SOMERVILLE, NJ – A Bernardsville man has been charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder and related offenses in connection with a Dec. 20, 2019 incident in the Bound Brook train station parking lot, according to Somerset Prosecutor Micheal H. Robertson.
William D. Hoke, Jr., of Garibaldi Street, Bernardsville was indicted Feb. 24.
Robertson provided the following account:
Bound Brook Police and Bound Brook Rescue Squad members responded to a 1:38 a.m. 911 call reporting two men being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot n East Main Street. The victims were a 31-year-old man from Bloomfield and a 36-year-old resident of Bound Brook.
The Bound Brook man was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset or evaluation and treatment. The Bloomfield man refused medical treatment at the scene.
Police interviewed witnesses and reviewed video from area surveillance cameras; the video showed a vehicle, later determined to be registered to Hoke, 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 vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and traveled northbound on John Street.
Police determined that Hoke and the two victims had been patronizing a local bar/restaurant prior to the encounter in Lot 3.
Hoke was leventually ocated and taken into custody that same morning, and lodged at the Somerset County Jail. The State filed a motion seeking an order detaining Hoke pending trial under the Bail Reform Act of 2017. On Jan. 3, 2020, the State’s motion was denied and Hoke was later released from custody.
In addition to two counts of first degree attempted murder, the Grand Jury also charged 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 14 days.
Robertson asks 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.