MILLTOWN, NJ - An armored police vehicle and police officers with assault-type rifles were called to a location near Riva Avenue Thursday afternoon as an arrest was made of a local man accused of attempting to murder four people in North Brunswick.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Kenneth P. McCormick of the North Brunswick Police Department said on Friday that Clifton Stokes, aka “Trap”, 25, of Milltown was arrested on July 2 and was charged with four counts of attempted murder in the first degree, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon in the second degree and two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the second degree.
Stokes was taken into custody at his Milltown home and a subsequent search of his residence by the North Brunswick Police Department assisted by the Middlesex County Special Operations Response Team (SORT) yielded multiple weapons and a large amount of what is believed to be numerous forms of illegal narcotics, including heroin and cocaine.
In addition, Stokes was charged with three drug charges including unlawful possession while attempting to distribute a controlled and dangerous substance in the second degree, possession of a controlled and dangerous substance in the third degree and distribution of a controlled and dangerous substance in the second degree.
The North Brunswick Police Department was investigating two shootings which occurred in the township earlier in June. On June 2 at approximately 9:48 p.m., North Brunswick Police responded to 1000 Crescent Court in North Brunswick in response to a report of multiple gunshots being fired. Then, on June 3 at 2:30 p.m., police responded to the same location for another report of multiple gunshots.
As the result of the police investigations related to the early June shootings, Stokes was taken into custody on Thursday. He is being held at the North Brunswick Corrections Center pending a detention hearing.
Anyone with information on the June shootings is asked to call Detective Rich De La Cruz of the North Brunswick Police Department at 732-247-0922 or Detective Deon McCall of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3848.