SOMERVILLE, N.J. –Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Chief of Police Lawrence Roberts announced that detectives have identified the suspect involved in Tuesday evening’s shooting in the Somerset section of Franklin Township.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that at approximately 7:44 p.m., multiple 9-1-1 calls were received by the Franklin Township Police Department, reporting gunshots in the area of Dewald Avenue. Responding officers located a 31 year old male outside a Dewald Avenue residence, suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg. Officers provided medical aid to the victim, who was then transported to a local trauma center for emergency treatment.
Detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit have identified the shooter as Jaki N. Hooks-Lewis, age 20, of Dewald Avenue. A criminal complaint has been filed against defendant Hooks-Lewis charging him with 2nd Degree, Aggravated Assault. Detectives have also filed a criminal complaint against Jason Lewis, age 43, also of Dewald Avenue, charging him with 3rd Degree, Hindering Apprehension. Defendant Jason Lewis is identified as Jaki’s father.
The investigation has revealed that defendant Jason Lewis assisted his son in fleeing from the area following the shooting. Detectives are searching for both defendants, and are urging them to surrender to law enforcement authorities. Detectives caution the public from approaching either defendant as defendant Jaki Hooks-Lewis should be considered armed and dangerous. Somerset County Crime Stoppers has announced a reward for information leading to the apprehension of either defendant.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Roberts request anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of either defendant to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department (732) 873-5533 or 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.
We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.