SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – William D. Hoke, Jr., age 47, of Garibaldi Street, Bernardsville, formerly of Warren Township, was charged with two counts of first degree attempted murder and related criminal offenses, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detective John W. Fodor and Bound Brook Chief of Police Vito Bet announced the indictment issued by a Somerset County Grand Jury on February 24.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Friday, December 20, 2019 at approximately 1:38 a.m. Bound Brook Police and Bound Brook Rescue Squad members responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a pedestrian-strike that occurred in the train station parking lot located along East Main Street in Bound Brook, New Jersey. Police responded to the scene and found two men, I.G., age 31, of Barbara Street in Bloomfield, and P.P., age 36, of Hayward Street in Bound Brook, with multiple visible injuries. P.P. was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Somerset for evaluation and treatment. I.G. refused medical treatment at the scene.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that the police investigation included witness interviews and collection of video from area surveillance cameras. The videos captured the image of a black 2020 Dodge Durango registered to William D. Hoke Jr., driving up and down East Main Street before entering Lot 3 and intentionally striking the two victims. The force of the impact propelled the victims more than ten feet and into a parked car. The Dodge Durango then fled Lot 3 at a high rate of speed and travelled northbound on John Street. The police investigation confirmed that defendant Hoke and the two victims had been patronizing a local bar/restaurant prior to the encounter in Lot 3.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that Defendant Hoke was located and taken into custody that same morning, and lodged at the Somerset County Jail. The State filed a motion seeking an order detaining the Defendant pending trial under the Bail Reform Act of 2017. On January 3, 2020, the State’s motion was denied and Defendant Hoke was later released from custody.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that in addition to two counts of first degree attempted murder, the Grand Jury also charged Defendant Hoke with third degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, third degree leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury, and two counts of third degree endangering an injured victim. By Court Rule, an Arraignment on the Indictment will be held within fourteen days. The State will be represented by Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Murphy.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Bet request that anyone with information relating to this event to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100 or the Bound Brook Police Department at (732) 356-0800 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). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.