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North Plainfield Residents Fend Off Intruder, Police Make Arrest in Home Invasion

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Matthew Williams
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NORTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. – A Walnut Street family was able to disarm an armed intruder, and North Plainfield Police were able to respond quickly, as police arrested Matthew Williams for the home invasion of the Walnut Street residents.

According to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at approximately 7:32 p.m., North Plainfield Police responded to a Walnut Street residence regarding a 9-1-1 call reporting an armed intruder. Once the officers arrived at the residence they located Matthew Williams age 33, of Plainfield, who was taken into custody. The officers also rendered medical aid to defendant Williams who had a non-life threatening head injury, which he received from the occupants of the residence during the attempted robbery encounter. 

Defendant Williams was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment.

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Prosecutor Robertson stated that detectives from the North Plainfield Police Department along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to conduct the investigation. 

The investigation revealed that defendant Williams approached one of occupants outside the Walnut Street residence and asked him for drugs. The resident advised Williams that he did not have any drugs and entered his home in order to avoid Williams.  A short time later, a second resident went outside and was approached by defendant Williams who asked this individual for money and drugs while brandishing a handgun.  Williams then forced the individual back into the Walnut Street residence where a brief struggle ensued.  The other residents attempted to barricade themselves from defendant Williams by closing an interior door; however, Williams was able to force himself into the room.  In an attempt to protect themselves, the residents engaged in a physical confrontation with Williams and were successful in disarming him. After dialing 9-1-1 the residents held defendant Williams until the arrival of patrol officers.  The officers retrieved a loaded Lorsin .380 caliber handgun which defendant Williams used during the robbery.

According to police, a National Crime Information Center inquiry revealed that the firearm was stolen out of Virginia.  Further analysis of the firearm will be conducted by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Ballistics Unit in an attempt to determine if the firearm has been utilized in any unsolved crimes.

Defendant Williams was charged with first degree, armed robbery, second degree, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, second degree, burglary, second degree, unlawful possession of a firearm, and third degree, receiving stolen property.

After being released from the hospital defendant Williams was lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

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