Police & Fire


January 5, 2017 at 11:49 AM

SOMERVILLE, N.J. - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Franklin Township Chief of Police Lawrence W. Roberts announced the arrest of Edward A. Rowe, Jr., age 19, of Harrow Drive in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, New Jersey.  

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on January 4, 2017 at 10:54 a.m. the Franklin Township Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting that an individual was attempting to break into a Cheshire Court residence. The caller was able to give a detailed description of the suspect to the dispatchers.  

Patrol officers and detectives responded to the area in an attempt to locate the suspect.  Defendant Rowe Jr. was spotted nearby and a short foot pursuit ensued.  He was taken into custody by officers on Jordon’s Circle as he was attempting to hide under a residential deck.  

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Defendant Rowe Jr. was charged with 3rd Degree, Attempted Burglary and Criminal Mischief, a Disorderly Persons Offense. After being processed at Franklin Township Police Headquarters he was released on his own recognizance.  

Note: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

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