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Franklin Park Man Among Gang Members Charged In Massive Multi-town Crime Spree

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NEW BRUNSWICK – Police charged seven “major gang” members with a series of serious crimes spanning several communities including the Oct. 15 robbery of the BP Gas Station on Route 27 where the attendant was shot and critically injured, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The arrest of the seven members of a major gang, came following an extensive investigation of a three-month crime spree of attempted murder, attempted carjacking, armed robbery, aggravated assault and weapons possession in Middlesex County, police said.

Police said the defendants lived in New Brunswick, Franklin Township, Piscataway, South Plainfield, Camden, and Newark, and were apprehended by police.

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“The random nature and level of violence this gang of suspects committed is extremely rare for our community,” South Brunswick Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka said. “The capture of these suspects is a direct result of the coordination and cooperation of several law enforcement agencies. I want to thank the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Brunswick Police Department along with our State and Federal law enforcement partners for helping us to bring an end to this crime spree.”

The 3-month crime spree began on Sept. 7, and lasted until Nov. 30, in New Brunswick, police said.

The arrests began on Nov. 29, and continued through Dec. 1.

The defendants were arrested on a variety of charges, including counts of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, attempted carjacking, armed robbery, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, possession of weapon, possession of a community gun, and being a certain person not to have a weapon, police said.

According to police, the crime wave started with a shooting on Sept. 7 at 10:20 p.m. on Throop Avenue in New Brunswick.

 Anthony Pinson, also known as “Smoke”, 25, of Franklin Park in Somerset County, was charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and being a certain person not to have a weapon, police said.

Also charged in that case was Paul Sexton, also known as “Munch”, 21, of New Brunswick, for conspiracy to commit murder.

Three days later, on September 10 at 4:34 a.m., a robbery took place at a gas station located on French Street in New Brunswick.

Among those arrested and charged was Pinson for robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and being a certain person not to have a weapon. Sexton was charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, police said.
 
Danique Simpson, also known as “Biz”, 24, of South Plainfield and Ashley Stewart, 24, of Piscataway were also charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in that case, according to police.
 
On Sept. 16 at 2:40 a.m. an attempted carjacking took place on Beachwood Court, in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick. Pinson, Sexton, and Shaheed Wroten, also known as “Gleese”, 22, of New Brunswick, were all charged with conspiracy to commit carjacking, possession of an assault firearm, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and possession of a community firearm, police said.
 
Then, on Sept. 19. at 9:31 p.m. three males, two 20 years of age, and another 21-year-old, were shot on Throop Avenue in New Brunswick and were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick; all three survived, police said.
 
Police said three people were charged in that shooting: Pinson for three counts of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a handgun, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a community gun, and being a certain person not to have a weapon;  Antoine Williams, also known as “Wax”, 30, of Newark, was charged with three counts of attempted murder, possession of an assault firearm, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a community gun, and being a certain person not to have a weapon; and Sexton was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a community gun.
 
The mayhem continued on Oct. 15 at 2:33 a.m. on Delavan Street in New Brunswick when approximately seven shots were fired, but no one was struck by the flying bullets, police said.

According to police, Wroten was charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and possession of a community gun.

Both Pinson and Sexton were charged with conspiracy to commit attempted murder and possession of a community gun in that case.

Just two hours later, at 4:15 a.m., at a BP Gas Station on Route 27 in South Brunswick a robbery turned into attempted murder when a gas station attendant was shot.

The victim was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and recovered from his injuries.

Police said five people were charged in this crime.

Pinson was charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, receiving stolen property, possession of a community gun, and being a certain person not to have a weapon.

Wroten was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, receiving stolen property and possession of a community gun.
 
Also arrested were Sexton, Simpson, and Stewart; all three were charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, receiving stolen property, and possession of a community gun, police said.
 
Then on Oct. 26 at 1:34 a.m. a stabbing occurred on George Street in New Brunswick.

The male victim was taken to RWJ University Hospital and survived his injuries, police said.
 
Darnell Konteh, also known as “Badass”, 25, of Camden, was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and being a certain person not to have a weapon.

Wroten was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and aggravated assault. Sexton was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, police said.
 
In Camden, a shooting occurred on Nov. 28,2017 on Atlantic Avenue.

Police said Konteh was charged with the murder of Stanford Brown, 30, of the Borough of Lawnside, in Camden County. Pinson was charged with attempted murder in that crime. 
 
Finally, on Nov. 29 at 10:06 p.m. a motor vehicle stop took place in New Brunswick on an arrest warrant for Anthony Pinson, who was an occupant of the vehicle.

He was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, certain person, and possession of a community gun, police said.
 
Also arrested where two other occupants of the car, Konteh and Sexton.

After a warrant was obtained, the car was searched revealing two more weapons.

Police said Konteh was charged with possession of a shotgun, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a community gun and being a certain person not to have a weapon. Sexton was charged with possession of a community gun and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Following the investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Brunswick Police Department, and the South Brunswick Police Department, authorities with assistance from members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), New Jersey State Parole, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, the Camden County Police Department, and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the defendants were arrested and charged with the crime spree.

“I thank and commend the many dedicated law enforcement officers and special agents whose efforts led to the arrests,” Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said. “When addressing violent gang activity, results like these are only possible with multi-agency coordination, and the sharing of resources.   This investigation’s conclusion has resulted in a safer community.”
 
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brandt Greg’s of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5200 or Detective Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4054 or Detective Eric Tighelaar or Detective Tim Hoover at (732) 329-4000 ext. 7486 of South Brunswick Police Department.

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