the Somerset County Jail.

  • Howard Starkes, Jr., 53, of Clinton, was arrested around 9:49 a.m. Jan. 12 and charged with shoplifting and theft by deception after two separate investigations.

On Nov. 22, police were dispatched to Lowe’s on Route 31 for a reported theft by deception. A store employee said that on the previous day a man entered the store, took a $259 Troy-Bilt leaf blower from a shelf, and returned the item for store credit at the customer service counter as if he had purchased it.

The next day, police were dispatched to ShopRite on Route 202-31 on a shoplifting report. A ShopRite employee told police that a man left the store with a $699 Samsung television without paying for it.

Further investigation into both incidents, including review of surveillance camera footage from each store, identified Starkes as the suspect, police said. Charges were filed and Starkes was entered in NCIC as a wanted person.

On Jan. 11, Starkes was located by the Edison Township police and taken into custody. Starkes was lodged in a Middlesex County jail, where he was served with the Raritan Township charges. The initial investigations were by Patrolman Eli Walters, with follow-up investigations and charges by Det. Geoff Benz.

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