SOMERVILLE, NJ - Two 18-year-old Franklin Township men have been indicted by Somerset County Grand Jury charging them with with multiple crimes arising from a burglary and discharge of a weapon at a home on Mersher Court in Hillsborough Township that occurred on Aug.16, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Jhamir I. Hoagland of Taylor Road in Franklin Township was arrested by police the day following the attempted burglary; Omar S. Griggs, Jr., 18, with a last known address of Hempstead Drive in Franklin Township is a fugitive and is being sought by police.
Robertson provided the following account:
Homeowners on Mersher Court called 911 at 1:20 a.m. to report a burglary in progress at their residence. Hillsborough police responded and confronted two men in the rear of the fenced-in property. A foot chase ensued but the two escaped. Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and the Crime Scene Units responded to assist Hillsborough police. The crime scene was searched and a .38 caliber revolver was recovered underneath the home's rear deck; a broken basement window and a discharged bullet inside the basement were discovered.
Hoagland was taken into custody by police at 6 a.m., when he attempted to enter his 1999 Volkswagen Jetta that had been parked overnight near the crime scene. The Jetta was towed later searched by police, which yielded personal identification information belonging to Griggs, Jr., .380 caliber bullets, and property that had recently been stolen during another burglary.
A surveillance camera captured the image of Griggs, Jr., attempting to enter the home after 6 a.m. The surveillance camera also captured the image of Griggs stealing a bicycle from the property and peddling away, according to Robertson.
Hoagland is currently lodged at the Somerset County Jail awaiting trial on the charges.
The Grand Jury charged both defendants with second degree burglary, second degree unlawful possession of a firearm, second degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, fourth degree resisting arrest by flight, and two counts of receiving stolen property; Griggs, Jr., was separately charged with third degree attempted burglary and fourth degree theft, according to Robertson.
Robertson requests anyone with information pertaining to this investigation or Griggs’ whereabouts to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at (908) 369-4323 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.