SOMERVILLE, NJ – A 50-year-old Hillsborough Township man has been charged with two counts of first degree robbery in connection with two bank robberies in the Somerset section of Franklin.
Quintin D. Watson, a resident of Stratford Court is charged in the armed robberies at the Route 27 TD Bank in Somerset on Sept. 3 and Nov. 1 at the Chase Bank on Elizabeth Avenue, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
The investigation into a string of recent bank robberies throughout Central New Jersey is continuing and additional charges against defendant Watson are pending, Robertson said.
Robertson provided the following account of the two robberies:
Franklin Police responded to an alarm at the TD Bank on Sept. 3 around 1 p.m. Bank employees, who described the robber as a dark-skined black male, 6’2” tall, with a muscular build, approached a bank teller, handed over a note and fled after receiving an unknown amount of money. He left on foot.
Detectives released a surveillance picture of the suspect asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.
Franklin Police responded to an alarm at the Chase Bank on Nov. 1 around 6 p.m. Employees described a similar scenario to the first robbery, except that this time, the robber motioned toward his waistband as if he had a weapon. He fled on foot after receiving an unknown amount of money from the teller.
A description of the suspect was broadcast to surrounding law enforcement agencies by the Somerset County Communications Center. The suspect was described as a dark skinned black male, approximately 6’2” tall and having a muscular build, wearing a dark grey ski cap.
The subsequent investigation by Somerset County Prosecutor detectives, Franklin Police detectives and Special Agents from the FBI field office in Franklin identified Watson as the suspect in both robberies.
Watson was arrested without incident Nov. 3 in the parking lot of a Hillsborough restaurant around 7:30 p.m. Detectives subsequently executed a search warrant to search his Hillsborough residence.
He is lodged in the Somerset County Jail without bail pending a detention hearing.
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, FBI Franklin Field Office at (908) 231-2800, or via the STOPit app by downloading STOPit to your smart phone at Google Play or the Apple Store and enter the access code “SOMERSETNJ.”
Other options include 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.