FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Jason Lewis the father of Jaki N. Hooks-Lewis turned himself into authorities at the Somerset County Jail on Friday, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

On Jan. 3, police responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting gunshots in the area Dewald Avenue in Franklin Township. According to police, responding officers located a 31-year old male, suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg. Detectives say, their investigation identified the shooter as Lewis’ son Jaki N. Hooks-Lewis. 

During the detectives, investigation it was also revealed Lewis helped his son flee from the area after the shooting, police say. Lewis was charged with 3rd degree, hindering apprehension. 

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According to police, “detectives are still searching for defendant Hooks-Lewis and they are urging him to surrender to law enforcement authorities. Detectives caution the public from approaching him since he should be considered armed and dangerous.”

Law enforcement authorities request anyone with information regarding the shooting, or anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jaki Hooks-Lewis, to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department (732) 873-5533.

Tipsters interested in collecting the Crime Stopper reward must call the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or go online at or, and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All Crime Stopper tips are anonymous and they will be kept confidential.