FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The man responsible for two bank robberies in Franklin Township has been arrested, according to an announcement made by law enforcement officials.
In a statement, Referencing the Sept. 3 robbery of the Route 27 TD Bank and the Nov. 1 robbery of the Elizabeth Avenue Chase Bank, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said Quintin D. Watson, age 50, of Stratford Court, Hillsborough Township was arrested.
During the investigation, of the robberies, a surveillance picture was released asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.
"As a result of the investigation detectives identified the bank robbery suspect as Quintin D. Watson," Robertson said in a statement. "On Friday, November 3, 2017, at approximately 7:30 p.m. detectives working the investigation were successful in tracking defendant Watson to a restaurant parking lot in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey. Defendant Watson was taken into custody without incident. Detectives subsequently executed a search warrant of defendant Watson’s Hillsborough Township residence."
Watson has been charged with two counts of the first-degree robbery, and sent to the Somerset County Jail without bail pending a detention hearing, officials said.
The investigation into a string of recent bank robberies throughout Central New Jersey is continuing and additional charges against defendant Watson are pending.
Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Chief of Police Lawrence Roberts, along with detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit, along with Special Agents from the Franklin Township Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) field office, responded to conduct the investigation.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Roberts request anyone with information regarding either of the bank robberies is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533, or the FBI Franklin Field Office at (908) 231-2800.
The public can also use the STOPit app by downloading STOPit to your smartphone at Google Play or the Apple Store and enter the access code “SOMERSETNJ."
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The public can also call the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”.
All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
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