HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Police charged a township man with breaking into an occupied Hillsborough home early Thursday morning and are looking for a second suspect in the apparent home invasion.
Hillsborough Police and detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office charged Jhamir Hoagland, 18, of Taylor Drive in Franklin Township, with second degree unlawful possession of a weapon, second degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second degree burglary, third-degree hindering apprehension, criminal mischief, and defiant trespass in connection with the incident, according to a press release.
Police said the incident began with a 1:20 a.m. 911 call from a homeowner at a Mersher Court residence.
The resident told police that the doorbell rang at the residence and a motion-activated light at the home went on.
Police said the caller did not see anyone outside of the building, but heard noises coming from within the home.
Officers were immediately sent to the scene and saw two men in a fenced-in area near the home.
Police said the two men fled the scene on foot when they saw the officers and could not be located during a search by officers and a K-9 unit from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives from the county assisted Hillsborough police with an investigation of the home and discovered a broken basement window containing blood.
Officers also recovered a handgun near the residence that was allegedly accidentally fired into the home, police said.
A suspect vehicle near the scene was also identified by police, according to the release.
As law enforcement processed the scene, detectives saw Hoagland approach the suspect vehicle and noticed that he had an injury to his left wrist and that his clothes and shoes were wet and covered in mud.
Police said they took Hoagland into custody without incident and charged hm in connection to the incident.
He is being lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a hearing, police said.
Police are continuing to look for the other man involved in the incident, and ask anyone with information to contact them, according to the release.
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