HAMILTON, NJ -- Two investigations led to the arrest of one man on Wednesday charged with a string of offenses for allegedly carrying out a pair of violent robberies that occurred earlier in the week according to Hamilton Township Police.
On Tuesday at approximately 4:37 pm, Hamilton Police responded to a report in which a man, described as a Hispanic male, allegedly stabbed a taxi driver in the area of Genesee and Mary Streets. The suspect, later identified a Juan Echeverria-Perez, 22, of Lalor Street, allegedly flagged down the taxi cab. Once inside the stopped vehicle, he is believed to have jumped into the back seat, demanded cash while brandishing a large knife, and then fled the scene on foot with cash taken from the victim.
Arriving quickly on the scene, officers located the victim, identified as a 50-year old white male from Trenton who had sustained a laceration on his hand while fighting off the suspect. The victim was subsequently taken by ambulance to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton for treatment.
When patrol units flooded the scene, Lieutenant Steven Ligato was waved down by an anonymous resident who stated that he had just observed an individual, who fit the suspect's description, run into a residence at the Red Oak Manor Apartments located at 2300 South Broad Street. After a brief search, Echeverria-Perez was found hiding in the apartment and subsequently taken into custody by Hamilton Township Patrol Officers Ben Zuzzio, Bill Murphy, Dave Broniszewski, and Bryan Gadsby.
After the arrest from the Tuesday robbery incident, Echeverria-Perez also was charged in connection to a similar incident that occurred on Monday, September 16 at approximately 5:20 pm on Schiller Avenue in Hamilton. A 34-year old Trenton male was sitting in his car on Monday evening when he was robbed of cash at knife point. During that incident, a suspect matching Echeverria-Perez's description, allegedly forced the victim to drive a number of blocks before fleeing the scene on foot.
Collectively from both incidents, Echeverria-Perez has been charged with carjacking, robbery kidnapping, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purposed. He was processed and taken to the Mercer County Correctional Center pending a detention hearing.
These incidences are under investigation by the Hamilton Police Department. Information related to the Monday evening robbery can be provided to Detective Chris Pullen at (609) 581-4080 or CPullen@hamiltonpd.org. Individuals with information regarding the Tuesday afternoon robbery can contact Detective Frank Burger at (609) 581-4010 or FBurger@hamiltonpd.org.
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